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Eating Crow? No. Eating Oxtails! Senators Martins and Fuschillo Make Good on Basketball Bet

Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

A friendly wager between two State Senators was settled at Elmont Memorial High School with fanfare and good food last Friday. Senator Jack Martins’ and Senator Chuck Fuschillo’s bet over the Nassau County Championship Basketball title was settled in full at the Elmont Memorial High School cafeteria in front of a standing room only crowd.

The bet between the two Senators was over bragging rights over who would bring home the Nassau County Basketball Championship title. Senator Martins stood with Elmont Memorial’s Spartans and Senator Fuschillo rooted on his Baldwin Bruins. The results are now history with the Spartans winning the game and bringing home the crown by beating the Bruins at the David S. Mack Arena at Hofstra University.  


West Hempstead School District Adopts 2011-2012 Budget

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

Tax Levy Sees an Additional Decrease

The West Hempstead School District adopted its 2011-2012 budget at its April 8 business meeting at West Hempstead High School. The budget failed last year at its first vote with a 9.4 percent tax levy increase, but passed on the second vote with a 4.91 percent tax levy increase.

The proposed 2011-2012 budget sits at $54,397,183; a 2.85 percent budget-to-budget increase from 2010-2011. Last school year’s budget topped off at $52,891,477.

The proposed tax levy increase for next year has decreased yet again since April 12 from 3.43 percent to 2.99 or $39,843,764. The tax levy has seen decreases since it was first revealed in March.


Carey’s March Seniors of the Month

Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

Carey’s March male senior of the month is an exceptionally motivated, diligent, yet unassuming young man. Ranked in the top 10 percent of his class, his scholastic excellence is distinguished with his membership in the Foreign Language, English, Social Studies and Science Honor Societies.  He serves as an exemplary leader as President of the National Honor Society and the Model UN.


What Would a Contingency Budget Look Like?

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

West Hempstead School District
Discusses What-if Scenario

The West Hempstead School District Board of Education rolled out a contingency budget scenario at its most recent budget meeting on March 29. The board detailed the issues that would come to the district if the budget failed at the May vote and in its revote.

Deputy Superintendent Richard Cunningham said this year’s contingent budget cap on expenditures is 1.92 percent or 120 percent of the consumer price index. The proposed budget for next year requests a budget growth of 2.70 percent or $575,845 above contingency.


NYS Passes Budget One Day Before Deadline

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

First On-time Budget in 15 Years

After all the protests and disagreements, after all the proposals and changes, New York State has an on-time budget for the first time in 15 years and just a third on-time budget in 28 years.

New York State passed its $132.5 billion budget on March 31 around 1 a.m., just in time for the April 1 deadline. Overall spending will be cut $3.5 billion (2 percent) from the current year and closes a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes.

The budget included steep cuts in education aid ($1.3 billion or about 6 percent), Medicaid ($1 billion or about 2 percent) and state operations (10 percent).


West Hempstead Updates School District Budget

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

2011-2012 Tax Levy Increase Sees a Slight Decrease

The West Hempstead School District presented an updated 2011-2012 budget at its March 29 budget workshop at West Hempstead Middle School. The budget failed last year at its first vote with a 9.4 percent tax levy increase, but passed on the second vote with a 4.91 percent tax levy increase.

The proposed 2011-2012 budget now sits at $54,317,051; a 2.70 percent budget-to-budget increase from 2010-2011. Last school year’s budget topped off at $52,891,477.

The proposed tax levy increase for next year has decreased since March 15 from 3.90 to 3.43 percent or $40,013,911. In terms of State aid, those figures were not available at the meeting.


County Slashes Budget, Cuts Services and Jobs, Drops Lawsuit

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

NIFA Freezes Raises, Declares Crisis, Says Budget Still Not Balanced

On Jan. 26 of this year, NIFA declared a control period in Nassau, assuming direct authority over the county’s budget. After that declaration, County Executive Edward P. Mangano led a legal effort to fight the takeover, which resulted in a court-ordered stay of the takeover until a 29-page legal decision from New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Diamond allowed the control period, and the county subsequently announced this week that it was dropping any further action. As a result of that decision, Mangano was forced to submit a new budget that eliminated what NIFA found to be a $176 million deficit. In order to do this without raising taxes, the county executive submitted plans to NIFA on March 22 that included major layoffs, cuts in services and pay furloughs. On March 18, the county executive requested a “wage freeze” or suspension of any pay increases to county employees. This required NIFA’s consent and would save over $10 million. 


Residents and Activists Lambaste TOH Board on Animal Shelter

Written by Rich Forestano and Melissa Argueta Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

‘Kill the Kitty’ Video Reaches 20,000 Views

In another episode of ‘As the Shelter Turns,’ the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter was the brunt of much criticism once again. Residents from as far as Hewlett and as near as Franklin Square converged on the Nathan H. Bennett Pavilion on March 22 to discuss the ongoing alleged antics of the town’s former employees, the nearly-viral “Kill the Kitty” YouTube video and the reassignment of former director Pat Horan who appeared in it.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray opened the public comment period reacting to the news of the video. “This 17- to 20-year-old video was as shocking to me as it was to you,” Murray said, addressing the audience. “Hempstead Town is currently moving forward with its pet care agenda. We have been reviewing policies of the shelter. We’ve hired a rescue liaison and adoption coordinator,” Murray added.

According to animal rights activist Diane Madden, it’s not enough. Madden was banned from the shelter in October 2010, along with Lucille DeFina and Frances Lucivero-Pelletier. Deputy Town Attorney Sue Jacobs stated that Lucivero-Pelletier was allowed back into the shelter, on a “minimal basis.”


Seahawks Win District Sports Night

Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

On Wednesday, March 2, the Carey Seahawks hosted the 25th Annual Sewanhaka Central High School District Sports Night. The Carey team won for the third time in four years and earned its 7th title overall.

The team was led by 48 juniors and seniors and coached by Georgette Taylor, Theresa Schmidt and Antonia Healy under the direction of athletic director Matt McLees. A championship breakfast, sponsored by The Carey Dads’ Club on March 10, was held for all the students and coaches.

Also in attendance were members of central administration, board of education members, and Carey administration and faculty.


17-Year-Old ‘Kill the Kitty’ Video of TOH Animal Shelter Ignites Firestorm

Written by Melissa Argueta, Rich Forestano, and Christy Hinko Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

Supervisor Murray Reassigns

Shelter Director Pat Horan

As Investigation of Video Continues

As if the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter didn’t need any more bad press, a video was anonymously posted on Sunday, March 13 on YouTube. The 17-year-old footage depicts then-kennel foreman Pat Horan watching shelter workers slip a catch-pole around the neck of a kitten and lift it into the air, as they allegedly prepare it to be euthanized.

One worker is seen making obscene and lewd gestures, even mocking the killing of the animal, while Horan is seen laughing and giving the middle finger to the person filming the video. As the kitten squirms wildly, someone off-camera cheers, “Kill the kitty; kill the kitty.”

According to Town officials, Pat Horan was a kennel foreman at the time the video was allegedly taken. The video labeled Horan as kennel supervisor.


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