Traditionally a time of celebration, the holidays may be exceptionally hard for families who have endured the devastating effect of a drunk-driving crash. Their coping skills may be tested and the need for additional support is crucial.
For the past quarter century, John Strein has volunteered with the Mineola Athletic Association in one way or another to help improve the lives of the children in our community. Over the years, John coached a countless number of baseball and soccer teams and also served on our board of directors in many capacities, including the past three years as MAA president.
Operation Gratitude was a huge success. The idea of Dr. Edward Gottlieb of buying up at $1 per pound kids candy left over from Halloween and storing them in his office and then shipping them to California passed all expectations. He collected about 600 pounds of candy which were then sent to our troops fighting in Afganistan and Iraq. Dr. Gottlieb said he was glad to help our fighting forces any way he could. His office is on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park.
This week, the state senate tackled New York’s budget deficit without tax-hiking mid-year school cuts, enacted much-needed reforms to its pension system, and brought much-needed accountability and transparency to this state’s public authorities.
Ben Franklin was a man of many talents. Mineola has a man like that in Peter Gollobin.
He is the owner of MEDIpoint, MEDIpoint International, and FirstLine Medical Supplies, manufacturing a quarter of a million medical devices a day in his factory in Mineola. MEDIpoint’s products are sold in over 60 countries worldwide, including India, Taiwan, and Australia.
It has come to my attention that certain companies are sending out mailings to homeowners offering to file STAR Exemption forms on homeowners’ behalf for a fee – as high as 100 percent of the exemption obtained.
Please be aware homeowners may file applications for STAR Exemptions (as well as other property tax exemptions) with the Nassau County Assessor’s Office for free. You do not need to pay a fee or have a company complete the forms for you.
Please visit the County Assessor’s website www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/
Assessor/index.html to view brochures and print application forms for exemptions. Applications for the STAR Exemption are due by Jan. 4, 2010.
Please share this information with your friends and family.
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt today announced that the Assembly has come to an agreement on “Leandra’s Law.” This legislation will make it a felony to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher when a child under the age of 15 is a passenger in the vehicle. It will also require a breathalyzer ignition lock to be installed on vehicles owned and operated by a person convicted of driving while intoxicated.
Two front-page articles recently in the Mineola American brought awareness to things sadly coming to an end and things to be aware of in the future.
I would like to thank the wonderful residents of Nassau County for their support on Election Day. I am honored and privileged to have been re-elected to serve as your Nassau County Clerk.
I would also like to thank the many volunteers, colleagues, neighbors and friends who gave so much of their time and efforts in support of my re-election.
Though only a quarter of a page long, Dr. James DiMaio’s letter to the editor, “Healthcare Debate: Drop the ‘Crisis’” in the November 11 issue was so unbelievably absurd and misguided that I felt compelled to respond. Though Dr. DiMaio is certainly entitled to his opinion and afforded the freedom to express it publicly in this paper, his views are indicative of a larger problem with the honesty of the health care debate, and as such I feel it necessary to critique part of his letter.
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