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From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: April 8, 2011

Written by Carolyn McCarthy Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

Women’s History — Looking Back and Ahead

As the first and only woman elected to Congress from Long Island, I have tried my best to address the issues that affect women the most, including education, public health and safety, and economic opportunity.

I owe a great deal of gratitude to the countless women who paved the way for women like me to contribute to society.  Unfortunately, we recently lost one of these pioneers, former Congresswoman and Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, when she passed away of blood cancer this week. Geraldine opened the door for a generation of new leaders.  She certainly was an inspiration – and ultimately mentor — to me as I sought my own path in public service years ago.


Around the Town - April 1, 2011

Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Preparing tax returns can be frustrating and confusing, but we can help.  Hempstead Town’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program offers free tax assistance to senior citizens.  


From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins - April 1, 2011

Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

Ending the Cycle of Business as Usual

What a difference a year makes.

If you think back to the budget crisis of a year ago and the discussions today, there truly is a marked difference. In both, the state was grappling with a devastating fiscal crisis, but this year the commitment was made to reduce spending as opposed to the cycle of ever more taxes and spending that was the norm in Albany from both sides of the aisle for far too long.


Phil-osophically Speaking: March 25, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

The Computer as Human

It was one of the most haunting scenes in cinematic history: HAL 9000 is the latest in artificial intelligence; a sentient, on-board computer that functions as the brain of the spaceship Discovery. It understands human language, its nuances and ambiguities, and pleasantly converses with the crew by speaking in the softest, most dulcet tones.

Then Hal, the epitome of technological perfection, seriously malfunctions and Discovery’s two astronauts must disconnect its cognitive functions in order to protect the mission. Wary of HAL, they enter into a see-through soundproof pod to prevent the computer from overhearing their plan. The life force of HAL is represented by an enlarged, piercingly red eyeball. That eyeball now focuses menacingly on the pod. The camera shifts back and forth between the silently moving lips of the astronauts inside the pod and the iconic red eyeball of HAL. Suddenly, the viewers shockingly realize that HAL is reading the lips of the astronauts. HAL, fearing his own technological death embarks on a murderous rage against the crew.


From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins: March 25, 2011

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

Revenue Is Not the Problem; It’s the Spending

Throughout the budget process this year we have remained true to our commitment – to address the over $10 billion deficit by cutting spending, not raising taxes.  New York State does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.  To get our economy moving and create new jobs, we need to get government off people’s and businesses backs – hence spending cuts, not new taxes. 

We can’t tax our way out of this recession. Governor Cuomo gets it. I get it.  Unfortunately, there are others who don’t.

As we head into the final lap of budget discussions in Albany, it is increasingly clear that special interest groups plan to defend their stranglehold on New York State’s purse strings by stepping up their propaganda. These groups are committed to maintaining the historical status quo and will fight, tooth and nail, to block the change we were elected to implement.


Letter: Praise and Support For Teachers

Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00
I would like to take a moment to thank the wonderful teachers of the Floral Park-Bellerose Union Free School District. The residents, and most importantly the children, of Floral Park are fortunate to have a staff of teachers and assistants who excel at their craft. We have a group of professionals who are caring, kind, compassionate and creative. These educators consistently go above and beyond what is expected of them, despite the fact that they have continually been asked to do more with less. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Patsy Ann Joinnides

MA Childhood Education

Floral Park


Phil-osophically Speaking - March 18, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

Does a Safer Society Come at the Price Of Progress?

The twin disasters of an earthquake and a tsunami have Japan in a desperate race against time to prevent large-scale radiation leaks in an unfolding nuclear crisis that has the world holding its breath. There is the usual chorus criticizing another nation’s lack of preparedness for a catastrophic event in addition to calls to shut down nuclear power plants altogether. These criticisms and demands are unrealistic since such things are bound to happen and they fail to take into account where the human race would be without technological advances.


From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins

Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

Updates from Albany

 It has been a busy week in Albany. We continue the process of examining the state budget. These are difficult financial times but working together, we will ultimately succeed in cutting expenses and providing a framework for real long-term relief. In order for us to improve our state’s fiscal health, we need to provide residents with property tax relief, create jobs and control spending.


Phil-osophically Speaking - March 11, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

High-Speed Rail — A One Way Express To Deficitville?

In another blast of high stakes rodomontade, Vice President Joe Biden in one of his descending from the “mount of God” moments, augustly proclaimed that our nation needs a $53 billion appropriation to build a high-speed rail and it needs to get the job done in a hurry. These implorations may have been heartfelt, but Americans are not quite ready to come aboard this one-way express to deficitville. Nor does the history of American transportation justify Biden’s confidence about a rail-based America being the dominant mode of transportation. 


Around the Town - March 4, 2011

Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

E-Cycling, Pharmaceutical Disposal

And Shredding ProgramKeeping our planet healthy takes a joint effort. That’s why I am proud to announce that the Town of Hempstead will hold an “E-Cycling, Pharmaceutical Disposal and Shredding” Day on Sunday, March 13 in Levittown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. This is your chance to get rid of your unwanted computers, televisions, DVD players and VCRs and help the environment at the same time. In addition, bring your outdated pharmaceuticals to the program for proper disposal and you can also bring old documents to be shredded while you watch. The event will take place in the Town of Hempstead municipal parking lot area, located just off Division Avenue behind the Tri-County Market (Hempstead Turnpike) in Levittown.


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