As a New Yorker I was disheartened to hear that the New York State Tobacco Control Program has been slashed to $41 million. This will no doubt be a disservice to the people of New York.
Official results from the March 15 Village of East Hills elections are in and, despite a strong showing (37 percent to 40 percent of the votes), the East Hills Advocacy Group candidates fell short. However, even in defeat, we were victorious. Indeed, as we made the weighty decision to run for office in November 2010, we knew (even then) that we were embarking on a no-lose journey.
The time has come for New Yorkers to take back their vote. The League of Women Voters of Nassau County believes this can come about only if legislators support an independent, nonpartisan commission for redrawing Assembly and Senate districts in response to the 2010 census. To achieve this end, the LWV has joined ReShape NY, a broad coalition of 30 advocacy, business, union, and civil groups calling on the Governor and state legislature to create an independent redistricting commission that draws district lines using fair and defined criteria while engaging the public in the process. If New York is to have a state legislature that is responsive to the interests of the constituents rather than keeping itself in office, citizens must demand this change from their legislators.
With so many competing voices on television, radio, blogs and social media, we can sometimes miss out on certain forthright messages that deserve special attention. Mike Barry’s “Eye On The Island” column, (“Reform and the GOP,” The Roslyn News, March 10, 2011) however, merits extraordinary recognition.
The news grows dimmer, daily, as we listen to the financial forecast for the coming school year; however, our students continue to be the beacon of light that keeps us focused. Those of you, who had the privilege of hearing our students perform with the Long Island Philharmonic recently, know how important it is to preserve those programs and life experiences that make all the difference to our students. We were honored to have a cherished guest in our audience, our Board of Regents representative, Roger Tilles, who was simply blown away by the performance. The Wheatley stage will continue to astound residents with their production of Les Miserables, this spring. Let us not forget the annual production of North Side’s Books Alive, performed by enthusiastic and talented North Side faculty and parents, solely for the entertainment of our children. Yes, great things are happening in our schools.
(The following is an open letter to Roslyn area residents from the Coordinating Council of Parent Associations (CCPA) printed at the requests of the authors.)
We are appealing to you today to pay attention to the impending tax cap proposed by Governor Cuomo. If enacted, without addressing the many unfunded mandates required of school districts by the State of New York, the financial stability of all schools will be in serious jeopardy in the near future. More importantly, our district will be forced to compromise the educational and extracurricular programs upon which Roslyn’s educational excellence is based.
Spring finally seems to be arriving. By writing this I will probably jinx us and in retaliation we will find ourselves facing a huge spring snowstorm. One way or another spring will be here. More hours of sunlight and the first green shoots from bulbs are confirmation enough.
Some federal immigration agents were wearing cowboy hats and carrying semi-automatic weapons that night in September 2007 when they stormed into private homes across Nassau and Suffolk counties.
I have been a resident in East Hills for over 30 years. During that time I have observed the Village Government and felt privileged to be a part of a neighborhood where I could be proud of my surroundings and the peace and privacy it afforded our family. My husband and I raised two daughters, who attended the Roslyn Schools and who are happy and successful professional women. Our family summers were spent at the ocean and traveling to destinations to enjoy the best quality of life during the fleeting memorable years when our girls were young.
I have been a resident of East Hills for 12 years. I am writing to endorse the East Hills Advocacy Group candidates, and encourage fellow East Hills residents to do the same. I know two of these gentlemen personally, Matt Weiss, who is running for mayor and Gregg Resnick, who is running for the position of trustee, and from my experience they have both proven to be honest, hardworking and trustworthy. In addition I stand behind the goals that they have set forth in their platform including:
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