Warnings of Dangerous Staffing Shortage of Air Traffic Controllers
Representatives Steve Israel and Tim Bishop held a press conference at Islip MacArthur Airport this week to warn that air traffic controllers are facing a staffing shortage of crisis proportions in the coming years. The staffing shortage is of particular concern to the New York region where jobs are hard to fill because controllers can earn nearly as much in other locations, where the cost of living is lower and the work is less hectic.
Syosset School District Included in Hevesi's Audit
New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi held a press conference on Tuesday to announce four additional school districts that will undergo an in-depth audit by his office in addition to the Roslyn School District. Those districts in Nassau County are Lawrence, Manhasset and Hempstead and in Suffolk County is Brentwood School District.
Syosset Cubs Baseball Club Creates Advisory Panel
The Syosset Cubs Baseball Club recently announced the creation of an Advisory Panel that will seek to expand Syosset Cubs Baseball programs for young ballplayers in the Syosset-area communities during the coming year. Stephen Checca and Dominic Dantona, long-time managers and supporters of youth baseball in those communities, will serve as co-chairmen of the newly-formed panel. They will be joined by Robert Spina, senior vice president at Morgan Stanley and chairman of the board of trustees for the Saint Edward's School in Syosset, and by Ray Commisso, who most-recently served as president and director of the Syosset Baseball Association and was a driving force behind the administration and enrichment of one of Long Island's largest youth baseball organizations.
Jericho Little League Impresses Long Island's Best
Jericho Jaysox started play in the most prestigious summer tournament on Long Island in Plainedge this weekend. Sixteen 10-and-under teams began competition. Jericho's first opponent was East Meadow American. Jericho defeated them 6-4 with strong pitching from 8-year-old Michael Goren while Sean Lohan closed the door on any comeback in relief. Goren pitched four innings of one-run ball in front of scouts from the Yankees and Red Sox who were looking for a pitcher before the trade deadline. Fortunately, Michael will be staying with Jericho.
From the Desk of Senator Carl Marcellino
Over 60 and Getting Younger