Written by Delia DeRiggi-Whitton Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
We are winning a fight against higher taxes. In 2010, rather than fix the assessment system that creates your tax bill, County Executive Edward Mangano repealed what is known as the “County Guaranty.”
His move would push expenses onto other governments and schools, forcing them to cover for his mistakes when your property is wrongly assessed and you are due a refund. This would likely mean higher taxes for you.
The Democratic Caucus here in the Nassau County Legislature fought the county executive on this in 2010. When I proudly joined that caucus last year, I adamantly opposed his idea and have actively supported its repeal.
Last week, my caucus was proven correct. A New York State Appellate Division panel has ruled that Mangano’s action “violates the New York Constitution.”
All four judges on the panel, including a prominent Republican, voted unanimously against County Executive Mangano’s move.
This is a very important victory for taxpayers, who would have had about $80 million annually pushed down to other entities, like their schools and towns. Nassau wouldn’t be taxing you any less, but the schools and towns would need more money from you to cover higher expenses and taxes pushed over from the county.
I hope that the County Executive does not appeal this court decision and waste any more taxpayer money on legal fees. Another appeal would cause already stressed school districts to possibly cut back on education in order to reserve money while they wait to find out if they have to use it to pay for Nassau’s mistakes.
Finally, for schools in my district like Locust Valley, North Shore School, Oyster Bay and Jericho, this ruling should bring great relief. As far as Glen Cove, I know that something still has to be done about the unfair way we pay twice for tax refunds. I have been meeting with my legal advisors and will make every effort to see that the county re-examine the issue.
In my last column I vowed to follow up on Crescent Beach, where septic contamination has been polluting Hempstead Harbor and forcing beach closure for many summers.
I am happy to report some encouraging news. It appears that Nassau County Department of Health has tracked a lot of the faulty cesspools that were causing the contamination and now the salt water may actually be clean.
This is a great sign that we should stay full steam ahead with all plans for Crescent Beach, including connecting the area to the Nassau County Sewer System. I will continue working on grant possibilities so that homeowners will not bear a major expense. Some promising developments may in fact be on the horizon.
As I push forward on this, we will need the support of County Executive Edward Mangano. Soon I will be announcing a non-partisan citizen task force focused on local wastewater issues, including Crescent Beach. Hopefully we can all push for cleaner waters, a healthier environment and an open beach!
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Dodds and Eder will be hosting a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, May 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at their Sag Harbor location to showcase the work of Plein Air Peconic, an artist group dedicated to helping the Peconic Land Trust conserve the natural beauty of the East End. The reception will showcase “At Home in the Natural World” an exhibition and sale of landscape paintings and photographs. The exhibition is on view at Dodds and Eder, which is open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Many of the paintings and photographs in the show are larger works composed in the studio from field studies of preserved sites. By painting and photographing images of conserved land and other spaces of the East End, the artists call attention to what has already been accomplished by land conservation and the continuing need to protect these vital resources from unchecked development.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
A large crowd of almost 100 people gathered at 95 Shore Road in Cold Spring Harbor on Saturday, April 27 to celebrate the completion of the environmental clean up at the former Exxon Mobil site. The 8-acre waterfront parcel, where the oil tanks once stood, was donated to the North Shore Land Alliance for conservation purposes.
On a sunny picture-perfect spring afternoon, Land Alliance officers and staff were joined by elected officials, including State Senator Carl Marcellino, Huntington Town Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Mark Mayoka, Heather Amster, Region 1, New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and community members to thank ExxonMobil for this valuable gift.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, more than five million Americans are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Troubled by these statistics and personally affected, Long Islander and NBA draftee Gordon Thomas founded the Alzheimer’s All-Star Basketball Classic Committee, a group of professionals dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Ronald Caronia, MD, a glaucoma and cataract surgeon and partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) with Tom Burke, CEO of OCLI, participated in the first annual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation’s “Run for Sight” 5K and 1-mile walk during the ASCRS/ASOA Annual Symposium and Congress in San Francisco. Dr. Caronia hails from Oyster Bay Cove and Mr. Burke is a resident of Islip.
The ASCRS partnered with TearLabs to host this first-ever “Run for Sight” event. It took place on Sunday, April 21 near the beautiful Japanese botanical gardens in Golden Gate Park. The event raised close to $25,000. All proceeds from the race will benefit the ASCRS Foundation’s cataract blindness treatment efforts.