New York State Governor David Paterson unveiled a two-year, $5 billion deficit reduction plan that he believes would eliminate the state’s current-year budget gap without raising taxes, as well as institute major structural reforms. However, part of the plan includes a decrease in state aid that is filtered down to local school districts including those in Nassau County. Such a decrease in school aid could find school taxes, which are already the largest part of a property owner’s property tax bill, escalate ever higher.
One day after a 14-year-old boy was killed while riding his bicycle in Farmingdale, 8th Squad detectives found out his identity.
According to police, Bryan Enriquez of Farmingdale was riding his blue bicycle across Route 109 at the intersection of Staples Street when he was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound.
After nearly four years as village clerk for the Village of Farmingdale, Dave Smollett is moving on, accepting a position at another Long Island village.
The new position of village administrator/clerk treasurer for the Village of Lawrence offers Smollett a location closer to his home and new challenges.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently joined over 100 Farmingdale State students in rallying against Governor Paterson’s proposed SUNY funding cuts which could cost Farmingdale State College over $1 million in state aid. State Senator Kenneth LaValle (1st Senate District) and Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (12th Assembly District) also joined Senator Fuschillo and the students in opposing the cuts.
The sponsors call it the Empowerment Act for short, but local governments are calling it the Disenfranchisement Act because the sweeping legislation passed this June, going into effect in March 2010, requires voters to vote to dissolve or consolidate local government before they know whether such actions would save money, or not.
“There’s a lot of confusion about the Act and it’s up to you to educate your residents so they’ll know that signing a petition for dissolution sets into motion a complicated, expensive process where the cart is before the horse,” said Wade Beltramo, special counsel for the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) to a roomful of mayors and village officials from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties at a NYCOM meeting held at Mineola High School on Oct. 29. Beltramo spent the evening giving a quick course in the new act, which is summarized below.
(Editor’s Note: The election numbers contained in this story were from the Nassau County Board of Elections and were still unofficial as of press time.)
Residents headed for the polls on this past Tuesday, Election Day, to vote for the candidates of their choice.
In the race for Nassau County Executive, Democrat Tom Suozzi of Glen Cove will attempt to retain the post he has held since 2002. He is running against longtime Republican Legislator Ed Mangano of Bethpage.
The 14th Legislative District encompasses the communities of Farmingdale and portions of Massapequa, Old Bethpage, Plainview, Levittown and North Wantagh. Democratic incumbent Dave Mejias is seeking election to his fourth consecutive term as legislator of the 14th District. Opposing Mejias is Republican Joseph Belesi. The same questions were asked to both candidates running for the two-year seat. There is no limit to the number of terms legislators may serve. Their stories appear below in alphabetical order. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.
On Nov, 3 voters in Nassau County will select their representative for Nassau County District Attorney. Joy Watson will challenge incumbent Kathleen Rice. The candidate’s profiles are listed below.
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