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From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Common Core But No Common Sense


Make no bones about it.  I have been consumed with nonstop questions and concerns regarding the state education department’s rollout of the Common Core curriculum.  I’m approached by constituents with questions at almost every event I attend in our district.  But more than answer questions, I’ve been trying to listen because it’s abundantly clear to me that people are truly upset.  There’s something wrong and they want something to be done. 


 To resolve this issue is going to take time and a whole lot of patience.  That’s why I was so flabbergasted this past week when State Education Commissioner Dr. John King Jr. announced he was suspending his scheduled town hall meetings to discuss the roll-out of Common Core and answer questions.   Apparently, the commissioner was challenged by concerned parents and teachers at a town hall meeting upstate.  Blaming “special interests” (i.e. concerned parents) for what he felt was an unconstructive atmosphere, he chose to suspend subsequent meetings including the Long Island event that was to be held right here in Garden City.  This was an incredibly poor decision on his part.  Anyone involved in government must understand that just because you don’t like the score, doesn’t mean you can take your bat and your ball and go home. This is especially true as Dr. King not only chose the game, he set the rules by which our children will be gauged.  It’s wrong. 


Common Sense Is Needed

Written by Steve Israel, Congressman 5th U.S. Congressional District Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

There’s a lot of blame and finger pointing for the recent federal government shutdown. Today I’m offering a common-sense solution.


Originally, House Republicans, who are in the majority, offered a resolution to temporarily continue governing operations. It had two conditions: 1.) Fund the government at a level that many Democrats felt was insufficient; and 2.) Defund and delay the Affordable Care Act (known to many as Obamacare). I could not support both of those conditions, particularly using a shutdown of the federal government to effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act.


Weitzman Blasts Maragos Over Threatening Letter

Written by Howard Weitzman, Democratic Challenger for County Comptroller Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

Threat of lawsuit, made at public expense, aims to silence political opposition


Former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman announced that he received a letter from the law firm Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, at the behest of the Nassau County Attorney’s Office, threatening a lawsuit unless he retracts a complaint he filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The complaint, based on an investigative piece published by the Wall Street Journal, highlights evidence that Comptroller George Maragos’s annual financial report is misleading and that the County Attorney’s office colluded with a partisan Republican judge to ‘cook the books’ and misrepresent the county’s financial condition on the annual financial report.


Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi University, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.


If you have a neighbor like Sean Burke, you are lucky. He can fix and repair almost anything. He has been in construction all his life. He works as a construction supervisor in the city and is just finishing up a four-year job at Lincoln Center. Sean and his wife Donna have lived here since 1994. They are active in St. Aidan’s Church where their son Ryan attends. He is Scout leader of Cub Pack 221. Ten-year-old Ryan excels in many sports. Sean has a great Irish sense of humor and is a fine friend.


Letter: The U.N. Arms Treaty And The U.S. Constitution

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

There is no law or treaty that supersedes the United States Constitution. The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land. We elect men and women who swear to defend it against all enemies; foreign and domestic.

The United Nations was formed following the Second World War from allied nations in hopes of bringing peace and unity after the atrocities witnessed after the war.  Further, since its inception it has been helping out third world nations, and assisting them with everything from voter fraud to helping out children in need, among others.


Letter: Refurbish The ‘Going’ Sign

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

I have been living in the vicinity of, or within, Mineola for over 66 years. I attended Mineola High School and graduated from what is now the middle school in 1957.

I remember attending the splendid original Mineola Fair located south of Old Country Road and roller-skating on Saturday mornings within the old Mineola Roller Rink, again on the south side of Old Country Road. I frequented the old architecturally beautiful landmark which was known as The Mineola Theater located on the southeast corner of First Street and Mineola Boulevard.


Reader’s Take On Train Station Sign

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

This drawing, designed by Richard Corrao of Mineola, is his take on what a new “Welcome to Mineola” sign should look like if the current ‘Going Sign’ gets revamped.

Have an idea for what the Station Plaza North welcome sign should look like if it gets redesigned? Email a drawing to editor Rich Forestano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or bring it to 132 East Second Street, Mineola, NY, 11501.


Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, an Adelphi graduate, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.


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The downtown street fair of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce was a huge success. “This was our best event with thousands coming,” said President Bill Greene. Among those we met were Mayor Scott Strauss, Trustee Dennis Walsh, Colleen Smith, Danielle Scarpinato, Shawn Dieterich, Marty and Paul Becker, Senator Jack Martins, Joe and Bridie Kirby, Charlie and Sally Patterson, Kim Barnett and her sons Michael and Danny, Kathy Ciarkio, Bachir Al-Okla, with Noova, Nada and Nadeem, Bill Bradey, Raquel Olivivara, Mart Vacchiano, Chrissy Becker, Cathy Whitley, Juliana Lupo, Joanna Pedretti, Cara and Jolie Tichert, Linda Stewart, Ed Hajduk, Ryan Schuelerdonald and Kathleen Kerzner, Charlotte and Frank Zuniga, Butch Scorge, Mary Matson, Linda Doerrbecker, Steven Frankel, Gretchen Kretkowski Rieger, Meagan and Caifin Parker, Tom and Maryanne Warnecke and granddaughter Grace, Roseann and John Peritore, Gregory Gangemi, Richard Kennedy, John Rudinski, Michael Lincoln, Harry Palms and Angelo Ferrara and wife Pat. He is a town councilman.


Letter: Too Much Government

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Mineola’s lengthening of the terms of trustees from two to four years is just another example of placing politicians in office and you can’t get rid of them. It seems that once someone gets in, they are there forever.

This does not save money. It costs more due to no new ideas, and the same old machine cranking out the same nonsense year after year, mostly without the public’s knowledge or say so. A very bad idea Mineola.


Bob Rabey


Mineola resident 


Letter: Modernize The ‘Welcome’ Sign

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

As I do recall the “Welcome to Mineola” sign in its entirety during its heyday, I do feel it has since become an eyesore to the community after Hurricane Sandy. Nonetheless, I would love to see it replaced and maybe modernized with something digital perhaps.


However, we do have to caution that what we place upon that building will be exposed to the elements and therefore it must be maintained. A suggestion would be a digital sign that tells visitors: “Welcome to Mineola” and maybe offer the time, date and the current weather conditions, or something similar.


Scott Diamond


Mineola resident


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