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Officials: Deficit Reduction Plan Won’t Cut School Budgets

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00

Saladino and Hannon Call for Less Spending

The State Senate and Assembly recently passed a Deficit Reduction Plan that does not include cutting school budgets mid-year to close the gap in the state budget.

But some legislators are unhappy with the temporary nature of the measure and are calling for more permanent actions.


Legislator Mejias Concedes to Belesi

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00

After weeks of recounting votes and challenging findings from the Nov. 3 election, Joseph Belesi has been declared the winner in the 14th Legislative District.

Democratic incumbent Legislator Dave Mejias conceded to Republican contender Belesi on Monday, Nov. 30, and Belesi will take his seat in the County Legislature in January.


Suozzi Concedes Election to Mangano

Written by Joe Rizza and Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00

Says He’s Proud of Accomplishments

Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1 that he will not challenge the election between him and Republican opponent Ed Mangano, ensuring that Mangano will become the next Nassau County Executive next month.


Local Firms Band Together to Help Farmingdale Charity After Arson Blaze

Friday, 27 November 2009 00:00

New Features Offer Educational Resources and Updated Service Information for Communities   

The South Farmingdale Water District (SFWD) recently announced the launch of its new and improved website at The revamped and revised site offers a host of new online features that provide customers with the most up-to-date services and information available.


Schools Facing Possible Cuts In State Aid

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 27 November 2009 00:00

Farmingdale Could Lose Over $1 Million

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.


Farmingdale Teen Killed In Bicycle Accident

Written by Jaime L. Tomeo Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00

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.


Village Clerk Dave Smollett Resigns

Written by Jaime L. Tomeo Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00

Moving On to Serve Another Village

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.


Local Pols Join Farmingdale State Students In Rallying Against Proposed SUNY Cuts

Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00

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.


Companies, Villages Shell Out Money for MTA Payroll Tax

Written by Joe Rizza and Jaime L. Tomeo Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00
If you didn’t know about the tax on payroll to help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, you do now. The payroll tax has come due Nov. 2 with business owners and municipalities and school districts having to fork over 34 cents for every $100 of payroll. The tax affects all businesses and municipalities including school districts, nonprofit organizations that have a payroll and hospitals within the areas that are serviced by the MTA, including Nassau County.

New York Conference Of Mayors Calls For Amendments

Written by Carol Frank Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

‘The Devilish Details’ of New Law for Village Dissolution

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.


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