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October 2, 1998

  • NEWS: School Board Policies Questioned at BOE Regular Meeting

    A former member of the CAC (Community Action Committee), Herb Cohen, questioned the school board about the status of the implementation of certain suggestions contained in the CAC's final report, which was presented to the then board of education on Oct. 29, 1996. The report, compiled by eleven local residents (among whom were lawyers, accountants, architects, contractors and a public relations person) determined that from 1987 to the 1995 school year the district was mismanaged, both in terms of fiscal administration and policy oversight. FULL STORY

  • NEWS: Police Commissioners Increase Budget to Erase Debt

    After discussing many alternatives in numerous meetings and workshops beforehand, two of the three Port Washington Police Commissioners finally voted at their Sept. 10 budget hearing to increase the 1999 budget to $8,689,617, which is $239,074 or 2.82 percent over last year's $8,450,543 budget. Assuming Town approval, taxpayers will therefore have to pay $11.34 for every $100 of real estate valuation, versus last year's $11.11; thus, it is a 2.1 percent tax rate increase. Commissioner Roy Smitheimer, who is expected to seek re-election in December, voted against the budget and recommended his own version for $260,000 less, which would have a tax rate of $10.99, a 1.1 percent tax rate decrease. The primary difference between the two budgets is that the commissioners' recommended budget would pay up the debt costs on a state loan with two large payments; whereas Smitheimer's would delay and spread out the payment. Smitheimer was accused of having political motives for waiting until the last minute to introduce a lower-tax budget. The bulk of the expenses in both budgets are for fixed personnel costs, including benefits and $5,664,712 for the 78 salaries of 58 uniformed officers and 20 civilians. FULL STORY

  • NEWS: Police Commissioners Agree to Extend Voting by 9 Hours

    After months of discussion, hours of research, a hearing that wasn't, many letters and FAXes, and a meeting in which their anger with each other was not hidden - the three Port Washington Police District Commissioners voted unanimously at a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 28, to extend the voting hours at the next police district election by nine hours. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Port residents will be able to vote from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., versus 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. of previous years, and versus 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. a few years before that. The franchise has come a long way, baby - despite a refusal, so far, of the nine special district commissioners to also extend their voting hours, and with the strong support of the League of Women Voters. FULL STORY

  • SPORTS: On The Bay

    This year's dates for the Cigna Knickerbocker Cup were Sept. 23-27. The venue was New York Harbor with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in plain sight encouraging thoughts of ancestors who had courageously come to our shores. The sights of the city were breathtaking. FULL STORY

  • SPORTS: Sports Beat

    Port's All-County junior, Jason Ham gained 205 yards rushing on 34 carries to help propel the Vikings to a 10-6 win over South Side. The win was Port's first against one loss. Two weeks ago the Vikings were shut out in their season opener by Garden City 34-0. While Ham accounted for 90 percent of Port's overall offense, it was Chris Morea and George Dembala who put the points on the board. Morea's 15 yard touchdown run and Dembala's pat gave Port a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. Dembala added a 28 yard field goal late in the third quarter to boost Port's lead to 10-0. It was Dembala's accurate kicking that provided the margin of victory in the evenly contested game. South Side scored their lone touchdown late in the game. FULL STORY

  • OPINION: Congratulations to Police Commissioners
  • OPINION: Manorhaven Mayor Should Treat All Residents Equally and 'Patiently

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