Why are the County Executive and the Republican-controlled Nassau County Legislature proposing a plan that will dilute the influence of minorities on County government?
New Cassel and the portion of Westbury east of Post Avenue both fall into Nassau County Legislative District 2 along with Hempstead and Lakeview. The creation of LD2, which is predominantly black and Hispanic, was ordered by the Federal courts in the early 90s to ensure that the minority community had a voice in the County legislature. But the current plan to re-district (change the boundaries of LD2) proposed by Mangano and his cohorts in the legislature put that at risk. Mangano and his TEAM have cynically added Old Westbury and a portion of East Meadow to the district in addition to removing Lakeview and half of Hempstead. The effect of these changes is to dilute the voices of minorities that the district was created to protect. Why?
For the past several months, I have noticed the almost-weekly ads placed in The Westbury Times by a non-Westbury taxicab company that was displeased at the denial of its application for taxi licenses by the Village Taxi Commission. These ads seem to be a misplaced attempt by the taxi company to somehow reverse the taxi commission’s decision in a way that is wholly inappropriate. The ads are also rife with false information.
I had intended not to respond to these ads, but since the taxi company has persisted to run them almost weekly for several months, and continues to repeat the same false and erroneous information, I think our residents are entitled to have the correct information.
It is with sincere gratitude that I recognize the tireless efforts of Fresh Air Fund volunteers in Nassau County as the country celebrates National Volunteer Week. Their commitment to helping New York City children is exemplary for all community members and truly embodies the spirit of the 2011 National Volunteer Week theme, “Celebrating People in Action.”
The State Legislature, working with Gov. Cuomo, passed a budget that does not include wine in big box stores. However, the big box stores already have a bill they plan to introduce to try to push this through.
This is a job killer, a small business killer, and worst, will increase underage drinking and driving accidents and fatalities in our state.If you would like to help stop this bad idea, please go to www.LastMainStreetStore .com today. Click on “Take Action” then “Write a Letter” and follow the instructions to send Governor Cuomo and your legislators the pre-formatted thank you for keeping this bad idea out of the budget. It only takes a minute.
If you have friends and family that could do the same that would be very helpful and much appreciated.
In November 2010, a reputable accrediting agency found that the Nassau Police Lab had, for some years, improperly conducted drug and alcohol testing. The results of those tests potentially impacting on more than 7,000 defendants, were brought into serious question. Commendably the Governor appointed the Inspector General as a Special Prosecutor to review the procedures at the Lab.
As a New Yorker I was disheartened to hear that the New York State Tobacco Control Program has been slashed to $41 million. This will no doubt be a disservice to the people of New York.
Over the years, the Tobacco Control Program has helped the rate of smoking among the youth of New York drop from 27.1 percent to 12.6 percent. The Tobacco Control Program funds smoking cessation centers, the New York State Quitline, distribution of nicotine replacement therapy, and media campaigns to let people know the program was available. This program helped the 116,000 New Yorkers who called the Quitline last year for help with their smoking habit, which is the greatest risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
While we can applaud the fact that the budget was on-time, these cuts to tobacco control will mean higher health care costs down the road as fewer smokers are supported to quit and more children become addicted.
I want to thank those who supported me during the last village election for justice. I have now served a total of 20 years with four more ahead. My focus over those past years has been to establish a model court. We have accomplished that and will endeavor to build on that record. But at the same time, the simple problems that we face in our village court are often caused by problems beyond our control such as the national recession.
On March 14 at North Shore-LIJ Hospital in Manhasset, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by local veterans groups, veterans’ advocates, and Michael Dowling, president and CEO of North Shore-LIJ Health System called on Long Island businesses to join a new online campaign to connect unemployed veterans on the Island with local jobs. Schumer pointed out that while there are an estimated 13,500 unemployed veterans in Nassau and Suffolk counties, only nine businesses on the Island currently participate in the Employer Partnership of the Armed Services online job bank that connects our nation’s service members, veterans, and their family members with local employers.
The riveting video of the natural catastrophe in Japan captured attention while a simultaneous human-made catastrophe with grave implications for this island played out on the other side of Asia. In Qatif, on the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, security forces opened fire to disperse protesters. Many of the protesters are part of a repressed Shiite minority, who also live over much of Saudi Arabia’s remaining petroleum reserves.
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