(Howard Weitzman is the former Nassau County Comptroller.)
No matter who won the last county election it was clear the County would be going down a tough financial road. A difficult economy, falling tax receipts, an increasing structural gap along with the political difficulty in raising additional revenues have combined to create a perfect storm for all local governments. But the new Mangano administration seems to be drowning in a fiscal tsunami, without a tree to climb. His rescue plan is based on an old copy of Tom Gullota’s guide to County government – borrow, over estimate revenues, under estimate expenses, sell property, and if that’s not enough borrow more.
Hurricane Earl has raised some concerns about how LIPA prepares for major, forecasted weather events that impact our area. Like any responsible utility, LIPA and its service provider, National Grid, prepare for hurricanes and other major storms based on various sources of information, including forecasts provided by national weather services, local and regional government entities, media outlets, and prior operating experience.
I’ve just completed my third reading of school board trustee Karin Campbell’s letter that was published in the Sept. 2 edition of the Westbury Times, the contents of which, I believe, should not be ignored since to my mind, it contains some pretty serious charges that if true, are likely to have legal implications that could affect the board’s ability to function. I guess I was looking for some of the reasons others have suggested why trustee Campbell’s allegations are not worthy of a public response from the administration, or any uncomfortable feeling from the public. To the contrary, I do not believe it would be prudent for the community to casually dismiss Campbell’s assertions as the concoctions of a disgruntled provocateur, especially since the happenings in the district over the summer would make it easy for us to do so. The fable of “the boy who cried wolf” comes to mind, but the danger therein, considering the outcome of this story, is a chance that the community should not be willing to take.
While the mainstream media continues to function more and more like a U.S. version of Pravda, the American people are waking up to the out-of-control and unsustainable spending, and government intrusion into the lives of its citizens that, if not corrected, will enslave our children and grandchildren with a debt from which they can never recover.
Over the past few months there has been considerable reporting regarding “political fighting” within the Westbury Board of Education. As an elected trustee and recent president of the Westbury BOE, I think it is imperative that the record be set straight and the truth is told.
Recently the “new President of the Westbury BOE” Dr. Pless Dickerson and the majority he now controls sent out a district wide letter. This letter does not reflect my feelings nor the feelings of some of the other members of the Westbury Board of Education.
The Village Courts in Nassau preside over violation cases including allegations involving the State’s Vehicle and Traffic Laws occurring within our borders. We are local criminal courts and as such the Criminal Procedure Law and rules of evidence that apply in the case of misdemeanor and felony courts also apply to them. So too do the Constitutions of the United States and the State of New York both of which have right of confrontation clauses contained within their Bill of Rights provisions.
The Board of Directors of the Westbury Business Improvement District (“B.I.D.”) wishes to respond to John Heslin’s “Letter to the Editor” entitled “Reconsider Street Fair on 9/11.” First, we express our sorrow and condolences for Mr. Heslin’s loss, and the loss experienced by many families as a result of the tragic acts of barbarism perpetrated on Sept. 11, 2001. We all have or know someone who lost a loved one, or someone who was left with emotional or physical scars on that horrific day. Despite the fact that the date of Sept. 11 will forever be remembered by the terrible events that took place, the BID Board and the members of the BID believe that it is not only appropriate that it hold its annual street fair this Sept. 11 and 12, but that by doing so, together with holding a memorial service to commemorate that day and those who perished, we honor their memory, and send a message, in a small way, to the cowards who would seek to change our American way of life.
As a regular attendee of Westbury Village Board of Trustees meetings, I felt compelled to respond to the letter ‘Heading in Wrong Direction in Westbury’ that appeared in the Aug. 5 edition. The writer is erroneously under the impression that our village officials have not taken sufficient measures to launch the movie theater restoration project and are spending residents’ tax money on the recent road improvements.
Editor’s Note: The letter below was addressed to Mayor Peter Cavallaro and the Westbury B.I.D.
As someone who had a loved one murdered at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, I beg you to reconsider your decision to hold the Post Avenue Street Fair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. I understand that a memorial service is to be held first followed by the fair.
This letter is a response to the letter that resident Linda Hoffman sent to The Westbury Times regarding her distaste for the downtown road improvement currently under way on Post Avenue, a copy of which she sent to my office. While I certainly respect that Ms. Hoffman is entitled to her opinion regarding the aesthetics of the red brick motif crosswalks and medians, she is not entitled to make up her own facts. So, for purposes of clarity, and to correct some of the inaccurate aspects of her letter, I would like to point out the following:
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