The following are trustee reports from the Nov. 17 Floral Park village board meeting.
Trustee Tweedy thanked residents for picking up leaves on their property, bagging them and putting them out for sanitation to pick up on yard waste days. “It has been a great help,” Trustee Tweedy said. “Please do not rake leaves into the street as it can cause catch basins to back up and flood in the event of heavy rains.”
As the most successful multicultural society in history, America allows us to directly experience the strengths and possibilities of a pluralistic culture. But there also exists, in the milieu of diversity, the element of division and fragmentation that create differences difficult to bridge.
This is especially true when, socio-economically, trends suggest that instead of moving away from what divides us we are moving into the maw of a more sustained and divisive disunity. Class politics, based on hard economic realities, is the fault line of American democracy.
Legislation that would help reduce costs for local governments passed the state Senate last week, announced Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau). The measure would allow municipalities to save money on health insurance, highway maintenance, staffing, procurement and financing.
“This is good legislation that will help contain costs and ease tax-hiking unfunded mandates on municipalities,” Johnson said. “It is my hope that this will be the first of several significant steps we take to help local governments reign in spending and reduce the burden to property taxpayers.”
The single, most astonishing public event of my lifetime was the fall of the Berlin Wall and, in the next dizzying months, the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the collapse of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day.
It is hard to believe that earth-shaking, wall-shattering event was 20 years ago. It’s an anniversary to remember, to celebrate and reflect on. It marks not only what the United States as leader of the free world had overcome, but it also puts a spotlight on the qualities we will need to face the immense challenges ahead. History moves inexorably forward, there is no respite for the weary - for there is always a daunting mountain to climb, an unruly ocean to cross and a burning desert to endure. Yesterday it was Soviet Communism; today its Islamic terrorism and tomorrow it will surely be something else.
For the 2009-2010 school year, the Sewanhaka Central High School District eliminated late bus service for all of its students. Even after the school district announced that there was a surplus from the 2008-2009 school year of several million dollars, the $150,000 needed to fund the late bus service was not to be restored by the school board.
Parents and taxpayers attended board meetings to plead their case to no avail. These same parents and taxpayers reached out to local state officials searching for assistance. Assistance came in the form of a $150,000 grant specifically for late bus service from the office of Senator Craig Johnson. I would like to thank Senator Johnson for responding to the needs and concerns of his constituents. Senator Johnson and his staff listened to taxpayers and found a solution.
I extend a heartfelt thank you to the voters of the 9th Legislative District for re-electing me to the county legislature. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your legislator.
The election results were especially gratifying in view of the negative campaign waged against me this year. I am especially grateful for my friends and colleagues in government from across the political spectrum who spoke out against the personal attacks. Your support and words of encouragement helped me to remain focused on the major issues confronting our residents and communities in these difficult economic times.
New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), and representatives from Austim Speaks addressed the Senate Standing Committee on Insurance during an Oct. 23 hearing in Albany on the insurance industry’s role in the treatment of Autism. A video of his statement can be found at www.craigjohnson.nysenate.gov. Johnson’s prepared remarks are below:
“Hello and thank you for this opportunity to discuss this very important subject. In particular, I really want to thank the representatives from Autism Speaks for allowing me to join them this morning.
Now that the election is nearly over, it seemed the only thing that the candidates of both parties agree on is that everyone should vote. This is the usual reflex in a democratic society and to say otherwise, I suppose, would be considered by both polite and impolite society narrow-minded and indecent. But is this, really, a wise attitude?
Panhandling for votes has become quite a sport and one wonders if making voting too easy for the general populace (Motor Voter Law) has not weakened the democratic franchise? Voters and non-voters who are uninterested in voting should be left in peace and not made to feel they are committing a mortal sin by not going to the polls.
The following are trustee reports from the Floral Park board meeting.
Trustee Tom Tweedy reported that the leaves are falling and Public Works crews are out in full force removing them from roads and park areas. It usually takes until the first week in December to collect all the leaves.
“Residents can do their part by bagging the leaves on their property and not raking them into the street,” Trustee Tweedy said. “Making large piles of leaves in the street causes problems with flooding during rain storms and possible fires when cars park on top of them. It is against village code to blow or rake leaves into the street and landscapers and property owners risk receiving a summons. Landscapers that are responsible for removing leaves from your property are not permitted to put them out for village collection. Your cooperation this fall is greatly appreciated.”
Ghosts and goblins, cobwebs and coffins, jack-o-lanterns and skeletons, tombstones and haunted houses: Like the descending night, Halloween is upon us.
The explosion of Halloween paraphernalia that decorates our houses and litters our lawns is a sure sign that we approach this festival of horror with seriousness and gusto.
We are attracted to this Phantom world because it is, frankly, fun to be frightened - at least when accompanied by others or when our surroundings are familiar and customary. A good fright, when we are expecting to be frightened, can elicit nervous laughter, an edgy thrill and even spine-tingling delight as if you were screaming straight downward on one of those heart-stopping roller coasters.
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