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Letter: The Right Way To Do Business

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

The way in which the North Hempstead Town Board and the Hempstead Town Board recently handled similar situations is, in my mind, a testament to the true distinction between the GOP machine and the North Hempstead Democrats.

Faced with the need to appoint a town clerk in the wake of the Republican town clerk being convicted of harassment charges involving employees in his office, the GOP-controlled Hempstead Town Board took the “typical politics route”— appointing the individual currently running for election as a Republican to the position of town clerk. This gives their candidate a tremendous advantage as an incumbent, with the full power of the office, as she runs in the November election.


Letter: Would Sales Tax Be Partial Solution?

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

I am writing in response to your article “Tax Rates Soaring,” in your October 9-15 issue. You pointed out that the school tax rate for Port Washington homeowners increased by 8.06 percent this year and 8.1 percent last year. According to my calculations, my school tax rate for the Port Washington school district increased by 10.25 percent this year, and 13 percent last year. However, what is more important, is that we must find new additional ways of funding these insane school taxes.

For example, I might suggest a 1 percent sales tax increase devoted solely to the purpose of reducing school taxes. By doing this, it would allow not just property owners to share the brunt of school taxes, but non-property owners as well.

Letter: Sandy Anniversary Reminds of Good Deeds

Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:48

As we near the anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, this letter commends Port Washington businesses that provided comfort to our residents during that stressful time.

Morgan Chase Bank opened its doors with electricity from a huge generator. It provided tea, coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn, etc. Citizens were able to obtain Internet access as well as charge their electronics. The entire staff was on hand to welcome, assist and comfort. It was an inspiration to all.


Letter: Historical Society Calls Fair One for the Ages

Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:47

The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society (CNPHS) would like to publicly thank all of the volunteers who donated their time, the businesses that donated goods, and the organizations that supported our annual Country Fair on Sept. 21. It is due to your support, and the support of the community, that the CNPHS can continue to keep history alive in Port Washington.


Letter: "Do Not Edit"

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
The entire board of the Port Washington Library Foundation wishes to express its dismay at the recent handling of a news article about our September 28 Tenth Inspiration Gala by the Port Washington News editorial staff.

Through its unsolicited and unauthorized editorial “additions” to a straightforward promotion of our Gala, the Port Washington News caused embarrassment to the organization and to the honorees of our upcoming event.


Letter: Loving Blankman

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

Permit me to share with you that I find myself lately looking forward to receiving the Port News to read the column of Howard Blankman. I do not always share Howard’s lens, but I always appreciate his writing craft.

I met Howard Blankman perhaps 20 years ago through his wife, Donna, who, like me, is part of the community of St. Stephen’s Church. I enjoyed Howard’s energy, positivism, and wit back then and do so again now through his column in your paper.

It’s not edgy or too clever. Rather, Howard’s column lifts people up, celebrating them and inspiring others. That is important work and Howard does it with a refreshing straightforward presentation and unabashed enthusiasm. Love it!

Eleanor Grogan



County Financial Report Card

Written by George Maragos Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

The financial condition of the County continues to improve by all fundamental measures, primarily due to the improving economy and cost controls instituted by the Mangano administration. From residents’ point of view, the County’s improved financial state is reflected in the county portion of their property tax bill, which has not increased in the last four years.

The mid-year financial projections for 2013 indicate that the County will end the year with a $5.6 million budgetary surplus. This follows on the heels of 2012’s surplus of $41.5 million, now confirmed by independent auditors. These budget surpluses are due to increased sales tax revenues from the improving economy (up 10.4 percent year to date) and reduced Social Service costs due to lower unemployment (down to 6 percent, one of the lowest rates in New York State and lower than that of Suffolk County and New York City.)


The Real State of Nassau's Finances

Written by Howard Weitzman Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

George Maragos continues to mislead the public by falsely claiming that the county’s financial condition has improved on his watch. During Mr. Maragos’s tenure as Nassau County’s fiscal watchdog, the county has undergone three bond downgrades by the credit rating agencies, the county’s fiscal outlook has been lowered from “stable” to “negative,” and the county’s debt has reached a new all-time high. No amount of “cooking the books” and issuing misleading financial statements and press releases can hide this truth, a truth which can be easily verified by outside sources.

As a Certified Public Accountant and former Nassau County Comptroller, I can see through the blatant attempts by Maragos to cook the books to produce the result he wants instead of the result that is truthful. The problem is that voters are disillusioned by the back-and-fourth of political campaigns where one side makes one claim and the other side counters with the opposite take. If voters don’t know who to believe, they should look at what independent, outside sources have to say about the county’s finances.


Letter: Schedule Change

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

To The Editor:


A funny thing happened to me and my family only one week before school started in Port Washington. Somehow, my child’s schedule was (drastically) changed; yet nobody from the High School bothered to let us know — not by phone, mail, nor email. When we contacted the school to find out, “What was up,” the guidance department told us that the schedule changes were out of “their” hands. We were told the changes were made by the School Administration.


Letter: Heard It From A Friend

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

To The Editor:


A friend recently told me that the Town of North Hempstead acceded to the desire of local residents and tabled a permit request for Dejana Industries to construct a garbage facility on West Shore Road. For a Town government to listen to residents is a good thing, if they have their facts straight and their beliefs are correct.


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