Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00
Mineola is in danger. The ill-conceived consolidation plan of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo could mean the end of Mineola and the other villages. The consolidation plan is good as far as eliminating overlapping special districts. This could reduce taxes. But, exceptions should be made for villages. If 10 percent of eligible voters in Mineola, that would be about 1,100 people, petition for the elimination of a village, it has to be put up for a village-wide referendum. We have no trouble with that. But and it’s a huge but, if the county legislature votes to eliminate the villages, then Mineola and all other villages could be dissolved. In other words, the county legislature could decide our fate regardless of what we want. This is a terrible injustice. The fight against it is bi-partisan; Democrat Craig Johnson and Republican Tom McKevitt are both opposed. The village is the most efficient, economical entity in the state. To eliminate them would be madness.
Attending the wake of Rae Sellitto, sister of John DaVanzo, we met Lud Odierna, mayor of Williston Park, Grace and Walter Crosby, Dennis Sheridan of Richlee Court and Joe Sellitto, her grandson.
Marge and Howard Hill of Roosevelt Avenue, 40-year residents of the village, dined at the Davenport. Howard used to be with UPS and Marge describes herself as “a Jill of all trades.”
Wandering through Memorial Park I think, “Where have all the geese, ducks and herons gone?” There used to be so many.
Tom and Joyce Tenney live on Brown Street. Tom has been an assistant trainer at Belmont racetrack for the past 16 years. He loves the work in spite of getting kicked a couple of times. They also like their August trips to Saratoga. Joyce is with Magic Window, the firm occupying the lower level under Sleepy’s.
Peggy and Joe Mazza are customers of CJ Gifts. Peggy is a friend of Maryann Fearon. Maryann is very popular and if you don’t believe it, just ask her.
There are few people at the post office who work harder than Mike Sanders. No, we are not related.
Alice Grom of Arlington Street fell, spraining her ankle and tearing ligaments in her leg. Alice worked at the Jericho Diner for 31 years and before that at IHOP. Since the closing of the Jericho Diner she has been at the Seacrest Diner. Although she is 88 years old she would love to get back to work. Alice is a hardy lady and is related to Walter Realigh. When she was young she was a great dancer. They used to advertise Alice Realigh appearing at the Copa Cabana.
You want to work close to home? Dennis Lynn, who works at Yopps, lives only four blocks away. Dennis has lived here for 30 years.
Charles Samek of 2nd Street remembers a woman, asked to be on a jury in a murder case, saying that she couldn’t serve because she has been a homicide victim herself. This is a common error. What she of course meant is that she was the intended victim.
Walked into Werner’s Deli the other day and who was behind the counter but Werner Gerland. Werner sold the business many years ago but still comes back on busy weekends. He and Freida are both doing well.
Linda Guggino and Mary Matson had dinner at Eleanor Rigby’s. Linda works at the library and sings with the Choral Society. Mary is in the circulation department here at Anton’s.
John Broder, vice-president of Winthrop Hospital, said that 6,000 people a month are coming to the ER. Last year 60,000 were treated. At this current rate 72,000 could be coming to the Emergency Room in ’09.
Christopher Healy has been the deputy commander of the 3rd Police Precinct for the last two years. From 1995 to 2003 he was the patrol officer. He has been a police officer for 24 years, most of that time in the 3rd Precinct. Chris gave a good talk and fielded many questions from the 55 people at the Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Mayor Joseph DelFino of White Plains enjoyed some great Portuguese food at the Churrasqueira Restaurant.