The problem for the Mineola School District is one of simple economics — revenues are decreasing while expenses are increasing. The Mineola School Board was presented last week with an option to continue all of the programs the district offers while putting forth budgets for the next three years administrators feel the community can afford. That option, though, involves closing two of the district’s seven schools.
The Mineola School Board is facing some difficult decisions it may need to make to put forth a budget for the 2010-2011 school year that residents of the district will support in this tough economic climate. Among the decisions is whether to close one or two of the district’s seven schools, a cost-saving measure that is expected to be discussed at tomorrow night’s board meeting.
From Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated, but there isn’t much celebration going on at the Corpus Christi School in Mineola. Monsignor Robert Coyle, pastor of the Corpus Christi Parish, recently sent home a letter to parents of students attending the school that the school will be closing at the end of this school year.
At 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Mineola Fire Department was alerted to a car fire on East 2nd Street near Hampton Street. With the car, a Hundyai Sonata, engulfed in flames, the firefighters went to work to put out the raging flames.
In an effort to reform a property tax assessment system he feels is broken, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano unveiled his plan to repair the assessment system to lessen the burden property tax refunds have on the county budget.
Knowing the challenge of restoring fiscal stability to Nassau County government, George Maragos vowed to protect every taxpayer dollar when he was sworn in as Nassau County Comptroller at The Inn at New Hyde Park.
Heralded as the salt of the earth, honored as David victorious over Goliath, and lauded as an honest working man, proud to have been a janitor who put himself through law school, Edward P. Mangano was sworn in as Nassau County Executive on New Year’s Day to a crowd of supporters and a stage full of dignitaries who called for this very different county leader to embody the start of a new era for Nassau.
At the Village of Mineola board meeting on December 2, the Mineola Fire Department proudly took delivery of its new Engine 162. This KME pumper will replace the 20-year-old E-One pumper, which served the village through the years, responding to such major conflagrations as the Rehabilitation Institute in 1993, the St. James Restaurant, Kuck’s Deli and most recently the Getty Fire in 2008.
Despite narrowly passing a 2.5 percent home energy tax earlier this year, the Nassau County legislature last week voted 13-5 in favor of repealing it. During a meeting Dec. 21, the 19-member legislature voted 13-5 in favor of the eliminating the tax; Republican Nassau County Executive-elect Edward Mangano, who currently represents the 17th District, was not present for the meeting and therefore did not vote.
On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi held a farewell party at the Garden City Hotel. He reflected on his years as county executive in front of staff members and supporters.
“Never forget you were part of something positive that made people’s lives better,” he told his staff members and supporters.
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