The voices of hundreds shouting “No Mall Here!” could be heard all over Robbins Lane in Syosset at noon on Sunday, Nov. 6. At the Cerro Wire Coalition’s No Mall Here Rally, residents of all ages turned out to demonstrate that despite what Bill Taubman and representatives from the Taubman Company might say, community opposition to building a 750,000 square foot upscale mall on the old Cerro Wire property has not waned in the midst of the economic downturn.
Among the assembled residents were many elected officials and community leaders such as Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia, Receiver James Stefanich, County Legislator Judy Jacobs, Syosset Board of Education President Marc Herman and vice president April Neuendorf, Jericho Board of Education President Joe Lorintz, and Carol Meschkow of Concerned Citizens of Plainview-Old Bethpage, among others.
After going so far as initiating a lawsuit last year to avoid a takeover of Nassau County finances by the fiscal watchdog NIFA, County Executive Edward P. Mangano is now submitting a multi-year financial plan to that group seeking four more years of the “control period” that gives it authority over Nassau’s books.
Included in the plan is Mangano’s $2.6 billion budget for 2012 - approved by the Republican majority in the Legislature on Oct. 30 and currently sitting with NIFA for approval - which has left some glaring questions that many hope will be answered now that Election Day is over. These include, an announcement on which two Nassau County Police precincts will be closed, what the future of Long Island Bus will be, and whether $150 million in labor savings will come from union “concessions” or in the form of a massive decimation of the county workforce.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs’ campaign for re-election has been the recipient of actions which the Legislator refers to as “costly craziness.” Signs which are costly and labor intensive to place have been disappearing and defaced while nearby Republican signs have been left intact.
Four signs, three on Woodbury road, and one on Manetto Hill Road have been stolen. Four others have been methodically destroyed, according to Legislator Jacobs, by cutting the name out of the sign. “It is totally unbelievable. Just drive in the area and you will note that the signs for Republican candidates are untouched,” said Ms. Jacobs.
The Town of Oyster Bay will soon get its first dog park. The promise was made by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto at the end of the Oct. 18 board meeting. Town residents Peggy Heijmen of Oyster Bay and Michael Peress of Jericho spoke in favor of the dogs.
Peggy Heijmen, a resident of Oyster Bay and a member of Long Island Dog, a 5013(c)3 organization was there to ask for access to parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners. Ms. Heijmen said in June 2110 the group submitted a petition signed by 300 dog owners asking for a dog park in the town. She said they hoped when the SEA Fund was passed that the town would put some funds aside to provide a safe place for dogs to exercise. They suggested a potential site that was the former Liberty site, and is now known as the Allen Park Extension, a site in South Farmingdale; and one in Massapequa, Louden Avenue.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has submitted what he is calling his job creation and retention plan for Nassau County to Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council. The submission recognizes current obstacles to development and includes opportunities expressed by the private sector for inclusion in “Nassau’s Job Corridor” which stretches from Belmont Park in the West to Nassau’s Hub in the heart of the county to the former United States Navy-Grumman property in Bethpage at the Eastern end of Nassau. The county executive’s “Accelerate Nassau Now Plan” seeks to partner with New York State to enhance the present assets at each center of economic opportunity in the area and addresses current obstacles to economic growth.
On Friday, Oct. 7, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School teachers, administrators and staff donated $5 each lending their support to Lee National Denim Day and celebrated 16 years of fighting breast cancer. Each employee wore pink shirts and denim jeans in honor of the very special “casual Friday.” Together the staff raised $330 for the cause.
The Robbery Squad is investigating a robbery that occurred in Plainview on Tuesday, October 18, at 4:20 p.m.
According to detectives, a white male subject, approximately 25-years-old, 6’ tall, wearing a green pullover sweater, blue jeans, sunglasses and a white Nike logo baseball style cap entered the Chase Bank located at 404 Woodbury Road and handed a demand note to a teller. The subject left the bank without any proceeds and was observed walking through the parking lot westbound towards South Oyster Bay Road. There were 10 employees and four customers present at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported.
Abilities! President & CEO John D. Kemp announced that Senior Vice President of Administration & Chief Financial Officer Sheryl Buchel is a recipient of the Long Island Business News CFO of the Year award. The Old Bethpage resident is a member of the inaugural 2011 CFO of the Year award program launched by the business publication to recognize Long Island’s top financial officers for “outstanding fiscal leadership and contributions to company performance.”
One of the most iconic images to come out of World War II was the famous poster by artist J. Howard Miller featuring “Rosie the Riveter,” a tough, capable woman in a kerchief bearing her biceps, stating “We Can Do It!” Though many things have changed since the 1940s, Rosie’s indomitable spirit is what New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wished to invoke at the Friday, Oct. 7, Long Island Women’s Economic Roundtable.
As part of its ongoing mission to educate and represent the interests of the community, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Candidate’s Forum at its next monthly meeting on Oct. 19 at the Plainview Mariott Residence Inn at 8 a.m.
Presently slated to appear at the Chamber’s Forum are candidates for town and county elections, including Supervisor John Venditto, Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia, Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs, John Capobianco, James Milano, Allison McNally, Terrence Kelly and Eva Pearson.
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