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Injunction Denied – Supreme Court Allows NIFA ‘Control Period’

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

Mangano Responds With Major Budget Cuts for Nassau

“I can’t get no satisfaction from the judge,” sang Chuck Berry in a lyric that may well articulate emotions around Nassau headquarters this week after an injunction County Executive Edward P. Mangano was seeking against NIFA’s takeover was denied in New York State Supreme Court and plans for major budget cuts began in order to fill what NIFA views as a deficit.

State Supreme Court Justice Arthur M. Diamond issued a 30-page decision dated March 11, 2011 in favor of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), dismissing Nassau’s efforts to prove that the control period enacted on Jan. 26 of this year was unconstitutional.


West Hempstead School District Details 2011-2012 Budget

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

Budget Adoption Set for April 12

The West Hempstead School District presented its instructional budget items at last week’s 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 draft budget sits at $54,497,898; a 3.04 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 would be 3.90 percent or $40,194,758, if nothing changed until the budget’s adoption on April 12. However, according to district superintendent John Hogan, these numbers are on the move.


New Voting Law Critical to March 15 Village Elections

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

Reaching “across the aisle” to preserve the integrity of upcoming village elections, New York State Senator Jack Martins, a Republican, and New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, a Democrat, fought hard, together, to bring forward an amendment to state law that allows villages to use the old lever voting machines in this year’s village elections. The March 15 local elections, and the upcoming June elections, would have proved an extremely costly affair for villages as the new Nassau County machines are not available and without the law, villages would have been forced to either rent scan machines at an exorbitant cost or hold their elections by using paper ballots which cost $.55 each.


Public Hearing on Tax Cap, Mandate Relief and Property Taxes

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

Much Written, Even 100 Years Ago,

About Mandate Relief

New York State Senator John Flanagan, chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, and Senator Jack M. Martins, chair of the Standing Committee on Local Government, co-sponsored a hearing on Feb. 17 in Mineola to accumulate best practices and suggestions to take back to Albany with regard to reducing Property Taxes in New York. Some of the pressures on local government and school district budgets are directly tied to mandated costs. It follows that reduction in property taxes is linked to unfunded Mandate Relief, especially in light of the 2 percent tax cap approved by the New York State Senate in January.The recent Senate approval of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax cap that calls for capping the yearly growth of school and local taxes at 2 percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less, was the impetus for the hearing.


Residents to Brave a Shave in Honor of Aiden Binkley

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

A hairy situation is about to take place in Floral Park as hundreds of residents get ready to go bald for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s annual fundraiser, on Tuesday, March 8 at 5 p.m., at Trinity Bar & Restaurant, 190 Jericho Turnpike, in Floral Park.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. At a St. Baldrick’s event, young and old, male and female, sit side by side, and face the clippers as part of the worldwide effort of Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer.

Come Out to Support

St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser on March 8

Each year, approximately 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the United States and Canada, according to St. Baldrick’s website.

For the past three years, Floral Park resident and four-time shavee Bob GaNun has been running the annual fundraiser, which has become an exciting and unifying event for the entire community. As a father of young children, GaNun is passionate about helping to raise funds for pediatric cancer. “Little pebbles build big walls,” said GaNun. “The neighborhood has been tremendous with their outpouring.”


NIFA Takeover on Hold as Nassau Seeks to Void It in Court

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

NY State Supreme Court Stays Control Period

Nassau County’s government and the state watchdog agency NIFA entered the next step in their battle for ultimate financial authority over the county, as New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur M. Diamond ruled to put NIFA’s “control period” on hold while the court considers Nassau’s arguments against the legality of the takeover. Nassau County attorneys, under County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s lead, have submitted to the court that the takeover was executed in violation of the law and was facilitated by an unfair change in NIFA’s policies. 


Former SHS Vice Principal Charged With Stealing $113,000 From Labor Fund

Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

Waldman Allegedly Stole Cash From

School District Supervisors’ Collective Bargaining Unit

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has announced that a former assistant principal at Sewanhaka High School has been arraigned on grand larceny and official misconduct charges after he was charged with stealing $113,000 from the collective bargaining unit he acted as treasurer for.

Gerald Waldman, 59, of Huntington, was arrested by DA investigators and charged with second-degree grand larceny and five misdemeanor counts of official misconduct. Waldman faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court March 2.

Rice said between Nov. 12, 2004 and May 3, 2010, Waldman served as the treasurer for the Sewanhaka Central High School District Department Chairperson’s Association, the collective bargaining unit for the chairpersons in the school district.


Police Report: February 18, 2011

Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00
Police Investigating Elmont Robbery

The Fifth Squad reported the details of a robbery that occurred in Elmont on Friday Feb.11 at 8:45 p.m.

According to detectives, a 69-year-old female victim was walking on Dutch Broadway when an unknown male, described only as black, approached her from behind. The subject pushed the victim and reached into her pocket and removed $250. The victim screamed and the subject fled the scene on foot eastbound on Dutch Broadway. No injuries were reported.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.


A Not So Courteous Hotel Sold to Mill Creek Residential Trust

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

It’s been an eyesore in the area for quite some time, casting a shadow over a decent neighborhood and a bustling commercial zone of West Hempstead.

If you’ve walked by it late at night, more so than not, you’ve seen a policeman on patrol there. Residents have wanted it gone so that the area can forget the blight that is the Courtesy Hotel.

And now the sale of the property is finally official.

The hotel has plagued West Hempstead residents with crime and arrests for years and the village is all but fed up with it. Mill Creek Residential Trust, formally Trammel Crow Residential (MCRT) heard their calls for change.


Animal Rights Activists Continue to Make Their Case at Rally

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00

Despite the wintry mix that dampened much of Long Island on Saturday, Feb. 5, approximately 100 activists turned out in support of the rally at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh, called for by the Hope for Hempstead Shelter organization.

Merrick resident and rally organizer Derek Donnelly told Anton Newspapers that he had reached out to over 500 supporters in the days before the rally, but due to the weather, he was very happy with the committed turnout. Activists came from all across Long Island, including Brooklyn and Queens, and even some from New Jersey.

“People are passionate about two parts of the cause here, it’s the taxpayer getting hurt here, we are paying more money to have animals neglected and abused than people pay to have their animals taken care of; there is something really wrong with that,” said Donnelly. “There is something wrong here and it needs to be further investigated. The Town claims that they are investigating themselves, you cannot investigate yourself, that’s like if you’re a police officer and you catch yourself speeding, you don’t pull over and write yourself a ticket.”


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