Hundreds of illegal guns were taken off Nassau County Streets, thanks to a gun buyback program held at Grace Cathedral in Uniondale. The 330 guns removed from communities include 195 handguns, 15 assault rifles, 7 sawed off shotguns, two Tec-9’s and more.
The Gun Buy Back Program is strictly anonymous and individuals were paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted were: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols, long guns and replicas.
New map, different day; after passionate complaints from the public about the redistricting map proposed by the Republican members of the Nassau County Temporary Redistricting Commission (now dissolved as per the county charter), the Republican side of the legislature has presented a new, revised map: however, as far as most speakers at a hearing at the Feb. 11 Rules Committee hearing were concerned, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Nevertheless, the rules committee passed the map 4-3 in a party line vote; barring an eleventh-hour surprise, it is expected to pass the Republican-controlled legislature at the next meeting on Feb. 25.
Tom Suozzi, who last week announced he is a candidate for Nassau County Executive, said Syosset would be among the “cool downtowns” where he would like to see businesses, residences, and entertainment venues, all close to the LIRR stations, open up in an effort to revitalize the local economy.
Suozzi, a Democrat, called his plan “Redevelop 1 percent:” He explained that this means keeping most of the county the same, but putting what resources there are into redeveloping key downtown areas situated near train stations, such as downtown Syosset. According to Suozzi, if the downtown areas in the county are smartly redeveloped into places where people can affordably shop, work, commute to work, live and hang out, businesses—as well as the Island’s fleeing young people— will want to stay.
Television crews from channels 12, 5 and 11 came to the Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School’s grand opening of its “Heroic Long Island” museum on Jan. 31.
They came to cover the story of one of their own, foreign correspondent Marie Colvin, with roots in Oyster Bay and East Norwich. The museum, located in the high school library honors legendary Long Island figures now including journalist Colvin, who was slain while covering the Syrian uprising in February 2012. Colvin’s mother, Marie, and sister, Cat, attended the opening.
“They were coming to cover the story of a fellow journalist,” said Rosemarie Colvin, Marie’s mother.
More than three months have passed since Superstorm Sandy struck Long Island, but its effects are still very much present. At the most recent board meeting of the Town of Oyster Bay, recovery from the storm dominated the conversation.
“I don’t know if everybody understands the level of human suffering that is still going on,” said Town Supervisor John Venditto. “I don’t think there is an awareness of how ugly it is and just how hard the Town of Oyster Bay workforce is working.”
Girl power has gained a lot of traction over the past few decades, and for good reason. The idea of intelligent, vivacious young women overcoming everything in their path is a powerful image that inspires girls to strive for the top.
But Tina de Lemps, founder of Femcho, a unique program that combines fitness with building friendships, confidence and emotional health for girls 5-17, thinks girl power isn’t necessarily the be-all-end-all for girls.
A new left turn signal and turning lane has been installed at the intersection of Manetto Hill Road and Washington Avenue. Drivers will now find it to be safer and easier to make a left onto Washington Avenue from Manetto Hill Road.
Sharon Lasher, assistant principal at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School; Ryan Ruf, Assistant Superintendent of Business, Plainview-Old Bethpage School District; Lorna Lewis, Superintendent, Plainview-Old Bethpage School District; Jim Murray, Principal, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School; Legislator Judy Jacobs; Olga Portnoy, PTA Council; County Executive Edward P. Mangano; Debbie Baer, Mattlin Middle School PTA President; Ginger Lieberman, Vice President, Plainview-Old Bethpage School Board; and Sandy Weinstein, legislative assistant and Plainview resident.
The latest in hospital care is, a hospitalist.
Don’t know what that is? Check out Plainview Hospital, which began a hospitalist program last October and plans to expand it to Syosset Hospital, according to Dr. Alan Mensch, senior vice president of medical affairs at Syosset and Plainview hospitals, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
It may only be January, but the upcoming November election already appears to be on the mind of Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto. At a recent board meeting, the supervisor defended the decision to spend millions of dollars to upgrade town parks and facilities.
“Every level of government is suffering,” remarked Venditto about the fiscal woes faced by municipalities. “Having said that, in some municipalities the infrastructure has not been addressed. This [the renovations to town facilities] is going to protect our infrastructure and quality of life. Just remember that when fall comes around and people are shooting arrows at us.”
A typical response to criticism is “If you don’t like it, let’s see you do better.” Members of the Nassau County United Redistricting Coalition did just that: they didn’t like the map that the Republican members of the redistricting advisory commission drew for the county at all, so they decided to create their own. Furthermore, unlike the commission, which had a budget of $500,000, they did it with nothing.
“With no money in our budget, we have come up with a better map— an incredible map that involves listening to the community, listening to the vast numbers of residents that showed up to the public hearings, which the commission, oddly, ignored,” said Jackson Chin for LatinoJustice, a member organization of the coalition.
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