I am a member of the East Williston Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee as well as being an attendee of the meetings of the Town Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC), a pubic advocacy group.
We are gravely concerned about the increased number of low-flying planes over Garden City, East Williston, Stewart Manor, Mineola, New Hyde Park and Williston Park, that are being continuously directed every three to five minutes by the FAA, to fly to a particular arrival runway at JFK (22L). The FAA mandates that planes over our communities fly at a minimum of 2,500 feet yet FAA figures show that planes fly between 1319 and 1985 feet in violation of their own laws. Garden City has been hit extremely hard according to the complaints of an extraordinarily large percentage of Garden City attendees at the last TVASNAC meeting on June 27.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his Republican Legislative Caucus have called for an August 1st referendum where County residents can vote on his plan to raze the Nassau Veterans Coliseum and replace it with a new structure, add a new minor league baseball stadium, appropriate parking and maybe some retail stores. If voters approve, Mr. Mangano will turn the mid-county area known as the HUB into a major sports entertainment complex. No matter how he spins it, Mr. Mangano is asking county residents to vote themselves a tax increase. Independent estimates say the increase could be 4 percent per household. That belief was echoed by board members of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) at their July 14 meeting.
Taxes have been the key issue on Long Island for as long I can remember. Whether you were attending a school board meeting, shopping for a new home, or even speaking with neighbors in a local deli, the subject would invariably turn to our skyrocketing taxes. Usually, it was accompanied by much hand wringing and a chorus of resignation that “things would never change.”
Well, here’s some good news. Things just changed.
I want to thank all the civic leaders, elected officials and the entire community who came out to support the Elmont Farmer’s Market on opening day. The market will be a tremendous asset and resource not only for Elmont, but also for our neighbors, Floral Park, South Floral Park, Stewart Manor, Franklin Square, Valley Stream and Queens Village. We hope everyone has an opportunity to come out to the market located at the ATS Sports Complex (next to the Elmont Memorial Library) Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Nov. 17.
Sometimes, writing a weekly column about state government is more challenging than others. There are complex issues not easily addressed in so few words yet are of vital importance to my constituents. This is unquestionably one of those subjects.
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 sounds of the Caribbean.
Hempstead Town is once again holding its Summer of Love pet adoption program from now until Sept. 25. During this time, the town is waiving a complement of fees at Hempstead Town’s Animal Shelter for pets that are adopted during the summer season. By waiving adoption fees and other charges, residents can experience the joy of pet ownership without the financial burden.
This week I write to you about a subject that touches the lives of just about everyone in some way: autism. Perhaps you know a child who suffers from it and the family who struggles with it. Maybe you don’t know anyone personally but admire the local family you see about town who determinedly shares a special love with their autistic child. Or, perhaps it is your child and your family. If so, you already know that one in every 110 children is diagnosed to be within the autism spectrum and while there is debate over diagnostic criteria, we know that more and more of our children are locked in this invisible prison.
The Town of Hempstead proudly takes part in the celebration of our nation’s independence with our Annual Independence Day Celebration and Veterans Salute. The salute will occur on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.
The evening will feature a ceremony honoring veterans from throughout the Township who have distinguished themselves in service to their country and their community. The evening will also include a free concert featuring the legendary rock ‘n’ roll group Blood, Sweat and Tears and will conclude with a spectacular fireworks finale. Pre-concert attractions include classic and vintage cars on display from several area car clubs. In addition to the classic cars, there will be an impressive array of military vehicles and armored equipment from the 2nd Marines 25th Battalion of Garden City.
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