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Gov: Less Aid For Hicksville

Superintendent says governor’s proposal

is a ‘serious concern’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed school aid package could result in decreases in state aid for the Hicksville and East Meadow school districts but more for neighboring districts.

“Any loss is significant. This is a decrease in aid of about 1.6 percent, or more than $200,000, though our net could be more than a half a million dollars,” Hicksville School Superintendent Maureen Bright told the Hicksville Illustrated News.

The district, for its 2012-13 budget, received $11,966,58 in aid, and the governor’s proposal calls for a total aid package of $11,751,899 for the 2013-14 school year.

“It’s a serious concern. It’s a direction that we don’t want to move in. I’m certainly hoping that the legislature will be able to adjust this so districts like Hicksville and other districts like us are not going to get hit,” said Bright.

Hicksville won’t be the only school to receive less, as several neighboring schools are also slated to receive less in the upcoming year.

“I’m very disappointed by how the governor is removing some high tax aid from our schools. The school districts in Nassau County were particularly negatively affected by the governor’s proposal, particularly Farmingdale, East Meadow and Massapequa. The high tax is greatly concerning us right now,” Assemblyman Tom McKevitt said.

Senator Jack Martins avoided classifying schools based on financial assistance.

“The governor’s budget is a proposal and, as we negotiate a final budget for New York State, I will be working with my colleagues toward securing more state aid for Long Island school districts,” Senator Jack Martins said. “In this economy, every school district is a high-needs district when it comes to funding.”

The state legislature must ratify the governor’s budget by April 1.

“This obviously is upsetting but of course we never like to look at the governor’s proposal as the final proposal, so we’re certainly looking forward to a correction from the legislature,” Bright said.

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


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November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

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