Never was the importance of a local periodical more evident than in the June 10 edition of the Mineola American. As we all know, the televising of the public portion of our village board meetings has been suspended. Without the American, the throngs of villagers who have had their lives utterly devastated by this would never have known why it happened in the first place.
All one needs to do is read the disjointed ranting of Jean Falabella in the Letters to the Editor section (in the June 10 issue). That is proof positive why not everyone is ready for prime time.
Thank you for publishing Mineola Mayor Jack Martins’and the Mineola Village Boards’ thoughtful letter about the threat of Long Island village consolidations and dissolutions. We in Williston Park and Mineola have been sending similar letters to Tom McKevitt in our Assembly and Craig Johnson in our Senate; Johnson has responded in support. Our village taxes seem modest, relative to the level of services we receive. More importantly, if we do not act, the collective histories and cultures over three or more generations in Mineola, Williston Park, and East Williston could be wiped out with the sweep of a pen.
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.
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