If you live in the Mineola School District you have likely received several mailings from anonymous groups calling themselves Citizens for XXXX. The return address is usually a UPS store in Garden City Park or Garden City. Since they are anonymous they feel free to spread lies and misinformation about the school district’s reconfiguration.
The Green Bay Packers won the big game which many at the Kiwanis Super Bowl breakfast liked because the Steelers had beaten their beloved Jets. Among those we had a chance to talk to were: Pat Purdy, John Lodigkeit, Paul Cusato, Neil and Madeline Piloto, Pete Owens, Cheryl Lee, Helene and Joel Harris, Ed Hajduk, Bob Rosenthal, Ed Schutz, Ron Clark, Greg Nold, Joe Saporta, Susan Schmuch, Harold Axelrod, Scott Fairgrieve, Joyce Gorycki, Richard, Alex and Andrew Maher, Barry, Jordana and Trey Dworkin, Dick O’Callaghan, Tim May, John, Robert, Thomas, Clare, Joseph, Beth and Maryellen Owens, Dan McAllister, Steve McCarthy, Nicole and M. Destefano, A. Klein, Nick Ruscillo, Mike Rich, Billy Symington, Joe and Anne Tartaglia, Lenny Schmidt, Joy and Marty Wyler, and Paul and Peggy May.
In a letter dated Feb. 14, Mrs. Parrino and I wrote concerning issues relating to implementation of the default option currently being implemented by the Mineola Board of Education. Among the issues discussed was an allegation that Dr. Nagler had personally informed the seventh grade students that they were being assigned to the high school for the 2011-2012 school year. Parents had informed me that this was the case and I accordingly wrote that into last week’s letter. Mrs. Parrino relied on my input with respect to this allegation in signing the letter of Feb. 14 and is not responsible for authoring that portion of the letter.
As I complete my second month serving the people of the 7th Senate District, I am continuously reminded that these are interesting times in New York State. There are discussions going on in Albany about subjects that are now getting the serious attention they deserve. Mandate relief, for example, is something we need to discuss in the coming months, especially in light of the likelihood that a 2 percent tax cap will be implemented.
“Street of Churches” was once the name given to Willis Avenue in Mineola. That name can soon be resumed with the new Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints and the Evangelist Church of Grace joining Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church and Temple Beth Sholm Chabad. Some may remember the Episcopal Church and the long-gone Methodist Church.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to link state funding with student achievement and administrative efficiencies may have garnered initial criticism from some educators, but a recent poll from the New York State School Boards Association shows school board members may be warming to the idea.
It’s been an historic week in Albany from the perspective that our state government is at last bringing tax relief to our residents. I was pleased to have voted along with my colleagues on a 2 percent tax cap to be imposed on local government. This will help to ensure that our residents will not be saddled with heavy tax increases that will drive them from their homes. The taxpayers have clearly spoken and we are listening.
“Brooklyn?” “Yes, of course I know Brooklyn,” said Pope John Paul II when he met Msgr. Robert Coyle, pastor of Corpus Christi Church. The Pope asked Coyle where he was from and he said Long Island. The Pope looked blank until our pastor said it’s near Brooklyn. The occasion was when Msgr. Coyle was talking about the hopeful Sainthood for the late Pope and told us of his first meeting with the Holy Father.
My first month in office has been both exciting and challenging – mirroring the times we face in our daily lives. I have had the opportunity to meet with community leaders in all corners of our great district as I have visited schools, fire departments, villages and various community groups to listen to the concerns in each and discuss how we can address the challenges ahead.
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