Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00
While I’m in total agreement with John Owens’ “Buttafuocoed” views about Long Island, I have some disagreements with John Collins’ reaction letter published last week (“Joey’s Legacy”).
Collins is absolutely right when he says that “[Long Island] lacks political leadership that has any sense of vision for this area. The politicians are too vested in partisan politics and patronage. They lack the intelligence, experience and commitment to develop any bold, creative solutions to Long Island’s challenges...how dysfunctional the governmental process is in both counties. It is a half-century history of one stupid decision after another.”
Where I disagree with Collins is when he implies that New York State and New York City both have better governments. He wrote that for Nassau and Suffolk counties’ “one missed opportunity after another,” “to happen in a state as great as New York, and in close proximity to a city as vibrant as NYC, is embarrassing and destructive”.
However, I know that politics and government in Albany are an ethics-free cesspool; and reading the Daily News and New York Post daily demonstrate that New York City government is no better. And need I make a case about the pathetic politics that go on in the halls of our national Congress in Washington, D.C.?
So, I say that even though politicians and government on Long Island may stink, we’re still every bit as “good” as New York City, Albany and Washington, D.C. (Not that I’m proud of that).
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Farmingdale and Levittown.
According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Elementary school students in Plainview wrapped up a home-and-home exchange with the New York Islanders after some players made an appearance on their turf.
Three of the team’s finest pro hockey stars answered questions and signed autographs for more than 150 kids between grades three and five in a Monday morning assembly at Kramer Lane Elementary School on Nov. 25. The visit came two weeks after the students’ chorus serenaded an Islanders home game under music teacher Jonathan Wibben’s direction.