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Nassau Coliseum-Hub Bond Referendum Vote Monday, August 1

Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00
On Monday, Aug. 1 residents of Nassau County will be asked to vote on a bond referendum to reconstruct the Nassau Coliseum and adjacent areas, known as the “Hub.” The Hub plan includes a reconstructed sports arena for the Islanders hockey team in place of the present Nassau Coliseum, a new minor league baseball park, and a bolstered Museum Row complex.

Farmingdale School Board Holds Reorganization Meeting

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

Board of Education President Shari Bardash-Eivers discussed the details of the new three-year contract proposal for the Farmingdale Federation of Teachers at Wednesday’s organization meeting in the Howitt Middle School Library Media Center.

“In this year’s budget, we had 2.5 percent allocated for step increases and no raise negotiated,” said Bardash-Eivers. “The first year of this contract is a 1.25 percent increase in the 2011-12 school year with a delay of step increases, which means that it’s the same 2.5 percent but it’s 1.25 percent as a negotiated raise and 1.25 percent in step, so it’s still the same money. In the second year, it’s a true zero increase or wage freeze for the school year 2012-13, with no increase in salary or step increase. In the third year, it’s similar to the first year, with a 1.25 negotiated increase in the 2013-14 school year and a delay of the step increase, so that’s again equal to 2.5 percent for the whole year.”


NC Officials Seeking Answers for Veterans Not Receiving Benefits Deserved

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

Legislator Dunne, Vets Director Kilbride Want Federal Investigation

Nassau County Legislator and Public Safety Committee Chair Dennis Dunne, along with Nassau County Director of Veterans Services Michael Kilbride and other elected officials, spoke outside the County Legislature building in Mineola to address the issue of veterans not receiving proper benefits after filing the requisite paperwork – most from 2008 to 2010, with a few from 2005 - with the Nassau Veterans Services Agency.

Dunne said that hundreds of claims have been filed involving veterans who never received benefits or services but took all the necessary steps to obtain them. He also said that he requested a federal investigation to uncover any possible wrongdoing at the agency during the above noted time period.


Village Holds Public Hearing For Downtown Revitalization

Written by Eric Holden and Christy Hinko Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

Public Comments Being Taken at Village Hall Until July 22

Village officials held a public hearing on Monday, July 11 at the Farmingdale Public Library to field questions and concerns from residents regarding the Village of Farmingdale’s proposed downtown revitalization efforts that would affect 60 acres of land. The hearing included an environmental analysis of their downtown revitalization efforts.

In recent years, Farmingdale’s downtown area has battled against inadequate property maintenance, high vacancy rates and shuttered storefronts. As a result, the Village, along with downtown interest groups, community residents and the Board of Trustees, embarked on a study to combat these issues, and provide for the future development of the area.


County Holding Public Information Sessions on Plan for Coliseum Area

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

Public to Vote on $400 Million Bond Referendum August 1

In the first of a series of information sessions planned to cover most of Nassau County, county officials held a public forum at the East Meadow Library on Wednesday, June 29 for residents in the Town of Hempstead regarding what is called the “Hub” area.

On hand to discuss the economic development and jobs creation plan for the Coliseum and the surrounding area were Chief Deputy County Executive Robert Walker, County Spokesperson Brian Nevin, and County Director of Governmental Research Eden Laikin.


County Comptroller Maragos Touts Surplus for 2010 Budget

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

As Nassau County continues to unfold layoffs and budget cuts as part of a $121 million deficit reduction plan for its 2011 budget, Comptroller George Maragos has announced that a recent audit revealed that the county actually ended 2010 under-budget, with a $26.6 million surplus.

Comptroller Maragos told Anton Community Newspapers that an outside audit by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent certified public accounting firm, discovered that the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) withheld $15.3 million too much in sales tax that should have gone to the county.


Governor Signs Property Tax Cap Legislation in Nassau County

Written by Rich Forestano and Melissa Argueta Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

Cuomo Says Historic Bill Will ‘Make a Difference’ for New Yorkers

It was met with ire by school districts and local villages and commended by residents and businesses. But on June 30, with positives and negatives aside, the bill became law.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Lynbrook last week to sign the 2 percent property tax cap into law. The tax cap was a major platform Governor Cuomo touted during his campaign to deliver property tax relief to homeowners and business owners across the state.


Long Island All-Stars Prevail In Empire Challenge

Written by Phil D’Abbraccio Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

On the evening of Tuesday, June 21, the top high school football players of Long Island (LI) squared off against New York City’s (NYC) squad, in the 16th annual United Healthcare Empire Challenge. Nearly 12,000 fans packed out Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium to watch some of New York’s most talented athletes, almost all of whom will continue their athletic careers in college.


Take Heart: Get Scanned, Save an Athlete

Written by Connie Shakalis and Daniel Nunez Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

DomHeart21 Foundation Continues Mission for SCA Awareness

Some young athletes are more apt to die than others. Some local residents want to promote awareness of sudden cardiac arrest among our athletes. Farmingdale’s chapter of the Rotary Club met at Bollinger’s restaurant last month to discuss emerging medical technology that assesses heart function. Multifunction cardiogram is a cardiac assessment system from a company called FirstScan Health Medical. Its advocates suggest that all school athletes be screened for potential heart problems, in light of several student athletes recently dying suddenly on sports fields throughout the country.


Village Hears from Owners of Proposed Hookah Lounge

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00
In addition to the public hearings about outdoor dining and the request for solutions about the fire department budget, the village continued a public hearing at the board meeting on Monday, June 6, this time with the owners, RSM Lounges, and their attorney for a special use permit for a hookah lounge.

RSM Lounges will occupy the two vacant storefronts on Conklin Street, west of Main Street, adjacent to the Library Café, which have been largely vacant. The location has been home to a dress shop, an insurance agency, and several other businesses that have since closed or failed.


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