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New York State Court of Appeals Rules Against Republican Redistricting Plan

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Next county redistricting to take place, with bipartisan input, in 2013

With a unanimous 7-0 vote, the several monthlong saga of potentially redistricting Nassau County in time for the November elections, as proposed by the Republican majority that controls the county legislature, came to an end at the New York State Court of Appeals. The court, composed of four Republicans and three Democrats, overruled the Second Judicial Department Appellate Panel’s Aug. 11 decision (3-2), which had upheld the Republican-drawn plan for new legislative districts.

The full text of the Court of Appeals ruling enumerated that the court agreed with Democratic legislators that section 112 of the County Charter – the linchpin to the Republican redistricting plan’s alleged legitimacy – could not legally be adhered to without heeding the latter sections of the charter as well.


Verizon Attains Extension to Replace Cell Antennas

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Trustees: Work must begin by December 1

Representatives from Verizon came before the Mineola Village Board of Trustees on Aug. 10 after the five trustees called into question reasons behind the request by the telecommunications company for a second work permit extension.

According to Building Department Supervisor Dan Whalen, the permit is now over a year old, having been granted a previous extension of 180 days for work being done on cellular antennas located on the transmission tower at Betty Lane and Jericho Turnpike.


Mineola School District Addresses State Exam Scores

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

District superintendent details assessment results

The Superintendent of the Mineola School District recently discussed state exam scores and was anything but happy with the end result.

“I’m not pleased with several of them,” Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler said, who was quick to add that in his mind as well as those of faculty they are not truly representative of the district’s achievements.


Mineola Resident Craig Pinto to Attempt Second World Record

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

Jericho HS graduate going for 1,000 field goal conversions in 24 hours

Craig Pinto is all about the cause. He strives to do it; he loves the challenge and can kick a mean field goal of world record proportions. He’s done it once and now he’ll attempt to top it.

The Mineola resident kicked 717 forty-yard field goals in 12 hours in October 2010 at Bethpage High School. The previous record was 500, which was an arbitrary number set by the Guinness Book of World Records because no one had ever attempted it before.


Winston Senior Housing Changes Coming?

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

Polimeni representatives meet with local senior groups to clarify possible project alteration

The saga that is the Winston Manor residential complex project has laid dormant for quite some time, since Mineola’s village board approved the project being changed from a 285-unit condominium facility to a 275-unit rental project. However, a component to that project was highly discussed among the senior community of Mineola and was positively endorsed by many local groups and residents: the senior housing component.

In the agreement, Polimeni International LLC. would build a 36-unit senior condominium complex, “The Churchill” coupled with “The Winston” project. The board decided at a meeting on July 14, 2010 that the senior housing component will remain a condo and will sell at the current market value when the complex is open.


Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation Moving Forward

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

Work to begin soon after intermunicipal agreement

Last May, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, then-Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano met and reached an agreement to handle the flooding issues that have plagued eastern borderline Mineola and Carle Place residents for decades. Previously, the village was trying to get a deal in place with then-County Executive Tom Suozzi, but nothing ever developed.

Village officials confirmed to the Mineola American on Aug. 12 that the project is still very much alive and would be moving forward with construction work as soon as possible. North Hempstead and Mineola are currently hashing out an intermunicipal agreement to grant the town usage of village property so the Town can do the necessary work on North Hempstead’s Carle Place flood project, according to village officials.


Village of Mineola in the Process of Updating Website

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

More functionality coming to the homepage of Mineola

Residents of Mineola are in for a surprise; a “WorldWide Web-sized” surprise.

The board of trustees authorized the contract of Virtual Town Hall Holding (VTHH) LLC. with the village to revamp the current website and hosting services for Mineola at the Aug. 10 work session. Village Clerk Joseph R. Scalero detailed the parameters of the contract, along with certain functions that are being discussed about the new website.


Mineola Teacher Showcases Netbook Initiative

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

Teacher to Train with Microsoft on Project-Based Learning

Microsoft recently recognized sixth-grade Mineola School District teacher Vincent Interrante for his work in creating an educational software program. The Mineola Board of Education invited the sixth grade teacher to present his work at its recent meeting at the Willis Avenue School.

Interrante’s software was compared to a student’s notebook, only in electronic form on the computer, created using a program “One Note” which allows for collaboration among students at their desks, allowing them to work independently yet contribute to a larger project.


Superintendent Nagler Responds To Graduation Rate Report

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

New State Report Includes Five and Six-Year Completion Numbers

A recent article in Newsday prompted a response from Mineola School Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler at a recent meeting of the board of education. The article concerned New York State’s new method of reporting high school achievement, which includes the graduation rates for students who take five or six years to earn a diploma at the high school level.

“This is the first time I’ve seen the state report a six year outcome and a five year outcome,” Nagler said, noting that the Newsday report examined the portion of students in English as a second language (ESL) and special education areas. “I love chasing Newsday.”


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island in Need of a Little Help

Written by Rachelle Blidner Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Jaylen, 10, is a good kid, the type who won’t be misled by troublemaking friends, and he resolves his conflicts by talking them out, his mother said. He loves to play outdoor football and basketball and spend the day at Splish Splash or Dave and Buster’s.

“He’s very spontaneous, and he likes to try everything and anything,” Jaylen’s mother Lamar said.


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