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From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

We Deserve Better

I’m going to get straight to the point.  Superstorm Sandy slammed into the south shore of Long Island on Oct. 29, 2012.  On that date, more than 400 days ago, millions were left without power, and tens of thousands were displaced.

 

Now I’m reading newspaper articles that are making my stomach turn.  Apparently only four (that’s right, four) of the 4,178 Superstorm Sandy-ravaged Long Island homeowners who qualified for federal housing reconstruction aid have actually received a check.  Let me elaborate.  More than 10,000 homeowners asked for help.  Thus far a few more than 4,000 have heard back and only four have actually received a check.  We watched press conference after press conference at which eager politicians promised help and took credit for new funding and here we are more than a year later and only 4 people have received a check.  

 

Letter: Property Tax Savings Available

Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

If you haven’t already heard, Nassau County has opted into a state program to offer property tax savings to homeowners whose homes suffered a decrease in value resulting from Superstorm Sandy.  The program is called the NYS Hurricane Sandy Assessment Relief Program.  

Through this program, Nassau County will adjust, retroactively, the property assessment to account for losses in value due to Sandy for the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 tax years.  Eligible homeowners will receive either a check reimbursing them for taxes already paid or a credit on taxes yet to be paid.   

 

From The Mayor's Desk mayor Peter I. Cavallaro

Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

 

 

I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every Westbury resident a very happy and holy holiday season, and a healthy 2014.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah (just past), Kwanzaa, or are of any other faith or tradition, the holidays are a time to reflect on the many blessings that we enjoy, both personally, and collectively.  Let us all take some time to be thankful for our many blessings.  

 

From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

Where Is The Students’ Lobbyist?

You may recall that I recently called for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King. The initiatives he has undertaken in his brief tenure as Commissioner of the State Education Department, including his roll-out of the Common Core curriculum, testing, teacher evaluations, and gathering of student data, are shaping up to be among the most controversial issues I’ve ever dealt with as a public servant. It’s easy to see why. These changes have created confusion among parents, anxiety for our children, and put life-long educators at odds with the department of education in Albany. This was only exacerbated when he canceled town hall meetings on the issue.   

 

Keep Pressure On The Common Core

Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

I congratulate parents and teachers on their protests on Common Core curriculum and testing. I wonder if the authors of Common Core have any idea of the cognitive readiness of the children for the content at each grade level. The commissioner is throwing at the audience “educanese” policies which are meant to intimidate. To the credit of the audience he is not succeeding. In my 49 years of teaching I have I never witnessed such widespread disapproval of an education program; and confusion. But we have never had such radical change thrust on us.

 

Letter: Thank You

Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

I am writing to thank all of the voters of the “new” 14th district of Nassau County.  In electing me as your County Legislator, you have bestowed upon me the honor of becoming an elected official and I am looking forward to all of the challenges and opportunities that this position will present.

As your Legislator, I am committed to representing the residents of the 14th district fairly and effectively to ensure a prosperous future for Nassau County. 

Once again, I want to thank you for your support and I look forward to our future together.  

 

Laura M. Schaefer

 

County Legislator-elect, 14th L.D.


 

Letter: Thank You North Hempstead

Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

I am writing to express my gratitude to the Town of North Hempstead community for electing me to serve as your next Town Supervisor. As I transition to my new role, which I will assume January 1, please know that I am grateful for your support, and I am honored to serve this wonderful community.  I would like to commend my opponent Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, for running a formidable campaign. I look forward to working with her on the Town Board.

 

Letter: Thank You Nassau County

Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

While the result achieved on Election Day is not what I had hoped, I want to express my sincerest thanks and appreciation to all the people who supported me in this election and encouraged me to run again.  We ran a great campaign, and I am indebted to my supporters and staff who worked so hard over this last 6 months.  It was clear that whether you agreed with it or not, we could not overcome the message of not raising County property taxes.

 

Letter: Thank You Nassau County

Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

While the result achieved on Election Day is not what I had hoped, I want to express my sincerest thanks and appreciation to all the people who supported me in this election and encouraged me to run again.  We ran a great campaign, and I am indebted to my supporters and staff who worked so hard over this last 6 months.  It was clear that whether you agreed with it or not, we could not overcome the message of not raising County property taxes.

 

Letter: Why I Voted FornKathleen Rice This Time

Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

When Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice was first elected, I sued her three times in  pro bono publico actions which I did not expect to win.  I lost the three cases but my goal was to heighten the awareness of Ms. Rice and the public’s about new policies which she adopted which I believed were wrong.  In the first action I challenged her new plea policies in D.W.I. cases which had been in use for 30 years and had worked.  In the second action I sued because she had not complied with our County Charter and local laws in firing experienced prosecutors and hiring some new ones from outside the County.  In my third action I sued to establish the independence of grand juries outside of her office. 

 

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