Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00
I want to wish you and your family a healthy and happy new year! I also want to thank you for the privilege of representing you for the last 22 years, first as a school board member then as a town councilman and, more recently, as a county legislator. During that time much has been accomplished, with your support, to move our community forward, including:
• Winning the coveted National School of Excellence Awards for three of our schools;
• Attracting $80 million of private investment funds for the revitalization of Prospect Avenue;
• Realization of the dream of generations past with the opening of The Yes We Can Community Center which will serve generations to come.
I am proud of these and other accomplishments during my tenure as an elected official. But, the time has come to move to a new phase of my representation of our community. As you may have read, I decided to accept an appointed position in Supervisor Judi
Bosworth’s administration in the Town of North Hempstead. I had the pleasure of working with Judi for four years in the Nassau County Legislature and I look forward to working with her, and Councilwoman Viviana Russell, in the Town of North Hempstead.
Judi offered me an opportunity to have an even bigger impact on our community, as well as the rest of the Town, than I could have in the Legislature. On Jan. 2, I stepped-down from the Legislature and stepped-up to a new, senior position in the Town. I will have oversight responsibility for a large part of the government, specifically:
• The Community Development Agency;
• The Housing Authority;
• The Planning Department;
• The Building Department;
• Public Works, including Highways;
• Parks, including the Yes We Can Community Center;
• Public Safety; the
• 311Call Center; and
• Information Technology.
The turn of the calendar from one year to the next marks a time of transition from the old to the new. It is also a time for reflection on all the possibilities that come with new beginnings. I am excited by the possibilities my new role offers to do more than ever before. I look forward to continuing to work with you and for our community.
Once again, happy New Year and thank you for your support. May God bless you with health and prosperity this year and forever more.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.
In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.
“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9.
Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray.
The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds. Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group. She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group. Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.