Recently, Congress passed, and I supported, the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act. This legislation, which was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2010, will reduce waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars by cutting out improper and excessive payments from federal agency spending. In addition, the bill will help identify, reduce and eliminate improper payments, as well as recover lost funds that federal agencies have spent improperly.
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my family and the Mineola Fire Department for their participation in the “Walk for Walter” Lustgarten Foundation Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research on July 25. Our team joined over 4,000 walkers to raise over $1 million for pancreatic research. We walked in honor of Walter Langer, ex-chief of the fire department, who succumbed to cancer in June 2008. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
It took all of three seconds to fall in love with him. That tiny v-shaped face and green eyes, his stumbling kitten tip toe walk, made us all know that he was the one for us. Since his litter siblings were named Angus and Cletus, we decided that Seamus McGee was the right name for him.
Larry King has me beat by seven wives as I have only had one. Grace and I celebrated our 62nd anniversary year July 3. Grace should get some kind of award for patience and understanding. We enjoyed the evening with long time friends Jerry and Muriel Mehlman at the Davenport.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos has released the audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2009 fiscal year. “Nassau County ended the year with a small budgetary surplus of $1.2 million which was only achieved by the prior administration’s massive borrowing, deferral of expenses and ‘one shot’ non-recurring revenue items. Without these very troubling budget maneuvers by the prior administration the County would have had a $250.3 million structural deficit,” Maragos stated.
Luna Park and Steeplechase live again as Coney Island’s famous amusement center is reborn. A few may remember that a large racetrack existed in nearby Sheepshead Bay. In that golden age of Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell, Brooklyn had three racetracks. The other two were Brighton Beach and Graves End.
In past issues of the Mineola American, we have written a great deal about the need for additional information about reconfiguration options. At the board meeting on June 17, Dr. Nagler made a detailed presentation about reconfiguration options that answered these questions. The board (through its president, Mr. Hornberger) also went out of its way to seek the answers to questions that were not directly covered by the presentation.
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