The hanging of Sgt. Bart Ryan at the Nassau Jail presents the sad story of a distinguished veteran who deserved better medical care, but also of a prisoner who died. The criminal justice system does not provide adequate safeguards to screen new arrestees for serious psychological and drug or alcohol problems that require treatment prior to release or incarceration. Judges at arraignment set bail that will help to ensure a defendant’s reappearance in court if released. If a defendant is not likely to be released and medical defense counsel requests care, then a judge may indicate it on a commitment order. It is not a routine procedure for all arrestees, even those who are repeat offenders with indications of serious psychological, drug and alcohol problems. It should be.
I enjoyed reading The Westbury Times this week, as I always do, but wanted to write to clarify a point that was made in your article entitled “Westbury Mayor, Village Justice Prioritize Safety.”
The article opens with an assertion that Village Judge Liotti and I “admittedly don’t agree on much.” However, while Judge Liotti and I have in the past disagreed on several points, there are many more points on which we agree than those on which we disagree. In fact, I would say that, when it comes to the village, we are almost always on the exact same page.
Over the past several months, there has been much speculation and criticism about the future of Nassau’s eight police precinct buildings. Though critics of this plan have expressed skepticism on realigning the current eight precincts into four, it is important to remember that all eight buildings will remain open and accessible to the public. The realignment of the precincts only affects the boundary lines of administrative paperwork and criminal processing, not the locations in which officers are located on the streets as some critics have stated.
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.
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