Even with three musical numbers from the show Hang Ten, performed by Summer Stock students, it was a quick board of education meeting on Monday, Aug. 15 at South Woods Middle School. However, part of the reason the meeting was so quick is because residents were told to limit their questions and comments during the Audience to the Public portion of the meeting to only items on the agenda, leading to two residents sitting down without having said their piece.
The Syosset-Jericho Tribune attempted to determine whether or not this approach to Audience to the Public represents an official change in policy, however meeting agendas from all previous meetings are not available on the district website for comparison purposes; furthermore, no one from the district had returned calls from Anton Newspapers as of press time.
It was fitting that the most heated discussion of the evening at the Tuesday, Aug. 9 Jericho Union Free School District Board meeting concerned air conditioning. The topic took up almost all of the otherwise brief final gathering before the district prepares for students to once again populate the halls.
Thanks to a successful vote, air conditioning will be installed in the auditorium and cafeteria of Cantiague, Seaman and Jackson Elementary schools. The resolution, however, did not come without a heavy amount of debate. Board member Barbara Krieger suggested that the district may have more pressing financial needs, making a large expenditure like air conditioning an unwise venture.
“We do it old school; very high quality. We have a very focused menu – we don’t have 100 items on our menu, so that we might lose sight of the pizza. We just concentrate on the pizza,” said Bruno at the restaurant’s Monday, Aug. 8 grand opening. The Woodbury location represents the chain’s 28th location, and its third in New York State. A Carle Place location opened within the past year at the Country Glen Shopping Center on Old Country Road.
The $400 million bond plan to replace the 39-year-old Nassau Coliseum and construct a minor league ballpark at Mitchell Field was spurned by Nassau County residents in public vote on Aug. 1. According to the Nassau County Board of Elections, the margin was 88,389 (57 percent) opposed to 66,829 (43 percent) in favor.
Charles Wang, who bought the New York Islanders 11 years ago for an estimated $190 million, said he was extremely saddened by the outcome.
Proposals anyone? Just one day after residents came to the polls and defeated the $400 million bond to fund the Nassau Coliseum Hub project, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced that he is immediately seeking redevelopment proposals for the 77-acre site surrounding the sports and entertainment arena located in Uniondale.
In order for the county to prepare a Request-For-Proposals (RFP) to redevelop the Coliseum site, Mangano is encouraging any interested parties with privately financed proposals to submit them to the county by Aug. 12, 2011. According to Mangano, the RFPs must address job creation, quality of life and revenue. Although the county said all submissions will be considered, Mangano is seeking development proposals that complement existing recreational, sporting and commercial assets at Eisenhower Park, Mitchel Park and Museum Row.
In college at the University of Maryland, East Birchwood native Jaime Openden had a dilemma. She had always wanted to be a writer, but after seeing Sound and Fury- a documentary film about families with deaf children and the debate over whether or not to give them cochlear implants- she felt herself drawn towards the field of speech-language pathology as well. She eventually earned a graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hunter College and went on to work as a speech-language pathologist at public and private schools in Manhattan, but never completely gave up on her writing plans; now, with her new firm Bignity Ventures, she can pursue both interests and benefit children with special needs at the same time.
“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
In the first of a series of information sessions planned to cover most of Nassau County, county officials held a public forum at the East Meadow Library on Wednesday, June 29 for residents in the Town of Hempstead regarding what is called the “Hub” area.
On hand to discuss the economic development and jobs creation plan for the Coliseum and the surrounding area were Chief Deputy County Executive Robert Walker, County Spokesperson Brian Nevin, and County Director of Governmental Research Eden Laikin.
This winter, the state fiscal watchdog NIFA took over Nassau County’s finances. Now, six months into the “control period” this summer, the authority’s attitude has apparently been heating up to match the seasons.
Meeting July 14 at The Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale, NIFA’s board of directors employed an impatient and chiding tone, delivering a clear message: Nassau County’s efforts to rectify what NIFA considers to be a financial disaster in the making are not good enough.
The July 6 meeting of the Syosset Central School District Board of Education started with a welcome for new trustee Laura Schlesinger, who was sworn into office while her family watched from the audience. After Schlesinger, others recited oaths of office including Dr. Carole G. Hankin (Superintendent), Dr. Marc Herman (board president), April M. Neuendorf (vice president), Francine Benjamin (district clerk) and Sondra Nodiff (district treasurer.)
The reorganizational portion of the meeting also included numerous appointments to legal and accounting positions, and various authorizations and determinations.
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