In the final days of the hotly contested skirmish over 54 acres of land that the Town of Oyster Bay wants to sell, harsh accusations are flying thick and fast-- some with more merit than others.
Last Tuesday, the town board approved payment of $600,000 in legal fees to Sinnerich, Kosakoff & Messina, LLP for negotiating the sale of town land to a trio of developers and fending off legal challenges.
Richard Turkisher, Director of the Birchwood Civic Association, has plenty of reasons to vote “yes” in the upcoming August 20 referendum on the sale of the large Department of Public Works (DPW) property on Robbins Lane, adjacent to the former Cerro Wire site. The Merry Lane resident is concerned about Taubman Centers Inc. developers’ plan to erect a 750,000 square-foot mall on the former Cerro Wire site near his residence. A “yes” vote will secure the sale of the DPW property to Simon Property Group, the Albanese Organization and Castagna Properties, thereby preventing Taubman from expanding its development plans.
“A shopping mall is very unnecessary in our community,” said Turkisher. “It will create a horrible traffic situation in a residential area and there are too many malls as it is. Just fifteen minutes from here is the Walt Whitman Mall and Roosevelt Field.”
Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) recently joined local officials and the presidents of co-op and condo boards in Queens to announce legislation that would make co-op and condo associations eligible for the same vital assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as other homeowners. Currently, co-ops and condos are only eligible to receive loans and not grants. Rep. Israel sent two letters earlier in the year to the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA urging them to change this policy, but has come to the conclusion that a legislative solution is needed to make this change.
Michael M. Ziegelbaum, MD, FACS, Board Certified Urologist at Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY), the largest independent provider of urology services in the United States, has been elected president-elect of the Nassau County Medical Society as of July 1st. The mission of the Nassau County Medical Society is to preserve the doctor-patient relationship, to assure access to quality medical care for all, and to voice the ethical perspective of physicians in their provision of medical care.
On August 20, residents of the Town of Oyster Bay will vote whether to approve the sale of the town’s 54-acre Department of Public Works complex consortium consisting of Simon Property Group, the Albanese Organization and Castagna Properties.
If the sale goes ahead, the town will get $32.5 million. The consortium has indicated it intends to build a mixed-use facility on the site, but has no legal obligation to do so.
The town board already approved the sale, unanimously, back in May.
With the referendum on the Town of Oyster Bay’s proposed sale of its DPW complex to Simon Property Group, the Albanese Organization and Castagna Properties set for August 20, a recent development concerning the Town’s bond rating has generated more concerns.
Late last month, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services placed The Town of Oyster Bay on ‘credit watch,’ where S&P analyst Lindsay Wilhelm said it “reflects our view that if a voter referendum for a property sale fails to pass, or the sale does not otherwise proceed as planed, the town could have difficulty meeting its financial obligations if it further fails to
receive state approval to issue deficit bonds on a timely basis.”
The Jericho Jewish Center is undergoing a total reconfiguration, and the educational program in particular is striving to create a never-before-seen method of religious education.
For more than 50 years, the Center’s religious school has followed a traditional format for educating Jewish youth, with not much in terms of education distinguishing it from other religious schools. This new model for conservative synagogues involves a one-day-a-week classroom-based interactive learning program with an adjunct Shabbat school, with the class taking place on Tuesdays and the Shabbat Friday nights and Saturday mornings.
The Fresh Air Fund had made an impression on Syosset mom Eileen Rauchenberger. Over the years, she had read about families hosting city children in the summer, and one day she decided to join them.
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities.
After an initial interview and background check, the Rauchenberger family—Eileen, Louis and their children, Louis Jr, Sarah and Julia—were on their way to hosting their first child. That was 12 years ago and the experience has made a lasting and positive impact on their family.
Jordana Rosenzweig, a Jericho resident, will be walking tall as a contestant for the Miss Long Island Teen 2014 competition on Sunday, August 11 at the Patchogue Theater.
She received the Miss New York Outstanding Teen Academic Award 2012.
“I believe I should be chosen as Miss Long Island Teen because I am a well-rounded teenager who believes in the importance of fitness and activity, as well as one who prides herself on her academic performance and involvement both in her extracurricular activities and the community,” Rosenzweig said. “I also believe pageants are an amazing forum for young women like me to express our opinions and do service to the communities, and would love the opportunity to use the title in this respect.”
The Kochhar family of Syosset is calling on the Government of Nepal to fully cooperate in a full and impartial investigation into the tragic June 15 death of their daughter, Bhoomika, who was living with her husband, Akaash Jatia, and his family in Nepal.
“I am committed to doing everything in my power to make sure they get the answers they need,” said Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who is supporting their efforts. “That’s why I’m calling on the Government of Nepal to cooperate in a full and impartial investigation. Although there’s nothing we can do to bring Bhoomika back, we must make sure that her family is provided with both closure and justice.”
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