Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1 that he will not challenge the election between him and Republican opponent Ed Mangano, ensuring that Mangano will become the next Nassau County Executive next month.
Residents will have the opportunity to vote in the Water District Commissioner elections on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Plainview Water District, 10 Manetto Hill Road in Plainview, just north of Old Country Road, in the back of the building. Voting is from 1 to 9 p.m. For more information, voters can call the Plainview Water District at 931-6469. Incumbent Kevin Langberg is seeking re-election and is being opposed by Andrew Bader for a three-year term as water commissioner. The following information was sent in by the candidates.
The Plainview Old Bethpage Chamber kicked off a “Buy Locally” campaign at its monthly meeting at the Atria of Plainview on November 18. The POB Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce and the Huntington Township Business Council, urge everyone to shop and keep their money on Long Island. Spending money here in your local community contributes to the tax base which provide for local services. It helps to keep local business open and your neighbors employed.
The Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center in Plainview recently dedicated the renovation of its Teen Lounge in memory of Amy Cooper. A Plainview resident, Amy passed away in August, 2007, and shortly thereafter, her husband Lloyd, children Matthew and Alyssa, as well as friends and community members established The Amy Cooper Memorial Fund at the JCC. After two successful community fundraising events — a soccer tournament and concert — sufficient funds were raised for a substantial renovation of the Teen Lounge including new paint, two new flat screen TVs, new gaming tables, two new PCs, a new MAC and printer, new furniture, new video gaming systems, refurbished pool table, lighting and electrical work. Monies raised have also been allocated for a new GaGa pit as well as more than $5,000 in scholarships, enabling the JCC to provide financial support to families who cannot afford to send their children to camp, nursery school and after-school programs.
By Denise Nash
Jill Martin set strict goals for herself, and her dreams are becoming a reality after meeting those goals.
Martin graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School in 1994 and continued her education at the University of Michigan where she majored in communications and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. She landed a job on the The Maury Povich Show, where she worked on-air doing fashion reporting and makeovers.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library has just been named a 5-Star Library for the second time by Library Journal, the country’s oldest and most respected publication for the library field.
Based on data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Plainview-Old Bethpage was rated along with 7,268 libraries across the nation. Overall, the LJ Index scores libraries according to four per capita output measures that indicate public service - circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet use. The top libraries are assigned five, four or three stars.
On Nov. 10, at 8:38 p.m., 2nd precinct officers responded to a call for multiple people passing out inside Ayhan’s Shish Kebab Restaurant, which is located at 379 South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview and within Syosset’s Fire District.
Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine recently presented the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library with a state grant in the amount of $2,750.
This year, according to library director Gretchen Browne, Lavine was able to present two grants to the library through the Friends of the Library.
(Editor’s Note: The election numbers contained in this story were from the Nassau County Board of Elections and were still unofficial as of press time.)
Residents headed for the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3 - Election Day 2009 - to vote for their candidates of choice.
As it currently stands, the county executive race will be determined through a recount and absentee ballots. Some 12,000 absentee ballots were mailed out and so far 6,000 have been returned; to be valid, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and received by Nassau County Board of Elections no later than Nov. 10. It could be at least two weeks before a county executive is declared.
Incumbent and Democratic, Independent and Working Families candidate Tom Suozzi received 118,111 votes, Republican and Tax Revolt Party candidate Mangano received 117,874 and Conservative challenger Steven Hansen received 9,552 votes.
In a press conference Wednesday, Suozzi called the dead-heat race a sign of issues larger than his contest with Mangano.
“People are mad as hell about property taxes,” he said. “You don’t see this result in one place. This is going on all over the region. People are unhappy and they take it out on incumbents.”
Suozzi said that he was not shocked by the close race and that he believed it was bringing an important issue to a head - the fact that the bulk of the taxes overburdening people are coming from school taxes, which Albany should cap.
“The voters are angry, and I share their anger,” he added. “What we need to do is channel that anger now and hope that some good comes out of these results. It is school taxes that are crushing Long Island. If I am defeated, it will be a wake up call to other elected officials that, ‘If it happened to Suozzi, it could happen to me.’ If I win, I will continue the crusade to stop Albany from pushing costs down. Everybody has to wake up.”
“Clearly, the people of Nassau County want to see change in Nassau County government,” said Mangano. “I am hopeful I will be leading that change and I thank everyone who supported me in my grassroots campaign and platform to stop wasteful spending, fix the property tax assessment system, stop the energy tax and create local jobs and opportunities.”
