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County Executive Edward Mangano Outlines Budget Reductions

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Claims to balance budget without property tax increase

Recently, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that the county’s unaudited 2011 budget deficit would reach $50.4 million. Maragos blamed the gap on failures to approve pending bonding legislation.

Maragos also said that County Executive Edward P. Mangano would be announcing a fresh round of budget reductions. And that is what happened at a press conference on Monday, July 23. There, Mangano, along with Maragos and Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R – Massapequa) outlined a $45 million deficit reduction plan, one that the county executive said would balance the budget without raising property taxes.


Nassau County Museum Of Art Celebrates The Opening Of ‘Marc Chagall’

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

“World class” exhibition features the largest collection of the artist’s works ever assembled on LI

On a rainy Friday evening at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Ambassador Arnold Saltzman, founding president of the museum, spoke of a very different time. A time when people lived in tents, or perhaps even caves, and though life was hard, they could always look up at the stars and find beauty and serenity. Nowadays, many are too busy to look up at the sky, and with the city lights blocking our view, the stars don’t seem to shine quite as brightly.

 “I thought, how could we resurrect some of that peace and quiet, and bring man back to nature?” remembered Saltzman. “And there is one man, one artist, who I knew could do that, and his name was Marc Chagall.”


Maragos: Bonding Failure Increases Budget Deficit

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

NIFA, Democratic legislators targeted for criticism

Last week, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that the 2011 unaudited budget deficit would reach $50.4 million. He added that the projected deficit for 2012 is set at $45 million. However, he placed the blame on both NIFA and the Democratic Party caucus in the county legislature.

Maragos said that the failure of both NIFA and the Democratic caucus to work with County Executive Edward P. Mangano and approve $43.1 million in bonding for property tax refunds caused the deficit to balloon. With such approval, he said the deficit for 2011 would be at only $7 million and the 2012 projected budget would be nearly balanced.


Roslyn Native’s Company Acquires LI Radio Stations

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 20 July 2012 08:55
It seems that Jeff Warshaw, CEO of Connoisseur Media, was destined to be involved in Long Island radio. Growing up in Roslyn, Warshaw was intrigued by the radio business as his parents owned the Mineola-based radio station, WTHE (1520 AM), and still own it today. Therefore, when Connoisseur Media Group purchased KJOY 98.3 FM (WKJY), WHLI (1100 AM), 94-X (WIGX, 94.3 FM), and B103 (WBZO, 103.1 FM), Warshaw is finally returning to his roots after almost three decades in broadcasting. Yet, as he explains, the synergy and nostalgia of owning stations where he grew up, factored very little into his decision to acquire these stations.

“It’s fun and I’m really gratified by it, but it’s really about our belief that this is a great community to do business in,” says Warshaw of the decision to acquire the four stations. “Maybe I knew them a little bit better than I might know other businesses so I was a little more comfortable with them, but it’s not like I’m buying these stations because I always wanted to come back to Long Island. It’s more like these are great stations, and that’s why we’re buying them, in a great community.”


Temple Shalom Celebrates First Anniversary

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Reform temple with traditional flair pioneers new model for synagogues

In some respects, Temple Shalom in Woodbury is more traditional than most reform synagogues. Weekly Shabbat services contain just as much Hebrew as English, if not more, and Cantor Stephen Stein, who spent 36 years as a cantor in a conservative synagogue, chants with classic style and intonation. But surprisingly, no one could accuse the synagogue of being anything less than thoroughly modern; not only is Temple Shalom pioneering an innovative pay-as-you go model for its members, virtually all communication is done by email. Furthermore, there are plans in the works to institute a webcast service, so all those who can’t be at The Historical Chapel in body can still be a part of the congregation, with a little assist from the Internet.

It’s also a family affair. Cantor Stephen Stein and Rabbi Alan Stein are a Cantor/Rabbi father-son team, the only one in the New York area and likely beyond. In addition, members from different generations of the Stein family all pitch in at Temple Shalom, making the synagogue a multi-generational melding of old and new.


Youth Services Coalition Rallies To Restore Funding

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Monies eliminated for numerous county agencies

With no budget agreement in sight and numerous agencies now defunded, the Nassau County Youth Services Coalition once again rallied on Friday, July 6, at the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Executive Building in Mineola to both protest the lack of inaction and to seek the restoration of lost funds.

In June, numerous youth agencies received notice that their county contracts would be cancelled and funding eliminated on July 5 if Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s fiscal recovery plan was not approved.


FREE Teams Up With Heart Gallery NYC

Written by Jennifer Gewant and Karen Gellender Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Members of FREE photography club receive advice from professional photographers as Heart Gallery NYC helps foster children find homes

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE), an organization based in Old Bethpage, strives to help individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. On Wednesday, June 27, FREE joined forces with Heart Gallery NYC for a special day to help foster children find homes while mentoring differently-abled people involved in FREE’s services.

At the event, members of FREE’s photo club had a rare opportunity to be mentored and critiqued by professional photographers. All photographers volunteer for Heart Gallery, a unique organization that takes professional portraits of children in need of families and a place to call home. The members of FREE’s photo club took portraits of these children alongside Heart Gallery’s experts for their own photography portfolios.


Plainview Firefighters Rescue Exotic Bird From Tree

Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

On Thursday, June 28 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Plainview Fire Department dispatcher received a very unusual type rescue call from a home owner on Elmwood Court in Plainview. The caller stated that his exotic bird had flown the coop and was stuck it a tree in front of his house, going on to ask if there was anything the fire department could do. Firefighters were surprised: they’d fielded calls for cats stuck in trees, but never before a bird.


Legislators Fight To Avoid Costly Use Of New Voting Machines

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman: Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Schimel, Martins spearheaded push to allow villages, school districts and special districts to continue to use lever voting machines

Reaching across the aisle, working together to save their constituents the considerable expense of a costly state mandate, New York State Senator Jack Martins and New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel fought for legislation that they say “ensures the democratic process will go on in local communities without a costly mandate that would ultimately have to be borne by taxpayers.” The Republican state senator and the Democratic assemblywoman combined forces to pass legislation that allows villages, school districts and special districts to continue using lever voting machines as they have in the past for an additional two years. Without this legislation, local governments and school districts would be forced to purchase or rent electronic voting machines at an exorbitant cost or use paper ballots in conducting their local elections.

SUNY Old Westbury Hosts Forum On Charter School

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Residents concerned about funding, curriculum for proposed Doshi STEM Charter School on SUNY campus

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 15-year-olds in the United States rank 20th in science proficiency and 30th in math proficiency worldwide. Calvin O. Butts, president of SUNY College at Old Westbury, thinks that this tendency for young people to lag behind the rest of the developed world in math and science is especially hurtful in this area.

“I found this to be a constant discussion; no matter what forum, no matter where on Long Island,” said Butts, who serves on both the board of the Long Island Association and as a member of the Long Island Regional Economic Development. High school students aren’t achieving at the level in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math) that may be necessary to prepare them for the careers of the future, and Butts and members of the college’s council feel something must be done about it. Their proposed solution, and the subject of the Monday, June 25 open forum at the student union on campus, is to open a new STEM-focused charter school, slated to open as soon as the fall of 2013.


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