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Plainview Hosts Legislative Breakfast

Hundreds of educators, community leaders, distinguished New York State elected officials and parents attended the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Legislative Breakfast held on Saturday, Feb. 1. The event was organized by the PTA, teachers and administrators’ unions of the Syosset and Plainview-Old Bethpage School Districts. The open forum focused on several issues impacting the ability of districts on Long Island to sustain a high quality of education that has become the standard for the region. Issues highlighted include the excessive use of testing and its impact on students as well as the reduction in state aid.

“It is important for the District to host these forums for our elected officials and leaders to openly discuss with the community the issues that affect our schools, and it is even more vital that we collaborate together and strongly advocate for viable and effective solutions,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “The District continues to receive less than its fair share of state aid. With the current 2 percent tax cap on our levy it makes it difficult to propose a budget that preserves the distinguishing features of our district that our community has come to expect from us.”

Lewis highlighted that the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has reduced state aid to school districts throughout the region by approximately $1 billion, and the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School has lost more than $6.5 million during that span. Lewis also proposed to modify the formula for state aid to include the regional cost factor that reflects Long Island’s high cost of living.

Elected officials including U.S. Congressman Steve Israel, state Senator Carl Marcellino, state Senator John J. Flanagan and Assemblyman Charles Lavine also spoke on the matters of state aid, the tax cap, the current implementation of the Common Core Curriculum in schools and the impacts of standardized testing.

Attendees also recognized Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District fourth grade student Mia Ehrlich for her courageous speech on the difficulties of standardized testing.

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


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