As an employee of a Mineola-based business, I often turn down Hudson Street. Recently, driving onto Hudson Street is putting yourself and your car at risk.
Hudson Street has been eroded and there are giant holes, some water filled, near the corner of Hudson Street and Second Street. It is like driving down a bomb-cratered road.
Fifty-nine years as a Roman Catholic priest has sharpened the wit and wisdom of Msgr. Edward Tarrant. His powerful voice is reflected in his great homilies. “People love to talk,” he says, “Everywhere I see people chattering away on their cell phones, driving, crossing streets and just walking down the boulevards.” “Try talking to God,” he says, “You will find the experience very, very rewarding.” His years as a teacher has taught him how to catch the imaginations of his listeners.
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Chris and Ann Gannon live on Marcellus Road. Chris, a longtime resident of Mineola, worked for Sperry’s for 40 years.
Last month, I joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Martin Viette Nurseries in East Norwich to kick off the “Grown on Long Island” campaign to promote the purchase of locally grown produce and horticulture items. Long Island is home to plenty of farmer’s markets, garden centers, farm stands, and wineries, giving all of us easy access to fresh local fruits, vegetables, jellies, juices, homemade baked foods, wines, and beautiful flowers, plants and other garden items.
The recent MTA bailout legislation is yet another attack on Long Island. This year’s state budget already saddles New Yorkers with extra taxes, and this bailout will further compound that burden with additional fees. It continues to baffle me that in the midst of a tough economic climate, the solution continues to be imposing further taxes on residents. Time and time again, state leaders have demonstrated that they are content with the knee-jerk reaction of raising taxes to address fiscal challenges, which does nothing but sweep the problem under the rug.
New York’s nickname has been “The Empire State,” but in light of the recent state budget passed and the struggles with the MTA, it may as well be called, “The Backwards State.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand may or may not have opposition in next year’s Democratic primary. Many in the party are unhappy with her high rating with the NRA and her law work for the tobacco companies. Longtime house member Carolyn McCarthy is no fan of Gillibrand. As of now, however, she is planning only to run for re-election to the House. Gillibrand also favors a crackdown and deportation of the illegal immigrants. Other Dems favor giving the undocumented a chance for citizenship. Another factor in all this has to be that McCarthy has raised some $200,000, while Gillibrand has over $2 million and is also close to New York’s other senator, Charles Schumer. Kirsten has moderated some of her positions since she was appointed to replace Hillary Clinton. Many Dems see her new position as very opportunistic. In any event, popular Republican House member Peter King may run for the Senate regardless of whom the Dems nominate. Stay posted.
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