When Westbury schools Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead announced her retirement, effective June 30, at the Jan. 19 board of education meeting, it ended months of speculation as to which way the board would decide with regards to her tenure in the district. Such speculation heightened following her decision not to take the job of superintendent for the Teaneck, NJ School District, five days before she was expected to report for the position after being hired in March 2010. The fact that there were also three new board members resulting from the 2010 elections added to the intrigue, as this would have been among their first major decision of such far-reaching significance. Now that the public is aware that the board did not intend to extend Dr. Clark-Snead’s contract beyond June 30, 2012, it is time to begin the search for a new superintendent for the district.
After reading about the recent Hub transit study presentation in our community, I have further questions and comments about the issue.
Why add a new expensive burdensome and extremely limited transit system in our area when existing bus routes can be augmented and other routes added to meet the needs of the Hub? How many layers of public transportation do we need? Whatever happened to efficiency in government?
1. It is illegal and unconstitutional for us to have a law that completely prohibits peddling. Our recently strengthened peddling law is as restrictive as it can be, and is similar to the laws that many municipalities have.
2. Residents who called the police did the correct thing. We will be communicating again with the police department so that it is clear that the village’s standing policy is that we want these peddlers who do not have the appropriate paperwork to be asked to leave the community.
New York State recognizes Women’s History Month. In the month of March, the contributions of women around the world, both past and present, who have influenced culture, government, education, medicine, the arts, sciences and more are recognized. Many of the women and events that have shaped women’s history come from, or occurred in, New York State.
In July 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a native New Yorker, organized and executed the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY. During the conference, Stanton drafted the Declaration of Sentiments, shaping women’s rights for future generations. The declaration demanded equal rights for men and women in regards to the right to vote, the law, education and employment. Her efforts helped grant women the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
We’d just arrived by overnight steamer out of Boston town. But now we’d been like newly arriving immigrants from some far-off land. Uncle Paddy would take us to Brentwood; a tiny village nestled in the distant pinebarrens of eastern Long Island.
Little could I have known just how unique in culture and secrets was this island. “Modern Times,” a free-love settlement, had been Brentwood’s founding name. Now it would have the world’s largest insane asylum with two other asylums in nearby villages. “Mom, why so many?”
They, like our forbearers, are just looking for better lives for themselves and their families. They live in an underground economy, forced to drive illegally because they cannot secure Social Security numbers or drivers licenses. They are packed into illegal substandard housing where they pay enormous rents in cash to absentee, unscrupulous landlords.
I have attended meetings about the precinct closings at the Nassau County Legislature, testified at the Public Safety Hearing during public comment and listened to a presentation about the plan held at the East Meadow Library. The plan to close four precincts is not a cost savings plan or a safety oriented plan. Taxes will not be reduced through these police cuts; however, services and our quality of life will be compromised.
Nassau’s financial woes are far more global in that its politicians have mismanaged this County for years where political favoritism in every aspect of governance has been the modus operandi. The Tea Party has stopped short of a municipal revolution. These problems have been brewing for decades. They are not remediable by the closing of the 4th Precinct.
The other night I stopped in to a Hub Study presentation at the TR Legislative Building in Mineola. I was surprised to see what to me looks like the same proposal for light transit in the Hub area that I’ve seen numerous times before. The proposal still gives the benefits of Hub development to the Town of Hempstead while burdening those of us who live in North Hempstead.
The proposal creates two transportation hubs in North Hempstead, one in Mineola and one in Carle Place, to funnel people into the Hub area. The proposed light transit system would run like buses from Mineola along Second Street through to Voice Road, down Glen Cove Road and into the Roosevelt Field Mall. The proposal purposely leaves out using the LIRR link through Garden City into the Hub area. I was told the reason not to use the Garden City spur was that the LIRR doesn’t run enough trains on the Hempstead line. It seems strange that the county would spend millions to create a burdensome light transit system instead of negotiating with the LIRR. It’s also strange to me that the county would privatize LI Bus without negotiating better routes and service to accommodate their plans for Hub development. This road-bound light transit system (really like fancy buses) will just add to the dense traffic in our area.
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