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.
At the Town of North Hempstead Beach Park West Shore Road, Port Washington, on May 28, the Town of North Hempstead will hold its Annual Fabulous Fireworks Show. Beach opens at 3 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. parking fee is $5 per car Fireworks at darkness. Live entertainment featuring two great bands, Henry Haid with a tribute to Billy Joel and Early Elton a tribute to the early music of Elton John. Further, The Town of North Hempstead will hold a Memorial Day Service from 6:30 to 7 p.m. to honor all members of the American armed forces who died in service to protect our nation.
Every 10 years or so, the term redistricting comes into regular use within political circles, and the operation sometimes impacts the wider populace in real and perceptible ways. Succinctly put, redistricting is the process of changing electoral district and constituency boundaries, usually based on census results. The constitution requires that electoral districts be periodically adjusted or redrawn to account for population shifts and to ensure that funds are distributed to areas that most need them. The actual redrawing is left up to the state legislature or independent bi-partisan commissions. This is where legislative district 2 (Westbury, New Cassel, Hempstead, Lakeview) comes in, because based on the 2010 census results, the district is purported to have increased by as much as 25 percent thereby triggering the need for the aforementioned process.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County, a non-partisan organization, which neither supports nor opposes any candidate or political party, is concerned about the County Legislature’s haste in re-drawing the legislative district lines. In doing this, the Legislature is not adhering to its own County Charter, subsection 113, which requires an advisory redistricting commission to be established to reapportion the county legislative districts based on the federal census.
Why are the County Executive and the Republican-controlled Nassau County Legislature proposing a plan that will dilute the influence of minorities on County government?
New Cassel and the portion of Westbury east of Post Avenue both fall into Nassau County Legislative District 2 along with Hempstead and Lakeview. The creation of LD2, which is predominantly black and Hispanic, was ordered by the Federal courts in the early 90s to ensure that the minority community had a voice in the County legislature. But the current plan to re-district (change the boundaries of LD2) proposed by Mangano and his cohorts in the legislature put that at risk. Mangano and his TEAM have cynically added Old Westbury and a portion of East Meadow to the district in addition to removing Lakeview and half of Hempstead. The effect of these changes is to dilute the voices of minorities that the district was created to protect. Why?
For the past several months, I have noticed the almost-weekly ads placed in The Westbury Times by a non-Westbury taxicab company that was displeased at the denial of its application for taxi licenses by the Village Taxi Commission. These ads seem to be a misplaced attempt by the taxi company to somehow reverse the taxi commission’s decision in a way that is wholly inappropriate. The ads are also rife with false information.
I had intended not to respond to these ads, but since the taxi company has persisted to run them almost weekly for several months, and continues to repeat the same false and erroneous information, I think our residents are entitled to have the correct information.
It is with sincere gratitude that I recognize the tireless efforts of Fresh Air Fund volunteers in Nassau County as the country celebrates National Volunteer Week. Their commitment to helping New York City children is exemplary for all community members and truly embodies the spirit of the 2011 National Volunteer Week theme, “Celebrating People in Action.”
The State Legislature, working with Gov. Cuomo, passed a budget that does not include wine in big box stores. However, the big box stores already have a bill they plan to introduce to try to push this through.
This is a job killer, a small business killer, and worst, will increase underage drinking and driving accidents and fatalities in our state.If you would like to help stop this bad idea, please go to www.LastMainStreetStore .com today. Click on “Take Action” then “Write a Letter” and follow the instructions to send Governor Cuomo and your legislators the pre-formatted thank you for keeping this bad idea out of the budget. It only takes a minute.
If you have friends and family that could do the same that would be very helpful and much appreciated.
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