The public hearing to address the MTA’s proposed fare hikes held at the Garden City Hotel on Sept. 16 was met with a literal “twist” of fate. As LIRR and LI Bus riders started shuffling into the hotel at 5 p.m. to register to speak, thousands of Long Island-bound commuters were about to be stranded in Penn Station. Two tornadoes ripped through New York City at the height of rush hour, causing the MTA to suspend all LIRR service.
If you’ve walked by it late at night, more so than not, a policeman is on patrol there. Residents want it gone so that the area can forget the blight that is the Courtesy Hotel.
On Wednesday, Sept. 8, on the steps of the State Supreme Court in Mineola, Plainview businesswoman Francesca Carlow announced that she has received the endorsement of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) in the race for the 6th New York State Senate District seat against 34-year Republican incumbent Kemp Hannon. A day later, her Democratic Primary opponent, Dave Mejias- who was recently arrested for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend- announced that he would drop out of the race.
As the Republican primary election looms on Sept. 14, there were plenty of fireworks to watch during a recent debate held at the Hewlett-Woodmere Library. The three Republican candidates seeking to take on Democratic incumbent Carolyn McCarthy in the 4th Congressional District race exchanged sharp words on Long Island’s struggling economy, campaign reform and how to tackle job growth.
Declaring that his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for governor was in “great shape,” former Long Island congressman Rick Lazio made another campaign stop in Nassau County last week, with a visit to the Massapequa Diner.
As it stands now, the West Hempstead School District may enter the 2010-2011 school year without a new teacher’s contract in place. The school year starts on Tuesday.
In the “old” days, police would receive a 911 call about shots fired in an area and respond to the scene with possible fatalities or severe injuries. For one year now, police have been able to respond within seconds of a shooting occurring.
In a strategic move to help reduce taxpayers’ costs, the Elmont School District has announced a reduction in the 2010-2011 tax levy from 2.7 percent to 2.3 percent. As a result, the average homeowner’s annual tax bill, which was slated to increase by $78 will increase only $62 — a $16 per household decrease. The lower tax levy will yield an annual savings of $200,000.
West Hempstead Board of Education president Pamela Lotito reassured local residents present at last week’s board meeting that Superintendent John Hogan is alert and doing well after suffering an “illness” on Aug. 9. It is unknown when Hogan will return to work.
On Thursday, Aug. 12, Governor David Paterson held a news conference at the Nassau County Police Academy in Massapequa Park to announce a new provision to Leandra’s Law, requiring that all individuals convicted of a DWI, even first time offenders with, or without a child in the vehicle to install an ignition interlock system on any vehicle they operate. The provision went into effect on Sunday, Aug. 15.
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