The sponsors call it, the Empowerment Act for short, but local governments are calling it, the Disenfranchisement Act because the sweeping legislation passed this June, going into effect in March 2010, requires voters to vote to dissolve or consolidate local government before they know whether such actions would save money, or not.
“There’s a lot of confusion about the Act and it’s up to you to educate your residents so they’ll know that signing a petition for dissolution sets into motion a complicated, expensive process where the cart is before the horse,” said Wade Beltramo, special counsel for the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) to a roomful of mayors and village officials from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties at a NYCOM meeting held at Mineola High School on Oct. 29. Beltramo spent the evening giving a quick course in the new act, which is summarized below.
If you didn’t know about the tax on payroll to help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, you do now. The payroll tax has come due Nov. 2 with business owners and municipalities and school districts having to fork over 34 cents for every $100 of payroll. The tax affects all businesses and municipalities including school districts, nonprofit organizations that have a payroll and hospitals within the areas that are serviced by the MTA including Nassau County.
“This is a very unfair tax that will increase the burden on local employers. It is not right for Long Island businesses to be required to pay the same tax rate as a business in New York City. This tax will be a determent to the local economy and inhibit the creation of new jobs, ” said Assemblyman Tom McKevitt, who represents Mineola in the State Assembly and voted against the MTA bailout that included the payroll tax.
A morning bowl of cereal. Deli-style sandwiches. Pretzels for an afternoon snack. These are simple things that are off-limits to me. In July 2007, I became one of the 1 in 133 Americans diagnosed with Celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that prevents me from eating gluten.
The protein gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. When someone with Celiac ingests gluten, the immune system responds by attacking the lining of the small intestine, called the villi—the very thing that enables the body to absorb food and nutrients. Whether someone has severe, mild, or even no symptoms at all, the small intestine gets damaged and complications such as malnourishment, anemia, osteoporosis, cancer, and fertility complications can occur if left untreated or undiagnosed. The only treatment is to avoid gluten for life.
Mineola Mustang Run Committee chairperson Linda Fairgrieve said it will be sad on Sunday, Nov.15, after everyone has left Mineola Middle School, the staging area for Sunday’s Mineola Mustang Run. It will mark the final time the Mustang Run, which has become an annual tradition in Mineola and a major fundraiser for local organizations, is being held as the committee decided it was time to end the run.
The Mustang Run has truly been a team effort, led by Linda and Scott Fairgrieve and the dedicated members of the Mustang Run committee for numerous years. From the volunteers to the sponsors to the participants, the Mustang Run took off and ran ever since it first began. Sunday’s run will mark the 25th year the event is being held.
You can take the journalist out of Mineola, but you can’t take Mineola out of the journalist.
Former Newsday political reporter is retired and now runs his family’s farm in North Carolina, but he recently spent some time in Mineola, where he used to live, to work on a book about Long Island sports history.
Mineola Youth and Family Services, a Mineola-based youth agency, is expecting to operate at full capacity as the 2010 Nassau County budget calls for the restoration of funding to the county’s youth board to the level it was in 2008.
In this tough economy, it takes a lot of resiliency for some businesses and non-profit groups to survive but that is exactly what Mineola Youth and Family Services has done.
Incumbent Richard Nicolello, of New Hyde Park (R, I, C) and Dolores Sedacca, (D, WF) of East Williston are running for the 9th Nassau County Legislative District seat, which encompasses Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, Carle Place, Floral Park, Floral Park Centre, Garden City Park, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Westbury and the Willistons. The candidates were asked to make statements on: what they feel is the major issue facing the district, the home energy tax, the Lighthouse project and consolodation.
In the race for Nassau County Executive, Democrat Tom Suozzi of Glen Cove will attempt to retain the post he has held since 2002. He is running against longtime Republican Legislator Ed Mangano of Bethpage.
Republican Angelo Ferrara is seeking re-election to the Town of North Hempstead 3rd Councilmatic District. Democrat Matthew George is challenging him. The 3rd District encompasses Garden City Park, Mineola, Williston Park, Garden City, and parts of New Hyde Park. Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information and to submit responses to questions.
Democratic incumbent Jon Kaiman is seeking re-election to his fourth two-year, term as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor. Challenging him this year is Albertson resident and Republican candidate Lee Tu. The election is being held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information, their platforms and to state what they would bring to the office of town leader.
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