On Monday, Jan. 2, a ceremony was held at the Nassau County Legislative Chamber for the inauguration of representatives of the 9th Nassau County Legislature. The hour long event welcomed the addition of two new Legislators: Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D- Glen Cove) and Carrie Solages (D-Elmont).
DeRiggi-Whitton, who will represent the 18th District, which encompasses Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Bayville, Locust Valley, Brookville, Glen Head, Greenvale and Jericho, defeated Republican challenger, Robert Germino Jr., by a 29-vote margin. DeRiggi-Whitton, a former member of the Glen Cove City Council, will replace Legislator Diane Yatauro who did not run for re-election.
In the spirit of giving this Christmas season, Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School was pleased to be the recipient of sports memorabilia from local businessman Jack Britvan of Commercial Realty Services of Long Island, Inc., located in Woodbury. These items will be auctioned off to raise funds for the school’s second annual Haiti Meal Packing Event.
This is the second year Long Island Lutheran High School is organizing/hosting this event on their Brookville campus. The event is open to all churches, religious denominations, youth groups, community organizations, schools business, scouting or other groups, family or persons who want to participate. The goal is to pack 200,000 food packets, enough to feed 500 Haitian children every day for a year. In addition, ten percent of the food packets will go to local food pantries on Long Island. Past participants were excited to pack 300,672 meals in 2011, and the school is grateful for Britvan’s donation to help them raise funds for packing supplies for the 2012 event.
Seven Jericho musicians recently traveled to Rochester for the New York State School Music Association’s Winter Conference. Each year, New York’s finest musicians perform in concerts at the Eastman Theater.
This year, Austin Boral and Deeba Khorrami (chorus), Jae Han Jeong (orchestra), Sarah Barsky and Sonia Joshi (symphonic band) and Michelle Rosenthal and Jordan Shenker (wind ensemble) represented Jericho. Diane Costello accompanied the students to Rochester.
Six months ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Lynbrook to sign the 2 percent tax cap legislation, a bill he called a decade-long battle for that legislation in New York State. On Monday, Dec. 12, Cuomo visited West Hempstead’s Cornwell Avenue School to sign the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation bill, which has been touted by the governor and supporting senators as bringing real tax relief to businesses and the middle class in New York State.
The state legislature passed the bill on Dec. 7.
According to the Nassau County Board of Elections, the final count was Democrat / Working Family candidate DeRiggi-Whitton 6,312 and Republican / Conservative canddate Robert Germino 6,276.
Nassau County, this past week, was facing the reality of a government shutdown until the fiscal control board NIFA voted to approve County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s $2.6 billion 2012 budget and multi-year financial plan. In approving the plans, NIFA moved to remain in control of Nassau finances through 2015.
Chairman of the NIFA Board of Directors Ronald Stack said during the Dec. 8 vote: “The plan is far from ideal… this plan holds significant risks… but although far from perfect, rejection of the plan at this moment could result in significant disruption in the county, a possible closing of the capital markets to the county… and a possible shut down of county government.”
Syed Amaan Rahman, a fifth-grade student at Jackson Elementary School, was one of 12 students nationwide to win the McGraw-Hill “What Math Means to Me” art contest.
Rahman’s artwork, entitled “Step by Step…Stairway to Learning” was selected from more than 2,400 entries and 72 finalists. Also a finalist was Emily Jiang, a third-grade student at Jackson Elementary School.
(Editor’s note: Frank Vasile and Richard Roseo are running for the position of Syosset Fire Commissioner. The Fire District election will be held on Tuesday, December 13, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Syosset Fire District Headquarters on North Broadway. The candidates submitted the following statements.)
Commissioner Frank Vasile is running for his second five-year term as Syosset Fire Commissioner.
In his first five years as Commissioner, Vasile helped reduce the fire district’s budget by 28 percent. He has also been heavily involved in the ongoing efforts to keep annual increases in the budget below 2 percent, complying with the spirit of Governor Cuomo’s tax cap law passed in Albany this past year. “We implemented our own 2 percent guideline here in Syosset several years ago, before Governor Cuomo proposed this new law,” said Vasile. He believes one of his recommended changes to the district’s budgeting process was a significant factor in helping maintain control over costs while still delivering all the services the community needs.
Most are aware that the United States elects a lower percentage of women officials to public office than many other countries, but even so, Sam Bennet’s experience may come as a shock. Bennet, president of The Women’s Campaign Forum, recently delivered the keynote address at the first ever South Asian Regional Conference on Women’s Political Leadership, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
“So there I am in Bangladesh, having to apologize because half of the nations there— Nepal, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Malta- have more women in elected office than we do in America,” said Bennet.
The Inn at Fox Hollow, an all-suite luxury hotel located on Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury, had a dilemma: with brand-new furniture ordered for approximately 150 rooms, what was there to do with the many tons of old furniture? Often, unwanted furniture goes straight to the landfill, but in this case, the furniture was only five years old.
Fortunately, The Advance Group, located in Old Bethpage, was able to provide a solution. Designed and led by USGBC LEED accredited professionals, their Sustainable Relocation Division cataloged the unwanted items and found a recipient for them in the local Salvation Army. The division coordinated the move, transporting all the bedroom furniture, desks, and kitchen appliances. By Nov. 29, the Salvation Army had received the massive donation in its entirety.
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