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Letter: Third Track Task Force Chairman Thanks Local Communities

Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00
Since April 2005, I have served as chairman of the Third Track Task Force.  Therefore, the announcement that the proposed 2010-2015 MTA Capital Planning Budget specifically excludes funding for either the construction or future planning for the Third Track Expansion Project is heartening. This validates the efforts of thousands of citizens, hundreds of organizations and dozens of communities who joined as one voice in complete and total opposition to the seismic change this project would have had on our lives. Our opposition was relentless, chronicled by thousands of letters, petitions, e-mails, media releases and attendance at public scoping sessions where hundreds more provided testimony. We the people let our elected representatives know, at every level of government, of our reasoned opposition not only to this project, but ironically, to funding the diminution of our homes’ value and the destruction of our quality of life. Perhaps the MTA, a public authority, underestimated the strength of organized opposition based upon our fundamental sense of fairness. This was a modern day David vs. Goliath. 
 

Letter: Go Out and Vote on Tuesday, May 18

Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00
At the John Lewis Childs School Parent Teacher Association (JLCS PTA) meeting held on Tuesday, April 13, a motion was unanimously approved to support the 2010–2011 Floral Park-Bellerose Elementary School District Budget as educationally sound. The JLCS PTA urges all residents to go out to vote on Tuesday, May 18.
 

Phil-osophically Speaking - April 30, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:57

Forty Years After the Kent State Shootings

It didn’t seem like the kind of place where the war would hit home. Farms and barns dotted a peaceful landscape and nothing seemed more American than the open plowed fields around Akron, OH. But a war in Southeast Asia had reached over here, across 9,000 miles, to touch forever a college campus with sweeping green slopes, groves of oaks and maples and a spray of dogwoods sprouting white blossoms to welcome spring.

 

Letter: Now Is the Time To Stand Up for Your Libraries

Friday, 30 April 2010 00:00
One of the most important services any community enjoys is its public library. You wouldn’t think so judging by the actions Governor Paterson and the New York State Assembly have taken on funding libraries and library systems in the state’s 2010-11 budget plans. The governor has recommended that state aid to library systems and their member libraries be reduced by $4.2 million. The Senate has rejected this recommendation, but the Assembly is still debating it.
 

Around the Town - April 23, 2010

Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00

Earth Day

Protecting our environment is a top priority for Hempstead Town. Residents currently enjoy excellent water quality, and with the continued help of everyone living on Long Island, our waterways and groundwater will remain healthy, clean and plentiful. This year, Earth Day was April 22, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of what we can all do to help save our planet.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - April 23, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00

The Jeffersonian Legacy

If you ever by chance or design get down to Old Virginia, by Charlottesville, be sure to pass the stone-arch bridge to the base of the road that leads up to Monticello. There, through the gates of a graveyard, you will see a granite obelisk bearing these words:

Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and the father of the University of Virginia.

 

Village Board Notes - April 16, 2010

Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00

The following are trustee reports from the April 6 Floral Park village board meeting.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - April 16, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00

The Age of Bionics

“Steve Austin, astronaut, a man barely alive: Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.”

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - April 9, 2010

Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00

Letter to Commissioner David Steiner

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), wrote the following letter to State Education Commissioner David Steiner in the wake of an April 1 New York Post report concerning State Ed.’s request to purchase high-end office furniture with federal Race to the Top funding, and the agency’s wasteful practice of giving away taxpayer funded furniture. Chairman Klein has agreed to hold a hearing on this issue.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - April 9, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 08 April 2010 10:35

The State of American Education

Poor Barry Goldwater— he just couldn’t catch a break. It was 1964 and Goldwater, running for president, was being pilloried for uttering this now famous, or infamous line, depending on one’s point of view: “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice and moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.” It was a line given to him by Harry V. Jaffa, disciple of Leo Strauss, the influential political philosopher. But as soon as he said it, Goldwater owned it and it dogged him throughout the campaign as his opponents quoted it as proof that the Arizona senator was himself an extremist.

 

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