We want to thank all the people who voted for us in last Tuesday’s school board election for their support. We are humbled by the confidence you showed in selecting us from a field of highly qualified candidates. We hope to earn the confidence of voters who chose to support other candidates by working in the best interests of everyone in our community.
I write to extend thanks from the Carle Place School District for your recent approval of the 2010-2011 school budget. Our voter turnout, despite the rainy weather, represented a nice cross-section of our school community and, again, highlighted the fact that community residents place great value on the education of our children. The Carle Place Board of Education and the District Administration made some decisions in crafting the budget that will reduce the size and scope of our organization. These decisions helped us construct a budget that you have judged as worthy of your support, as it reflects the realities of the current economy.
I was disappointed in a school board election flier recently sent out that published information on the Westbury School District’s administrators and teachers’ salaries. I certainly understand and sympathize with concern over high school taxes, but penalizing teachers is not the answer, and especially not by using the names of individual teachers in the district in connection with a campaign agenda.
Recently our town and our nation lost an American hero. Tuskagee Airman Lt. Col. Spann Watson from Westbury died at the age of 93 on April 15, 2010.
The Tuskagee Airman are recognized as dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America’s first black military airmen at a time when many people thought that blacks lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students and staff of the Westbury High School Music Department on their outstanding performance in collaboration with the Long Island Philharmonic last Thursday evening April 29. The students from the middle school who participated in the concert are also to be commended for their spirit of determination and enthusiasm to perform with the professional musicians.
The students and staff of the high school art department are to be commended for the fantastic display of AP Art projects.
One of the most important services any community enjoys is its public library. You wouldn’t think so judging by the actions Governor [David] Paterson and the New York State Assembly have taken on funding libraries and library systems in the State’s 2010-11 state budget plans. The governor has recommended that state aid to library systems and their member libraries be reduced by $4.2 million. The Senate has rejected this recommendation, but the Assembly is still debating it.
If the cut is approved, it would be the fifth in the last two years, and it would bring library aid to below 1998 levels. The cut would also result in further losses in federal funds for library service. Earlier state aid cuts have already cost New York libraries more than $2 million in federal aid.
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.
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