It is the morning of July 4, 2010, America’s 234th birthday. As a nation we’ve been around for a while although not nearly as long as many European and Asian countries. In 1987 Paul Kennedy, a Yale history professor, published his influential book, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers in which he saw parallels between America and the Roman and British empires in their twilight.
A cold and steady rain fell on the afternoon of Oct. 28, 1886, but it didn’t deter tens of thousands of excited spectators from huddling around the southern tip of Manhattan to see the great unveiling. At the given signal the veil began to slowly drop from the massive statue, 151 feet tall (not including the still-to-be-built pedestal) as “Lady Liberty” triumphantly overlooked the great New York Harbor.
On Sunday, March 28, 2010, I received several phone calls at home asking me if it were true, that I was not going to be commissioner anymore. Puzzled, I asked about the origin of these rumors. Apparently, the day before, at the Reliance Engine Company’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, the village board told a number of people that I was not going to be re-appointed as commissioner on April 5. I am thankful for having so many concerned friends who cared enough to contact me. I only wish the village board had been professional enough to discuss this matter with me before letting it out to the public.
The Town of Hempstead proudly takes part in the celebration of our nation’s independence with our Annual Independence Day Celebration and Veteran’s Salute. The salute will occur on Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Trustee Longobardi reported that on Saturday, June 12, the mayor and board of trustees and the Covert Avenue and Floral Park Chambers of Commerce welcomed Original V.I. Pizza, located at 58 Covert Avenue to the Village of Floral Park.
The annual Covert Avenue Street Fair is tentatively scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 16, (rain date Saturday, Oct. 23). The Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce officers will be meeting with the Villages of Floral Park and Stewart Manor to coordinate the event.
Throughout the year, Hempstead Town offers a variety of activities and events for its senior residents. One of the most popular programs is the Town of Hempstead’s Senior Summer Beach Program, now in its 43rd season. This year, the theme, “The Magic of Lido,” promises an exciting lineup of entertainment and is the perfect way for our seniors to spend warm summer days.
The body of work is so luminous, so full of rapturous delight, so profound in taking the full measure of the human personality from its frivolous pretensions to its deeper resonances that one is tempted, indeed compelled, to ask if the hand of a single mortal could have sculpted such an enduring monument.
The State Senate Majority last week passed legislation that will expand, or launch new benefits programs for the brave New Yorkers who have fought for our nation’s freedom, Senator Craig M. Johnson announced.
This legislative package includes: The ability to audit courses, without charge, at SUNY and CUNY for veterans seeking to advance their academic careers. Access to property tax exemptions that would help the many service members who have found it difficult to afford to remain in their community as a result of service. Ending barriers that currently make it difficult for active duty military personnel to marry as a result of deployment. These deployments can often come without notice for adequate planning purposes.
The graphic scenes, pitiful and pathetic, of wildlife writhing in thick oily substances arouse emotions ranging from towering rage to sickening despondency. Ever since the explosion of April 20 that killed 11 men on the Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the failure of the industry’s failsafe measures and the ejection of millions of gallons of oil into the ocean, the world has been transfixed over the magnitude of the crisis.
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.
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