For the second consecutive year, Nassau County workers will have their wages frozen.
The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) made the announcement last week, citing a possible budget deficit this year of up to $100 million.
County Executive Edward Mangano praised the decision as a “stabilizing” force in the budget process.
“Syosset High School was one of only seven high schools in New York State, and the only high school from Long Island, to participate in NanoCareer Day held at the University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering,” Hankin said. “Twenty-nine Syosset High School students attended lectures, presentations and demonstrations. A 2011 graduate of Syosset High School is currently majoring in nano-engineering at SUNY Albany. He took the course of explorations of nanotechnology in high school.”
Name calling, teasing, shunning. Whatever form it takes, bullying has been an unfortunate rite of passage for many students from the first day of kindergarten to high school graduation. It’s been around in some form, most likely, since the first-ever school opened its doors.
As the decades roll on, so does technology, and schools do their best to try and keep up. Bullying certainly has; it has turned into cyberbullying, with putdowns moving from the playground to the PC and now, Smartphones.
After several public budget workshops and many months of deliberations, the Jericho Board of Education adopted a proposed budget of $114,468,464 for the 2012-13 school year at its March 15 regular meeting at Cantiague Elementary School.
The community will have the chance to approve or reject the adopted budget in a public vote slated for Tuesday, May 15, in the Jericho High School gymnasium between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
With the vision in mind, Rabbi Shalom and Sara Paltiel began to create a new Disney-like, Israel-themed, 1,800 square foot playground and cultural recreation center at Chabad of Port Washington. The new installment includes a recreational area with access to instruments, a puppet theater, a faux-marketplace, a costume area, a replica of ancient ruins, a live streaming feed of a bustling center in Israel, a camel, and a tree. This interactive play space offers children the opportunity to become immersed into another world while being able to enhance their vibrant imaginations with the toys and environment.
LIRR commuters will be intrigued to hear what Dave Morrison of Plainview, a retired LIRR Oyster Bay Branch Manager and railroad historian has to say about the development of Jamaica station. His new book, Jamaica Station, published by the answers to how the site evolved. Mr. Morrison writes captions that tell the history of the station and its location.
The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum is sponsoring the talk and book signing by Mr. Morrison on March 22, at Christ Church, 60 East Main Street at 7 p.m. The event is free but donations are gratefully accepted. Mr. Morrision is an Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Station Committee member.
Valley Stream resident Milagros Vincente clutched her daughter as the Nassau County Legislature voted 10-9 to realign four of its eight police precincts on Monday, March 5. She echoed sentiments of dozens of residents, business owners and police in attendance that opposed the plan from its inception.
The plan will alter the First, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Precincts. The county has been trying to erase a $310 million deficit in 2012 and touted this plan as a step in the direction of eliminating it. In 2011, the deficit totaled $145 million.
Thomas Dale was tapped to man the Nassau County Police Department three months ago but was not officially designated until hours before the County Legislature voted 10-9 to realign four of its eight police precincts on March 5. His designation vote went along party lines.
Dale’s welcome party never came and there was no ticker-tape parade, just more questions on what’s to be done with the publicly dubbed “Super Precincts,” revamped station houses called “community policing centers” and boos and jeers from residents at the hearing prior to the vote, concerned with public safety.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s February 2012 audit of the Syosset School District suggests that it spends exponentially more on salaries and benefits for administrators than districts with comparable standing. Syosset’s administrative salary costs were higher, ranging from $1.2 to $2.7 million over those years, than average costs at six similar districts consisting of Half Hollow Hills, East Meadow, Port Washington, Three Village, West Islip and Great Neck.
The three top people accounted for 89 percent of the district’s fringe benefit costs in the 2008-09 fiscal year and 91 percent the following year. The audit examined spending from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2010.
No vote was taken on Monday, Feb. 27, on the plan to close four Nassau County police precincts and convert them into Community Policing Centers.
The Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority had hoped for such a vote, one that would close the First and Fifth and Sixth and Eighth precincts. However, according to a spokeswoman for Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa), County Executive Edward I. Mangano asked the legislature to delay the vote for at least a week, while his office remains in negotiations over unspecified issues with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA).
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