Library Trustee Candidates Discuss Issues With Port Residents
On a blustery night of snow and rain, four candidates met with the community in the Port library Wednesday evening, March 23 to offer their qualifications and plans should they be elected to fill a vacancy on the board of trustees of the Port library. The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Manhasset and Port Washington and was moderated by LWV co-President Edna Vincenti. About three dozen hearty souls braved the inclement weather to engage in a question and answer session with the candidates.
Baxter Estates Mayor James Neville "Stunned" by Write-in Defeat
Baxter Estates Mayor James Neville said he was "stunned, shocked and disappointed" at the surprise write-in campaign waged by James Maher, who won the recent village mayoral election. Neville, as well as virtually all the Baxter Estates voters (except, of course, for those who waged the write-in campaign), believed the election to be uncontested. The turnout on Election Day - March 15 - was therefore exceedingly small - Maher won by 29 write-in votes to Neville's 13. Baxter Estates has a population of slightly over 1,000 persons. Maher had served as a trustee during Neville's incumbency.
Boys Varsity LAX on a Roll
The Boys Varsity Lacrosse team opened the season with a 3-0 record - its best start in years. The three decisive victories enabled the team to show its balance and versatility on both ends of the field.
On the Bay
The continuing saga of Russell Coutts and the America's Cup has not abated. Late last week, it appeared that Coutts and Ernesto Bertarelli, the boss of Alinghi, reached a settlement where Coutts would not sail in 2007 in Valencia. For those who don't spend a lot of time following the antics of the billionaire heads of two Cup syndicates, Bertarelli and Larry Ellison, from Oracle, got together after a falling-out between Coutts and Bertarelli and changed the eligibility requirements in a deliberate bid to keep Coutts from racing for another team in 2007. After months of speculation and wrangling, Bertarelli says that he and Coutts "have amicably settled their past disagreements. As part of this settlement, Russell Coutts shall not sail for another team in the 32nd America's Cup." But that was last week. This week it has been learned that the door to Coutts participation in the next Cup is not completely closed. Even though the two have "reached a settlement", the agreement is banning Coutts from "sailing." The unanswered question is whether the change in protocol prevents Coutts from joining a syndicate in a non-sailing capacity. With Coutts sailing ability, his engineering knowledge and technical know-how, he would be a tremendous asset to any team. Coutts, an Olympic gold medalist at Los Angeles in 1984, steered New Zealand's Black Magic to victory in the America's Cup in San Diego in 1995. He then orchestrated the Cup's defense in Auckland in 2000 before defecting to Alinghi. Two years later Alinghi went on to win the America's Cup, beating Team New Zealand 5-0 to become the first challenger in the history to win the America's Cup at their first attempt. Coutts has set a record with 14 straight America's Cup wins, nine with New Zealand and five with Alinghi. To add fire to the speculation surrounding Coutts, the Italian newspaper, Il Giornale, reported that Team Luna Rossa (formerly Prada), was ready to announce that Coutts had joined their syndicate, but held off with their press release because Coutts' legal situation had not been resolved. According to yachting commentator Peter Lester, "Never say never in this game...there are bound to be more twists in it." To be continued...
Yes on Library Budget, but No on School Budget
Voting No on Library Budget