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From the Desk of Mayor Butch Starkie - May 13, 2011

Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

Open Letter to the Village of Farmingdale Residents

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.


Letter: Open Letter to the Residents of Farmingdale

Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

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. 


Letter: Concerned About Haste in Redrawing County’s Legislative Districts

Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

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.


From the Desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo - April 29, 2011

Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

Fuschillo Announces Senate Passage of Legislation to Improve Access to Organ Donations

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.


From the Desk of Assemblyman Jim Conte

Written by Jim Conte Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

Assembly Needs to Pass a Property Tax Cap

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.


From the Desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo

Written by Senator Fuschillo Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

New Solutions Needed to Put Transportation Infrastructure on Road to Recovery

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.


From the Desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo - April 15, 2011

Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

MTA, Nassau County, State Senate Announce Agreement to Save Long Island Bus Service

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.


From the Desk of Assemblyman Jim Conte - April 15, 2011

Written by Donna Duffy Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

Budget Not Without Pain, But Painfully Needed

Assemblyman Jim Conte released the following statement, regarding his vote for the 2011-12 New York State budget:


Letter: Tobacco Control Program Should Not Have Been Cut

Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

As a New Yorker I was disheartened to hear that the New York State Tobacco Control Program has been slashed to $41 million. This will no doubt be a disservice to the people of New York.


Letter: Smith’s Letter Fails to Mention Reason For Funding Cut

Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to “Planned Parenthood Calls on Senators to Reject Political Agenda of House Members” by President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County JoAnn D. Smith that appeared in the Friday, March 11, 2011 edition of the Farmingdale Observer.)

 I am writing in response to Ms. Smith’s letter about “the extreme political agenda by the Republican House leaders.” Ms. Smith’s letter, about 150 words, fails to mention the reason funding was cut off.


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