It was announced in the newspaper’s obituary column that a man named Spann Watson passed away recently from complications of pneumonia in Winthrop Memorial Hospital in Mineola, NY at the age of 93. Many people didn’t know this gentleman, and a regret of mine is I didn’t meet him sooner. You see Spann Watson was living history. He was one of the first men picked to be a Tuskegee Airman. He was Lt. Colonel Spann Watson, USAF, Retired.
In the dark days of World War II and during a time of non-existent civil rights for African Americans, he fought for the privilege to fight for this country. This was the same country that in certain places, would deny him the same rights that were afforded German prisoners of war who were residing in Prisoner of War camps in America.
I am both alarmed and concerned that the editorial board of The Westbury Times did not properly fact-check before printing such a slanderous letter wrought with errors, innuendos and libelous comments from Mrs. Connie Locascio. The public needs to be reminded that it was during [Locascio’s] tenure on the Westbury Board of Education, that the commissioner of the New York State Education Department overturned the 2008 trustee election because “errors in the conduct of the election were of such nature and scope as to vitiate [corrupt] the fundamental fairness of the election.”
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I – East Meadow) is welcoming the news that the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a physical and economic injury disaster declaration for Nassau County, making homeowners, renters and businesses eligible for low-interest loans for damages suffered in the severe storms that occurred during March.
“This is very welcome news for the citizens of the 17th Assembly district who faced the unimaginable damage to their homes and businesses
Late last year, Larry Wornum voted to hire fellow school board member Rocco Lanzilottta to a $50,000 a year job as the school district clerk. (Prior to that vote, the job was a part-time position paying only $13,000.) One of the responsibilities of the clerk is to oversee the annual election of school board trustees to ensure that it is conducted in a fair, unbiased manner.
Mr. Wornum is running for re-election on May 18. We now have an alarming conflict-of-interest wherein Mr. Lanzilotta is charged with overseeing an election in which his benefactor, Mr. Wornum, is a candidate.
Walk or Run for Friends of Karen
I would like to encourage everyone to make a difference in the lives of critically ill children by joining in the Walk/Run for Friends of Karen at the Long Island Marathon.
Friends of Karen’s mission is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, in order to help keep them stable, functioning and able to cope. Friends of Karen serves children from birth to 21 years of age who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents residing in the New York metropolitan area. Since its founding in 1978, the organization has served more than 4,000 children and their families, and counting the siblings of sick children, has touched the lives of more than 10,000 youngsters.
It has been reported to the village that in recent days persons posing as road crew workers, wearing a uniform with reflective vests (the kind a road crew worker would wear) and carrying identification badges (which do not clearly indicate a company or government affiliation) have been approaching property owners regarding doing paving work and/or parking lot striping. The claim is that the company has left-over material and that the paving or striping job can be done cheaply and quickly. The man claims that since the paint and other materials are excess materials, there would be no cost to the property owner, except to cover the expense of the machinery.
Senator Craig M. Johnson announces the launch of an online calculator that will show how much your family could save under the “Circuit Breaker” tax credit program that recently passed the Senate.
He additionally urges the Assembly to take action on this critically important legislation.
The calculator can be found at www.craigjohnson.nysenate.gov.
“Recently President Obama proclaimed April 2010 as Financial Literacy Month. I applaud the president for doing this because the country’s future prosperity depends on the financial security of all Americans.
“As a nation, we have all been impacted by the effects of our struggling economy. While there are many factors that have contributed to the current economic climate, and there is no one cause, we do know that consumers need to be more aware and informed of how their finances work and how to avoid some common financial pitfalls.
The Third Track Roadblock
This is written in response of Newsday saying that, “The biggest political roadblock to the Third Track is State Senator Craig Johnson.”
The MTA/ LIRR has once again reiterated its commitment to the Third Track Expansion Project. This misguided support for this $1.5 billion project comes despite the state’s financial woes and near-unified opposition from communities along the Main Line.
During the Westbury Union Free Board of Election’s public meetings on March 9 and March 16, which were held for the purposes of presenting the 2010-2011 school budget to the public and soliciting resident opinion, I witnessed some members of the public attempting to use the public forum and disrupt the entire proceedings to present their case supporting Dr. Constance Clark-Snead’s right to remain superintendent of Westbury Schools due to her ethnicity and gender.
Some members of the group publicly stated that Dr. Clark-Snead’s contract should be extended because she is the first black woman to hold this position in Westbury. One individual claimed the board is attempting to force her out.
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