Written by Joe Scotchie: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00
In June, numerous youth agencies received notice that their county contracts would be cancelled and funding eliminated on July 5 if Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s fiscal recovery plan was not approved.
That is what has happened and in the rally that took place in 90-degree plus weather, speakers invoked Abraham Lincoln, Robert F. Kennedy and Roosevelt himself as they vowed to continue their resistance. And while those speakers criticized both County Executive Mangano and the Nassau County Legislature, one speaker reserved his main scorn for the bosses of both parties.
A flier distributed before the rally singled out Jay Jacobs, the Democratic Party chairman and Joe Mondello, longtime Republican Party chairman as the culprits for a lack of agreement between the legislature and the county executive’s office.
“Nineteen legislatures and a county executive are beholden only to two men who sit in the shadows,” said Andrew Malekoff of the Old Westbury-based North Shore Guidance Center. Declaring that Jacobs and Mondello have “power and control” over elected officials, Malekoff further denounced them for making youth agencies “pawns and hostages in their political war.”
“On this dark day, we are their collateral damage,” Malekoff claimed.
Before and after each speaker, Peter Levy, president of the coalition, listed some of the numerous agencies that have lost funding, including Concerned Citizens for Roslyn Youth, YES Community Counseling, Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, Hicksville Teenage Center, Hempstead Youth Council, North Shore Boys & Girls Club, Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Uniondale Community Center and Nassau County Office of Youth Services.
“Every year, we are placed on the chopping block,” said Joe Smith, executive director of Long Beach Reach, Inc. “This year they have sunk to a new low.” Smith said that the savings from eliminating such programs are estimated at $4 million, all out of a country budget that stands at over $2.7 billion.
Prior to the rally, numerous protestors lined Franklin Avenue carrying such signs as “Social Services Are Not Political Pawns” and “Keep Kids Out Of Politics.” The protestors implored motorists to honk their horns in support and many of them were glad to oblige.
The event billed itself as nonpartisan and the comments from county officials struck a conciliatory note of their own.
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the county executive’s necessary cutbacks,” said Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R – Massapequa).
“It was the decision by the County Executive and the Republican majority to rescind the money from the red light camera fund that was intended to fund these programs,” said Mike Florio, a spokesman for Democratic Party legislators. “We are continuing to talk with the County Executive and hope an agreement can be made to keep these programs running.”
“We continue to have healthy conversations with Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams to address youth board funding,” added County Executive Mangano.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Roslyn High School girls’ lacrosse squad ended the regular season playing the same consistent ball they had all year. In early May, the Lady Bulldogs topped both Wheatley and Great Neck North, while losing a close match to conference rival MacArthur.
The Lady Bulldogs finished the year with a sterling 10-5 mark overall and a 5-4 winning record in Conference IV play.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Old Westbury Gardens recently held its 11th Annual Taste of Spring on the grounds of the Phipps Estate, a gold coast mansion built in 1906. More than 300 people attended, drinking a variety of wines and dining on gourmet hot foods served up by local chefs. One of the favorites was a chicken with peas topped with a fragrant winter lavender sauce cooked by Jeff Lawton. Other delicacies included duck, gnocchi, tacos, meatballs, prime rib, baked brie, and quiche followed by an assortment of chocolate desserts and crème Brule.
Long Island notables were also in attendance including author Nelson DeMille and Peter Tilles, a prominent developer. As guests mingled they also were treated to a special show of vintage bridal gowns staged throughout the house, many of the dresses dating back to the 1900’s and some worn by member of the Phipps family.
Proceeds from the event and the silent auction went toward the estate. Beverage and tasting sponsors included Banfi Vintners, Bryant and
Cooper Steak House, Chi, Dessert Diva, Elegant Affairs Catering, Jeff Lawton Catering, La Bottega, Robbins Wolfe Eventuers and Sterling Affair Caterers.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen members of the Green Vale Pacers, a girls’ running club, ran the 5K Race of the Long Island Marathon held at Eisenhower Park on May 4. All fifteen finished the race and a few finished at the top of their age divisions and within the top ten for all 354 female racers.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen Wheatley High School students have been recognized by the Nassau County Interscholastic Athletic Association for their exceptional performance in athletics, scholarship and leadership qualities for the winter 2012-2013 season. All winter teams were recognized as NYS Scholar/Athlete Team Award winners. The Boys Indoor Track team was crowned NYS State Scholar Athlete Team Champions. The Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Nassau County Class B Championship.