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From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - August 13, 2010

Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00

Protections for the Disabled Signed into Law

Strong legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), that will protect disabled New York state residents from discrimination was signed into law last week.


Letter: The MTA Tax Burden

Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00

This is a response to Nassau County Executive Mangano’s column “County’s Lawsuit Against the MTA”, which appeared in the August 4, 2010 issue of The Roslyn News. As is apparent, the problems created for Nassau County by the MTA legislation, including its Employer Payroll Tax component, are varied, mounting, and yet were so predictable from the start. What’s shocking to me however is that, in his column, The County Executive never mentions how we came to be burdened by this tax in the first place. I’m sure he knows that our own Senator Johnson was the hold-out key vote passing it as part of the MTA bailout legislation. What’s worse, Mr. Johnson seems to have done it as part of a deal to get himself appointed to the MTA board (please see The Roslyn News May 14, 2009 article “Senator Johnson Does An About Face” and Newsday June 26, 2009 article “MTA Bailout Deal Reached.”).


DiNapoli: Local Governments, School Districts Hit Hard by the Recession

Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00

‘Revenues Decline Significantly; Long Road to Recovery’

Local governments and school districts across New York have lost a significant amount of revenue as a result of the recession, according to the 2010 Annual Report on Local Governments just released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. While there are some indications that New York’s economy is beginning to stabilize, the road to fiscal health will not be an easy one, DiNapoli said.


From Sustainable Long Island - August 6, 2010

Written by Sarah Lansdale Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00

Don’t Let Brownfields Become Beauty Busters

Growing up on Long Island, residents often feel a sense of pride in what their region is known for. Long Island is known for many things including its attractive scenery, gorgeous beaches, and historic locations. From notable museums to popular vineyards to beautiful forests and meadows, Long Island has always been the place to see.


Letter: From the East Williston Board Of Education

Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00
The East Williston Board of Education is here to serve you and we want to hear from you.  We are excited about the new school year and the challenges it will bring as we reflect on some of the highlights from the past year.

Superintendent’s Column - July 23, 2010

Written by Dr. Dan Brenner Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00

Summer Letter to the School Community

The summer months are filled with a lot of activity as we plan for the new school year. I wanted to bring to your attention a few of the major changes you can anticipate for the start of  2010-11.


Letter: TNH Supervisor Proud of Great Neck Storm Response

Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00

Devastation reigned in the wake of the recent tornado-like event that recently struck the Great Neck peninsula. The June 24 storm, or “micro-burst” as the National Weather Service declared it, lasted only a matter of minutes but the havoc it caused will be with us for a long time to come.


Comptroller: County Closes Difficult Financial Year

Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00

Financial Report Reveals Massive Borrowing, Deferral of Expenses

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos recently released the audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 2009 fiscal year, saying the county used “troubling” budget maneuvers to stay in the black.


Letter: Still Time to Host a Fresh Air Fund Child

Written by Donna Duffy Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00
Summer vacation, that special time of year for all children, is upon us and members of the local community still have the chance to make it memorable for a child from New York City! Thanks to the many families in Nassau County and throughout 13 Northeastern states and Canada, more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods have enjoyed free summer experiences in suburban and small town communities through The Fresh Air Fund. The Fund is currently seeking more families to give inner-city children a two-week experience this summer. By volunteering as a host family for the Friendly Town program, a child can have a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets.

Letter: Helicopter Noise In North Shore Communities

Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00
Long Islanders need to oppose the Federal Aviation Administration rulemaking to mandate helicopters fly off the North Shore enroute to eastern parts of Long Island. (Docket Number FAA-2010-0302) There will be a disproportionate volume of helicopter activity over the Town of North Hempstead communities of Great Neck, Kings Point, Locust Valley, Manhasset, Oyster Bay, Port Washington, Roslyn, and Sands Point as well as the City of Glen Cove because helicopter operators will have no option but to overfly these areas as they transit to/from a mandated North Shore Route.

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