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Letter: Lavine Is Right

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Assemblyman Charles Lavine is quite right when he says “The numbers indicate that there are too many tragic accidents that occur as a result of young, inexperienced drivers  texting or talking on their cell phones. 

That is a deadly combination.  These tragedies can be prevented.  The message is clear. Distractions while driving can kill. Cell phone use of any kind is a distraction”.  Which makes him “wrong” to support the extremely inadequate penalties imposed on young (but knowing) violators of these important safety laws that involve matters of life and death. 


Letter: The Smartest Shovel Into The Cerro Wire Land

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

To the Syosset-Jericho community and Nas:

I have developed a highly detailed action plan for realizing what must be the two most essential goals of the Syosset-Jericho community and its leadership.

Quoting the Spring 2013 issue “Talk of The Town” newsletter:

“…The Department [of Economic Development] oversees the preservation and enhancement of the Town’s open space and its natural, historic and cultural resources.”


Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: July 18, 2013

Written by Stanley Greenberg Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

To All Mets Fans

After watching our Amazing Mets beat the World Series championship San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 16 innings till 2:30 a.m., I wonder to myself about my dogged allegiance to this unusual New York baseball team.

I was a fanatical Brooklyn Dodger rooter in my early years, so I transferred my craziness to the Mets.  It has been a long-wild ride from 1962 to the present. The Mets combine a loving New York City vitality with a love of baseball, for our national pastime.  The deranged and maniacal devotion to this team is something that is not easily understood or comprehended.


Letter: New York Needs Equality for Women

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

The anti-choice, extremist federal legislation that is threatening women’s reproductive rights and the zeal on the part of some states to erode the protections that allow a woman to control her own health and body require that we take definitive action in New York.

As a member of the Assembly and a supporter of the 10-point Women’s Equality Act (WEA) proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo I, was proud to be among those standing together to protect women’s rights. The package of bills, which advocate for women’s equality on all levels, passed the Assembly in its entirety.


Letter: Why The Uproar?

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Why all the uproar over LIPA paying some Navigant consultants $500 an hour ?

Even though each consultant’s  “advice” is probably not worth more than the legal minimum wage, his  hourly fee is  equivalent to “only” $4,000 for an 8-hour day, “only” $20,000 for a 5-day week, and “only” ONE MILLION DOLLARS  for a 50-week year.  Hey, if the guy’s “storm preparedness” advice wasn’t extraordinary, LIPA wouldn’t pay him that much---would they ?  Maybe his insights are so brilliant that, like the Oreal woman used to say, he’s “worth it”.  And, anyway, don’t LIPA’s initials (secretly) stand for


Letter: A Response to Mike Barry’s Column

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

I must take exception to Mike Barry’s recent column trumpeting the County Office of Legislative Budget Review’s  (OLBR)’s “verdict” that the County Comptroller’s office sought and received adequate backup for payments to Super Storm Sandy contractors. Nothing could be further from the truth.


Letter: ‘POB Graduate Leads IRS’

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:59
I was so thrilled and excited to learn from the Herald that one of our own-a Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School 1989 graduate, Daniel Werfel-has been appointed as (Acting) Director of the IRS.  Not having to pay federal income taxes next April 15 will mean so much  to all Plainview and Old Bethpage residents, especially those of us on fixed incomes !   All 25,000 of us will forever be grateful to Mr. Werfel.  We understand that our “Dan” will not have the authority to exempt us---his former friends and neighbors-from New York STATE taxes, and that our “Danny” will be unable to enable us to not pay school, county, town, and sales taxes.  However, if our beloved “Danny Boy”  does a good enough job so that President Obama removes the word “Acting” from his title.
Richard Siegelman

Letter: ‘Prostitution Sting Stirs Mixed Reactions’

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

The only thing wrong with Kathleen Rice’s public display of the 104 men arrested for illegally patronizing prostitutes in a police sting was the absence of “Client # 105”: former Governor Eliot Spitzer! When he committed a similar crime, he was not sent to jail or fined, even though people working for “his” house of prostitution were. 

That was patently unfair. Especially since prostitution (the “supply”) would not exist if there were no (male) “demand.”  As long as prostitution remains a “crime”, people who break that law have a lot of nerve to complain about the consequences---even if their identities are made public. They all CHOSE to respond to those escort service ads, travel  to the hotel, walk into the rooms where they expected to meet their  prostitutes, and offer their money as payment.    As for these men being “innocent until proven guilty (in a court of law)”, their voluntary actions virtually “prove” their guilt, and the plea bargains  which most of them will make will verify their “guilt.” 


Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: June 28, 2013

Written by Stanley Greenberg Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

Sunday Nights With Tony

I first saw James Gandolfini playing a mafia enforcer many years before watching him play Tony Soprano on Sunday nights. He was so believable in his roles that he eased into his Soprano acting role as mob-boss flawlessly. The show won 21 Emmy awards.

Gandolfini had a little crooked smile that endeared him to the viewer. He made you realize there was a bit of humanity and emotional frailty in the crime figure. He portrayed a caring father to Meadow his daughter (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) and his wayward son A.J. Soprano (Robert Iler). Tony also had mother problems with his overbearing and pushy parent.  On the show, to deal with his childhood problems, he saw a professional Psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi  (Lorraine Bracco).  Incidentally, Lorraine Bracco was a Hicksville High School graduate. The good doctor would not relate to Tony on a romantic level.  She also turned down the role of Carmella because she felt it was too similar to her character in “Goodfellows”.


Letter: “West Student Wins ‘Suggest-A-Law’ Contest”

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Kemp Hannon’s “There Ought To Be A Law” contest for students is a fine educational and public service program...But, I’d rather see  him spend  his time getting his State Senate and Assembly colleagues to pass “better” laws than they currently do. By “better” I mean: Laws that are so well thought out that, in practice, they don’t turn out to have unintended consequences (usually bad ones) and unforeseen “loopholes” one could drive a truck through.

Laws that will be strictly enforced by police, district attorneys, prosecutors, judges, prison officials, and parole board members.

Laws with penalties sure, swift, and severe enough to serve their truest purpose—not to punish, but to deter people from committing the proscribed crimes in the first place.

Richard Siegelman


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