I want to thank you for the honor of representing the place where I grew up and have lived my entire life. I went into public service because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and to fight for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. Whether in public service or as a private citizen I will continue to work to make the place that I call home a better place to live.
Back in the day, Long Island was a land of movers and shakers.
People came here with vision and purpose. They saw opportunity, and seized it.
(At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on July 18, Ms. Christiansen, deputy mayor, delivered this speech, the “Minute of History,” one in a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
I invite you to go back with me during the next few minutes as we look at the Village of Farmingdale one hundred years ago, in 1910.
It must be really nice to give yourself a raise. (Town of Oyster Bay Board Votes to Increase Salaries, Dec. 25 issue).
Even though their last raise was in 2006, our Town of Oyster Bay officials certainly made up for it by giving themselves an average 10 percent in raise. In private industry, the average annual salary increase is between 2-4 percent. So the Town of Oyster Bay really didn’t forego anything because they made up for it this year.
I would like to respond to a letter sent to this paper by A. Volberg, Dec. 25.
In the letter, she is so very unhappy about the lack of holiday lighting in the Village of Farmingdale. She states she is “ashamed,” feels like the Village lacks spirit; that other towns are better.
I have another view. I am proud of Farmingdale! If you want bright lights go to New York City. We are a country town that shows a lot of spirit, some of which comes from this newspaper.
True spirit comes from within; not from a thousand lights! The town looks just fine and I would like to thank the many that took part in this effort-a job well done!
A time ago there were three wise men who looked up and saw only one light.
I am proud to live in Farmingdale, a town I feel has both pride and spirit all year round.
(At the Village Pops Concert at the Village Green on June 30, Ms. Rubenstein delivered this speech, the “Minute of History,” one in a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Growing up on Prospect Street in the 1950s and ’60s was a slice of Norman Rockwell, and a summer’s evening was spent playing ball, or tag, or catching fireflies until dusk turned to dark. It all started 100 years ago in 1910, just six years after the Village of Farmingdale was incorporated as Prospect Street was carved out. This spacious boulevard didn’t just add to the streets of a burgeoning village, but shaped a neighborhood that served as a foundation for much of the village’s growth and economic stability. This was the neighborhood I grew up in and returned to in adulthood, and I was asked to share not only some of the village’s history on Prospect Street, but some of my own growing up there.
Nearly 5,000 teens will die in a car crash this year. We need to take reckless driving seriously and we need to bring this crucial issue to the forefront now.
It’s important for everyone to remember that when you drink and drive, text and drive, or participate in other reckless driving behavior, you are not only putting your own life at risk, but the lives of others. It only takes a split second of looking down to glance at your phone to crash into a person, car or another object in front of you, possibly causing a fatality.
The recent enactment of “Leandra’s Law” was a crucial step in educating the public on this issue and creating stiffer consequences for reckless drivers. The law mandates that a person caught driving while intoxicated with a child in the car will be sent to prison. Additionally, it requires the installation of ignition locks for any convicted drunk driver.
Nevertheless, laws can only deter, not prevent a person from deciding to text, drink, speed or become distracted while driving. These are all personal decisions we choose to make. Therefore, I ask everyone to please drive safely this holiday season and all year round.
Senator, 6th Senate District - New York
At the Dec. 15 Town of Oyster Bay Board meeting, the last meeting of the calendar year, the board voted on the second hearing of the morning, which was regarding a local law to fix the salaries of the supervisor, town board members, town clerk and receiver of taxes through Dec. 31, 2010.
Traditionally a time of celebration, the holidays may be exceptionally hard for families who have endured the devastating effect of a drunk-driving crash. Their coping skills may be tested and the need for additional support is crucial.
It’s holiday time, your hands will be very busy, so many tasks; is one of them plans for a party? Will those same hands hold an alcoholic drink? Will you drink it—and a few more? Then will the same hands reach for the keys to your car? They are no longer the hands of life! It’s just that simple. Why not reach out to the hands of a sober person—the hands of life. Make a plan before the party starts, not halfway through it. Your loved ones need you alive; the party may not be the only thing to come to an end. The choice is yours.
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