A second petition has been filed with the New York State Education Department against Westbury Superintendent of Schools Dr. Constance Clark-Snead.
On May 20, Westbury Board of Education Trustee Larry Wornum filed a petition with State Education Commissioner Richard Mills requesting Clark-Snead be removed from position as superintendent. Wornum, who has been outspoken about district and school board decisions over the past two years, said that several issues over the course of his tenure on the board led him to take the action.
At a press conference held May 13 outside the Supreme Court building in Mineola, Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin (2nd L.D., Westbury), accompanied by his attorney Thomas Liotti, addressed the media for the first time since his arrest earlier this month for allegedly filing false federal tax returns and lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) special agents.
“This matter should have been resolved civilly a long time ago and as a personal, private matter,” Corbin told reporters. “I take full responsibility for any mistakes that I may have made, but after more than 40 years of dedicated public service, the avalanche of negative publicity that has been generated against me is unwarranted and unfair.” He continued, “The FBI and IRS are trying this case in the media because I am a public figure. The matter could have been easily resolved long ago by the filing of amended tax returns and the payment of any taxes that may be due. My accountant is reviewing that now and, if appropriate, that will be done.”
The Westbury School District is again in the spotlight, this time with a petition waged against the superintendent and school board president.
In his petition filed earlier this week with the New York State Education Department, Westbury resident and attorney Robert M. Manners alleges Superintendent of Westbury Schools Dr. Constance Clark-Snead and Board of Education President Pless Dickerson withheld information from the public and fellow school board members on several occasions, including two major issues circulating within the district. In his petition, Manners is requesting the State Education Commissioner Richard Mills remove the aforementioned respondents from their respective positions.
Residents of the Westbury School District will take to the polls May 19 to vote for or against the district’s proposed $103,625,288 budget for 2009-2010. The proposed spending plan represents an additional $4,900,767 or 4.96 percent budget-to-budget increase over the current year’s approved spending plan of $98,724,521.
Westbury’s 2009-2010 proposed spending plan is broken into three components: Administrative: $9.444.620 or 9.11 percent; Program: $82,298,076 or 79.42 percent; and Capital: $11,882,592 or 11.47 percent. According to district officials, enrollment for the upcoming school year is expected to increase by 53 students from 4,166 to 4,219.
Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin (2nd L.D., Westbury) appeared in Central Islip’s United States Court on May 6 and pleaded not guilty to charges that he allegedly filed false federal tax returns and, when questioned, lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) special agents.
Last month, the county legislature unanimously approved a request to the state to allow for the installation of red light cameras at up to 50 Nassau intersections.
Days later both the state Senate and Assembly followed suit and earlier this week, the bill was signed into law by Governor David Paterson.
The annual Ethel Bennett’s Ms. New York Senior America pageant was held April 26 at Lindenhurst High School with Carle Place’s own Marie Marano being named Ms. Congeniality. Marano entered the contest by filling out an entry form in a magazine and made it through all the contestant searches, an interview and audition process to be named one of the final 12 contestants from throughout New York State.
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