It’s hard to keep up with all the ways people communicate these days.
My kids send me text messages. My colleagues email nonstop. And on Twitter, I read all kinds of strange musings from people I’ve never met.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has announced the creation of a new unit within her office to handle cases involving animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect in an effort to better protect vulnerable pets and animals.
Assemblyman Tom Alfano joined with dozens of Assembly members from throughout the state recently in the launch of a new website, www.stopgovernmentwasteny.com, that will aid taxpayers and state employees in reporting any wasted taxpayer dollars. The website is yet another tool in the continued fight to prevent the loss of millions in taxpayer dollars that occurs annually through waste, fraud and abuse.
A team of researchers went looking for land in all the right places—and found oodles of it. Enough to start building a new, more vibrant and prosperous Long Island. That’s the news contained in a study just released by the Long Island Index.
Each winter, New Yorkers and families across the country are directly confronted with one of the most crucial financial concerns regarding their teenage children – how to pay for their college education.
In recognition of this annual “rite of passage,” Governor David Paterson has proclaimed January 25 to February 25 Student Financial Aid Awareness Month – a period during which the State will host a series of events aimed at educating students and families about all the financial aid opportunities available for college, and how to apply for them.Throughout the month, the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), New York’s student financial aid agency, will hold community outreach events for students and families to encourage completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the key that unlocks the door to nearly all types of free federal, state and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, some scholarships, loans and work-study programs.
Every Metro New York City and Long Island family with a college-bound student – as well as those with a child who is currently attending college – should aim to complete the FAFSA during January and February to have the best chance of garnering assistance.
While it is widely believed that aid is not available for someone who meets “my financial circumstances,” the reality is that there is an array of financial aid available. It is just a matter of completing the process thoroughly and early.
For more information and for help in getting started early, visit HESC’s informational website at www.StartHere
GetThere.org. Additional information is available by calling our toll-free hotline (1-800-808-1790), which is open every Wednesday, from noon to 6 p.m. throughout Financial Aid Awareness Month (Jan. 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24).
Senator Craig M. Johnson and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg joined with Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice to announce tough new legislation to help combat the heroin epidemic on Long Island and hold drug dealers accountable for the deaths and destruction that they cause.
This measure (S.6418/ A.9522), which was drafted in consultation with District Attorney Rice’s office, will toughen existing laws to make it so a person who sells a controlled substance that causes a death may be charged with manslaughter. Under current law, a dealer cannot be charged in relation to a heroin user’s death unless the dealer is physically involved in the injection of the drug. Under the proposed legislation, the statute for Manslaughter in the Second Degree would be amended to include anyone age 18 and older, and with a prior drug conviction, who knowingly sells a controlled substance to another person that is consumed by such person or another person and such controlled substance contributes to the death of such person or other person. The increased penalty, a C felony, is in direct response to the rise of heroin use, and heroin-related deaths, on Long Island – particularly among youths and young adults, Senator Johnson said.
With the recent disaster ravaging Haiti, we are all looking for ways to lend a helping hand. Residents can provide assistance to earthquake victims by making a financial donation to well established charitable and relief organizations or by donating non-monetary items at various collection locations throughout the township.
On Jan. 21, New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau) and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, (D-Long Beach) joined with Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice to announce tough new legislation to help combat the heroin epidemic on Long Island and hold drug dealers accountable for the deaths and destruction that they cause.
The Town of Hempstead will be hosting its 7th Annual India Republic Day commemoration on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
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