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Letter: Petition Drive Supporting Troiano

Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00

As many are aware Legislator Roger Corbin’s legal troubles have left his future in doubt and have rendered his voice silent. Roger has been a strong advocate for our community but nobody can know for sure if he will be able to continue. The law calls for his automatic removal from elective office if he is found guilty of the charges against him. As he battles these charges, we are left wondering who will take his place, if he is convicted?

According to the Nassau County Charter, the county is required to hold a special election. Under New York State law, the choice of candidates in a special election is left up to the party bosses – not the people. The residents of the 2nd Legislative District deserve the right to choose for themselves.


Around the Town: July 10, 2009

Written by By Kate Murray Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00

Pet Adoption Program

Hempstead Town is once again holding its “Summer of Love” pet adoption program now until Aug. 22. During this time, the town is waiving a complement of fees at Hempstead Town’s Animal Shelter for pets that are adopted during the summer season. By waiving adoption fees and other charges, residents can experience the joy of pet ownership without the financial burden.

We will be eliminating all adoption fees, including the cost of vaccinations, and all spaying and neutering services as well. Once an animal finds a new home and a loving family, we want to guarantee their safety so we are also micro chipping our pets to provide a free method of identification in the event they are lost.


Letter: Reflections On the Special School Board Election

Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00

The special school board election in the Westbury Union Free School District resulted from complaints of irregularities during the 2008 regular election and the removal of two of the winning candidates from the school board following a directive from State Education Commissioner Richard Mills.

This election, and the events that led up to it, was one for the books in a number of ways. For starters, it was a very rare use of such power by the education commissioner, and additionally, the electioneering activities prior to election day on June 23, was a departure from the norm in terms of platform content and delivery.


From the Desk of Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt: July 3, 2009

Written by Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00

Votes to Create Sex Offender Email Notification

New York State Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R, C, I – East Meadow) today announced the passage of legislation in the Assembly that will modernize the sex offender registry to provide automatic e-mail notifications to New York state residents whenever a Level 2 or Level 3 sex offender moves into their community.


Letter: BOE Trustee Thanks Voters

Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00
I would like to thank the voters of the Westbury Union Free School District for electing me to the board of trustees. I am humbled by this honor to serve the community in this important position. I pledge to serve with the utmost integrity and passion I have for improving our beautiful community.

I would like to thank my wife and son for standing by me for two campaigns! Their patience and support reminds me that success comes with the sacrifice of many who go unrecognized.


Letter: Resident: Westbury School Budget Vote Is Unfair

Written by Deborah Zayas Wednesday, 24 June 2009 12:52

As a resident of Old Westbury who happens to be in the Westbury School District, I did not support the recent school budget that was passed. You see, the vote is unfair and perhaps even unethical. The balance of votes is not truly represented since an entire village gets to vote in Westbury as opposed to a few voters in Old Westbury who happen to belong to the district.

Over the past 20 years, I have paid a substantial sum of money into the Westbury Schools through the enormous school tax I pay. And yet, I have never received anything for that money since I never used the school or the bus for that matter. With the amount of taxes I have paid to the Westbury School District I could have bought an entire school as well as a bus company. How unfair is that?

Deborah Zayas


Letter: Mayor Responds to Resident’s Concerns

Written by Mayor Peter I. Cavallaro Wednesday, 24 June 2009 12:47

(Editor’s Note: The following letter is in response to Gregory Bennett’s letter that appeared in the June 18, 2009 edition of The Westbury Times.)

In response to concerns from residents in all parts of the village, I and the village board have placed a renewed emphasis on code enforcement efforts. We have done so in order to maintain Westbury’s quality of life, and the safety and attractiveness of our neighborhoods. As most people know, in recent years there has been a proliferation in Nassau County of illegal and unsafe housing, as well as other code violations, that affect the health, safety and attractiveness of our neighborhoods.


From the Desk of Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt: June 19, 2009

Written by Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt Tuesday, 16 June 2009 17:44
Drug Discount Card  

New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (R, C, I – East Meadow) would like to inform his constituents about the New York Prescription Saver. This free discount card, which was introduced by the New York State (NYS) Department of Health, can reduce the cost of prescriptions for lower income state residents.

“With the harsh economy that we are all experiencing right now, it is important that my constituents should not have to choose between getting their prescriptions or paying their bills,” said McKevitt.


Letter: Questioning ‘Freedom’ In Westbury Village

Tuesday, 16 June 2009 17:43
I have been a proud Village of Westbury resident for over a decade renting the upper floor of a private residence. I am a proud Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Era and 90 days active duty with the New York Guard in response to the terror attacks of 2001. America for me is the Land of the Free.

Recently two code enforcement agents from the Village of Westbury stopped me in front of my residence and asked me if I had 20 people living in my apartment. I permitted them to search my apartment and they determined since I have a single bed I must live alone. They wanted to photograph my apartment, which I would not authorize.


From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: June 12, 2009

Written by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Tuesday, 09 June 2009 17:37

Protecting, Supporting and Increasing America’s Nurses

On Thursday, June 4, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy introduced three pieces of legislation focused on the state of nursing in the nation. The bills, the Student-to-School Nurse Ratio Improvement Act of 2009, Nurse Training and Retention Act of 2009 and a resolution recognizing the need for safe patient handling and movement, are a series of initiatives addressing such issues as increasing the number of school nurses, fixing the nation’s critical nursing shortage and improving workplace safety for nurses.


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