I wanted to take a moment to thank all of those that worked through Hurricane Irene to ensure the safety and protection of the public. Firefighters and EMTs that are volunteers in our community spent their time away from their own families throughout the day and night, to make sure that our residents were safe. As always, risking their own well being to benefit others.
One size definitely does not fit all or at least it rarely does. It’s a lesson big government needs to remind itself. Case in point would be the State Board of Education’s recent efforts to redesign how our teachers are evaluated.
You may recall that New York was fortunately awarded $700 million from the federal government’s “Race to The Top” program, which seeks to improve student scores by holding teachers more accountable. The idea is a good one and certainly no one wants to turn away much-needed monies for our schools, but as usual, it’s in the implementation of good ideas that problems arise.
Assemblyman Ed Ra recently applauded the signing of Innovate NY, a startup equity fund designed to support innovation, job creation, and increase growth in entrepreneurship throughout the state. Ra reiterated his commitment to working for a stronger Long Island, which includes a sustainable private sector that promotes jobs and growth in small businesses.
“Innovate NY is a program which signals Albany continues to be serious about opening up New York for business,” said Ra. “I continue to work tirelessly on behalf of small businesses in our community to develop pro-growth policies that will create jobs, support innovation, and most importantly, engage our younger generation in entrepreneurship so that we can retain our talent and human capital.
After eight years as a mayor and these past eight months as a New York senator, I thought no instance of financial inefficiency could shock me anymore. I was wrong. This past week the Port Authority proposed fee hikes so extraordinary, so out of touch, that they took my breath away.
Citing the need for more revenue, the Port Authority proposed increasing tolls on Hudson River crossings: the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels. For E-Z Pass drivers entering New York from New Jersey, they urge increasing tolls from $8 to $12. Those unfortunate drivers paying cash would be slapped with a $7 increase, making their trip rise from $8 to $15.
If you had a good friend who has dutifully been there for you and your family and your neighbors for her entire life, and she was having her 76th birthday, how would you celebrate?
On Aug. 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating the safety net that’s helped millions of retired and disabled Americans stay out of poverty and contribute to the economy for several generations now.
I love those local history books that show what our neighborhoods used to be like. I enjoy contrasting photos of wide open spaces, dirt roads and potato farms to where today stand shopping malls, highways, and supermarkets.
It’s fascinating because this super-development actually didn’t begin that long ago. It was only after World War II, when our servicemen settled here with their families, that Long Island’s population boom began.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s attempt to sneak through a massive tax hike was overwhelmingly rejected by voters on August 1st.
Mangano and the republicans in the legislature should never have tried to sell the people of Nassau on the bad idea of raising their property taxes to build Charles Wang a new Coliseum.
The independent, nonpartisan Institute of Medicine (IOM) comprised of health care professionals recommended that prescription birth control be included as a preventive service under the federal health care reform law. If adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act will be required to cover FDA-approved contraceptive methods without charging co-pays or other out-of-pocket fees. This could result in the elimination of one of the biggest obstacles to effective family planning for millions of American women. HHS is expected to make a final decision on the IOM’s recommendation in August.
The success of this program and backbone can be traced directly to the over 200 volunteers made up of college and high school students from Elmont Memorial, Sewanhaka, Carey, Floral Park and New Hyde Park high schools. I can’t thank them enough for their public service and making this day so enjoyable for our young people.
Every summer, the Town of Hempstead’s Summer Concert Series, hosted by the Department of Parks and Recreation, brings talented musicians to perform at the town’s neighborhood parks. Our lineup this year features an exciting range of musical genres, from the smooth sounds of Sinatra and classic rock to the Doo-Wop hits of the 1960s and the hip-swinging hits of Elvis.
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