Mineola School Board Trustee Laraine Salvatore is suing the school district for legal costs she incurred to bring action against the district because it failed to defend her during a defamation lawsuit filed against her by former district superintendent Dr. Lorenzo Licopoli. Salvatore will not be running for her 2010 board position.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice formally announced her candidacy for New York State Attorney General in a video posted on her campaign’s new website at www.kathleenrice.com on Monday, May 3. A written statement to the press Monday morning reads, “In the four-and-a-half minute video, Rice, a Democrat, outlines her record as a tough, innovative, and progressive career prosecutor who vows to fight for ethics reform in Albany, improved Wall Street regulation and a renewed focus on local ‘kitchen table’ issues affecting communities across the state.”
At a recent board of trustees meeting, the Village of Mineola approved its settlement of a lawsuit which it had brought against major oil companies for actual and potential damages to the village’s water supply as a result of a gasoline additive known as M.T.B.E. (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether).
The Mineola School Board of Education met with the CCC (Community Committee on Consolidation) on April 22 to discuss the ongoing concern of the closing of schools. The reason for the meeting was to open more dialogue between the board and the CCC, to see what gaps can be bridged in terms of the school district’s reconfiguration.
The Verizon Wireless plant is once again the source of dispute for the Villages of Mineola and Garden City. Months after angry residents spoke to Anton Community Newspapers about the loud noise emanating from equipment, the mayor of Mineola announced the possibility of initiating a lawsuit against not only Verizon, but also the Village of Garden City.
The Village of Mineola Board of Trustees recently voted to leave the Town of North Hempstead when it comes to garbage disposal and enter into a 10-year agreement with Omni of Babylon. Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins and the village trustees reasoned that Omni offered a better price than the town did and the new contract will offer significant savings to village taxpayers. However, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman believes Mineola was better served staying with the town’s solid waste disposal services. Mayor Martins, though, stands behind the village’s decision and believes that it agreeing to a contract with Omni will save taxpayers money.
The biggest cost to multimillion dollar school budgets are staff salaries and benefits. For the Mineola School District, approximately 78 percent of the budget goes toward these expenses. In these tough financial times, as school administrators and boards of education struggle to put budgets before voters that communities will support, an eye has been turned toward employees.
In the Mineola School District, the board of education voted to close two schools with the idea that the district would achieve savings by needing less staff members. With each school closing, according to estimates given at recent board of education meetings, the district would need 10 fewer teachers in addition to other personnel.
When the Mineola School Board made a decision at its February meeting to close two schools, it was perhaps the most monumental decision this current board has made. A committee, commissioned by the board, had a decision just as difficult in recommending a plan to the board to reconfigure the schools of the district with five schools instead of seven.
Village of Mineola Trustees Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira took the oath of office to serve another two years on the board of trustees during last week’s annual organization night.
Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins spoke prior to the ceremony about the health of the village. The board adopted a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year that includes no tax increase.
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