On Jan. 19, 2008, 16-year-old Brian Assa died in a car accident on Woodbury Road in Plainview. After his son’s death, Jerry Assa started the Think First Foundation, Inc. to talk to teens about taking their safety seriously, not only for their own sake, but for all those who care about them as well. However, Assa is hopeful that pending legislation may see to it that fewer teens share his son’s fate; so much so, that he said that he ended all of his talks on a recent trip to Washington D.C. with the same comment: “If this had been passed three years ago, I wouldn’t need to have the Think First Foundation today, because my son would still be alive.”
“I can’t get no satisfaction from the judge,” sang Chuck Berry in a lyric that may well articulate emotions around Nassau headquarters this week after an injunction County Executive Edward P. Mangano was seeking against NIFA’s takeover was denied in New York State Supreme Court and plans for major budget cuts began in order to fill what NIFA views as a deficit.
State Supreme Court Justice Arthur M. Diamond issued a 30-page decision dated March 11, 2011 in favor of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), dismissing Nassau’s efforts to prove that the control period enacted on Jan. 26 of this year was unconstitutional.
At the March 7 Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education Meeting, the board went through the proposed budget on a department-by-department basis. In addition, Kim Parahus, the district’s Director of School Facilities and Operations II Buildings and Grounds, went through how the capital reserve fund, approved by the community in May 2010, will be spent on capital improvements throughout the district.
(Editor’s Note: Due to how the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library presents its budget, references to increases and decreases in dollar amounts refer to the difference between the proposed 2011-2012 budget and the anticipated expenditures of 2010-2011, not the 2010-2011 budget as it was originally proposed.)
The board of trustees of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library had a difficult task ahead of them on March 2: to attempt to present a “bare bones” budget that would satisfy a recession-weary public, yet still maintain the five-star service said public has come to expect.
Plainview resident Gilbert Solnin was recently arrested by U.S. Postal Inspectors for allegedly defrauding dozens of advertising and marketing agencies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to federal court documents, Solnin allegedly defrauded companies from all over the United States out of approximately $400,000 while claiming to represent beverage companies that he was not in fact affiliated with.
With 10.4 positions proposed for reduction next year, the first budget meeting of the year for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education on Feb. 28 was a fairly somber affair, as administrators attempted to explain the rationale behind some of their choices. Fortunately, the district’s new website, long in development, is slated to be up and running soon- and taking a look at the much cleaner, more functional website design gave the board and the community something positive to focus on as well.
Nassau County’s government and the state watchdog agency NIFA entered the next step in their battle for ultimate financial authority over the county, as New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur M. Diamond ruled to put NIFA’s “control period” on hold while the court considers Nassau’s arguments against the legality of the takeover. Nassau County attorneys, under County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s lead, have submitted to the court that the takeover was executed in violation of the law and was facilitated by an unfair change in NIFA’s policies.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. co-Founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, announce their co-sponsored “Kids of Distinction” Scholarship Program for 2011.
Tuesday, Feb. 8 marked the third annual Long Island Lobby Day. Over 50 participants, representing nearly 45 Long Island business leaders, environmentalists, civic associations, human services, senior advocates, Smart Growth planners, labor groups and transportation advocates converged in Albany to meet with elected officials in hopes of advancing a substantive platform to help Long Island. The platform included transportation, sewer infrastructure, energy and environment, small business, jobs and economic development and human services.
The day opened with a press conference where the group introduced the agenda and themes for the day: economic development and job creation, benefits of transportation, sewer infrastructure, renewable energy and more. The coalition’s proposals would create an estimated 85,000 jobs, as well as incentivize the creation of 15,000 new units of housing near transit and in our downtowns. These items will help address changing demographics on Long Island.
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