We are dismayed to learn that Governor Paterson has passed a law to retroactively cut a college student’s grant, and to do so without even alerting the family of the change. NYS revised TAP regulations (NYS Educational Law section 663 Part F) require applicants to add state, local and federal pensions to determine a student’s college grant to the state form. This change took back a promise of $4,300 in college grant money from just one year of our daughter’s college education.
In mid-April my daughter was notified that she would be receiving TAP award close to the maximum of $4,866 for the upcoming school year. However, the award letter stated a new requirement that all pensions must be included to the NY State TAP Form (the pension monies are already on the FAFSA forms). After again adding my husband’s pension from over 20 years service in the NYPD, our daughter’s TAP award was cut to just $500.
My daughter must not be the only college-bound student affected by this effort by the governor to trim budget costs at the expense of our children’s future. In an era when politicians, educators and business leaders alike recognize and applaud the importance of an advanced education, it is inconceivable for the state to rip educational opportunities away from its future leaders.
It is important that all college-aged students and their parents be aware of the governor’s actions to stymie their education and forestall the improvement of their lives.
Denise Turetsky, President,
Farmingdale High School PTA
Detective (ret.) Mark Turetsky, NYPD
The May 29 edition of the Farmingdale Observer contained two well -written and informative articles, the first by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, gave an accurate and interesting account of the observance of Flag Day in America. The second piece by Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony Macagnone offered the public an Etiquette Guide for the American flag. Both timely issues as Flag Day fast approaches next week on Sunday, June 14.
It should be noted in 1989 the United States Supreme Court struck down more than 200 years of laws protecting the flag from physical desecration in a 5 to 4 decision in the Texas vs. Johnson case, thus making such acts not criminal, By the way, damaging a mail box or defacing a dollar bill are still federal crimes. The only way to right this inequity is a constitutional amendment, i.e., “The Flag Amendment.” The language is simple enough. “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”
The state budget passed last month includes a new law that will put our children, the elderly and other vulnerable New Yorkers at great risk. I voted against the budget measure which will allow courts to seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete drug court, so there will be no record of their conviction when they apply for employment.
This means that convicted drug dealers with extensive criminal histories could be taking care of children at a day care center or as a nanny, teaching at a school, or working at a nursing home or at some other position of trust.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto urges residents to remember what he calls “America’s most unique holiday,” Flag Day, June 14, and to take the occasion to celebrate our nation’s most glorious symbol.
“To my knowledge, the United States is still the only country that has a special day set aside to celebrate its flag,” Supervisor Venditto said. “Unfortunately, many Americans don’t know that we have a special day, designated to celebrate our nation’s flag. Being a history buff, I always like sharing the genesis of Flag Day because it brings the occasion into focus.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Farmingdale community for its continued support in our re-election as trustees on the Board of Education. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this community for the past three years and we look forward to serving responsibly as your representatives for the next three years.
(Editor’s Note: The Mayor’s Column will run occasionally as submitted by the village.)
I am pleased to report that applications have been filed by our village residents for all of the grant money in the Residential Rehabilitation Program. This will enable people to get much needed repairs done to their homes. In fact, we have a waiting list of people who will file applications when we secure additional grant money from Nassau County. The board of trustees and I appreciate your help in spreading the word to your neighbors about the merits of this program.
Originally designated as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our great nation. There are varying stories in American lore of exactly how the holiday began. Over two dozen cities and towns around America claim to be the original birthplace of Memorial Day. There is even some evidence that the ritual of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers began with women’s groups of the Confederate south during the Civil War. New Yorkers will be proud to learn that the debate was settled in May of 1966 when then-President Lyndon Johnson declared the birthplace of Memorial Day as Waterloo, NY. Most historians agree that the holiday began in many separate places largely during the American Civil War when communities planned and organized dates to honor the fallen soldiers by decorating their graves.
(Mejias serves as chairman of the Health & Social Services Committee.)
Each year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services dedicates a week to encourage women to receive a proper health checkup from their physician. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this event and I want to encourage women of all ages to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider in the next few weeks for a routine checkup. National Women’s Checkup Day was on Monday, May 11 and the “Women Challenge,” an online physical activity program, began on Mothers Day, May 10. More information about either of these programs can be found at www.womenshealth.gov.
(Legislator Mejias serves as Chairman of the Health & Social Services Committee.)
During the past week there has been a significant amount of reporting and dissemination of information regarding the H1N1 virus, also known as the Swine Flu. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with resources where you can find updated information as well as some proactive means we can all participate in to keep our communities safe. The most important thing to remember is to remain calm.
Resources for finding the most up-to-date information regarding the H1N1 virus can be found at the following website:
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