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Letter: Treat Carle Place Teachers Fairly

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Carle Place teachers are taxpayers too.  We understand and share in the frustration that some community members feel over rising school taxes and the slow pace of Long Island’s economic recovery. 

 

At the same time, Carle Place teachers are not immune to those same rising costs.  We, too, are paying more for health insurance, prescription drugs, gasoline at the pump, and, yes, even property taxes.  Teachers have car payments, mortgages and college tuition bills — or student loans — to worry over, just like so many other families in Carle Place, Westbury and nearby communities.

 

The hundreds of educators throughout Long Island who gathered for Thursday’s rally had a simple message: It’s time to treat Carle Place teachers fairly.

 

Letter: Ballfield Criticism Is Just a Product of the ‘Political Season’

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

The September 25 article titled ‘Carle Place Ballfields Strike Out’ features many misrepresentations of the Town of North Hempstead’s efforts to improve the playing fields and community room at Charles J. Fuschillo Park in Carle Place.  

 

As we are in “political season”, it is unfortunate for everyone that my opponent has painted an inaccurate and unfair picture of reality. As the North Hempstead Town Councilwoman representing Carle Place, Westbury, New Cassel and Old Westbury, I take pride in encouraging dialogue and communication between myself and my constituents, and addressing their concerns in a timely manner.  I have indeed received phone calls, emails and letters from the concerned residents quoted in this article.  I have met with these residents multiple times, most recently in July 2013, and worked hand-in-hand with the Town’s Parks Department to resolve any issues the residents have had about the parks in Carle Place.

 

Letter: Praise for Carle Place School Board and Administrators

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

In the June 2013 edition of the (Carle Place) Frog Horn, a letter appeared in which the writer praised two members of the Carle Place Board of Education for their roles in maintaining a low budget increase this year. While the increase in this year’s budget is actually higher than it has been in recent years, I would like to commend all five board members for the job they did in keeping this year’s increase as low as possible. I would like to, specifically, mention the three members, who were not mentioned by name in that letter: President Barry Dennis and trustees Larry Zaino and John DiFrisco. The current board and district administration has continued a practice of past boards and administrations in establishing budget and tax increases, which are moderately low compared to other school districts on Long Island. This has resulted, over the years, in a tax rate in Carle Place, which is among the lower rates in the region. At the same time, the quality of the education provided in our schools continues at a very high level, as evidenced by the assessment of independent organizations such as U.S. News and World Report, which rated Carle Place High School as among the best in the country. Obtaining this type of educational outcome, while keeping the tax rate as low as it is, has been particularly difficult considering the many unfunded mandates imposed on school districts by the state government.

Moreover, the New York State created Taylor Law and Triborough Amendment place school districts in an extremely unfavorable position in labor negotiations. I strongly encourage the current board and administration to continue the good work they have done over the past year. I urge them to strive to achieve three goals in preparing each year’s budget. First, and foremost, they should ensure the quality of the education provided to the children in our community, so that they are fully prepared to be well-informed and productive citizens when they graduate. Secondly, they should continue to produce a budget that is affordable to the taxpayers in the district. Thirdly, they should maintain the high-quality reputation of our schools in order to protect property values for all homeowners in the district. If they achieve these goals, I am confident that the community will continue to support the school budgets as they have done for many years.

 

Tom Kane

 

Former member of the

 

Carle Place Board of Education

 

Letter: Bell Change Folly or Fortune?

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

My good friend Larry Kirton in an opinion piece published in the September 12, 2013, edition of the Westbury Times expressed his misgivings about the recently enforced bell schedule change at the Park Avenue school. Kirton went into detail about how the new change will function and the school board’s expectations from the change. He however expressed doubt that the results will materialize as intended, and opined that a seemingly unworkable breakfast program, coupled with the delay in the start of the instructional day will lower the probability of student success. In summary, Kirton believes it was more about saving teachers jobs which will eventually result in more negative consequences than it is worth.

 

Nassau County Comptroller’s Report

Written by George Maragos Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

County Financial Report Card

The Financial condition of the County continues to improve by all fundamental measures, primarily due to the improving economy and cost controls instituted by the Mangano administration. From residents’ point of view, the County’s improved financial state is reflected in the county portion of their property tax bill, which has not increased in the last four years.

The mid-year financial projections for 2013 indicate that the County will end the year with a $5.6 million budgetary surplus. This follows on the heels of 2012’s surplus of $41.5 million, now confirmed by independent auditors.  These budget surpluses are due to increased sales tax revenues from the improving economy (up 10.4 percent year to date) and reduced Social Service costs due to lower unemployment (down to 6 percent, one of the lowest rates in New York State and lower than that of Suffolk County and New York City.)

 

The Real State Of Nassau’s Finances

Written by Howard Weitzman Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Editor’s note: This is a response to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’s “County Financial Report Card,” published in The New Hyde Park Illustrated News, Sept. 11-17 edition. Howard Weitzman is running on the Democratic line against Maragos in the November election.

 

 George Maragos continues to mislead the public by falsely claiming that the county’s financial condition has improved on his watch. During Mr. Maragos’s tenure as Nassau County’s fiscal watchdog, the county has undergone three bond downgrades by the credit rating agencies, the county’s fiscal outlook has been lowered from “stable” to “negative,” and the county’s debt has reached a new all-time high. No amount of “cooking the books” and issuing misleading financial statements and  press releases can hide this truth, a truth which can be easily verified by outside sources. 

 

A Bipartisan Rebuilding Strategy for Long Island

Written by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Suffolk County Executive STeven Bellone Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

A Republican and a Democrat standing together these days is rare. Even though we are from different political parties, partisan politics could not have been further from our minds on October 29, 2012 and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

 

It was immediately clear that this was not just another storm and that the challenges it placed on our residents and businesses—and on the entire region—were enormous.

That’s why President Obama established the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, chaired by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. 

 

Letter: Is The New Bell Schedule The Best The Board Can Do?

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Community commentary on last week’s article written on WUFSD’s parent concern over Park Avenue School's new bell schedule is the hot topic for many working parents. The Board of Education forgot it’s first operational goal: to work closely with the community to ensure that Board actions and performance take into consideration the concerns and aspirations of the community.

 

Letter: Is The New Bell Schedule The Best The Board Can Do?

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Community commentary on last week’s article written on WUFSD’s parent concern over Park Avenue School's new bell schedule is the hot topic for many working parents. The Board of Education forgot it’s first operational goal: to work closely with the community to ensure that Board actions and performance take into consideration the concerns and aspirations of the community.

 

From the Desk of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

A Step Up 

 It seems part of the human condition to become so focused on that which needs correction that we often fail to appreciate our progress.  It’s true in our personal lives, our work lives, and certainly when it comes to how we view government.  In 11 years of public service I have yet to meet anyone whose first observation about government is how great it works.         

 

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