Toys for Tots, once again through the courtesy of Gary Melius, held its kick-off luncheon at Oheka Castle.
Organizer of the entire program is Major Chuck Kilbride with the help this year of Coordinator Gunnery Sgt. Steven Covington and Assistant Coordinator Brian Gomez.
The Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees voted at Monday’s public hearing to amend the zoning code of the village to add Article XIV- a downtown mixed-use zoning district, which allows residential units to be built over stores on Main Street.
Prior to the vote, the hearing turned slightly contentious when some residents raised concerns about the various problems which may arise from amending the zoning code. Some residents expressed to the board that they were hopeful the new code will lead to a vibrant, attractive and economically flourishing Downtown Farmingdale, while other locals were staunchly opposed to the plan due to the potential for illegal apartments and traffic congestion.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and the Hempstead board recently honored Bethpage firefighter and EMT Corey Fisher who was among the 24 volunteer firefighters from surrounding departments at a ceremony, on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion at the Town Hall in Hempstead.
Father Daniel O’Brien, S.J. who serves Oceanside’s St. Anthony’s R.C. Church and the Valley Stream Fire Department, provided a brief invocation, and Fred McFarland of the Levittown Fire Department, performed the National Anthem. The Levittown Fire Department Guard Unit retired the colors before each of the 24 fire members were honored with medals and certificates.
On Sunday, Nov. 6 Nassau County hosted its annual Veterans Day Service in cooperation with the United Veterans Organization (UVO) of Nassau County, Inc. and the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at the Veterans Memorial in Eisenhower Park.
The program was dedicated to honoring all veterans. Following the advancement of Color Guards, led by the United States Marine Corps Color Guard from the 1st Marine District in Garden City and the Nassau County Police Department Pipes and Drums Band County Executive Mangano recognized veterans who served during the Vietnam War eras with special certificates in appreciation of their service to our nation.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, District Attorney Kathleen Rice, and the father of Leandra Rosado recently announced new legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The legislation would make it harder for convicted drunk drivers to avoid the law’s mandatory ignition interlock requirement.
“Ignition interlocks help prevent drunk drivers from even getting behind the wheel, which is why we made them mandatory as part of Leandra’s Law. However, far too many offenders are avoiding using them. There’s only one reason why a convicted drunk driver would try to avoid an interlock, and that’s to drive drunk again. Strengthening Leandra’s Law will help stop drunk drivers from getting around the interlock requirement and make it harder to escape a device that prevents them from driving drunk again,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee and a sponsor of Leandra’s Law.
Democratic candidates for office in the Nov. 8 election met on Sunday, Oct. 16, for breakfast at Buckram Stables in Locust Valley. They then took the LIRR at the Locust Valley station on their Whistle Stop Tour of the Oyster Festival. The annual waterfront festival is a great way for candidates of all parties to meet and greet the voters.
“We’ve always used signs, just not handed out leaflets,” said Dave Gugerty, Town of Oyster Bay Democratic leader, a resident of Bayville.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs’ campaign for re-election has been the recipient of actions which the Legislator refers to as “costly craziness.” Signs which are costly and labor intensive to place have been disappearing and defaced while nearby Republican signs have been left in tact.
Four signs, three on Woodbury road, and one on Manetto Hill Road have been stolen. Four others have been methodically destroyed, according to Legislator Jacobs, by cutting the name out of the sign. “It is totally unbelievable. Just drive in the area and you will note that the signs for Republican candidates are untouched,” said Ms. Jacobs.
Despite being originally rescheduled due to a looming threat of thunderstorms, the Women’s Club of Farmingdale pulled off their annual Art in the Park celebration at the Village Green, in conjunction with the ongoing Village Columbus Day Street Fair.
Bob Westfall, the event’s guest artist donated a special painting that was raffled off to a winner in the community. The proceeds of the raffle went toward the Women’s Club of Farmingdale scholarship fund for students in the Farmingdale School District.
(The candidate submitted the following statement.)
I am seeking re-election to the office of Oyster Bay Town Clerk to continue serving the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay and to finish the job I have started. I have the experience, commitment and dedication, having served as Town Clerk for nearly eight years. Prior to joining the government team in Oyster Bay, I served as a New York State Assemblyman for seven years. I graduated from St. John’s University with a Masters Degree in Government and Public Administration.
How should the county solve its budget crisis? Should the police unions and the Civil Service Employees Association make contract concessions? Should county services be cut? Should there be a tax increase? Should the County eliminate its guarantee to refund other taxing districts’ (including school districts) share of property taxes paid in error due to County assessment errors?
Since taking back the Majority on the Legislature nearly two years ago, my Republican colleagues and I have been working tirelessly to improve the budgetary crisis left for us by the prior administration. We have repealed the 2.5 percent Home Energy Tax and eliminated 16.5 percent in property tax hikes, which has lifted a $485 million tax burden off the shoulders of county taxpayers. We have cut $171 million in spending and reduced the county workforce by 1200. However we realize our job is not done, and we plan to continue making the tough decisions necessary to further remedy the county’s finances. Most importantly, we need to do this without burdening Nassau taxpayers, which my colleagues and I have repeatedly committed to by not raising taxes.
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