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.
I am writing to you because I want you to know that I think Mrs. Pat Molloy is a true example of the “Mission of the Mineola Union Free School District.” Pat Molloy truly inspires my child and makes my child want to be a life-long learner. My child frequently expresses how much she loves her school, teachers and principal. She often talks of being a teacher herself. Pat Molloy pursues excellence and exhibits strength of character in my child. She does this by being the foundation of a school that my child looks forward to every day, a school where Pat Molloy makes every child feel safe and equal. Pat Molloy helps my child contribute positively to our global society. This is because she is a leader who encourages programs like Jump Rope for Heart and Help-A-Family. Pat Molloy is truthfully an inspiration to students, teachers and parents. My child is a student in Meadow Drive School. My child is a student that the Mineola Board of Education is responsible for, in a school that the Mineola Board of Education is responsible for. Without Pat Molloy’s presence in Meadow Drive, my daughter is missing out on the experience of a truly inspirational role model.
Our State Senator Craig Johnson has a second chance to show us he is a “brave warrior” for good, clean government. In August 2009 I was very disappointed when he did not condemn the Democrat Party’s chicanery in the state’s senate chamber involving two Democrat senators – Monserrate and Espada – that shut down state government for almost a full month. Since that time, Monserrate has been convicted of a misdemeanor assault on his fiancee, Karla Giraldo. Court-watchers “in the know” say the penalty would have been far harsher except the victim, with 40 stitches in her face, would not cooperate with the Queens DA and testify against Monserrate. (Ain’t Love Grand?) Shortly, thereafter, Brian Foley, a young, first term state senator from Suffolk County demanded that Monserrate quit or face expulsion from the senate. New York’s federal senators, Schumer and Gillibrand called for Monserrate’s resignation. Newsday, in an editorial of Oct. 21, recommended that the senate clean up its house or face voter reaction. Then, on Oct. 26, I saw a picture in Newsday of our Senator Johnson, with a tough look on his face, standing next to Foley. I hoped that the picture showed Johnson joining Foley in seeking Monserrate’s removal. However, when I read the article I was disappointed. It had nothing to do with the effort to dump Monserrate. The article related to the Native American Seneca Nation’s complaints that Johnson was “hostile to the nation’s interests” and involved the sale of cigarettes on the nation’s reservation 400 miles north of Long Island. Instead of fighting with the nations’ chiefs and braves in the far north, Johnson must publicly and loudly join the outcry seeking Monserrate’s removal and better government for all citizens. If he ever expects to be a “chief” in the future, he must be “brave” now.
Alan J. Reardon
Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (East Meadow) in conjunction with Long Island Blood Services, will be sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at the New Hyde Park Fire Department, 1555 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040.
In medicine there is an expression that says: First, do no harm. It is a warning to doctors to be careful not to hurt or kill the patient you are trying to cure. With “Healthcare Reform,” we should heed the same warning and avoid wrecking a system that, although not perfect, is by far the best healthcare system on the planet. Taking a step back and looking at the so-called “crisis” in healthcare, we observe the followings facts: 90 percent of Americans have health insurance. Ten percent do not. Those who do not will never be denied care in an emergency. And we are talking about quality care here, with 21st century technology and known-how that is the world’s gold-standard.
Miserable weather and a sagging economy did not keep people away from the Chamber of Commerce’s “Taste of Mineola” with 225 coming. Many of our best restaurants participated, like Churrasquiera and Eleanor Rigby’s. We had a chance to talk to Pat Lackner, Vivian Yuan, Lou Santosus, Matt Smith, Paul Cusato, Linda Sekula, Margie Avitabile, Eleanore Sikorski, Sam Kille, Bill Gresalfi, Marty Dawber, Steve Stolarik, Peter Fagiolia, Gary Mazur, Joe Holochek, Jeff Mota, Charlie Altard, Peggy Ford, John and Carolina Macedo, Lisa Ford, Maura Clancy, East Williston Mayor Nancy Zolezzi, Carole Muldoon, Williston Mayor Lud Odierna, Richard Reers, Ed Paley and his son Justin, Charles Sleefe, the library director, Stephanie Ford, Gabe Parajos, Joe Mistrella, Dave Paganini, Jo Noto, Theresa and Bruce Hafner and Laura Sikorski, mother of Chamber President Ray Sikorski, Karen Wiley, Patty Kane and Joe Zolezzi. A fashion show was also included in the fun evening with a group of little girls, some as young as 2, stealing the show. There was also a fine women’s show and a men’s show. Our own editor Joe Rizza, was one of the male models - good job Joe. The evening was emceed by Jackie Lucas of Channel 12.
Leaf removal season will officially begin on Monday, Nov. 2. It is anticipated that leaf removal season will be completed by mid-December. Residents are reminded that loose leaves should be kept separate from household waste and they should be placed in plastic bags at the curb for collection. The Village of Mineola Sanitation Department will be collecting leaf bags on Mondays and on each refuse collection day. There is a 10-bag limit for each collection day.
The schedule of leaf collection by the Sanitation Department is as follows:
A few months ago, there was a news report about a man from upstate New York who was accused of practicing dentistry without a license. The report stated that he operated in his kitchen. In lieu of Novocain, he offered his patients wine to help them through the pain. The story brought back a flood of memories from my childhood. One was a traumatic episode that I re-live every time I sit in a dentist’s chair.
Our family dentist, a family friend, reminded me of the actor Peter Lorre. If you are too young to recall him, Peter Lorre was an Austrian-American who often played in films with Humphrey Bogart and was typecast as a creepy, sinister foreigner.
Housing on Long Island represents a microcosm of all the problems Long Island needs to address – from economic and social equity, smart growth, zoning challenges, and how to make fragmented government work better, inspire community action, and ensure that opportunity is more fairly distributed and readily accessible.
Long Island is made up of two highly distinguishable sets of communities. Among the dissimilarities, communities that have thriving, walkable downtowns with built-in economic opportunities, transportation options, financial services, medical care and pharmacies and a high quality of life, and communities that instead have vacant storefronts, safety challenges, or nothing at all; communities whose children learn and grow at highly reputable schools and those whose children attend schools that regularly receive negative media attention and require state intervention; communities with parks and beaches and communities with an overabundance of brownfields; communities with supermarkets and farmers markets and communities with nothing but junk-food delis; and communities with few housing options and communities with excessive designated affordable housing.
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