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Retired Teacher Continues To Aid Students

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 31 August 2012 08:47

Joel Rauch to donate percentage of tutoring earnings to P.S. 19 in Corona, Queens

Joel Rauch of Plainview may have retired from teaching elementary school in Corona, Queens this past June, but he’s not quite done looking out for the kids of Corona. In addition to seeing to it that many of the programs started at the school during his tenure are continued, he also plans to donate 18 percent (or the lucky number chai in Hebrew) of the money he makes from private tutoring to the school. The money will go to special education programs and a Children of Corona scholarship fund.

“I have this emotional attachment to this school, and that’s not going to leave, so I’m desperately trying to find ways to support the community and the kids— especially the special ed kids,” said Rauch.


Residents Criticize Proposed Charter School

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00

Speakers at Jericho School District’s forum on proposed Doshi STEM Charter School largely disapprove of the project

Most of the residents who attended the Jericho School District public forum on a proposed STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) charter school on the SUNY Old Westbury Campus on Tuesday, Aug. 14 voiced strong opposition to the proposed school. They were on the same page as the Jericho Board of Education, which had voted unanimously at the regular meeting before the forum to oppose the creation of the school.

Superintendent Henry Grishman noted that his main concern with what is being called the Doshi STEM Charter School, and charter schools in general, is how the schools are funded under state law.


Barclays Tournament Tees Off At Bethpage Black

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00
It’s about the length of two football fields, but for the world’s best golfers, it is 200 yards that can crush the dreams of winning a prestigious golf tournament, or propel a player into glory with an accurate tee shot and a well-executed putt. It’s the 17th hole of the Bethpage Black, where the Barclays Golf Tournament is being held this week.

The 17th hole is considered to be a signature hole of the course. During the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championships, which were held at Bethpage Black, a loud and enthusiastic crowd helped to put a New York stamp on those tournaments. Barclays tournament directors are hoping for that same excitement as players arrive at the challenging hole.


County Executive Touts Assessment Reforms

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

Claims millions have been saved for Nassau County taxpayers

Denouncing what he called a “dysfunctional” assessment system, County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that for the first time in county history, there will be zero liability in the assessment system, an achievement that the county executive also claimed would save taxpayers $30 million, including $4.3 million a year in the labor assessment process.

Flanked by several county workers, Mangano praised their diligence, while mapping out a future assessment process for the county. Noting that the majority of municipalities in New York State perform assessments on a five-year period, Mangano said that while the county is currently on a four-year period, he hopes to up that one year to the five year total that he believes represents a prudent assessment system. In addition to a five-year plan, Mangano laid out two other goals. The first is to “stop the debt from growing and then [to] reverse it.” The second, he added, was to “find a better, intelligent system to handle assessments,” including computer software.


LICA To Celebrate 15th Anniversary This Fall

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

Trained coaches offer personal and professional support, job interview tips

When most people think of coaching, they think of energetic men and women in sweats and baseball caps yelling encouragement at young athletes on the ball field. However, The Long Island Coaching Alliance (LICA), soon to be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, deals with a very different kind of coaching: helping people better manage their careers, transitions, relationships, parenting, and all manner of concerns. A chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the organization is made up of professionally certified executive, business, and personal coaches from all over the Island.

“Coaching is kind of like a personal trainer for your brain,” explains LICA president Josephine Rotolo. “People benefit from having a kind of partner in crime; someone to help with brainstorming ideas, figuring out where they want to be.”


Syosset Board Members Argue Over Procedure

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Meeting gets heated when new trustee Lafazan tries to bring motion to the floor

Things were definitely not business as usual at the Monday, Aug. 6 Syosset Central School District School Board meeting, as arguments over proper procedure stalled progress for nearly half an hour. The meeting started out on a festive note, with performers from the summer stock performance of Annie Jr. lighting up the stage with their renditions of old favorites like Tomorrow and It’s The Hard Knock Life, but the tone changed quickly once the children (and many of their parents) had left the meeting.

On a positive note, during the report of the Superintendent, Dr. Carol Hankin revealed that while fiscal advisors stated that the district’s Tax Anticipation Notes (TANS) interest rate for last year was the lowest they had ever seen, the interest for 2012-13 is even lower: 0.217 percent. According to Hankin, chairman of the board of the New York Municipal Advisors Corporation Bob Kerr stated that Syosset received the lowest interest rate he has ever seen for a school district TAN in over 30 years of business.


It’s A Nice Day For A … Free Wedding

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Viana Hotel & Spa offering ceremony, honeymoon for veteran on Nov. 11

This Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, Westbury’s Viana Hotel & Spa is giving back to one lucky veteran in love.

In collaboration with the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, the Village of Westbury and the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, Viana, a recently constructed small luxury hotel featuring a number of green initiatives located at 3998 Brush Hollow Road, will host a complimentary wedding ceremony – and provide accommodations for a honeymoon – to one active duty or retired service member (who has been honorably discharged) living here in Nassau County.


Steve Israel, Mangano Combat Medicaid Fraud

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

‘At least 50 percent of recovered funds would go to counties and localities’

On Friday, July 27, Congressman Steve Israel joined Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano to announce federal legislation to make it easier for counties to prosecute Medicaid fraud, potentially saving taxpayers billions of dollars in wasted funds. Israel’s legislation would allow states to apply for grant money to support the local expenses associated with Medicaid fraud investigations and would require at least 50 percent of the funds recovered go to counties and localities.

Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people below a certain income level, jointly funded by the state and federal governments. Due to the program’s complexity and size, it is susceptible to fraud. In 2010 alone, the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated $22 billion was lost to Medicaid waste, fraud, abuse, and improper payments nationally. Medicaid currently costs Nassau County $248 million a year.


TOB Holds Grand Opening For Compressed Natural Gas Station

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

New Syosset fueling station will reduce town’s petroleum usage by an estimated 264,000 gallons per year

Garbage trucks don’t usually get a whole lot of respect, but maybe it’s time they did; with the switch from vehicles that run on gasoline to clean-burning compressed natural gas, Town of Oyster Bay sanitation trucks will now produce 27 percent fewer greenhouse emissions than comparable models, an estimated 67,130 pounds of identifiable pollutants will be reduced annually, and the town’s petroleum usage will be reduced by an estimated 264,000 gallons per year.

“Who would have ever thought in this day and age that the cleanest vehicles on our roads in the Town of Oyster Bay would be our sanitation vehicles?” said Town Clerk Steve Labriola at the ribbon cutting for the new CNG fueling facility in Syosset on Wednesday, July 25. “It really is quite an accomplishment to see these hulking, municipal vehicles going down our streets with almost zero emissions,” he continued.


Mangano Outlines Budget Reductions

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Claims to balance budget without property tax increase

Recently, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that the county’s unaudited 2011 budget deficit would reach $50.4 million. Maragos blamed the gap on failures to approve pending bonding legislation.

Maragos also said that County Executive Edward P. Mangano would be announcing a fresh round of budget reductions. And that is what happened at a press conference on Monday, July 23. There, Mangano, along with Maragos and Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R – Massapequa) outlined a $45 million deficit reduction plan, one that the county executive said would balance the budget without raising property taxes.


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