If you think government is a bit bloated these days, it has just been put on a strict “diet,” according to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who delivered his official State of the County address on Wed., March 14, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.
During the speech, Mangano touted his administration’s accomplishments and equally stressed the challenge of dealing with the county’s ever-increasing property taxes, warning of a potential 13-percent property-tax hike in the future.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) will not seek re-election to the United States Congress next year. The announcement came late on Thursday, March 15, following the federal circuit court’s approval of Congressional district lines, a decision that Ackerman’s office called “extraordinarily favorable” to the congressman who is serving his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Announcing his decision not to run for a sixteenth term of office, Ackerman added that, if he had chosen to run again, he would have run “with the primary-free backing of the Democratic Party virtually assured.”
Ackerman currently represents the Fifth Congressional District of New York, which encompasses parts of the New York City Borough of Queens and the North Shore of Long Island, including west and northeast Queens and northern Nassau County.
In continuing its mission to give back to the community, the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2nd Annual Musical Extravaganza fundraiser on March 23. Proceeds from this year’s event – a concert featuring three of Long Island’s most popular bands – will benefit several Westbury and Carle Place organizations.
The concert, which will take place at Carle Place High School, will feature music by the East Coast Band and RapidFire with a special headlining performance by The Mystic, one of the tri-state area’s most well-known cover bands. Additionally, Long Island’s own Rich Walker, an 18-year veteran of quality stand-up comedy who has shared the stage with Ray Romano and Kevin James, among others, is set to deliver nonstop laughs between acts.
The Village of Westbury received a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from Nassau County on Feb. 28, County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced, which will be utilized to improve various aspects of village life in Westbury.
Mangano also said an additional $25,000 was allocated to the Village of Westbury in order to help the Westbury Senior Center continue its adult daycare, health education, physical fitness and recreation programs.
On March 1, the Westbury Village Board of Trustees updated the public on several significant issues, including the latest plan of action to deter illegal housing in the community.
“We’ve done a lot over the last couple of years to try to get a better handle on some of the illegal housing that takes place in the village,” stated Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro, citing increased code enforcement, recent housing sweeps and the use of search warrants.
Outgoing Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead recently said another failed school budget would be “devastating” for the district.
The Westbury/New Cassel NAACP is rallying the community, which has a history of low voter turnouts, to support the proposed budget on May 15 – and they’re starting out by hosting an educational forum this evening at the Westbury Library at 7 p.m.
If Westbury native and Holy Trinity grad Ronnie Cameron receives a call from a National Football League general manager in late April, his road to the pros will certainly be one less traveled.
Cameron, who recently earned an information technology MBA, began his football career playing with friends in front of Park Avenue School in New Cassel and as a member of Mineola’s pee-wee program as a 7-year-old, yet described his younger self as more student than athlete.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and AAR Aircraft Component Services, a leading provider of products and services to the worldwide aviation industry, joined by Westbury High School students at AAR’s Garden City office, announced on Feb. 24 a new partnership aimed to provide Long Island students with science and technology internships and access to STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers.
Partnering with the Westbury Union Free School District and the Cradle of Aviation Museum, AAR unveiled a new “School to Work” program, which hosts Westbury’s STEM Magnet School, to provide local students internships and access to STEM-related careers. This new partnership will provide students from a disadvantaged community with opportunities in STEM fields and help AAR create a pipeline for future hires.
In response to a number of residential burglaries in Westbury and Carle Place neighborhoods around the holidays, local residents formed a Community Watch to help deter local crime. The group hosted Nassau County Police Department 3rd Precinct Commanding Officer Kevin Canavan on Feb. 13 at Carle Place High School to update residents on a number of recent concerns.
Regarding the possible precinct consolidation within the county, Canavan said that his 3rd Precinct would absorb the 6th Precinct in the event that consolidation is approved later this month. The 3rd Precinct, which Canavan called the county’s “flagship” precinct, has been in operation for more than 70 years and is headquartered on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The 3rd Precinct’s sub-station at the Source Mall in Westbury processes 2,500 arrests every year, Canavan said, making it one of the busiest stations in the county.
Nassau County is conducting an alternatives analysis to address transportation needs in the central part of the county and representatives from the Nassau County Planning Commission (NCPC) presented the main components of the study to local residents at the Carle Place Civic Association meeting on Feb. 15.
The study focuses on the Nassau Hub, which contains many of the iconic areas people associate with Nassau County such as the Roosevelt Field Mall, Hofstra University, Nassau Community College, Museum Row, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the County Government Center and Eisenhower Park. The Hub has long been an area with heavy traffic and other transportation problems.
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