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SPECIAL REPORT: ATTACK OF THE PINK SLIME

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis, With Additional Reporting By The Anton Newspapers Editors: Editorial@antonnews.com Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Dangerous beef filler might be in our kids’ school cafeterias

An Anton Newspapers investigation into a national story that impacts our local schools

Have you ever wondered what’s in that hamburger patty they are serving up in your child’s school? You may be surprised to learn that it might not be pure beef, but meat with filler known as “pink slime.”

Consumer food activists and high-profile chefs have been campaigning against the use of this product often found in fast food, and McDonalds, Taco Bell and Burger King have now all discontinued using pink slime. However, this year the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has plans to purchase millions of pounds of the “Lean Finely Textured Beef” (aka pink slime) for the National School Lunch Program. This cost-cutting measure once used for prisoners is now being used for school lunches around the country.

 

Congressman Ackerman Not Seeking Re-election

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman: kreitzman@antonnews.com Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Fifteenth term in office will be his last

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) will not seek re-election to the United States Congress next year. The announcement came late on Thursday, March 15, following the federal circuit court’s approval of Congressional district lines, a decision that Ackerman’s office called “extraordinarily favorable” to the congressman who is serving his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Announcing his decision not to run for a sixteenth term of office, Ackerman added that, if he had chosen to run again, he would have run “with the primary-free backing of the Democratic Party virtually assured.”

 

Congressman Ackerman Not Seeking Re-election

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 16 March 2012 10:29

Fifteenth term in office will be his last

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) will not seek re-election to the United States Congress next year. The announcement came late on Thursday, March 15, following the federal circuit court’s approval of Congressional district lines, a decision that Ackerman’s office called “extraordinarily favorable” to the congressman who is serving his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Announcing his decision not to run for a sixteenth term of office, Ackerman added that, if he had chosen to run again, he would have run “with the primary-free backing of the Democratic Party virtually assured.”

Ackerman currently represents the Fifth Congressional District of New York, which encompasses parts of the New York City Borough of Queens and the North Shore of Long Island, including west and northeast Queens and northern Nassau County.

 

Candidates for East Hills Board of Trustees

Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

The following candidates are running for the board of trustees in the Village of East Hills. The election will take place on Tuesday, March 20.

Clara Pomerantz

Clara Pomerantz is running for re-election to the Village of East Hills board of trustees. She issued the following statement on her candidacy:

“Since 2002 when I moved here with my family from Flower Hill in Roslyn, I have been proud to be a resident. I take even more pride in being a trustee, in serving as a member of the Koblenz Team, and in devoting my efforts to making a positive difference in this wonderful, vibrant community.

 

Candidate Profiles for Roslyn Board of Trustees

Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

The following candidates are running for the board of trustees in the Village of Roslyn. The election will take place on Tuesday, March 20.

Marshall Bernstein

Marshall Bernstein is running for re-election to the Village of Roslyn board of trustees, where he also serves as deputy mayor. He issued the following statement on his candidacy.

 

Lively Debate at Candidates’ Forum

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

Last major event before March 20 BOE elections

The incumbents touted their achievements, while the challengers said the Village of East Hills board of trustees needs more independent members. Those were among the themes at Monday night’s candidate forum at the Bryant Library, as over 70 residents came out in the cold weather for the last major event before the March 20 election.

Sponsored by The Civic Association of East Hills, the evening featured incumbents Clara Pomerantz and Manny Zuckerman of the Unity Party, plus challengers Matthew Weiss and Mitchell Winn, both running on separate lines.

 

County Legislature Approves New Police Precinct Plan

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

First, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Precincts to be downsized as negotiations continue

Valley Stream resident Milagros Vincente clutched her daughter as the Nassau County Legislature voted 10-9 to realign four of its eight police precincts on Monday, March 5. She echoed sentiments of dozens of residents, business owners and police in attendance that opposed the plan from its inception.

The plan will alter the First, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Precincts. The county has been trying to erase a $310 million deficit in 2012 and touted this plan as a step in the direction of eliminating it. In 2011, the deficit totaled $145 million.

 

No Vote on Precinct Closure Plan

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

Negotiations continue between County Executive and PBA

No vote was taken on Monday, Feb. 27, on the plan to close four Nassau County police precincts and convert them into Community Policing Centers.

The Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority had hoped for such a vote, one that would close the First and Fifth and Sixth and Eighth precincts. However, according to a spokeswoman for Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa), County Executive Edward I. Mangano asked the legislature to delay the vote for at least a week, while his office remains in negotiations over unspecified issues with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA).

 

Volunteer Work a Labor of Love

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

Henrietta Dobin Celebrates Her Centennial By Working at the Museum

The Nassau County Museum of Art is a cultural showcase of the North Shore. In recent years, its variegated exhibits have highlighted the key moments in American history, such as the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, while exhibiting such legendary artists as Norman Rockwell and Richard Avedon. Art lovers and school children alike from all over Long Island continue to enjoy not only its exhibits, but also programs for youngsters and families.

 

PBA Officials State Their Case Against Plan for Nassau County Police Precincts

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

Say stationhouse necessities for combating crime are at risk

On the eve of a vote that could shut down four police precincts in Nassau County and convert them to community policing centers, officers with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) once again presented their case against the proposal.

In a meeting with editors of Anton Community Newspapers, PBA President James Carver and his associates claimed that the proposed closures would result in less services at the community centers than what existed at precinct stationhouses. They also disputed claims made by Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Dale that crime has decreased in Nassau County and in general, they made the case that precinct stationhouses are essential to combating crime and performing needed services.

 

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