The Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) has officially rejected Nassau County’s mid-year financial plan and ordered some specific actions for County Executive Edward P. Mangano as he prepares a multiyear plan that includes next year’s budget as well. The NIFA Board of Directors met on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Nassau County Bar Association in Mineola to vote on a resolution regarding the two financial plans, but had already made their wishes clear to the county on these issues.
Director Robert Wild was not in attendance. It was the first meeting for new Director Dermond Thomas, a Valley Stream lawyer who was recently recommended to fill the vacant seat on the board by House Speaker Sheldon Silver and appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, NIFA Chairman Ronald Stack said, as he presided over the meeting.
With a unanimous 7-0 vote, the several monthlong saga of potentially redistricting Nassau County in time for the November elections, as proposed by the Republican majority that controls the county legislature, came to an end at the New York State Court of Appeals. The court, composed of four Republicans and three Democrats, overruled the Second Judicial Department Appellate Panel’s Aug. 11 decision (3-2), which had upheld the Republican-drawn plan for new legislative districts.
The full text of the Court of Appeals ruling enumerated that the court agreed with Democratic legislators that section 112 of the County Charter – the linchpin to the Republican redistricting plan’s alleged legitimacy – could not legally be adhered to without heeding the latter sections of the charter as well.
It’s not every day that you meet an American tenor in the flesh. So when I opened the door to see Michael Amante standing there, I couldn’t help but be a little starstruck. On a hot August afternoon, the Floral Park resident was the epitome of dashing showman, dressed impeccably in a dark black suit and crisp white shirt. Armed with a cup of coffee, black as well, his presence was cool and self-assured as though he were ready to take center stage at a moment’s notice.
To his legions of fans, he’s simply known as “The People’s Tenor”and the “Prince of High Cs” for his impressive four-octave range. Crowned as “The Fourth Tenor” by Regis Philbin, Amante first broke out on the national music scene in 2001 with his self-titled debut album, which placed number one on Billboard magazine’s 2002 Year-End Top Midline Classical Artists chart alongside some of the world’s great tenors — Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and José Carreras. Among his most notable achievements was an Emmy nomination, for a PBS television special. He’s been named “the Voice of the Mets,” singing opening and playoff games at the former Shea Stadium and Citi Field, along with Madrid soccer game in Rome.
The West Hempstead School District is taking steps to help its students and staff members become more environmentally aware by forming its Green Team beginning in September. The three main goals of the Green Team will be to teach sustainability, nurture the innate connection with nature, and model the sustainable behaviors that society finds it needs more and more. The district will be meeting in September to finalize its goals.
These goals can be achieved through many activities and changes in practice from involving more individuals in monitoring energy use to finding ways to weave environmental awareness into curricula, according to deputy superintendent Richard Cunningham.
The West Hempstead School District board of education has yet to fill the vacant seat of former board member Anthony Brita, who resigned from his post on June 29. His reason for resigning is still unknown at this time.
The board had only 45 days from the date of Brita’s resignation to take advantage of the ability to hold a special election, which could have cost the district anywhere from $3,285 to nearly $10,000, according to deputy superintendent Richard Cunningham. The district may leave the seat vacant until the budget vote and board elections in May 2012.
Under a blazing August sun, three small angel statues sat perched on the fertile ground that will soon become the dream home for Camp ANCHOR’s recreation center, named in honor of the three camp counselors who died in a tragic car accident on July 15, 2010. Hempstead officials and families of Jamie and Paige Malone and Michael Mulhall, all of Floral Park, gathered together at the site for a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 10 at Camp Anchor in Lido Beach.
Camp ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation), a year-round recreation program dedicated to children and adults with special needs who reside within the Town of Hempstead, is located on a 40-acre site situated on the ocean at Lido Beach Park. The Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center will be a 15,000-square-foot structure to include a gymnasium, a stage, a nurse’s office equipped with a bath and a shower, an office, a reception area, men’s and women’s ADA bathrooms/showers, a computer room, two multi-purpose rooms and a kitchen.
Under sunny skies, the heat beat down on the basketball courts recently at the Dutch Broadway Elementary School in Elmont. The Henry Viscardi School Cougars waited patiently for their game to begin. The Cougars weren’t taking on any ordinary team; they would be taking on the Nassau County champion Elmont Memorial High School Spartans.
Senator Jack M. Martins has spent time visiting the schools in the Seventh Senate District, including the Henry Viscardi School for the Disabled, located in Albertson, and Elmont Memorial High School. After visiting the Henry Viscardi School for its annual sports night, Senator Martins was so impressed watching the Viscardi team play basketball that he invited the team to participate in the annual basketball tournament in Elmont, sponsored by Senator Martins.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Aug. 5 that two Elmont men have been indicted on felony animal cruelty charges after training numerous pit bulls to fight and permitting the dogs to attack one another.
A Nassau County grand jury indicted Marlon Bernier, 25, and Ricardo Louis, 22, on four counts of Prohibition of Animal Fighting and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, all felonies, as well as two counts of Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree and two counts of Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring Animals. Bernier was also charged with Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, according to Rice.
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 today. 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.
Town of Hempstead and nearby area residents who are constantly disturbed by airplane noise and low-flying aircraft were given the opportunity to express their concerns Monday at the Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) meeting at Lawrence Village Hall.
Most of the discussion focused around the use of Runway 22L at Kennedy Airport, which is supposed to be a last-resort runway for late-night flights. Local towns and villages affected by these low-flying aircraft include Floral Park, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, Island Park, Lawrence, Long Beach, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, East Williston and Woodsburgh.
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