On a Sunday afternoon, in front of hundreds of supporters in the Williston Park American Legion Hall, Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins was introduced as the Republican candidate for the 7th Senate District. After applause subsided, Martins spoke to those who will be supporting his campaign. In the first words of his speech, he mentioned being mayor of the Village of Mineola, a position he has held for the past seven years.
In his first State of the County address, County Executive Edward P. Mangano criticized the previous administration, listing numerous problems in Nassau’s government and saying that because of past planning, “Tonight, I am here to tell you: The state of our county is deeply troubled.”
He went on to detail the major problem areas and touch on some ways he hopes to address the issues.
In the annual Village of Mineola annual election, trustees Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira were re-elected to another two-year term. The election did not attract much interest this year since Cusato and Pereira both ran unopposed.
A 45-year-old Selden man was killed at the Mineola train station after leaning over the tracks and being struck by an eastbound train that was departing the station. According to a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) spokesman, the initial investigation indicates that it was accidental.
Saying the Senate Democrats have put an additional burden on New York State residents during the country’s worst recession in the last 80 years by overspending and overtaxing, Republican Jack M. Martins announced he will be running for New York State’s 7th Senate District in order to protect the interests of the residents and taxpayers.
The Mineola School Board held a meeting last Thursday night, during which the second phase of the budget was presented. When it came time for public comment, some members of the public discussed the board’s decision to close schools, which came at the previous board meeting.
The board and the administration are currently in the process of formulating a budget for the 2010-2011 school year. The budget will be voted on in May.
If you want to dissolve the village you live in, you can dissolve it beginning March 22 as a new law that gives residents the power to consolidate and dissolve villages and special taxing districts takes effect. The process involves circulating a petition and with enough signatures, you can force a referendum to dissolve the village or special district. The question is, at least in the case of villages, why would you want to?
Governor David A. Paterson’s proposed 2010-11 executive budget calls for several state parks on Long Island to close and others to cut their hours and services due to a state budget shortfall.
The state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recently created a list of recommended park closures and cuts in an effort to operate on a smaller budget as the governor tries to close the budget gap.
As snow fell last Wednesday evening during another winter snowstorm, inside the Mineola High School auditorium, the board of education made a decision that will impact the Mineola, Williston Park and Albertson communities. The board, by a 4-1 margin, voted to close two of the seven schools in the Mineola School District. The first would be closed prior to the start of the 2011-2012 school year and the second would be closed prior to the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
The decision of whether two of the seven school buildings in the Mineola School District should be closed is one that has elicited passion from residents on both sides of the issue. The board of education has been examining whether to close schools as a cost-saving measure for a few years and now, the board has arrived at a point when a decision will be made.
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