A few years ago, a former mayor in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. was attracting a lot of attention by performing same sex marriages. As a Village Justice and attorney on Long Island where I can perform marriage ceremonies, I had not received any requests to perform same sex marriages but wrote an op-ed column questioning my legal authority to do so. The Attorney General at the time, Elliot Spitzer, then picked up on the topic and wrote an opinion stating that same sex marriages were not legally permitted in the State of New York. According to Mr. Spitzer, it would require a legislative change, which we now have.
As a member of the Westbury SEPTA, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who are involved with SEPTA and to all others who bought flowers and helped us reach our goal. The annual flower sale for SEPTA in April was a great success. I also want to say thank you to all the teachers, administrators and friends who bought flowers.
Our Long Island high school athletes in track and field have proven to be among the best in New York State. It is with great disappointment that Nassau County’s Mitchel Athletic Complex, once considered “The World’s Biggest Stage, a showcase for the best competition the world has ever seen…,” [Goodwill Games] has let the field events deteriorate to the point of forcing our high school athletes and other famous high profile meets to seek other venues for their competition.
Everyone likes a good party; and, with summer coming into full swing, Westbury residents certainly have many good reasons to have parties at their homes, from graduations to the Fourth of July, Labor Day and many other occasions. So, now would be a good time to review the village’s rules and regulations relating to parties. Of course, outdoor parties are permitted, but residents should be aware of and abide by a few simple rules:
Well, we finally finished another school board election with very little negative fanfare. The question that puzzles me is that this is supposed to be a non-paying position. If this is correct then why do we have all of the negative behaviors during recent elections. It is not surprising that none of the candidates are new to this arena. It was difficult to find anyone who would run for the school board. The reasons given for not running are that people do not want to risk having their names degraded or their personal lives exposed with lies and distortion of truths. It is a shame in this great community with concerned residents that not one person was willing to take that chance.
You can make a difference in someone’s life! Long Island Crisis Center (LICC), the 24 hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week, suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline, is currently recruiting volunteers to participate in its upcoming Counselor Assistant Training Program. No experience is necessary and the hours are flexible (around-the-clock) to accommodate the individual needs of volunteers.
For the second time in as many years, the voters of Westbury failed to approve the proposed school budget as presented on the first go around. The budget vote on Tuesday, May 17 had 642 individuals voting yes for the budget while 683 voted no. There may be various reasons for this; cynicism, oversight, or perhaps just plain indifference, since both the proposed budget and the contingency budget were just about the same, a 4.19 percentage increase over the 2010 - 2011 budget.
The latest shocking revelation about Nassau’s shuttered police lab having problems as far back as 2003 substantiates more than just the need for a special prosecutor to take custody of all affected files and the need to notify all those accused during those years. Since the 1960s when the Supreme Court of the United States decided Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83, it has been the law that prosecutors have an affirmative duty to turn over exculpatory evidence to defendants. In a subsequent case the Supreme Court went further and determined that prosecutors must use due diligence in finding, locating and revealing exculpatory evidence even though it may not be under their direct control. See Kyles v. Whitley, 514 U.S. 419 (1995).
Memorial Day is celebrated every year as a national day of remembrance to honor our fallen American soldiers, both past and present. The holiday weekend is often used to mark the beginning of summer, a time when people come together at parades and celebrations to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
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