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.
Governor Cuomo has proposed to eliminate funding for 4201 Schools (for deaf/blind/physically challenged students) for the 2011-12 school year. As a result, Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf students, and those from 10 other 4201 schools, are in jeopardy! A child who is deaf, blind or physically challenged did not cause the state’s $10 billion deficit. It is wrong to abandon the state’s more than 100-year commitment to these special schools through which these students become productive citizens. It is also wrong to shift these costs to the more than 45 school districts, which send students to Mill Neck Manor!
Westbury, the “Community For All Seasons,” is proud of the accommodations it has reached for the expansion of the Islamic Center of Long Island. That was great leadership in action. Our diverse community has blended races, cultures and religions together in what is a model for others to follow.
I want to say thank you all for coming out on Feb. 4 for Game Night for Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA). This was a great night for the children and us. Thank you to the district staff and the community members for partaking in this family night event.
Both before and after the enactment of a control period by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority on Jan. 26, budget reform and the renegotiation of union agreements with Nassau County have been the call of the day.
The argument has long been made that one way to relieve Nassau County of the dubious distinction of having the second highest property taxes in the nation is to consolidate some of the special taxing districts that dot our towns and villages into county or town-wide entities. Special fire, sewer, sanitation, parks and other districts are all taxing entities, and it is probably worth the while to take a critical look at what benefits can be gained from merging services where it seems reasonable and act accordingly in the interest of the taxpayer.
The Tea Party movement since 2010 has signaled the makings of a new American Revolution, much like our Declaration of Independence in 1776. Much like the drafters of the Declaration, including Thomas Jefferson, Tea Party activists have expressed their discontent at the ballot box. However, the worldwide recession has precipitated a revolution in other parts of the world, most recently and notably in Egypt, an ally of Israel and the United States. Our Congress approved our Declaration on July 4, 1776. Even though we were breaking with our mother country, England and its King, we were living by and making a system of laws and forming a government that has enabled us to survive for more than 220 years notwithstanding our revolution known as the Civil War.
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