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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.


Letter: In Support Of Tom Suozzi

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

As a Legislator I have seen firsthand how Nassau County has taken a wrong turn under the present Mangano administration. I have served on the Legislature for 18 years.


When I first became a legislator in 1996, this county was suffering through bad decisions which landed the county one level above junk bond status. Four years later, the Democrats won the majority on the Legislature and did two things immediately. First, as Presiding Officer, I went to Albany to ask for an oversight board (NIFA was formed three months later) and, secondly working with NIFA, our Democratic majority began to stop the “bleeding”


From Long Island Wins: September 5, 2013

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

The Immigrant Pioneer

Long Island Wins has long been out to spread the word: immigrants from all around the world come to Long Island to work hard and take care of their families.

One thing that‘s a constant source of pleasant surprise for me is just how many different ways immigrants are refreshing Long Island’s entrepreneurial spirit.


Letter: Yes To Residents

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 11:59

I am so pleased that the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay understood the vote on the referendum and the message which it carried. It was very important to show that we, as residents, stand together in what we know is best for our community. I have never wavered in 25 years from my original stand that a mall in this area is not warranted and would have had a disastrous impact on the neighboring communities.

It would have an adverse impact on existing stores in both Syosset and Plainview, and, most certainly, in Jericho and Hicksville.  


Letter: Stop Playing Politics With Nassau’s Sewers

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

I write in response to a letter to the editor written by Democratic Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and published in your paper on August 14, 2013, whereby Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton outlined a dangerously ill-conceived plan by Nassau County’s Democrats to deny funding for the repair of Nassau County’s sewage treatment infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy. To be clear, the actions of the Nassau County Democrats, if left unchallenged, will delay recovery efforts and will place public safety and the environment at risk.

The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves nearly 500,000 Nassau County residents and processes on average 50 million gallons of sewage daily. Flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy devastated this facility, knocking many systems off-line. The damage was so severe that millions of gallons of raw sewage backed up into people’s homes and was released into south shore waters.  


Letter: West Shore Road Reconstruction

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

The reconstruction of West Shore Road is an issue that I have had direct and indirect involvement with since 1994 when I was first elected to the Bayville Village Board. That is why I share the huge level of frustration of so many residents who rely on this critical road into and out of Bayville, Mill Neck and Oyster Bay.

During Super Storm Sandy, West Shore Road fell into Oyster Bay Harbor. This collapse should never have happened! Working with Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and many concerned local business owners, cycling enthusiasts, and environmentalists we were able to finally convince the Republican administration to put millions of dollars in repair contracts on the legislative calendar in the spring and summer of 2012 - months before Sandy was a blip on the radar.


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