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Kids Helping Kids ‘Makes A Warmth of Difference’ For Seventh Year in a Row With Winter Apparel Drive

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., a local not-for-profit organization, delivered in excess of $200,000 (MSRP) in winter-related apparel in 2010 via the “Making a Warmth of Difference” winter apparel program. The donated apparel includes not just coats, but sweaters, gloves, hats, and all forms of cold-weather gear. It might seem like a good time for the organization to take a well-deserved break during the quiet post-holiday season, however, Kids Helping Kids co-founder Robert Eslick has no intention of resting on his laurels; preparations for the 2011 “Making a Warmth of a Difference” drive have already begun, with a target number of 6,000 units.


Senator Hannon Named To Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team

Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Senator Kemp Hannon as a key member to his Medicaid Redesign Team. The team, established by an executive order announced by Cuomo in his State of the State address, is charged with finding ways to save money within the Medicaid program for the upcoming state budget for the 2011-12 Fiscal Year.

“Medicaid fraud is possibly costing New York State taxpayers billions of dollars. We cannot afford or accept the status quo any longer,” said Hannon. “Long term, our desired objective must include the implementation of an effective and efficient method of delivering Medicaid services to our seniors and those citizens whom are most in need. Simultaneously, we must ensure that the protection of our taxpayers is a top priority,” Hannon continued.


Cuomo Says He’ll Address Burden Of Unfunded Mandates

Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

In his first address to the New York State Legislature on Wednesday, Jan. 5, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of an Executive Order to create a team of private and public sector individuals charged with finding ways to cut the “unfunded and under-funded mandates that help make New York one of the most taxed states in the nation.”

The “Mandate Relief Redesign Team” (“Team”) will review unfunded and under-funded mandates imposed by the New York State government on school districts, local governments, and other local taxing districts. Such mandates include legal requirements that a local district provide a program, project, or activity on behalf of the state.


The Year in Review: 2010

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

Continuing with tradition, here are the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald’s top stories of 2010, as selected by the editor. They are listed here in no particular order. Due to space constraints, not all information can be included in this list. We encourage residents to write or e-mail in their top stories of the year. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or send comments to 132 East Second Street, Mineola, NY 11501.


Plainview Mom Launches ‘Long Island Country Rock’ Sound With New Album

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00
“Lysa Lynn” was once an 80’s dance-pop princess; her records, I’ve Got the Hots for You and Rock Me Baby, played in clubs all over the world. But neither fame nor the dance-pop boom lasted forever, and the singer hung up the microphone once she got married to builder Frank Matassa. She became Lisa Matassa, mother of Alexa and Frankie, a typical Plainview mom- or so it seemed.

However, it turned out that Matassa’s love for music, and her devotion to singing, was far from typical. That’s what led to this suburban mother of two teenagers to pick the microphone back up for a second shot at a recording career- and this time, she’s backed by some top-tier producers.


Local Runners Score in 23rd Annual Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run

Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

Dan McGrath scored his 12th overall victory of the year, Katie DiPietro took top honors among the women, and Peter Hawkins completed still another wheelchair win, as beautiful skies and brisk temperatures greeted the competitors in the 23rd Annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run on Dec. 18. A total of 1060 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes navigated the streets of Bethpage before crossing the finish line at the John F. Kennedy Middle School.


NYCOM’s Mayoral Task Force Advocates Reforms on Mandate and Property Tax Relief

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

‘You can’t cap what you can’t control,’ was the mantra of a delegation of mayors from across New York State, who recently descended upon Garden City’s Village Hall to discuss recommendations of New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) Mayors’ Task Force on Mandate and Property Tax Relief.

Earlier this year, NYCOM formed a working task force of 20 mayors to come up with a set of mandate relief proposals that they say must be adopted by the state legislature prior to considering any form of a property tax cap. During a press conference, Sam Teresi, NYCOM president and mayor of the city of Jamestown, NY, explained that the task force’s recommendations focus on first reforming the cost drivers that lead to high property taxes in New York, in particular the many mandates on local governments pertaining to collective bargaining and managing workforce costs.


POB BOE Closes Out 2010 Discussing Math Program, Project Challenge

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

District Plans to Accelerate Math Instruction, Re-evaluate Project Challenge Model

After focusing on the English program for the past several meetings, the discussion at the Dec. 20 Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education meeting focused primarily on math. While the joke of the evening was that, with the number of reports on the agenda, attendees might not make it out of Mattlin Middle School in time to witness a rare celestial phenomenon, the meeting did in fact wrap up in plenty of time for everyone to see that evening’s lunar eclipse.


Mangano Announces More Budget Cuts

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

Seeks Balanced Budget For ’11 and Beyond

Declaring that by 2013, the county’s finances will be “back on track,” a confident Edward P. Mangano announced $23 million in new budget cuts in anticipation of the 2011 fiscal year.

The announcement was made at a press conference in Mineola last Thursday. The county executive was joined by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Majority Leader Peter J. Schmitt, as all three stood under a banner worded with an anti-big government quotation from Republican Party icon Ronald Reagan. The county executive touted the achievements of his first year, including the elimination of a home energy tax and achieving a small budget surplus. Most of all, he claimed that the new round of budget reductions would help keep the county budget balanced throughout the 2011 fiscal year even in the face of funding mandates from Albany.


POBJFK HS Graduate Partners With AAfC to Build School in Cambodia

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

College students are somewhat notorious for being very opinionated, without always having the gumption to leave their dorm rooms to act on their convictions. 2008 Plainview-Old Bethpage High School graduate Jessica Fuhrman stands out among her peers as a young woman of action; dissatisfied with the lack of education available in Cambodia, especially for young women, she decided to partner with American Assistance for Cambodia (AAfC) to do something about it. Now, she’s partway towards her goal of raising $25,000- the amount necessary to build a new school in Cambodia- before the end of the academic year.


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