Why the School District Has to Return $1.7 Million in Building Aid to SED
Let us preface this article by saying that the truth is never simple. That said, as readers know, the New York State Education Department is requiring the Port school district to return approximately $1.7 million in building aid, which it paid to the district for construction projects from the period of 1987-1995. Readers who lived here in 1995 and 1996 will also recall the turmoil when the NYS Comptroller's Office performed an audit of the Capital Fund of the PWUFSD for projects between, specifically, July 1, 1987 and June 30, 1995, during which time the district spent approximately $18 million on capital expenditures.
Port North and LIPA Launching a Reliability Initiative
Most of us have (reluctantly) become resigned to the electric outages caused by downed trees in a storm or by grid overload during peak usage. But what about those irritating, unexplained, momentary outages that are just long enough to cause the loss of unsaved computer data, and to reset telephone answering machines, audio equipment, clocks, and other electric and electronic devices? The mayor and trustees of the Village of Port Washington North are endeavoring to pinpoint and correct these problems. They recently held a public forum at which representatives from LIPA were invited to make a presentation, which is hopefully the first step in an improvement plan. According to Trustee Steve Cohen, who is chairing the committee, Port North is launching this initiative not only on behalf of the village, but on behalf of the entire peninsula, although they have not yet been in conversation with the other municipalities. "We're going to get to the bottom of this," Cohen promised.
On the Bay
Remember going to grandma's house when you were young and anticipating the great big hug you would get just as you escaped the confines of a long road trip? And what about the great aromas emanating from the kitchen that made you instantly hungry? Great memories of a person and place from a long-ago time, a place where you were made to feel as if you were the most important person in the world. One of the best parts of going to grandma's house was contemplating just how wonderful the visit would be. Nothing changed much between trips, and that was good. It was the sameness of those trips that made them so special.