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Letter: Decries Abortion Toll

Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  These three rights are strongly defended and loved by the American people.  In fact, we have fought wars and risked lives to protect them.  As we recall the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the court case that legalized abortion, we must ask ourselves: what about the rights of the 47 million babies who have been killed since 1973?


NYSSBA: Governor Is Right, We Need a New Approach

Written by Donna Duffy Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

Submitted by The New York State School Boards Association

In his first State of the State message, Gov. Andrew Cuomo hammered on a message that school boards have long championed – curtailing the state’s burdensome mandates in order to control property taxes and spending.


County Executive’s Column - January 20, 2011

Written by Edward P. Mangano Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

‘Restoring Fiscal Responsibility in Nassau County’

I knew Nassau County’s finances were bad but I never knew how bad until I became County Executive in January 2010.

I soon learned I had inherited from Tom Suozzi a 2010 budget with a $133 million deficit, that spending was wasteful and out of control, that Suozzi had given the public employee unions extravagant labor contracts, that these contracts prevented the county from laying off employees – even in difficult economic times, that borrowing was commonplace – driving the county further and further into debt each year, and that – while the 2010 budget was bad – Suozzi’s spending and union giveaways would drive future budgets even deeper into debt.


Comptroller’s Report - January 14, 2011

Written by County Comptroller George Maragos Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Nassau County Finances Are Stable

My office recently released reports that found the county will end 2010 with a small surplus and that the 2011 budget is balanced according to Government Accounting Standards. The 2011 budget includes the elimination of a property tax increase, which was planned by the prior Administration and continues the repeal of the 2.5 percent energy tax. Also, two of the three rating agencies have declared the county financial health as stable and only one has reduced it by a single notch acknowledging the difficult economic conditions facing all counties and certain risk items in the county’s 2011 budget, namely labor concessions.


Letter: Regarding “Setting the Records Straight”

Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

(Editor’s Note: This letter from County Executive Edward Mangano is in response to the Dec. 23 letter “Setting the Record Straight” from Dr. Ranier W. Melucci, President of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents and Superintendent of Schools in the Merrick School District.)


Letter: EW BOE Goals: Prudent Budgets, Top-Flight Education

Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00
Leading a district through these tough economic times is a huge task, especially with increased state mandates and decreased state aid.  The state budget deficit is expected to continue to grow, federal stimulus funds will expire and pension costs will continue to climb. Furthermore, Nassau County is making yet another attempt to shift the mistakes of prior years county assessments onto the backs of school districts, despite losing the battle in the courts last year. This is all occurring while the downturn in the economy continues to be felt by the residents of our community. 

Letter: Apology Issued For Cheating Incident

Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

For 11 years of my life I lived in Roslyn and attended Roslyn Elementary School and then Roslyn Jr. High and Roslyn High School. It was a wonderful place to grow up.  One incident from my childhood, however, disturbs me.


Letter: Combine Purchasing, School Districts To Save Costs

Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

In a letter in the Friday, Dec. 24 issue of The Roslyn News, “Setting the Records Straight,” Dr. Ranier W. Melucci writes about the hardships that will be created for local school districts by shifting the financial expense of paying county assessment errors from the county to local school districts. Additionally, Dr. Melucci seems displeased with Nassau County Executive Thomas P. Mangano’s recent “invitation for all Nassau County school districts to join the Long Island Purchasing Council (LIPC)…school districts have not joined this group and, in fact, most of our school districts have been advised by their own attorneys, because of questions of legality, that participation in the LIPC will subject the districts to significant restrictions that would be beneficial…The Nassau County superintendents and Boards of Education will continue to look for cost-saving measures, while continuing to provide our children with the education they need and deserve.”


School Districts Face $815M Shortfall Under Tax Cap

Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

Cumulative Gap Would Be $3.3B From 2010-11 to 2013-14, Based on NYSSBA Projections

(Submitted by the New York State School Board Association)

School districts across New York face a potential shortfall of $815 million per year over the next four years just in meeting personnel costs under a property tax cap, according to a report issued by the New York State School Boards Association.


Letter: ‘Setting the Record Straight’

Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

Recently, Nassau County superintendents of schools received literature from County Executive Ed Mangano regarding his 2011 “No Property Tax Increase Budget.” As part of this proposed budget, Nassau County Legislators voted, strictly along party lines, to shift the financial expense of paying county assessment errors from Nassau County to the local school districts. We certainly agree that the assessment system is broken, however, shifting the responsibility to the school districts will not help fix it.


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