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From the Desk of Senator Kemp Hannon - July 17, 2009

Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00

Hannon Announces Mobile Community Office Outreach Schedule

In summertime, our libraries swell with children who are doing summer reading and participate in great programs offered to them there. Adults are often eager to find a summer blockbuster to take to the beach for leisure reading. Of course, this is all in addition to the fantastic array of daily activities the library has to offer its residents year round. Therefore, each summer too, legislators like to offer residents an opportunity to also pick up useful booklets from various State agencies and receive free essential information that may answer a question they have a concern about.

“Hosting Mobile Community Office hours each summer at the library allows area residents to personally share their thoughts and concerns without ever having to leave their own hometown,” Senator Hannon said. “We bring Driver Permit booklets, EPIC applications, Health Care Proxys, Long Island Guides and many other sought-after publications and have staff available to help answer your concerns,” Hannon continued.

 

Letter: Library Café GM Pleased With Business From U.S. Open

Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00

As a business and restaurant owner in downtown Farmingdale Village I was extremely pleased with the turnout of people we had over the week of the U.S. Open. Beginning the few days before the Open and lasting through Monday we had people from all over the world coming through our doors. Nassau County Legislator Dave Mejias and Mayor Butch Starkie stopped by every day to make sure things were going well.

 

From the Desk of Legislator Dave Mejias: July 3, 2009

Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00

NOAA Advises: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Last week marked the first official week of the summer. It also marked the beginning of Lightning Safety Week, a week of education and awareness designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

Letter: Chamber President Praises U.S. Open Efforts

Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00

I am proud to be part of the Farmingdale community. So many people pulled together to make the U.S. Open a success for Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce seized the opportunity provided by the U.S. Open to promote business in Farmingdale.

 

Letter: Congratulations Class of 2009

Thursday, 25 June 2009 11:08

As a parent of a member of the Class of 2009, I have a unique perspective on this occasion. I wish for the entire graduating Class of 2009 all the same things I wish for my daughter: to realize your true potential and strive to achieve all your dreams and life’s ambitions.

Whatever goals you seek to attain, I hope you do it with intelligence and wisdom. There will be many times in your future when you will reflect on your past, and you will realize that all the years spent on studying and learning were not in vain.

 

Editorial: Exploring the U.S. Open

Written by Denise J. Nash Thursday, 25 June 2009 11:06

The U.S. Open is coming to Bethpage. Great! Oh wait – more traffic, closed roads, a longer commute to work and more people on an already over populated Long Island. Uhhh.

Golf Digest is hosting a U.S. Open Challenge prior to the event. Justin Timberlake, Michael Jordan, Ben Roethlisberger and a contest winner will be in Bethpage to play the Black Course and take part in the challenge. Again, more traffic and congestion. Wait – I can go? Great. Media credentials for myself and another Anton Newspapers editor – priceless.

 

Letter: LI Will Benefit fromChange in Senate

Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:11

The good news is that Long Island Republicans are coming back into control of the Senate and will have the ability to stop bad legislation, as well as having the leverage to force more State money (our fair share) to our schools, towns, and villages. We saw this when our school districts received record State school aid during the last five years. The MTA bailout legislation, which was passed this May, is a payroll tax that is unfair and devastating to Long Island businesses, taxpayers and consumers. This legislation never would have passed if the Republicans controlled the New York State Senate these past five months. This is an example of the checks and balances that a Republican-controlled Senate provides. The MTA bailout (which I voted against and which the Democrats forced upon us) makes it even more difficult and expensive for businesses, school districts, towns, villages, municipalities and even not-for-profits to operate. I am disappointed that the New York City Democrats, who control the Assembly and the Senate, knew that this would further increase already unsustainable property taxes and yet they still went ahead with it anyway. It is only one example of bad legislation, tax and fee increases, and other expensive measures that Long Island has been forced to endure. If you ever needed a reason to support a change in New York State to Republican leadership, this is it.

 

Letter: LIRR Parking Restrictions For U.S. Open

Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:10

Upon learning that, for the duration of the U.S. Open, the Long Island Rail Road parking lot in Farmingdale was going to be closed to the people who pay to park there so as to allow the people from the U.S. Open to park, I wrote a letter complaining that the people traveling to Bethpage for the Open are more important to the Village of Farmingdale than the people who live in the area and pay for the “privilege” of parking near the train station. The response I received in no way addressed my concerns.

 

Letter: Upset Over Revised TAP Regulations

Written by Donna Duffy Wednesday, 10 June 2009 10:48

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.

 

Letter: Upset Over Revised TAP Regulations

Wednesday, 10 June 2009 10:45

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

 

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