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From The Desk Of Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton: October 10, 2013

Written by Delia DeRiggi-Whitton Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

This week I would simply like to share the fact that again I have asked Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos to appear before the body meant to provide oversight over your tax dollars, the Nassau County Legislature. Many have hoped you forgot about Superstorm Sandy cleanup work done at your expense which directed $70 million to County Executive Mangano’s campaign contributors. I handed this letter to each legislator – on the record - at Monday’s public session:

 

Letter: Shameful Diss on Miss America

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00
As a Member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am deeply troubled by the outrageous remarks aimed at the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant and a fellow New Yorker, Nina Davuluri. Ms. Davuluri embodies the American dream—the daughter of immigrants who graduated from a prestigious university and plans to pursue a medical degree. She is American in the truest sense, and the fact that this would be questioned is despicable.  

Embracing diversity is an American value, and one that I have always cherished. I am the product of grandparents who fled Russia due to persecution and found an accepting home here in America. I have spent my life honoring their memory by fighting against hatred, bigotry and persecution. When I heard of the vitriol being directed toward Ms. Davuluri, I felt compelled to respond.

I join with the voices of the many Americans who have cried out against these hateful remarks. And I will continue to work in Congress to fight against hatred.

Steve Israel

 

Letter: ‘Raise The Age’ Outrage

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Your “Raise The Age” story pointed  out that  74.4 percent of crimes that 16-and-17-year-olds are arrested for are only “minor” misdemeanors. Of course, that means that 25.6 percent are felonies, including burglaries, robberies, muggings, assaults, molestations, rapes, torture and murders. Yet District Attorney Kathleen Rice is against arresting, prosecuting and punishing 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for these horrible crimes “Regardless of the offense.” Similarly, Assemblyman Charles Lavine feels that “children should be treated as children regardless of the crime” they chose to commit.

However, I consider the crime committed (and its victim) much more important than the age of the perpetrator. Presumably, Rice and Lavine would both object to treating the following “youths” as adults: The two 16-year-olds who recently beat an 88-year-old World War ll hero to death; the trio of 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds who recently shot a visiting Australian baseball player to death because they were “bored;” and the 8-year-old who recently shot his 90-year-old babysitter to death. These were not the acts of “innocent children.” 

 

Letter: Removing NIFA Chairman ‘Makes No Sense’

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

I have been a member of the Nassau Legislature since its inception. Back in the Gulotta days when Nassau was nearly bankrupt and a step above junk bond status, I became Presiding Officer and, in that capacity, went to Albany and pleaded for the creation of an oversight board to save Nassau. NIFA was formed three months later and Ron Stack has been a member of this board since the beginning. He is an expert in the field of municipal finance and has served this board with nothing but dignity and professionalism.

 

Letter: State Tests: None Of The Above

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

I work in education. John Owens’ article “They’re Drowning Our Kids In Snake Oil” (Sept. 18-24 edition) was very interesting, as are so many that are being written now. Obviously, members of the New York State Board of Regents are reading none of them.

One thing that some journalist should look into is the ever-present name of Pearson that appears on everything Common Core, including testing materials, preparatory materials, texts, etc. Sometimes it feels like this publisher is writing the New York State curriculum. Why? And who is cashing in? Not the students...

Lindsay Carlucci

Pearson is a London-based publishing conglomerate that is the leading provider of test materials in the U.S. Last spring, the company made headlines when tests it prepared for the New York State Education Department under a $32-million contract were found to contain more than 30 errors. The state agreed not to score those questions, and continues a close relationship with Pearson.

 

The Real State of Nassau's Finances

Written by Howard Weitzman Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Editor’s note: This is a response to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’s “County Financial Report Card,” published in the Enterprise Pilot Sept. 11-17. Howard Weitzman is running on the Democratic line against Maragos in the November election.

George Maragos continues to mislead the public by falsely claiming that the county’s financial condition has improved on his watch. During Mr. Maragos’s tenure as Nassau County’s fiscal watchdog, the county has undergone three bond downgrades by the credit rating agencies, the county’s fiscal outlook has been lowered from “stable” to “negative,” and the county’s debt has reached a new all-time high. No amount of “cooking the books” and issuing misleading financial statements and  press releases can hide this truth, a truth which can be easily verified by outside sources.

 

Letter: No Pasta Fundraiser This Year

Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
To all of our many supporters over the past five years who have given so generously of their time and their money to help with our mission of assisting our injured troops and their families, we cannot thank you

enough. Because of your support, the Locust Valley Fired Dept. Operation Wounded Warrior has raised a total of just over $150,000 altogether over the past five years. This has in turn both helped to ease the burdens of and bring smiles to hundreds of injured veterans and their families, locally and afar.

 

Letter: Clarifying Hospital Changes

Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

As almost everyone is aware, there are major changes underway in the way health care is delivered and financed. The scope of this transformation is national, regional and local. No entity, hospital or healthcare organization can avoid the impact of these developments, whether we like them or not. Without the need for elaboration, this is the relevant context of our ongoing discussions about the current circumstance and future plans for Glen Cove Hospital. The following is intended to provide further clarity with regard to Glen Cove and builds on our previous discussions. I have divided the following into two components: A). a general contextual overview, and B). a description of how Glen Cove Hospital will continue to serve the needs of the community.

A. Overview

• Glen Cove Hospital has been serving its community with competence, compassion and commitment for over 90 years – a remarkable and proud history.

 

Preparing Swordfish Italian Style

Written by Chef Alan Zox Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Correction: In the “Lobster, Chinese Style” column that ran two weeks ago, the time to steam the lobster was missing and it should be 10 minutes.

Alfredo Viazzi’s restaurants in New York City’s Greenwich Village were especially well known for their Italian seafood dishes. I often enjoy preparing Viazzi’s recipes for friends and family including Branzino in the bass family prepared in seaweed, cold stripped bass with garlic butter, baccala al verde, and fish stew Livorno Style. 

 

Letter: The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Day

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

In his article, John Owens criticized public schools for essentially being expensive bureaucracies that often fail in their educational mission.  His criticism is well founded given recent test scores which clearly demonstrate that too many students are not taught at the highest level and lack the necessary critical thinking skills to function in our global economy.

 

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