The Monday, Nov. 15 Syosset Central School District Board of Education meeting was quite brief, but there was still time to celebrate the exalted place that music holds in the community. Not only were the high school musicians congratulated, but there was a musical performance from the middle school students as well.
Chris Coschignano, partner at Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, and Town of Oyster Bay Councilman, was recently honored by the Syosset Chamber of Commerce for his dedication and commitment to the betterment of the Syosset business community. Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto and Coschignano were presented with an inscribed plaque at a dinner held at Angelina’s II Restaurant in Syosset.
The 7th State Senate District ballot recount and absentee ballot count began earlier this week. The counts are reportedly going to conclude sometime Friday. While Mineola Mayor Jack Martins has already claimed victory, Democrats feel the race for incumbent Sen. Craig Johnson’s seat is a race far from over.
A 144-acre piece of property, located between Round Swamp Road and Old Country Road in Plainview, has been back in the news lately after a brief absence. Faced with a groundswell of community opposition, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang withdrew his application to rezone the property for an ambitious mixed-use development called “Old Plainview” in 2007, stating that he did not wish to create discord in the community with the controversial plan. Now, in a partnership with The Beechwood Organization, a Jericho-based developer of residential property, the plan may live again- or is it a different plan altogether? With little confirmed information available at this early stage of the project, it’s hard to say.
The Nassau County Legislature continued a hearing on County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s 2011 proposed budget that went on all day Friday, Oct. 29, and late into Saturday night, eventually passing the $2.6 billion plan along party lines with Halloween approaching and opposing lawmakers accusing that the budget’s “no tax increase” label was just a costume.
The candidates forum held by the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 20 was similar to the forum held in Plainview by the League of Women Voters of East Nassau a few weeks ago in several regards: there were many of the same candidates, the tone was often contentious, and the topic of alleged Albany dysfunction accounted for much of the discussion.
Who won last Monday night’s first and only New York gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University? The answer may not be measured in a simple set of poll numbers, but rather in the comedic talents of a zany band of fringe candidates who towed the line between jabs and a few well-rehearsed punch lines.
While most of the political discourse on Long Island this election season has focused on hot topics like cutting taxes and cleaning up government waste and corruption, 2nd District Congressman Steve Israel had a very different set of topics in mind during his Oct. 17 appearance at Jericho Jewish Center: The safety and security of the state of Israel, and decreasing the United States’ dependence on foreign oil. While not everyone present seemed to agree with Israel’s contentions, at the very least, the congressman’s focus on international politics clearly resonated with the audience in the sanctuary that evening.
On Thursday, Oct.14, despite gusty winds and torrential rain, the Jericho Board of Education meeting drew a large number of parents, students, and teachers alike.
In recognition of School Board Recognition Week (October 25-29), Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs personally thanked the board for all their hard work throughout the year. She expressed pride in representing such an outstanding district and assured the board, “None of us takes for granted what the district does for our children. My hat goes off to you. You make it all work. Thank you on behalf of the county legislature.”
“It was great to see how successful our idea was and how many kindergarteners came to Homecoming and showed up smiling at our booth,” said Jericho High School’s Student Council President Zach Leighton. The idea was to give Jericho kindergartners a free Jayhawks souvenir. “Our goal is to foster a sense of community pride and unity among our district’s youngest students,” Leighton continued.
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