This week the Great Neck Public Schools welcome all of the students, from pre-K through high school seniors, back for another enriching school year. We thank the school district for its dedication and high level of individualized education. And we wish each student a happy and productive school year.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) issued the following statement on the death of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass).
“The passing of Senator Ted Kennedy is a tragic loss for our nation. Not only have we lost one of the great icons of American politics but we have also lost a man who dedicated his life to being a champion of the American people.
My friends say to forget him
Forget his smile
Forget his style
Forget that he made life worthwhile
I’m trying to forget him
Forget the look that always took
my breath away
but by the book
I’m trying to forget him
And just about when I think I do
A song will come out of the blue
And I forget the forgetting I’ve been through.
And so I have to start anew
It’s so hard this forgetting.
Forget the days, forget the nights
Forget the kisses after the fights
Forget the thousand and one delights
Forget the wrongs; forget the rights
I think I can forget him
Forget the joy, forget the bliss
Of his tender good by kiss
The quiet times
The jokes I’ll miss
I hope I can forget him
I pray that there will come a day
When years have flown
And hair turns grey
That in conversation
I will say
I loved this guy
His name was
I’m trying to remember – It’s so hard to remember
— By Edward Rieff
For many years we’ve had the pleasure of attending many of the wonderful summer programs at Steppingstone Park.
We have always felt part of the evening’s entertainment, regardless of the program, since the performers always addressed the entire community, and made us all feel part of the evening.
Unfortunately, Sunday evening Aug. 16, was different. It was an evening devoted to Persian music, and not a word of English was spoken. We felt totally excluded, because we did not understand the conversation with the audience.
We hope in the future that the performers and the sponsor, the Persian Cultural Committee, recognize that the Great Neck Park District provides this facility for all of the Park District members, and we expect to be recognized as part of the audience.
Allen Leboff and Irma Leboff
Important legislation that will improve access to affordable health insurance for young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 recently passed the Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced.
This bill, (S.6030), requires commercial insurers, non-profit corporations and HMOs to offer an option for unmarried young adults through age 29, regardless of financial dependence, to continue under a parent’s group health insurance policy. It also extends a COBRA-like benefit to this young adult population.
Previously, many young adults lost their health insurance due to an inability to continue to be covered by their parents’ plan at 19, or upon graduating from college at the age of 23. Faced with either no access to health insurance of their own, or with prohibitively expensive coverage, many in this age group went without any health coverage.
Senator Johnson notes that 31 percent of New York State’s uninsured falls within this age bracket.
“This problem is even more pronounced in Long Island and other parts of the state where the high cost of living has caused many young adults to choose between rent and their health,” said Senator Johnson, who is a member of the Senate Insurance Committee. “This is a common-sense measure that will allow parents, if they have the resources, to continue to assist their children, while at the same time helping to combat this epidemic of the uninsured.”
This legislation will take effect Sept. 1.
Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) urged Governor Paterson to sign landmark legislation that will bring unprecedented scrutiny and accountability to New York’s authority system.
“These shadow governments that have access to literally billions of taxpayer dollars and currently have the ability to take on new debt with minimal oversight,” Senator Johnson said. “Every year we see new examples of fiscal mismanagement, abuse, and outright scandal that directly stem from the free reign and lack of public accountability that these entities operate under.”
The Legislature passed reform legislation that would:
Empower State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli with the duty to approve any authority contract that is more than $1 million;
Create strict new rules to control public authority debt;
Create an Office of Authorities Oversight that would have jurisdiction over authority budgets;
Codify the fiduciary duties of board members;
Prohibit the creation of subsidiary authorities without legislative approval;
Strengthen rules on the disposition of public authority property;
Offer whistleblower protections to authority employees who expose wrongdoing.
Recently, officials from Nassau University Medical Center contacted the governor and, while stating that the goals behind the legislation were laudable, requested a chapter amendment clarifying that this bill did not extend to public hospitals. These hospitals are already highly regulated and, unlike other authorities, have to compete with private healthcare institutions.
Senator Johnson said he supports this effort, and restated his strong support of the authority reform bill.
“This measure will ensure that, especially in this difficult economic climate, these authorities’ spending practices are brought under control,” Senator Johnson said. “I am hopeful that the governor follows the Senate and the Assembly’s lead and signs this bill into law.”
The warm sunny days of summer are still here, perfect for enjoying the outdoors. And, for many of us, that means sports —- tennis, golf, swimming, biking, ball games, just to name a few. Children and adults join lively summer teams, camps provide all sorts of sports activities for youngsters, and country clubs proudly sport their own teams too. How about sharing some of this sports news with your neighbors!
The Great Neck Record loves local news, and so we would love to feature stories and photographs about your teams and leagues, your club, or your children’s camp sports. Just send us the copy and we will take care of the rest.
Our sports pages are waiting for you!
After some frustrating trips by car, I finally purchased a portable Global Positioning System, (GPS) back in 2004. My frustrations were based on the difficulty in traveling to visit relatives even with the use of a traditional paper map. Little did I know how great the GPS can be if you are on the road.
Long ago, in the last century, some of our readers may remember that many cars had no directional signals. If a driver wanted to turn left, it required rolling down a window and sticking one’s hand straight out. If turning right, the hand went up at a 90-degree angle. If slowing down, the proper thing was to point the hand and arm downward. Whether the weather was cold, rainy or hot, folks seemed to be able to handle the inconvenience and give other drivers warning as to what they were up to.
We regularly put the reins of tomorrow in the capable hands of our youth. But, too often we fail to acknowledge that the hopes of past generations for a healthy, productive society were pinned on the shoulders of our present-day matriarchs and patriarchs, the progenitors of our history, our heritage.
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