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Letter: American Red Cross Offers Thanks to Community

Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00

During this season of hope and thanksgiving, the American Red Cross on Long Island reflects on the generosity of those who helped us bring comfort and assistance to our neighbors in need this year.

We owe a huge measure of gratitude to our partners and donors who have shown a deep commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross. We owe an equal measure of thanks to our thousands of dedicated volunteers. Their tireless work makes it possible for us to respond to disasters throughout our area.


Letter: LIPA’s Hurricane Irene Response Efforts Failed—Miserably

Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00

I’m appalled at the lack of LIPA’s response to Hurricane Irene. I lost power at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 and didn’t regain power until 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. That’s six days without power!

What really aggravated me was the news broadcast I saw at 5 a.m. on August 28th, stating that emergency crews were coming in from Ohio and Pennsylvania, to be stationed at Republic Airport. Republic Airport is two streets and one highway across from me, yet I never saw one linesman come to fix the downed wire that affected four blocks of electricity, including my own.


New York to Seek NCLB Waiver, Improve Test Security

Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00

Statement of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer

Today’s decision by the state Board of Regents to seek a federal waiver from the strictures of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is welcome news for school districts across this state that were facing unrealistic expectations, such as requiring 100 percent proficiency in English/Language Arts and mathematics by 2014.


Letter: I’m Voting for Elizabeth Kase for County Court Judge

Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

My good friend Elizabeth Kase is running for Nassau County Court Judge this Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Liz and I have been friends for years now, and I count her as one of the warmest, smartest, and most honest people I know. Liz is originally from Great Neck and now lives in Port Washington with her husband and three wonderful children: Ben, Sam, and Lucy. She is family oriented and gracefully juggles mom-time with her flourishing legal career.


Letter: Women’s Club Thanks Farmingdale Community

Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00
The Women’s Club of Farmingdale would like to say “Thank You” to the Farmingdale Community for their support with Art in the Park. Christy Hinko, editor of the Farmingdale Observer, was very instrumental in advertising, not only in Farmingdale, but with all the surrounding communities. Mayor George “Butch” Starkie supported this project from the onset along with Pat Christiansen, Deputy Mayor and Cheryl Parisi, village trustee and co-chairmen for Art in the Park, Bill Barrett and Ralph Ekstrand, village trustees. “Thank You” to Bob Westfall, a local artist and veteran, who donated a painting that was raffled by purchasing chances. 

Letter: Farmingdale Resident Responds to Town Supervisor Election Coverage

Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00

(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to the Election Coverage feature that appeared on the cover to the Friday, Oct. 14 edition of the Farmingdale Observer.)

After reading your headline article, in your October 14, 2011 edition, about both Candidates for the Oyster Bay Supervisor I am compelled to comment.  

I was astounded to read candidate John Capobianco’s statement about the TOB Republicans whom he proclaims very strongly, “borrow,” “spend,” and “tax.” He even stated that Republicans need to demonstrate “fiscal restraint.” Wow, talk about hypocrisy.  


Letter: The Fresh Air Fund Thanks Local Volunteers

Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00
This year, 31 New York City children found out once again just how special summer is in Nassau County. Fresh Air Fund hosts, volunteers and local supporters dedicated their time and efforts to help these inner-city youngsters experience simple summertime pleasures, including afternoons of swimming, fishing at sunset and roasting s’mores over a campfire.

None of this would be possible without Risa Procton, your local Fresh Air Fund volunteer leader, who works throughout the year to make sure host families and children have the opportunity to enjoy memorable summertime experiences together. I invite you to join Risa Procton and the local Fresh Air Fund committee to help spread the word about the wonderful opportunity of hosting next summer.


Letter: CSEA Has Nothing Left to Give

Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Nassau County is heading closer and closer to its demise. Following a national Republican trend, the administration is targeting government workers and their unions as the main reason for the county’s financial collapse. It implies our county is being destroyed by overgenerous labor agreements, and if those aren’t amended, massive layoffs will occur.

But a lack of transparency on the county’s part clearly exists. The administration complains that Nassau has the second highest taxes in the nation, yet if the county got rid of all 6,000 of its Civil Service Employees Association workers, Nassau would still hold that regrettable status. In fact, in a $10,000 property tax bill, only $300 is for the services provided by CSEA members.


From the desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo: September 21, 2011

Written by Senator Charles Fuschillo Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

This Sunday, New York’s overtaxed residents and businesses will be forced to pay more yet again when the Port Authority’s toll increase takes effect.

As I stated when the Port Authority first announced its plans to raise tolls, these increases are a step in the wrong direction for a state which led the country in the percentage of people who left for other states, has the nation’s worst business tax climate in the country, and the second highest state and local tax burden.


Letter: Residents Invited to a ‘Town Hall’ Civic Meeting

Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

An open invitation for community residents to attend the Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 Civic Meeting being held at the Allen Park meeting room, 7:30 p.m.  The topic of this meeting will be a ‘town hall’ discussion. We plan on providing time for an open dialogue, a lively debate and hopefully some consensus to be formed on issues critical to your everyday life.

Long Island and the country continues to stall in a weak economy, higher taxes, higher costs for goods that impact our daily life, poor to little significant job growth, young people still leaving Long Island, a lack of any affordable housing plan and the continued aging of our population. These are all big challenges that continue to persist, with no solid solutions in sight locally or nationally. Where is the leadership that can put us on a better path forward?    


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