A trial involving corruption charges against three former public officials related to the multimillion dollar New Cassel Redevelopment Project came to a halt on Aug. 6 when Acting Supreme Court Judge Justice Alan Honorof declared a mistrial on 17 remaining counts after a juror deliberating on the case asked to be excused due to a medical issue. An alternate juror had previously been released.
Former Nassau County legislators Roger Corbin and Patrick Williams were on trial along with the former head of the Town of North Hempstead Community Development Agency, Neville Mullings. Corbin and Mullings are Westbury residents.
Fay, who classmates described as a loyal, passionate friend with a witty sense of humor, was driving a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R motorcycle south on East Gate Boulevard in Garden City when he struck a box truck driven by a driver with a suspended license, police said. Fay would have turned 20 on June 6.
In collaboration with the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, the Village of Westbury and the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, Viana, a recently constructed small luxury hotel featuring a number of green initiatives located at 3998 Brush Hollow Road, will host a complimentary wedding ceremony – and provide accommodations for a honeymoon – to one active duty or retired service member (who has been honorably discharged) living here in Nassau County.
Village of Westbury officials updated the public on several items at their regular meeting on Aug. 2, including recent progress in terms of the housing enforcement effort as well as the status of the Post Avenue theater project.
Senior Building Inspector William Mello reported that the Building Department had just completed an eight- to 10-block “neighborhood sweep” to contend with illegal housing in the village.
Martins “tipped his hat” to Governor Andrew Cuomo concerning initiatives including the new 2 percent tax cap, a timely budget process, the states dealings concerning the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and state school district issues, most notably unfunded mandates.
Ian Reifowitz, an associate professor at SUNY Empire State College (ESC) in Old Westbury, recently wrote his second book entitled Obama’s America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity, which describes Barack Obama’s “rhetorical attempt to decisively transform our national identity,” according to Reifowitz.
“The book really is about how Obama wants to change our national identity to make it more inclusive, to make it really live up to the values he describes as our core values, so it’s really a study of his language and the way he talks about American national identity,” said Reifowitz, who began teaching at Empire State College in 2002 and lives in Manhattan.
New York Institute of Technology grad Doug LeClaire and two college friends put together a collection of award-winning short films and presented them to an audience at the new Westbury Middle School auditorium in 1982, and this Friday, July 27, they’re back at it again.
The vote, which took place before a packed audience, saw many supporters and some opponents, too. Those opponents have now organized. Last Thursday, July 19, they presented a petition to the town, one with 4,074 signatures, requesting that the issue be put to a public referendum during the next Town of North Hempstead election.
At the meeting, which took place at Assemblyman Michael Montesano’s office in Hicksville, DEC’s Long Island Regional Director Peter Scully and his team presented findings of soil samples previously collected and tested from 10 area homes.
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