A proposed project that would have a major impact on all of Nassau County will be discussed at a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 4, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University.
The project, called the Lighthouse Project, which will cost a reported $3.7 billion, entails renovating the Uniondale area to include a renovated Nassau Coliseum, hotels, convention facilities, office space, retail space and residential units.
The Mineola Village Board has set Sept. 10 as the day for a referendum for Mineola residents to decide whether to implement a new length of service awards program or LOSAP for members of the Mineola Fire Department. The proposed LOSAP has no age restrictions for firefighters in accumulating credit toward an award that acts almost like a pension.
The village’s current LOSAP allows for firefighters to receive monetary benefits of $20 per month for every year of credited service with a maximum of $800 a month from the village. The program, which was approved by voters of the Village of Mineola in a referendum on December 19, 1990, acts as an incentive to attract and retain members of the fire department.
Those who follow the Mineola Village Board meeting know Bill Urianek and Sal Cataldo as those who regularly attend the meeting and speak at the podium, addressing the mayor and the village board about a variety of issues. Until a few months ago, you could even see them on the cable access channels as the village’s public meetings were televised.
However, the mayor and the village board decided to no longer televise the public comment portion of the meetings after they deemed that comments made by certain residents at the public meeting were inappropriate for the television broadcast.
Community members joined with Rabbi Anchelle Perl on the steps of Congregation Beth Shalom Chabad on Willis Avenue in Mineola last Tuesday to send a message that hate will not be tolerated. Between 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 and 5:30 a.m. on Friday, July 3, a Swastika, the symbol of the Nazis, who persecuted Jews, was painted on the front doors of Chabad.
The Mineola School District has a clean slate. Not only does the district have a new superintendent, but it appears a lawsuit alleging serious claims against the former superintendent and deputy has been resolved. At the reorganization meeting of the Mineola Board of Education, board vice-president Terence Hale announced that the claims “have been dismissed.”
Since February 2008, a dark cloud had been hanging over the Mineola School District. That was when former district employee Ulana Illiano filed a lawsuit, seeking at least $7 million, claiming that superintendent of schools Dr. Larry Licopoli and deputy superintendent Michael Nagler created a hostile work atmosphere. The complaint alleged that Dr. Nagler made sexually offensive and unwanted and unwelcome comments and that Dr. Licopoli consistently made comments about Jews and Jewish holidays that were offensive to the plaintiff.
An employee arriving at Congregation Beth Chabad on Willis Avenue in Mineola discovered two swastikas spray-painted on the double doors of the synagogue. The swastika is the symbol of the Nazi regime that persecuted and murdered those of Jewish faith during World War II.
Police said the swastikas were put on the doors sometime between 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 and 5:30 a.m. on Friday, July 3. Police said the incident is being investigated as a bias incident.
The MTA hasn’t exactly earned the trust of the public lately with its recent fare increases and a state bailout plan that includes a payroll tax to help fund the agency’s budget. The distrust of the MTA has also found its way to the state legislature as Republican lawmakers in the Assembly are planning on introducing legislation to create more oversight of the MTA.
A bill with the supposed aim to reduce the property tax burden on New Yorkers by creating a mechanism to eliminate local governments has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson. The law now provides a way to eliminate villages through a petition and village-wide referendum or an act of the county legislature and a county-wide referendum.
The Mineola High School Class of 2009 graduated from high school on Saturday, June 27 with a ceremony at the Tilles Center. Leading the way for the class were Valedictorian Adria DiGiovanni and Salutatorian Brian Langone.
The Mineola School District has undergone a lot of changes over the past nine years, but the one thing that has remained constant was the service of Steve Siwinski. Since 2001, Siwinski has served on the board, but decided not to run for re-election and to retire from the volunteer position.
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