Earlier this month Comptroller George Maragos mislead the public during his announcement of the county’s 2012 year-end financial results. Publicly releasing the County’s year-end fiscal results is one of the primary responsibilities of the Comptroller and typically occurs in February or early March. Every year Maragos has been in office he has delayed the release — this year pushing it to June — in effect creating his own timeline. This raises serious doubts about the County’s financial condition and represents an abdication of responsibility by the Comptroller. It is my firm belief that Maragos’ announcement of the year-end financial results is a work of fiction.
It is the Comptroller’s job to issue honest, timely, and accurate financial reports rooted in reality, not to play the role of fiscal Houdini by fudging the numbers to hide a deficit. The rating agencies aren’t buying these misleading statements, and just this month Fitch downgraded Nassau County’s bond status given the poor state of the county’s fiscal health.
Seniors are the “life-blood” of our center and their role in activities this June were a pivotal example.
On June 20, the Executive Advisory Board (EAB) representing the Center’s Members installed new officers for 2013. The EAB is responsible for identifying issues facing Members, coordinating volunteers and committees that oversee important components of the Center’s programs. This year, the EAB hosted events which generated almost $10,000 for the center.
I’m proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous movies and TV shows, including Citizen Kane, Annie Hall, and the hit television series Boardwalk Empire. It’s even the setting for The Great Gatsby. Shamefully, it’s also now the location for a show whose characters are disgraceful, misleading, and fuel anti-Semitic stereotypes: Princesses: Long Island.
Full disclosure: I kind of enjoy reality TV. Storage Wars and Pawn Stars are among my guilty pleasures. So the idea of watching a reality show taking place in my own backyard wasn’t so far-fetched. I knew little about the show before sitting down to watch the season premiere.
I agree with John Owens’ article, “School: Testing Mania Has Gone Too Far” [Anton Newspapers, June 21]. Continuous testing is turning off both students and teachers. Go back to basic goals: an informed citizenry with a moral compass and a skills oriented curriculum like BOCES offers. Then those who are truly academic will opt for college and those who aren’t will be our hairdressers, sales people, plumbers, electricians, etc.
Regarding West Shore Road’s repair, I am glad to see that the first of three phases is approaching completion and the road has been opened. The ordeal of a road closure has been an enormous burden on everyone, especially local businesses.
I do feel the need to say that, as an “active to extremely active” hurricane season is said to be rapidly approaching, I hope the compromised section of the road that was only patched will be monitored to ensure the patch is holding up. I fear that section will collapse again in heavy weather and the residents of Mill Neck, Bayville and the greater Oyster Bay/Glen Cove area will be confronted with the same inconvenience, losing the road all over again.
In what can only be deemed as a desperate attempt to win votes that he’s sure not to have, Howard Weitzman is choosing to run his campaign by attacking the credibility of his opponent, rather than run for election to the Nassau County Comptroller’s office based on his own merit. Surely this is due to the fact that Weitzman recognizes his own record of ineptitude and understands that he has a very slim chance of getting elected. Using such childish tactics as falsely accusing current County Comptroller George Maragos of wrongdoing merely bolsters the probability of Maragos’ reelection. Weitzman and his squad made a mess of Nassau County. We are extremely fortunate that we’ve had George Maragos and his team around to clean it up.
I always read the Letters to the Editor. I was very disappointed in the cartoon that was in the paper. Here is a woman with five kids, looking for a babysitter, so she voted for the school budget. It is in poor taste. Our school is not a babysitting service.
Now I would like to see a cartoon of seniors with luggage and a moving van out their homes, saying that the school budget has been passed we have to sell our homes and move south. Many of our seniors are being choked. Good thing I have a pension and S.S. check or I would have to sell my house. Then where would I go, living with family. I talk to many seniors and they tell me they do not know what to do. If you are making less than $79,000 you can get a form from your tax office to save on your school tax. This starts in July. Ask for the Enhance Star Program. There should be someone in our library to help our seniors with this.
This paper should be one sided.
This summer our focus is to encourage the community to take full advantage of the center’s day and evening programs to help improve their brain and body fitness.
Fitness For The Brain: “Gray Matters” Brain Conference
The “Gray Matters” Brain Conference, hosted by the Glen Cove Senior Center began with the announcement of alarming statistics: one of every two individuals will develop some form of dementia by the age of 85. Fortunately, the presentations made by a panel of notable professionals gave encouraging information explaining the brain’s ability to reverse or delay some of the damage caused by the disease.
Every minute, of every hour, of every day, Americans enjoy the blessings of a peace-loving nation; blessings protected by the selfless service of men and women in uniform who, when necessary, stand fast against the forces of fear, tyranny and terrorism. For more than two centuries untold numbers of Americans have answered the call to duty.
I must take exception to Mike Barry’s recent column trumpeting the County Office of Legislative Budget Review’s (OLBR)’s “verdict” that the County Comptroller’s office sought and received adequate backup for payments to Super Storm Sandy contractors. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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