Could you imagine if, tomorrow, school districts across New York State had to absorb more than 400,000 new students? Or picture your local school enrolling hundreds of new students and the effect it would have on class sizes, let alone our ability to provide books and materials, desks and lockers. Our current facilities could in no way withstand that kind of blow. In each district, new schools would have to be immediately built and hundreds of teachers, aides, and support staff would have to be hired. With the average cost to educate a student in New York at over $20,000 annually, you could bet our already sky-high school taxes would zoom to astronomical levels.
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace, a graduate of Adelphi University, have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
When Kathleen Rice defeated Denis Dillon in the battle to become the district attorney, we had Republican friends that were assistant DA’s. They figured that Rice would fire them and replace them with Democrats. That didn’t happen. Kathleen said, “We will keep all those doing a good job no matter what party they belong to.” Rice has always worked like that. She has brought down drunk driving. She had a man who was drunk and driving the wrong way on a parkway, crashing into a van killing a little girl and the driver, and convicted him of murder. Instead of the usual five-year sentence, he was found guilty of murder and sentenced for 18 years to life. She has publicly displayed the photos of those arrested for DWI. She is now working hard against texting while driving.
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This upcoming election, Mineola has a chance to control the outcome of the North Hempstead Election. For years now, North Hempstead has ignored Mineola and for the most part, Mineola has ignored the town as we do not use their services. The mayor and village board and residents do not receive the respect from the Town of North Hempstead that a village of our size deserves.
We only receive back approximately $56,000 in sales tax revenue when we should be getting $1.1 million. They pave streets in other incorporated villages but not Mineola, we end up paying for it ourselves.
When walking down Westbury Avenue, there is a large sign touting the "Sheridan Repaving Project," where all the appropriate political names are appropriately placed. Looking north on Sheridan Blvd. you see the east side of the road has been re-paved; the west side is the existing pavement, dings and all.
First thought that comes to mind is, would I want a painter or roofer doing half the work on my house because the other half is "good enough?" Overall, how much money is really saved by doing half the work effort? Yes, less than half the material costs are saved, and some hours to place those materials, but considering most of the expense is in labor to setup and clean up, why would I shortchange the appearance of my home for the nominal extra of doing the "whole" job?
The way in which the North Hempstead Town Board and the Hempstead Town Board recently handled similar situations is, in my mind, a testament to the true distinction between the GOP machine and the North Hempstead Democrats.
Faced with the need to appoint a town clerk in the wake of the Republican town clerk being convicted of harassment charges involving employees in his office, the GOP-controlled Hempstead Town Board took the “typical politics route”— appointing the individual currently running for election as a Republican to the position of town clerk. This gives their candidate a tremendous advantage as an incumbent, with the full power of the office, as she runs in the November election.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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