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Lavine Provides POB Library With State Grant for Ongoing Projects

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00

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.


Republicans Take Back Majority in Legislature

Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

(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.

Nassau County

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.”

Town of Oyster Bay

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 Named Small Business Person of the Year

Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

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.


Residential Burglaries May Involve Individuals Posing as County Employees

Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

The Nassau County Police Department is advising residents that individuals are perpetrating a series of burglaries and scams throughout Nassau County. In two recent cases, individuals may have posed as Nassau County employees.


Water District Announces Schedule of Board Meetings For November

Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

The Plainview Water District has announced the schedule for November 2009 Board Meetings, which will be held at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library. Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend the meetings.

• Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

All meetings this month will be held in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library on Old Country Road. Residents who require additional information should contact the Plainview Water District at 931-6469.


Over 60…And Getting Younger: October 23, 2009

Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

A Hectic Weekend

Lorraine left early on a rainy, windy Saturday morning to accomplish her many tricks of beauty. That evening we were going to my 50 years “Golden Reunion from my NYU Dental School” graduation. It was to be held at the ritzy Water Club on 30th Street and the East River. I passed it many times and I was truly in awe of it. It was the culmination of much planning and much infighting on the planning committee. They day of the glorious night had now arrived.


Nassau County Police Offer Tips to Prevent Burglaries

Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

The Nassau County Police Department is advising residents that individuals are perpetrating a series of burglaries and scams throughout Nassau County.  In two recent cases, individuals may have posed as Nassau County employees.

The “modus operandi” of these criminals is to portray a surveyor or a contractor, approach the homeowners at their residences and engage them in distracting conversation. The subject diverts the homeowners into their rear yards providing a means for an accomplice(s) to surreptitiously enter the home and commit a burglary. 


Attorney General Cuomo’s Office Offers Information About Home Contractors

Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

A representative from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office spoke to residents at the Plainview Old Bethpage Library about home improvement fraud, as part of Cuomo’s statewide Consumer Awareness Initiative.

Paul Matthews, an investigator from Cuomo’s Nassau office, discussed home improvement contracts law and the Attorney General’s website, www., which provides New Yorkers with the tools they need to make informed decisions when it comes to hiring a home improvement contractor.


Plainview Old-Bethpage School District Welcomes New Assistant Superintendent

Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

The Plainview Old-Bethpage School District welcomes a new assistant superintendent for curriculum to the 2009-10 school year. Jill M. Gierash, formerly of the Sachem Central School District, joins the district with 15 years of experience in the education field.


Plainview Water District Will Not Increase Rates

Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00
Earlier this week, the commissioners of the Plainview Water District announced a pledge that the Plainview Water District did not raise its rates last year and will not raise its rates this year. The district’s conservative budgeting practice and strict cost-cutting measures, limiting expenditures, have allowed the district to maintain a strong fiscal outlook.

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