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Around the Town with Lou - March 4, 2011

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

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.


Letter: Retraction Letter Concerning My Previous Letter To Editor

Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

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.


From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins - February 25, 2011

Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

Interesting Times in New York State

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.


Letter: Mineola BOE Trustees Respond To Bond Vote Results

Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00
We write in response to the recent bond vote of Feb. 8 and to comment and clarify our positions on the reconfiguration of our school system in response to that vote and to the Board of Education majority’s decision to immediately implement its Default Option school district reconfiguration plan. We contend that the Board’s Default Option is seriously flawed and should be immediately scrapped.

Around the Town with Lou - February 18, 2011

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

“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.


Poll: School Boards Warm To Competitive Grants

Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00

(Submitted by the New York State School Boards Association.)

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.


From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins

Written by Jack Martins Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00

Tax Cap Supported By Cuomo in Assembly’s Court

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.


Around the Town with Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

“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.


From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins

Written by Jack Martins Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

We’ve Hit the Ground Running In Our First Month in Office

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.


Martins Named Chair of Powerful Committee on Local Governments

Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that he has been appointed to chair the  committee on Local Governments by New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R,C,I-Rockville Centre).


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