Last month, the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association (NSWCA), co-sponsored the first-ever Long Island Groundwater Symposium, along with the Long Island Water Conference and the Suffolk County Water Authority.
This was part of May’s Water Awareness Month, Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association (NSWCA), consisting of 21 Nassau and Suffolk water districts, including Jericho.
The five-hour informational program was highlighted by moderated panel discussions, featuring water supply industry professionals and elected officials. Topics of discussion included water availability, water quality, infrastructure management and long-term protection of Long Island’s groundwater supply.
The Second Squad reports the arrest of a Freeport man for sexual abuse, which occurred on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 4 p.m. in Woodbury.
According to detectives, on Tuesday, May 21 at 3:45 p.m. the owner of Dun Rite Upholstery, Alfred Balcerak, 54, of 25 N. Long Beach Avenue, approached a male employee in his twenties, pulled down his pants and grabbed his genitals. The victim turned away and exited the store, which is located at 18 W. Jericho Turnpike in Syosset. Balcerak is a Level 3 Registered Sex Offender, and designated a Predicate Sex Offender. On Tuesday, May 28, at 4 p.m., the defendant turned himself in at the Second Precinct in Woodbury, without incident.
Balcerak is charged with Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and was arraigned on Wednesday, May 29 at First District Court in Hempstead.
The 72nd Annual Syosset Memorial Day Parade drew over a hundred residents on Monday morning, beginning at Variety Pre-School, heading down Jackson Avenue and into the downtown Syosset area where a ceremony was held at the Memorial Park on Underhill Boulevard.
A WWII veteran and resident of Syosset for over 30 years, Gus Scutari has coordinated the parade for 23 years, and become known as “Mr. Memorial Day.”
The Syosset School District’s 2013-14 budget for $209,054,963, a 5.54 percent increase from last year’s budget, passed 2,627 to 1,555 last week.
“The District is very pleased and will continue to provide an excellent education for our students,” Superintendent of Syosset Schools Carole Hankin said.
The Jericho School District’s 2013-13 budget of $177,878,708, a 2.98 percent increase from last year’s budget, passed 808 to 265 last week.
“The Board of Education and Jericho’s administrators were proud to present a budget that provided the highest quality of instructional programs while being extremely mindful of the financial impact on our taxpayers,” Superintendent of Jericho Schools Hank Grishman said. “The budget was approved by over 75 percent of voters and we are grateful for the support.”
School Board President Joseph Lorintz was re-elected unopposed, and Proposition 2 passed 517 to 181.
The Jericho Library’s budget also passed with 78.56 percent support. Gloria Jacobson was also re-elected to the Board of Directors.
Syosset’s Blumenfeld Development Group (BDG), headed by Ed Blumenfeld, has proposed a $200 million design to demolish Nassau Coliseum and build a new arena and state-of-the-art exhibition center for the 21st century.
“The existing facility cannot be effectively retrofitted,” said Brad Blumenfeld, BDG Vice President, adding “Our team is committed to building a new, preeminent facility—other proposals only call for renovations to the existing arena.”
During a Syosset school board meeting last week, tension arose between Superintendent of Schools Carole Hankin, Trustee Joshua Lafazan, and Fred Gang, a resident speaker on transparency and accusations made against the district.
During public comment, Gang expressed disapproval of the district’s proposed budget for 2013-14, and inquired about reports of the district’s use of software to target various community members with the objective of increasing voter turnouts — which is illegal under New York State election law as Gang pointed out.
During its April and May meetings, the Birchwood Civic Association welcomed Board of Education members and candidates from the Syosset School District, as well as Board of Education members and administrators from the Jericho School District to discuss budget proposals and issues facing the districts. The BCA voted to endorse both the Syosset and Jericho budgets, as well as the Jericho Library budget, acknowledging that all made a strong effort to retain programs while staying below the state tax levy cap. In addition, the BCA voted in support of Jericho's Proposition 2 regarding the establishment of a capital reserve fund. The Syosset Library budget was not reviewed.
Susan Parker, a resident of Syosset for 24 years, is running for a trustee seat on the Syosset Board of Education.
A mother of three and employee of the Syosset Fire District for the past seven years, Parker has been an active PTA member for the past 21 years on a local and county level. Parker received her BS from SUNY Binghampton and her MBA from Boston University. Parker says she has two “gainfully employed” graduates of the school district, and a son currently attending Syosset High School.
The Syosset Public Library Board of Trustees will have two candidates in the upcoming election on May 21 - incumbent Lorraine Trachtman and Alene Shorin.
Trachtman, having served on the library board since 1998, says she has “seen the library grow and change to meet the community’s needs - my family enjoys all the services the library has to offer.”
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