It’s been three months since the Village of Mineola Board of Trustees decided to take the public meetings off the air. The mayor avers that for as many complaints as he has gotten about the meetings not being televised, he has received as many positive comments. I don’t answer his phone so I don’t know if that is true or not, but I do know that three months is way too long. While these men sit and ruminate - if they are indeed giving it any thought whatsoever - the taxpayers of the village who are unable to attend the meetings grow increasingly frustrated. So I’ll do it.
Just because seniors in Medicare already have health insurance, it does not mean we do not have a stake in the health-care reform debate in Washington. In fact, many reforms being considered could improve Medicare while others will no doubt weaken the program.
There are a lot of angry taxpayers in New York these days and I am one of them. In fact, excessive taxes, exorbitant debt and non-transparent budgeting were the issues, which drove me to run for office in Mineola.
The challenge for the residents of our state and of our village and for those whom our residents elect to represent them is to find a way to control taxes and to maintain a responsive, service-oriented government at the same time. We have been working to meet that challenge in Mineola. Through careful budgeting, diligent financial oversight, expansion of our tax base through smart-growth projects, orchestrated debt reduction and a reassessment program geared to producing a fair allocation of our tax burden, we believe that we are on the right path toward generating tax relief for those aspects of life over which we have jurisdiction.
New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson called for the passage of important legislation that will enable concerned parents and residents to receive instant email alerts every time a sex offender moves into their zip code.
“Ever parent would want to know if a danger lurks in their neighborhood,” Senator Johnson said. “This commonsense measure will use existing technology to enhance our current system and proactively alert residents when a dangerous sexual predator moves into their community.”
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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