Incumbent Kathleen Rice, the Democratic, Working Families Party and Independence Party candidate, was re-elected to her second, four-year term as Nassau County District Attorney. Rice, who received 129,508 votes, defeated Republican and Conservative Party candidate Joy Watson, who received 109,526 votes.
As of press time, it appeared that Republican challenger George Maragos had defeated incumbent Democratic Howard Weitzman. Maragos received 115,473 votes; Weitzman, who was bidding for his third, four-year term, received 114,897 votes. With 576 votes separating the two candidates, a spokesperson for Weitzman said the final outcome will be determined once all absentee ballots are counted. The comptroller term is two years.
Republican Maureen O’Connell was re-elected to her second, four-year term as Nassau County Clerk. O’Connell received 142,774 votes to defeat Democratic Party candidate Carrie Solages, who received 86,482.
A count of absentee ballots will also determine the result of the heated 14th Legislative District race between Democratic incumbent Legislator Dave Mejias and Republican challenger Joseph Belesi. Belesi, who was also running on the Conservative Party Line, received 7,184 votes and Mejias, who was also running on the Independence and Working Families party lines, received 7,156 votes.
“I’m cautiously optimistic,” Belesi said. “I think we have the votes and we took two seats in the legislature this year.”
“I am grateful for all of the support I have received and I am optimistic that when all the votes are counted I will continue to have the honor of representing the hard working families from my hometown,” Mejias added.
In the 16th Legislative District, Democratic incumbent Judy Jacobs, who was also running on the Independence and Working Families party lines, was re-elected to her eighth term as legislator, defeating challenger Rebecca Alesia, who was running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. Jacobs received 8,095 votes and Alesia received 6,166. Legislator terms are two years.
The Democrats lost their majority in the Legislature to the Republicans with Republican Howard Kopel defeating Democrat incumbent Jeffrey Toback in the 7th Legislative District.
Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove) said, “Political winds are often influenced by prevailing socio-economic conditions. Last night we witnessed significant voter opposition to incumbents, which severely affected many Democrats. Voter anger was a product of the now year-long recession which caused massive unemployment, a serious credit crisis and real fear in the hearts of taxpayers across the nation.
“We in Nassau County had to make some tough and, in some cases, unpopular decisions to keep our county solvent. As I congratulate my Republican colleagues on re-taking the legislative majority, I pledge to continue to work toward bringing financial stability to our county government.”
Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa) has served as Minority Leader in the legislature since 1999. On Tuesday, Schmitt was re-elected in his district.
“We are thrilled to be taking over the majority,” Schmitt said. “We look forward to doing what we told the residents we would do. We are going to repeal the home energy tax and we’re going to cut spending and we are going to repair the institutional integrity of the legislature.”
Despite strong Democratic opposition, Republicans won all open seats in the Town of Oyster Bay races, which include supervisor, three council seats and town clerk.
In the race for Oyster Bay Supervisor, residents returned incumbent Supervisor John Venditto to a sixth term in office. Venditto, who ran on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines, received 43,483 votes while his challenger, Democrat Keith Scalia, received 16,158 votes. Supervisor terms are two years.
Residents of Oyster Bay Town also voted for three of six candidates for town board. The three Republican incumbents, Chris Coschignano, Elizabeth Faughnan and Joseph Pinto defeated the three Democrat challengers Matt Meng, Erin Reilley and Doug Watson.
Vote totals were as follows: Coschignano 37,975, Pinto 35,976, Faughnan 35,889, Reilley 19,613, Watson 18,763 and Meng 18,315.
Oyster Bay Town Board terms are two years voted for at-large.
In the race for Oyster Bay Town Clerk, incumbent Steve Labriola, who ran on the Republican, Independence and Conservative Party lines, defeated Democratic Party candidate John Capobianco. Labriola garnered 39,995 votes and Capobianco received 17,872. Town clerk terms are two years.
Gary Epstein, CPA, was recently honored at the Nassau County Chambers of Commerce affair as the Plainview Old-Bethpage Chamber of Commerce Small-Business Person of the Year. He is the managing partner in the accounting firm of Schiff, Epstein CPAs P.C. He returned to public accounting 5 years ago after a successful 30 year career as the chief financial officer of several industry leaders. Epstein works with small and medium size businesses as well as the individual needs of his clients as it relates to business consulting, tax and retirement planning, and the maintenance of personal financial goals. He is a member of the AICPA and the NYSSCPAs.
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