Written by Cory Twibell, email@example.com 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, 24 May 2013 00:00
Doug Ingram was recently named the new chief of the Westbury Fire Department.
Ingram grew up in Old Westbury and graduated from Westbury High School in 1974. After graduating, he joined the Navy where he spent two years stationed in Italy. When he was honorably discharged in 1979, he joined the Westbury fire department and has been involved there ever since.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
In what is hoped to be a step forward for the Westbury School District’s ongoing search for a superintendent, the board of education voted to terminate its contract with search firm Hazard, Young, Attea. However, questions still remain. Will the board continue the search with another firm? Will the board conduct the search themselves? Will it consider current Interim Superintendent Mary Lagnado for the position? And of course, how long will the process take before a permanent superintendent is named?
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Avenging the previous day’s loss and moving themselves one step closer to a possible county title, the Carle Place Frogs Softball team beat out the Locust Valley Falcons Wednesday, May 15 in a game two rematch for the Nassau County Class B Semi-Final, 12-3.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.