On Thursday, April 5, New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine announced new legislation he is introducing in the state assembly to require 3 percent of all state contracts be procured to veteran-owned businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. While a similar policy has existed on the federal level for more than 10 years and since 2004 for service disabled veterans, New York State does not have this requirement in place while other states do. The assemblyman was prompted to author this legislation after discussing the issue with Rep. Steve Israel, who has promoted tax credits for hiring veterans and incentives for veteran-owned businesses.
Residents of Muttontown would like the Syosset Fire Department to contact the Muttontown Police Department whenever a fire is reported in the area. That way, MPD officers who may be patrolling right nearby can immediately be of aid to residents and the firefighters themselves. However, for some reason, the Syosset Fire Department Board of Commissioners denied a request from the village for this communication…or did they?
It was a matter of some debate at the Monday, April 9 SFD Board of Commissioners meeting, when a contingent from Muttontown, including Mayor Julianne Beckerman and Police Chief William J. McHale, requested answers from the board during the Audience to the Public segment. Beckerman and a group of concerned residents wanted to know why the request was denied, but according to Chairman of the Board Giovanni Graceffa, it was only denied because it wasn’t considered a formal submission in the first place.
High school students: Get ready for your close-up. The SATs and ACTs now want a photo of you.
The requirement that photos be uploaded at the testing site is just one of the new security measures that will now govern SAT and ACT test-takers. In the aftermath of the arrests of 20 local students late last year, all charged with either taking SAT or ACT exams for other students or having paid someone to take the test for them, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced a “sweeping security overhaul” to prevent further cheating. DA Rice was joined by executives from the College Board and the ACT exams at a press conference on Monday, March 26, as she outlined the new rules.
In New York State, fire districts are legally required to advertise for competitive bids for purchases in excess of $20,000 and public works contracts in excess of $35,000. However, just because a project comes in below the legal limit doesn’t mean the district is footloose and fancy free; municipal law requires the board to adopt a policy that fosters competition to obtain goods and services at the lowest possible cost for all projects, no matter what the price tag. While the Syosset Fire District has not run afoul of state law in terms of the statutory bid thresholds, according to a recent audit by the office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the district lacks a policy to ensure that smaller projects are purchased at the best value for taxpayers.
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.
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