This weekend we celebrate one of America’s great holidays, Memorial Day. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U. S. soldiers who died while in the military service. It was first enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War and later extended to honor Americans who have died in all wars. For as long as all of us can remember, Farmingdale Village has celebrated Memorial Day with a parade down Main Street, organized by our Village Fire Department, followed by memorial services on our Village Green. This year is no exception but in addition to the parade and veterans services, we will be dedicating a new Civil War Memorial honoring those from Farmingdale who served in the American Civil War.
New York State’s buying power is equivalent to a Fortune 100 company. That’s according to Howard Glaser, the director of state operations who has been charged by Governor Cuomo with eliminating gross inefficiencies in our state government. His recent audit included findings showing Albany owning more than a million square feet of office space that sits vacant, nearly 2,000 vendors providing expensive duplicate office supplies and services, and over 400 toll-free numbers that have not been called in months, all at taxpayer expense. Our tax dollars should not go to fund agencies that are so bloated they cannot keep records of what they own or the products they purchase.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. recently voted in favor of legislation to raise penalties for drug dealers who sell drugs to children.
“Drug abuse destroys lives, which is why we must do everything we can to keep drugs out of children’s hands. Drug dealers who prey on kids need to face tougher penalties. This legislation will give prosecutors another tool to keep these drug dealers off the streets and away from our children,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Your Village Board has been busy meeting every week on many important issues including a much needed new master plan, updated sign regulations, and new building codes to bring our Village into the 21st century. We want to keep and preserve the positive things we love about living in the Village while looking at necessary changes, particularly in our downtown Main Street area, to keep it relevant and viable for future generations. Please try to attend some of the many upcoming outreach sessions (scoping) to join in the discussions. Your input is valuable to us.
We, the Concerned Citizens Association of Farmingdale (CCAF), would like to extend an open invitation for community residents to attend the May 19, 2011 civic meeting to be held at the Allen Park meeting room, 7:30 p.m.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County, a non-partisan organization, which neither supports nor opposes any candidate or political party, is concerned about the County Legislature’s haste in re-drawing the legislative district lines. In doing this, the Legislature is not adhering to its own County Charter, subsection 113, which requires an advisory redistricting commission to be established to reapportion the county legislative districts based on the federal census.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. announced that the State Senate recently passed legislation to help increase the number of organ and tissue donors in New York State. The legislation would help increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’s license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision.
Assemblyman Jim Conte called on the leadership of the New York City dominated Assembly Majority conference to bring the governor’s property tax cap bill to the floor of the Assembly for a vote. The governor’s bill to cap property tax increases at 2 percent was passed earlier this year in the Senate and has broad public support.
In fact, a recent Siena College poll showed that property taxes were rated the top statewide concern among Empire State residents.
There is an old saying that history repeats itself. But when that means that our highways start to resemble the rutted, pothole filled dirt roads seen in silent movies with Model Ts, we have a serious problem that requires new thinking and innovative solutions.
According to the state Department of Transportation (DOT), in 2009, the state replaced or rehabilitated only 40 percent of the bridges and 57 percent of the lane miles that needed repair or replacement because there was not enough money to pay for the work. It’s estimated that it will take $250 billion over the next 20 years to fix New York’s transportation infrastructure.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County and State Senate Republicans announced an agreement to stave off proposed cuts to Long Island Bus that would have affected more than half of the bus routes in Nassau County.
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