If you frequent Mineola, you have probably seen him at village hall, the Hampton Street Stadium, the community pool, the Station Plaza Diner and the list goes on. He has met U.S. presidents and has been a fixture on public life for years. His footprint in Mineola has been cemented for decades, and will continue to be so for many years to come.
Mr. Mineola is his name and the village is his playground.
Christine Napolitano was nominated as the Mineola board of education president for the 2011-12 school year during last Friday’s reorganization meeting at the Willis Avenue School.
Napolitano, who was previously the board vice president, looks forward to bringing the Mineola School District into an exciting new chapter in its history.
It was met with ire by school districts and local villages and commended by residents and businesses. But on June 30, with positives and negatives aside, the bill became law.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Lynbrook last week to sign the 2 percent property tax cap into law. The tax cap was a major platform Governor Cuomo touted during his campaign to deliver property tax relief to homeowners and business owners across the state.
After signing what he called an “historic” tax cap bill at a residence in Lynbrook on Thursday, June 30, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo spoke to the press with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-9th district) just outside the Gannon home. One of the main questions on reporters’ minds was how Cuomo feels about the talk of his running for president in the 2016 election. Cuomo said he attributes the chatter to how productive the legislative session was this year and is not focusing his sights on the presidency just yet.
First it was the Lighthouse Project, then a casino and now a new redevelopment plan that could garner a minor league ballpark and new arena for the New York Islanders. Interested parties will be crossing their fingers until Aug. 1 when Nassau County residents will vote a $400 million bond referendum to redevelop the 77-acre site of the Nassau Coliseum.
If there’s one thing that makes Mineola unique to many villages, it’s the televising of its board of trustees meeting on public access television. However, if a federal proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gets approved, cable companies could circumvent local village boards and take away certain village amenities.
Mineola residents may lose access to the village’s public access TV channel 19 if an ongoing effort by the FCC and cable lobbyists to “supersede the authority of the village” is approved, according to village trustee Larry Werther.
Mineola School Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler received a new contract with the school district at a special meeting last Monday night at the Willis Avenue School.
The board had been negotiating the new contract for the past few weeks following rumors that the New York State Legislature would impose a cap on the salaries of school superintendents sometime this week. Governor Andrew Cuomo touted the cap of $175,000 not too long after his election.
Strength training with tires and chains may seem like the definition of unconventional to most who go to a regular gym, but not to Frank Savino, owner of Gridiron, Inc., a training facility seeking to move into Mineola.
The board of trustees approved the special permit for Gridiron. It was approved subject to 10 conditions. Village Attorney John Spellman dictated the conditions to be followed at last week’s meeting.
A “paradise” was not the scene at last week’s public hearing at Village Hall in Mineola; at least not for 99 Cents Paradise.
Storeowner Saleem Usman came before the board of trustees to attain a special use permit to sell food at the store. However, Mayor Scott Strauss and the board had other ideas, ideas that concerned village code.
Graffiti has been noticed throughout Mineola over the last two weeks, with black tag marks and profane language appearing on several village buildings, restaurants and other locations. Village officials detailed the issues at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.
According to Building Department Superintendent Dan Whalen, as many as 10 locations were spotted with graffiti around the village, including parks and businesses.
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