For thousands of children, hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. For all the kids who rely on free or reduced cost lunches, the end of the school year begins several months of “food anxiety.” Every day they face the question: Will there be enough food to eat?
Here is one true story: “Six months ago, my mom and dad both lost their jobs. Eating at school has really helped because I know I’ll get something that’s good for me and my parents don’t have to worry. But my school doesn’t have a summer lunch program. If we didn’t get help from the food pantry, I don’t know what we’d do.”
The Great Neck Record congratulates all of our graduates of the Class of 2006. We offer our very best wishes to each and every graduate, from the smallest ones ‘‘graduating’’ from nursery school, to the elementary school and middle school graduates, up to the high school, college and graduate school graduates.
“For years, special interests have blocked the passage of a cap on school property taxes. While such legislation has twice passed the Senate and is supported by the governor, it has never seen the light of day in the Assembly.
“As we have witnessed this week, Governor Paterson has the power to change that.
“I am calling on him to include the tax cap in next week’s budget extender legislation.
“Governor Paterson has a golden opportunity to secure a legacy as a friend of New York’s property taxpayers. He must show leadership, seize this moment and take this very important first step toward taming out-of-control property tax increases in this state.”
Many of us lost an old friend this week; some of us lost an old foe. On the one hand, he was the gentlest and most skillful of teachers, weaving his complex lessons about science and the history of the physical world into logical yet dazzling patterns, sharp and in focus. The man had a way with words. And on the other hand, he could sizzle paper with his words of pointed, often witty analysis and skewer politicians and bureaucrats with his keen and single-minded dedication to protecting the environment from short-sighted or financially motivated decisions. His research and conclusions were not confined to the walls of an ivory tower; his writings were weapons in the battle to safeguard our water, our air, our very life on earth.
“In the aftermath of the Flotilla Incident, I strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself, and the right of Israel’s naval commandos, who were executing a legal mission, to defend themselves and the people of Israel.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and, while it is regrettable, I am troubled by those who assaulted the Israeli troops and made the use of violence by Israel necessary.
For those residents living in the Village of Great Neck, in Kings Point, and in Lake Success, next Tuesday, June 15, is Election Day. All three villages are running mayor or trustee elections. And while none of these elections are contested, all elections are important.
Of course, when an election is contested, there is usually much interest, with supporters out campaigning for each side. However, when an election is uncontested, all too often residents lose interest and there is an unfortunate lack of support.
Thank you to the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District and the Village of Great Neck Plaza! Once again they will present a fabulous Restaurant Week, this year the week of June 6 to June 13! This fabulous event has become a much-anticipated, highly successful dining experience each year.
Do come out and support the Great Neck Memorial Day Parade this coming Monday, May 31, Memorial Day. This parade, Great Neck’s 82nd annual Memorial Day parade, begins at 9 a.m. at South Middle Neck Road and Hillpark Avenue in Great Neck Plaza. The parade then continues up Middle Neck Road to the Village Green in the Village of Great Neck, where a memorial ceremony will be held.
“Today’s Empire Center Report on education pensions is a reminder of one of this state’s great shames: Even if you are caught red handed stealing from taxpayers, you are still guaranteed your taxpayer funded retirement. Disgraced former Roslyn School Superintendent Frank Tassone Jr. was convicted of a serious felony for taking part in a $11 million looting of his community’s taxpayers and their children.
When the so-called “Government Re-Organization and Citizen Empowerment Act” was passed last year by the New York State Legislature, many of the legislators who voted for it admitted, in their speeches on the floors of both houses, that it had serious flaws and would need to be amended. Our readers will remember that this is the legislation that makes it easier to dissolve or consolidate villages and special districts.
Our legislators, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Senator Craig Johnson, were among those legislators who voted against passage of the act and now have filed bills to amend the more egregious components of the act, (S7238/A10432).
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