“The stalemate in the New York State Senate has ended. With the gridlock over, more than 130 important bills that affected localities across this state and allowed them to hold the line on property taxes have been passed.
“This included legislation that was critical to Nassau’s fiscal health, and the extension of the Power for Jobs program, which is responsible for more than 240,000 jobs across New York State.
This month, Nassau County, in cooperation with the Lustgarten Foundation, is hosting a ceremony and building illumination for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Over 37,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year –which is why our goal is to raise awareness in order to prevent and fight this disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, the overall 5-year relative survival rate for 1999-2005 was 5.5 percent. We must work together to thwart pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is rarely discovered early. There are no warning signs and screening tests are often ineffective. Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is not usually found until it spreads to other parts of the body. Out of all the people who have pancreatic cancer, 90 percent are above the age 55 and 70 percent are older than 65. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in both genders.
The job reports for June are in and the news is not good. In fact, it’s bad. Unemployment has climbed to a steep 9.5 percent - the highest level in 27 years. Meanwhile, part-time employment is growing among those who were previously full time. As cumulative income diminishes, it translates into less saving, higher interest rates and less money circulating in the economy.
If these storm clouds have a silver lining, it is that employment usually is (hold your breath) “a lagging indicator.” This factual tidbit must be a mighty comfort to those who don’t know where their next paycheck is coming from.
It has been reported that the MTA and the developer of the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn are renegotiating the terms of their real estate agreement. The modified agreement would allow payments over 22 years, at a most favorable interest rate, instead of the agreed-upon single payment of $100 million to the MTA. Another component of this new proposal is a smaller capacity LIRR train yard. The developer is now seeking to provide less than the agreed upon number of tracks for the important work of train storage, maintenance as well as the setting and accepting of equipment for scheduled commutes.
By July of 1776 a Continental army had been fielded and had met British Regulars in several bloody engagements. But the boldest move for independence came not on a battlefield but at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia where Richard Henry Lee read his resolution stating that all political connection between the American Colonies and the British Crown is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.
(This letter is dated June 27.)
Unemployment is still rising. Businesses continue to fail. Municipal governments require assistance to avoid further slashing of vital social programs. Nassau County needs help from Albany to avoid layoffs and the closing of many of our offices, parks and facilities.
On behalf of the village board I would like to extend our congratulations to the Floral Park Memorial girls’ varsity softball team on winning the New York State Class A championship.
The Lady Knights took the long ride to Waterloo, NY last week to compete in the high school state finals. After a successful season with a 23-4 record they went on to beat the Pearl River Pirates 4-0 to secure the Knights their first softball state championship. Great job girls!
"The biggest potential hurricane disaster on the Atlantic Coast is in the New York City, northern New Jersey, western Long Island metropolitan area,” writes Bryan Norcross in his book the Hurricane Almanac where he says it is the very lack of preparedness in these areas that increases their vulnerability to disaster.
It is time to prepare, and to help Nassau County residents get ready for the unexpected Pet Safe Coalition would like to have families with pets send us their family’s disaster plans and the family may win a prize. Once a month the family with the best thought-out plan and resources will win a prize in the Pet Safe Coalition’s “Pet Safe Families” competition. Families with pets are invited to write or call the Pet Safe Coalition to share their plans to keep their pets safe in emergencies. This can include plans to evacuate from the home or plans to have a trusted person take care of the animals in the family’s absence.
This past week was the American Heart Association’s National CPR and AED Awareness Week. It is an occasion to remind us all how vital it is to be trained in CPR and in the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). When someone falls victim to sudden cardiac arrest, every minute without bystander CPR decreases 7-10 percent. The interval between the 911 telephone call and the arrival of Emergency Medical Services personnel is usually longer than five minutes. Without CPR being initiated, and the use of the life-saving shock delivery of an AED, a victim simply will not survive.
Our House of Representatives clearly understands the importance of this training. On Tuesday, June 2, they passed the Josh Miller HEARTS Act, bringing the nation one step closer to a more secure environment for victims of cardiac arrest. Specifically, the legislation creates a grant program for schools to purchase AEDs.
This is a sincere thank you to all the volunteers and the community who supported our recent book sale. The proceeds of the sale support the children’s and teen’s summer library programs. We greatly appreciate the help and cooperation from our library board, the Department of Public Works and the village board of trustees.
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