It’s school budget time, and wrath is in the air. Politicians are raging, taxpayers fuming, students protesting. The frustration is easy to understand. School budget votes in our region are a lose-lose proposition. Vote against the budget, and the ones we hurt are the children. Vote in favor, and we perpetuate the ruinous tax spiral that is devastating families and crippling our economy.
As of this week, I am no longer the editor of the Three Village Times. After 10 years, I decided to move on to another venture. But I would like to take the opportunity to thank the entire community.
Hello loyal Three Village Times’ readers. My name is Rich Forestano and I am the new editor of the area’s trusted weekly.
The warm weather is here and summer is right around the corner, but there’s still time to plan your child’s summer activities. Fresh off a successful 2009 season of instructional clinics, the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy (TOHLA) is ready to face-off for its sixth anniversary season.
One thing is for sure – Long Island is home to thousands of shopping options from big boxes to big malls to downtowns to strip malls. We are known to shop until we drop. During tough economic times, we all often let the best bargains determine where we shop.
Now that it appears the deal to bring VLTs (video lottery terminals) to Aqueduct is dead, our elected officials need to look further east toward Belmont Park. Redevelopment of Belmont has been discussed for years, but has never gotten off the ground. I hope that Nassau County Legislator John Ciotti and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano understand the importance that Belmont plays in the Elmont community. Hundreds of jobs here in Nassau County are at stake with the decline of the horse racing industry and the redevelopment of Belmont is one way to create jobs and increase revenue. Action needs to be taken now!
I was proud to vote with a majority of my colleagues in favor of historic legislation that gives 32 million more Americans health insurance, stops insurance companies from denying coverage for individuals with a pre-existing condition, closes the prescription drug doughnut hole and brings down health care costs for all Americans.
I have great news for the almost 45,000 Hempstead Town veterans who fought to defend our nation’s freedom. The veteran’s booth at Hempstead Town Hall has reopened and is serving more clients than ever.
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