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The ‘Massage’ Epidemic

Written by Anton Weekly Staff, editorial@antonnews.com Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:00

Many of these businesses are not what they seem

A concerned mother walked up to the entrance of a massage parlor. She had a suspicion that illegal activity was being conducted inside – a suspicion that was reinforced by having to ring a doorbell just to gain entrance. When the door opened, a woman rushed toward her, acting nervously.

“There’s nobody here for services,” the woman gasped to the mom.

 

Will It Ever Be Quiet Here?

Written by Marilou Giammona, Editorial@antonnews.com Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00

Airport noise remains a major problem

Recent turbulent weather and high winds in the New York area have presented “a real big challenge” to efforts at noise abatement at Kennedy Airport, said Delta Airlines’ chief pilot and regional director of Northeast flight operations.

Capt. Eric Ohlwiler told a Jan. 28 meeting of Hempstead’s Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) that noise abatement efforts at Kennedy’s Runway Left 22 are “problematic.”

 

Third Track Is Hotter Than Third Rail

Written by John Owens, Jowens@antonnews.com Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00

If you begin attending law school today, you probably will be far enough along in your legal career to make a killing when the Long Island Railroad gets to the next phrase of its ambitious capital plan and the lawsuits clog the courts.

You might remember the hue, cry and political fireworks in 2005 when the LIRR proposed adding a third track to the main line from Floral Park to Hicksville. This 10-mile stretch of ties and steel would have required building an elevated track alongside the current structure in Floral Park. Village residents struck back at plans for a massive infrastructure project in  downtown. Farther east, in New Hyde Park, worries of the railroad slicing away chunks of residential properties and even seizing homes by eminent domain helped put the kibosh on the third track.

   

Five-Alarm Assistance For Local Firefighters

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Dgilderubio@antonnews.com Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00

At a time when talk of Long Island school and water district consolidation has stirred up plenty of pushback, 14 Nassau County fire departments joined forces to apply for federal grants. The result? Great Neck, East Williston, Vigilant, Albertson, Manhasset-Lakeville, New Hyde Park, Lynbrook, Lakeville, South Hempstead, Port Washington, Plandome, Floral Park Center, and Bellerose Terrace fire departments will share almost $700, 000 in federal monies.  

Spearheaded by Williston Park based Grant-Guys, New York State’s largest fire grant company, the resulting funding monetary influx comes via AFGP (Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program), a federal program to update firefighter safety and response throughout the nation. The money will allow these departments to share the burden of expensive and highly specialized costs such as personnel, marketing and advertising. And given how each of these fire districts wound up each receiving a piece of the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) award, consolidation may not be such a bad way to go.

 

What Every Homeowner Must Know

Written by CS Levin, editorial@antonnews.com Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:41

Part II: Your step-by-step guide to cutting your home’s assessment

About 80 percent of Nassau County’s tax grievances every year are filed by outside companies, rather than by the homeowners themselves. Many homeowners believe that they will be more successful if they hire an outside firm.  Yet, when individual homeowners file by themselves, they receive the full benefit of the tax reduction.  Outside firms and attorneys typically charge fees between 35 and 50 percent of the homeowner’s first year’s savings.  The success rate for homeowners filing themselves is almost the same as for those using representatives.  For the 2012-13 tax year, 80.1 percent of homeowners filing themselves received reductions and 82.6 percent of those using a representative received reductions, according to Darlene Harris, chairperson of the Assessment Review Commission (ARC).   

The County makes information on grieving property assessments very accessible.  The ARC website guides residents in the steps for filing a grievance. Through the ARC’s online appeal system, AROW, homeowners can first determine if their homes are overvalued.  Once a determination that a property value is excessive has been made, it’s time to file an application for correction of assessment, either by paper or online.  Filing online is recommended, as it is faster and more accurate. There is no fee to file the appeal.  In 2013, the filing period runs until May 1.

   

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