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Around the Town with Lou - June 3, 2011

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

Nuclear power in the United States was the topic of interest last week. Bill Robeson spoke to the Mineola Chamber about nuclear energy especially about what happened in Japan and how it affects the nuclear power plants in the United States. He explained how uranium and nuclear fusion work. He said what happened in Japan was nothing like the disaster in the old Soviet Union where the radiation spread over thousands of miles. In Japan the radiation was confined to a 20-mile radius. We have 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S. and get 20 percent of our energy from them. With the exception of the Three Mile Island accident all have been operating safely. France gets 80 percent of its power from nuclear. Most of them are close to large cities and there have been no problems.

 

Letter: The MTA Is Out of Control

Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

Today the senate and the assembly took bold steps to introduce bills A7856 and S4637 asking for an independent audit  of the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority).

 

From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins - June 3, 2011

Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

Two Percent Tax Cap Is Official

I recently had the opportunity to gather with my colleagues from Long Island to urge the Assembly to pass a 2 percent tax cap, an initiative by Governor Cuomo that we passed in the Senate back in January with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

 

Around the Town with Lou - May 27, 2011

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00
“USA, USA,” the crowd at Citizen’s Bank field in Philly was shouting. Dave Wright of the Mets was standing on second base and was wondering what all the yelling meant. He asked Jimmy Rollins of the Phils, but he didn’t know either. It was only when they got back to the dugout that they were told the goods news that Osama bin Laden had been killed. Finally, something that both the Mets and Phils could agree on along with the rest of America.
 

Letter: Micro Stamping Bill A Side Issue

Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00
I had the privilege of running against Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel last election and I can say she is truly determined to pass the infamous micro-stamping bill, which was introduced by her in the New York State Assembly under A1157. This bill, if passed into law, will place a burden on pistol manufacturers and gun store owners.  Manufacturing costs will rise, resulting in owners selling less resulting in stores losing business.  We cannot afford anymore businesses to close down.
 

Bill on Penalties for Selling Drugs to Children Passes Senate

Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

A bill introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that increases the penalty for criminal sale of a controlled substance to minors under the age of 14 has passed the Senate with wide bipartisan support.

 

From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins - May 20, 2011

Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

Summer Is Upon Us

As we head into the summer, we are still hard at work in Albany. We must continue to build on the momentum we’ve established since March when the Senate, Governor and Assembly worked together to pass an historic budget that closed a $10 billion budget without raising any taxes or fees. It represented a vast change in how Albany conducted business in recent years when the state outspent its revenues and then relied on taxpayers to close the deficits with tax increases.

 

Letter: Setting the Record Straight

Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

Since the fall of 2005, I have been a member of the Mineola UFSD finance committee.  For anyone who is unsure why the Mineola School District is going through the current reconfiguration, I hope this will help make clear why it needs to be done.

 

Around the Town with Lou - May 13, 2011

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

Portuguese people love good food, which is one of the reasons that their traditional Palm Sunday breakfast is so popular. Among those there we had a chance to talk to Manuel Costa, Marie and John Caetano, Dick and Marguerite O’Callaghan, Fred Reiger, Victor Dovale, David and Phyllis Stein, Leah and Michael Miller, Tom and Ann Forte, Rosa Ribeiro, Paul Pereira, George Durham, Paul Cusato, Dolores Martins, Eileen Devaney, James Devaney, Marcia Caetano Devaney, Joseph and Barbara Malerba, Kathleen DaCosta and Mrs. Dias, Maria Ferreiro, Lino Pereira, Maria Coelho, Julio and Ana Pereira, Hipolito Ribeiro, Maria and Domingos DeCosta, Edward and Fernanda Costa, John Macedo and Mayor Scott Strauss. Over 500 people came to the breakfast.

 

Letter: The Race Begins

Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

Our two incumbents, Will Hornberger and Terence Hale, along with our administration, have taken great strides in not only coming up with a plan to better the school district and save us the taxpayers, money, but in actually carrying out their plan. Hornberger and Hale made a promise to our district to keep our tax levy at or below 2.5 percent for five years.

 

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