Written by Cory Twibell, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00
Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano (D., 2nd LD) told The Westbury Times that that the Republican’s redistricting plan, which was presented on Friday, Dec. 27, “sliced and diced” the Westbury Village and would result in an additional two legislative representatives for the area.
“It would be unusual for a village,” said Troiano, “four is a big shift.”
The legislator noted that redistricting takes place once every 10 years to accommodate shifts in population throughout the 19 legislative districts in the county.
Troiano said, if approved, the new redistricting plan would result in “very different racial and economic classifications,” as certain Westbury neighborhoods would be represented along with areas like Old Westbury, Sands Point, Garden City, Carle Place, Hicksville and Bethpage.
“It’s hard to see similarities in those areas. The county legislature formed with the idea that minorities would be kept intact as voting blocs to ensure they could choose a representative with their best interests in mind,” said Troiano.
Troiano explained that the redistricting commission is made up of 10 members (five Democrats and five Republicans) and one chairperson, which Troiano called “a formula for no progress.”
The Republicans control the county legislature, which has until March 5 to accept either of the redistricting commission’s maps, revise them or adopt a completely new one.
“As mayor, I am not involved in overtly political issues such as this, but I am confident that the village will be able to work with any legislators that we get through this redistricting process.
“However, I do support Legislator Troiano’s efforts to have his district remain intact to the extent possible. This is his hometown, and he has represented these areas for an extended period, first on the town board, and now as a county legislator. To the extent that the continuity can be maintained, it should be,” commented Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro.
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Got a pooch that won’t sit still, climbs the furniture, or jumps on the neighbors? A dog imbued with limitless energy that has you at your wits’ end? Perhaps it’s time you school your out-of-control canine with the discipline and control of the “Martial Arfs.”
Martial Arfs, a new dog training facility in Carle Place is set to prove the old adage that “a good dog is a tired dog.” Run by Jeris Pugh, Martial Arfs takes a novel idea to working with our four-legged friends that has proven to be very successful; combining unorthodox exercises and equipment with the principles of the Asian fighting arts.
“We work primarily with incorporating physical activity into improving behavior. But we’ve created a facility where we don’t just tire your dog out, we teach it how to behave while at the same time tiring it out,” he said. “There’s a huge obesity problem right now, about 54 percent of all dogs are overweight, and just because you let your dog out in the year once or twice a day doesn’t mean he’s actually getting proper exercise.”
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Here’s a look at what was discussed at Dec. 5’s Board of Trustees meeting:
• The village recycling program is expected to expand come January or February to include all plastics and shredded paper. More information will be sent out to residents at the beginning of the year.
• The remote commuter renewal program will have its last two days at Village Hall, on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Dec. 19 from 4:30 to 7p.m. Come with your registration and a check for the renewal fee.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.