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Mayor, Trustee, NCPD Attend Sherwood Civic Association Meeting

Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00

Tax cap, code enforcement, Westbury Theater among topics of note

Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Trustee Beaumont Jefferson attended the Jan. 25 Sherwood Civic Association meeting, held at the Westbury Public Library.

Interim Vice President of the Association, David Braham, introduced the mayor as “the most accessible mayor on Long Island.” Mayor Cavallaro proceeded to speak about a number of issues and concerns of the community, including police protection, property taxes (including an explanation of the new 2 percent tax levy cap adopted by New York State last year), code enforcement, as well as an update on the redevelopment of the Westbury Movie Theatre. The mayor indicated that he was hopeful that the theatre would be open by late spring or early summer, and that a significant amount of progress has been made by the developer, despite a slow start.


Westbury’s Dr. Clark-Snead Retiring June 30

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

Superintendent: ‘wonderful’ experience but with some ‘turbulent times’

Following a presentation of the district’s 2012-2013 preliminary budget, Westbury Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead announced her retirement, effective June 30, at last week’s Jan. 19 board of education meeting.

In a letter to Dr. Clark-Snead dated June 30, 2011 from Westbury Board of Education President Dr. Pless Dickerson, the superintendent was advised that the board didn’t intend to renew her contract beyond June 30 of this year.

“I had to really go through some emotional deliberation as it relates to this. You know how I feel about the children and families in this community, but with what has taken place with what the governor is doing, I think it’s drastic, and I cannot in good conscience, be a part of that,” said Dr. Clark-Snead, who had served as superintendent of the district since September 1999.


Westbury BOE: $115 Million Preliminary Budget

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

Current contingent budget is approximately $109 million

On Jan. 19, Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead and Assistant Superintendent Mary Lagnado presented updated preliminary budget options for the 2012-2013 school year, which included $850,000 in newly received State aid.

Lagnado presented three options to the public, with options one representing a 2.66 percent increase, option two reflecting the 2 percent tax cap levy and option three a zero percent increase as a result of a failed budget.

The New York State Governor property tax cap legislation limits the increase in property taxes each year for a school district to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. If a community chooses to increase taxes more than the tax cap allows, a 60 percent vote in a school budget vote can override it.


Kidney & Urology Foundation Honoring CP’s Peter Meade

Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00

Community activist overcame prostate, bladder cancer

Chief Peter W. Meade of Carle Place, retired Assistant Chief Fire Marshal for Fire and Rescue Services for the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office, will be honored by the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America (KUFA) at its inaugural “Top 25 Champions for a Cure” Reception Benefit on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The awards reception, hosted by The Woodlands Country Club, Woodbury, will honor 25 worthy advocates who have been afflicted by, committed to education, or dedicated to finding a cure for prostate cancer and/or kidney disease.

“We are pleased to honor Chief Meade as one of the top 25 individuals who has done so much for prostate cancer and kidney disease,” noted Tracey Gittere, 2012 event chairperson and president of Legendary Events, Inc. of Carle Place.


Police: Three Elderly Women Held at Gunpoint in Westbury

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00

Man followed woman into home, demanded jewelry, cops say

Following a string of residential burglaries and an increased police presence in the Westbury/Carle Place area, the Third Squad is investigating a burglary on Jan. 10 where three elderly women were held at gunpoint for their jewelry, police said.

Nassau County detectives said the burglary occurred around 2 p.m. when a white male, approximately 50 years old, entered an unlocked side door at a residence on 5th Avenue. Police said the suspect followed an 83-year-old female visitor into the home and confronted her, along with a 90-year-old woman and an 86-year-old female, who were already inside the home. The suspect displayed a handgun, took jewelry from a jewelry box and fled the scene in a gray, four-door Honda, said police.


Village Trustees Adopt Tax Cap Override Provision

Written by Katherine M. Trager Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00

Upcoming budget not expected to exceed tax cap

The Village of Westbury Board of Trustees held its first regular meeting for the year on Jan. 5 and centered on two public hearings to discuss and evaluate new local laws, which were briefly introduced at last month’s meeting.

One public hearing resulted in the passage of a local law authorizing the village, if necessary, to impose a property tax levy in excess of the state-legislated two percent cap.  


Kaiman, Berman and Three Board Members Sworn In

Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00

First Iranian American sworn into office in the State

Pointing to the new administration comprised of a history-making female majority and the first Iranian American elected to office in New York State, Supervisor Jon Kaiman took the oath of office for a fifth term Jan. 2, promising to hit the ground running with his reshuffled team and to continue stressing innovation, continuity and accountability.

With his wife, Kim, and his three children by his side along with a number of other family members, North Hempstead’s fifth-term supervisor was sworn in by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer at a mid afternoon ceremony at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park. He paid tribute afterwards to the political process and America, a place where one can go from political refugee to politician.


Carle Place’s John Heslin Named Hometown Hero

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 06 January 2012 00:00

CP Seniors president, town activist honored for efforts

Carle Place’s John Heslin has been regularly called the “unofficial mayor” of the hamlet, but perhaps now the title is a bit more official.

On Dec. 6, Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross presented Heslin, a retired New York City policeman, with the distinguished title at the Westbury Manor on Jericho Turnpike.


Westbury Teen’s Wish Comes True

Friday, 06 January 2012 00:00

Make-a-Wish helps Clarke alum publish poems

Nicole Iadevaia, an 18-year-old W.T. Clarke grad from Westbury, has been writing poetry since she was in third-grade and it was her greatest wish to have her poems published in book form.

Iadevaia didn’t allow lupus, juvenile arthritis or writer’s block to stand in her way as the poet spent two years editing and compiling her poetry, ultimately deciding to name her poetry collection Laughter in Chaos.


NCPD Commanding Officer Gives Updates On Area Crimes

Written by Cory Twibell Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:40

Canavan says community is helping reduce suspicious activity

Nassau County Police Department 3rd Precinct Commanding Officer Kevin Canavan recently offered updates on crime statistics and arrest reports throughout Carle Place and Westbury.

Canavan said crimes are generally down since 2009 but residents must continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity this holiday season.


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