When I took office on January 1, 2010, I knew Nassau County was in bad shape. What I didn’t realize was just how bad things actually were. From overtaxed residents, to a looming $286 million deficit caused by government waste and our broken property tax assessment system, Nassau County was in rough shape.
Yesterday, I voted in favor of the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 to help thousands of U.S. manufacturers compete at home and abroad. This legislation, which passed the House with a final vote of 378-43, contains hundreds of tariff suspensions and reductions that will help American companies manufacture and sell goods to continue growing and supporting American jobs. These reductions and suspensions of import duties lower costs for materials that American businesses use in production and thereby increase the competitiveness of our products.
I also want to particularly thank our parents, students, administrators, teachers, staff and my fellow board members for their hard work on the budgets this year.
There was tremendous negativity in the days leading up to the vote, with anonymous fliers with half-truths being placed in mailboxes throughout our communities and an Elmont civic leader urging a no vote on News 12 to “send a message.” I believe a message was delivered. People in our communities value the education being provided and believe it to be a worthy and necessary expense even in these trying, tight economic times. They made a conscious choice that our children come first and it’s important to maintain our schools and their programs.
Finally, thank you also to all of the PTAs, civic groups, organizations and individuals that permitted our elementary school superintendent Dr. Pombonyo, as well as our high school superintendent Mr. Meierdiercks and/or Assistant Superintendent for Business Ms. Kenney, to make presentations to them within the past months and get the word out to the public.
David T. Fowler
Board of Education
High School District
Board of Education
You’re a 19-year-old kid. You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle. Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 hundred yards away, that your own infantry commander has ordered the Medi-Vac helicopters to stop coming in.
You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you’re not getting out. Your family is halfway around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you’ll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform residents of Hempstead Town’s SWIFT911 emergency notification service. The system provides a mechanism for the town to phone, e-mail or text message residents and businesses under its jurisdiction in the event of an emergency such as a severe storm evacuation. Such situations may include water main breaks, flooding, weather emergencies or natural disasters. Non-emergency contact may also be made in the event of town water department pipe flushing, which may affect water quality.
Supervisor Kate Murray recently held a press conference regarding the MTA’s announcement that it would not include the Third Track in its 2010-2014 capital budgets. The Third Track had engrossed the interest and energies of our community as no other issue in the recent past. So it was fitting that the supervisor held the conference at the Floral Park Train Station.
The NYS PTA recognizes that every child deserves excellence in education and in quality of life, and the purpose of the PTA is to be advocates for and to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school and community. The FPBS–PTA believes that the board of education has prepared a fiscally prudent budget designed to achieve the goal of providing a continued quality educational experience for all of our children.
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