I once wrote that I did not like the idea of “President’s Day” supplanting Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays because it was an equal opportunity program for presidents who were not equal. So this week, I thought I might have a little fun by listing the 10 most successful presidencies. I use the word ‘successful’ because I do not think there were 10 great presidencies in American history. In fact, I doubt there were even seven or eight. Being President of the United States, after all, is an impossible job.
I would like to thank the many merchants on Plandome Road who helped make the Valentine’s Day Weddings at Town Hall such a special celebration.
It’s been an historic week in Albany from the perspective that our state government is at last bringing tax relief to our residents. I was pleased to have voted along with my colleagues on a 2 percent tax cap to be imposed on local government. This will help to ensure that our residents will not be saddled with heavy tax increases that will drive them from their homes. The taxpayers have clearly spoken and we are listening.
I cannot remember a book that invited such a visceral reaction as Amy Chua’s, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. With thousands of others, I read the sensational extract from the book written by Ms. Chua, a law professor at Yale University, published in the January 8 Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition and I was utterly mesmerized by the severity of the methods she employed in raising her two daughters. Home life seemed more like combat training for the Green Berets than a nurturing environment for bringing up two young girls.
This Sunday, Feb. 6, I will be co-hosting, with Elmont On-Line, the annual Black History Month awards at the Elmont Memorial Public Library located at 700 Hempstead Turnpike. This year’s program is going to be very exciting, educational and community spirited.
Frankly, I am getting tired of the uninformed “Armchair Quarterbacks,” sitting at home on their couches watching TV, telling the Board of Education what we should and should not do.
I try to get 7 or even 8 hours of sleep a night if possible. Every study shows the restorative powers of sleep in our physical and mental lives. Lack of sleep not only affects our emotions and moods but also our immunological system. The more I live the more I believe this to be true.
A few hours before the town board meeting on Jan. 11 Hope For Hempstead Shelter (HHS) was notified that public comment would not be allowed due to weather. A short while after HHS arrived, the town released a statement saying that public comment would not be permitted due to a security risk.
Guns don’t kill people; people kill people, the saying goes. There is nothing really to dispute in that syllogism although the tragic event that unfolded in Tucson, AZ, poses many questions. I support Second Amendment rights for citizens to bear arms but think that with technological advances in firearms since the Constitution was written, it seems prudent that some of its more deadly elaborations like automatic and semi-automatic weapons be curtailed in some fashion. Former Mayor Ed Koch used to describe himself as ‘a liberal with sanity.’ I am a conservative and like to view myself in a similar light.
A regular meeting of the board of trustees was held on Jan. 4, at 8:30 p.m.
The meeting opened with a Pledge to the Flag. Present were Mayor Kevin J. Greene, Trustees Thomas J. Tweedy, James E. Rhatigan, Mary-Grace Tomecki, Dominick A. Longobardi, Village Administrator Virginia Appel, Village Clerk Susan E. Walsh, Superintendent of Building Department and Superintendent of Public Works Stephen L. Siwinski, Police Commission Stephen G. McAllister and Village Attorney John E. Ryan.
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