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Letter: Invest In Our Children, Invest In The Community

Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:34

On May 20, 2014, our community will have an opportunity to not only invest in the future of our children, but to invest in the future of our community by voting yes for the Board Referendum and the 2014-15 school budget. As we learned last December, every vote counts. While Floral Park-Bellerose passed the bond, the other towns voted it down. Do not leave it up to your neighbors to get out and vote yes.

As the recent US News and World Report rankings demonstrate, Floral Park Memorial ranks in the top 2.5 percent of all high schools across the nation and ranks in the top 5 percent in New York State. Additionally, Memorial earned the distinction of a Gold Medal School. Without a strong school district the children suffer, the community suffers and our property values will suffer.

 

Letter: Bond Questions Need Answers

Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:19

Thank you to the Floral Park Dispatch for providing the public with as much information/facts as possible regarding the Sewanhaka Central High School District bond proposal. There is still important information, however, that has not been made available to the voters. They need to have access to this information so that they can be aware of the financial impact the bond will have on them during the next 20 years.

There are three major questions that the board needs to answer:

 

Letter: “Waged” Warfare

Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:18

For years, catering companies on Long Island withheld tips that were meant for waiters and other workers. When it was ruled illegal in 2008, workers filed suit for millions of dollars in lost pay dating back to 2004. State Senator Jack Martins, who had not previously received contributions from the catering industry, took $56,000 and sponsored legislation to grant caterers immunity from lawsuits that had already been filed.  

On April 2, Norman Gersman wrote a response in which he accused me of corrupting the election process. He complained that, if catering companies, such as Leonard’s of Great Neck, were forced to repay money that had been illegally withheld from their employees, it would hurt their bottom line. Boo Hoo! He had not one word of sympathy for the workers who were cheated, but he shed tears for the caterers that illegally profited off their labor.

 

Editorial: Be A Dog’s Best Friend

Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:16

Nassau County’s animal protection agency just launched a new website feature that offers another way to report animal cruelty, and at the same time announced cash rewards of up to $5,000 for folks who turn in abusers. Officials were joined at a press conference by Miss Harper, a rescued pup whose ears and a leg had been cut off.

The Nassau SPCA has never offered rewards before, in part due to a perennial shortage of funding. But the county has seen a disturbing rise in animal cruelty, officials said, and the outrage sparked by incidents such as the death of 13 dogs in a garage fire in February opened a floodgate of donations—some $15,000 so far.

 

From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins: May 1, 2014

Written by Jack Martins Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:14

The Heroin Highway

I ask any parent reading this column to read it all the way through.

Don’t put it down and think it doesn’t pertain to you, because it does. And if it makes you uncomfortable, that’s great. If we’re lucky, a little discomfort now will spare you a lot of heartache in the future.

We Long Islanders have an immense problem on our hands which, if it hasn’t already, will make its way onto your personal radar soon. The problem is heroin and all indicators point to Long Island being the regional epicenter of a growing epidemic. So much so that experts have unofficially dubbed the Long Island Expressway the “Heroin Highway.”

 

Floral Park Chamber Spotlight

Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:15

Keats Agency - Nationwide Insurance

The Keats Agency (KA), located at 299 Jericho Tpke. in Floral Park is an award winning insurance firm with offices on Long Island, in the Hudson Valley, in the Atlanta region and in Southeast Florida.  KA offers personal insurance and business insurance products including: auto, home, life, umbrella, business, general liability, property, business auto, group health and more.

 

Opinion: Life Follows Death Follows Life Follows Death

Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:14

Spring is a time of rebirth, so it’s no surprise we celebrate. These holidays, whether true “holy days” or secular commemorations, tend to be marked by feasting and gifting. Persians go all-out for Nowruz, literally “new day,” with intense spring cleanings, visits to friends and family, and a feast. Japanese picnic in droves under the cherry blossoms—often in cemetaries—for hana matsuri. Christians this week mark the rebirth of Jesus Christ on Easter. Last week Jews gathered for Passover.

 

From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins: April 24, 2014

Written by Jack Martins Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:14

The Budget Top 10

After 21 years of keeping us in good spirits and good company with his “Late Show” humor, David Letterman announced his retirement. In his honor, I’ll share highlights from the state’s budget, Letterman-style with a “Top 10” countdown entitled: Top 10 — I mean 12 — reasons to like the new, New York State budget

12. This year’s budget is the fourth, consecutive, on-time budget we’ve delivered. That hasn’t happened in nearly four decades. For a little historical perspective, that’s further back than the Knicks’ last championship.

 

Editorial: Taxes Are Us

Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:12

Last week the Nassau District Attorney made several arrests for tax evasion, with the defendants collectively owing almost $1 million. One alleged scammer seems to be a lotto junkie who doesn’t declare his winnings. Three others are charged with not reporting business income.   

This week, Floral Park, you can’t avoid thinking about taxes. As we scramble to get the paperwork together and file on time (even if only for an extension) we see exactly how much we’ve paid, and sometimes we still have to send a check—to Washington or Albany. Nobody likes paying taxes. Nobody really likes paying for anything; if we could get it for free, we would happily do so.

 

Letter: Appeal To Residents For School Board Trustee

Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:11

I am running for the Floral Park-Bellerose School Board (FPBSD) as a trustee on May 20, and I would like your support. My main goal, if elected, is to provide a voice for parents that want to better appreciate what is happening in the FPBSD’s education program and to help them understand how their voices can make a real difference to district policies.

I have two children in elementary school at FPBS; both of whom have mixed feelings about school — which I think could change given the right atmosphere. I loved elementary school (FPBS) as a child and had the pleasure of reconnecting with a few of the teachers I had as a child when my children entered school. The last being Mr. Plank (gym) who was the “David Beckham” of gym back then. While my children have wonderful teachers, current and past, changes to the curriculum, administration and overall “community-feel” of the school have really been challenging for me. I want to work with the board of education to make changes based on public opinion and feedback.

 

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