A government consolidation law to streamline the process to dissolve villages, towns and special districts passed overwhelmingly in the New York State Assembly and Senate and now awaits Governor David Paterson’s signature.
The legislation, dubbed the New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act, was introduced by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at the behest of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and sponsored in the Senate by Majority Leader Malcolm Smith. According to proponents, it is a “bipartisan legislative initiative” aimed at reducing costs for taxpayers by encouraging local government efficiency through consolidation.
According to Cuomo, the state’s overlapping governments saddle residents with the nation’s highest local taxes. The bill will not mandate consolidation but rather restructure the law to allow citizens, local officials and counties to make the decisions themselves. The bill states that “… the astounding number of local governments in New York has contributed to the rise of local real property taxes. Throughout the state there are large pockets of overlapping taxing entities ... Nassau and Suffolk Counties combined have over 340 special districts…”
For nearly two years, Rescue Ink has been crusading to put an end to animal cruelty and neglect.
Rescue Ink, a nonprofit organization on Long Island, was formed in 2007 by several longtime friends who were united by their love and admiration of animals.
“We met because we were all doing the same thing in our spare time: rescuing and finding homes for abandoned and abused animals,” the group explains in a statement on its official website. “None of us did it for money; we did it because we cannot stand by while anyone mistreats an animal!”
New York State in 2005 decided to do something few other jurisdictions had yet considered - re-open hundreds of pollution cases to determine whether new science could shed light on old cleanups.
The state took on the task of tracking down whether chemical vapors were lingering at these sites and posing threats to public health. Three years later, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has made significant progress in tracking down and evaluating more than 400 sites around the state, DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis said. And a leading vapor-intrusion watchdog has called New York’s program the “most systematic and proactive” in the nation.
Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi has announced his bid to run for re-election to the post he has held since 2001. Suozzi will be running this November to continue as the Nassau County Executive in a time when residents are hurting financially from a national recession.
With residents of Nassau County particularly finding it difficult to continue their way of life in the communities they call home because of the property tax burden, Suozzi says it’s time for a property tax revolution.
On May 14, County Legislator Ed Mangano (17th L.D. – Bethpage) was officially nominated as the Nassau Republican Party’s candidate of choice to challenge Tom Suozzi for county executive on Nov. 3.
Additional nominations, originally scheduled to take place at the party’s May 21 convention at Levittown’s Wisdom Lane Middle School May 21, were postponed, as was an executive committee meeting, due to swine flu precautions. A new date for the convention was not set as of press time.
However, the county has announced a preliminary list of candidates expected to challenge Democrats in the county and Towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay on Election Day 2009.
The anticipated candidates, as of press time, are as follows:
In Hicksville, residents voted 1,608 to 929 in favor of the school district’s 2009-2010 spending plan of $110,943,748. The approved budget, listed on the ballot as Proposition #1, represents a 2.32 percent or $2,515,788 increase over the current year’s spending plan.
The owner and assistant director of Carousel Day School in Hicksville, where 2-year-old Olivia Raspanti died in March, were arrested and charged with felony reckless assault of a child by a day care provider, reckless endangerment and running an unlicensed day care for toddlers. The announcement was made by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey and Dr. Janice Molnar, deputy commissioner for child care services for the New York State (NYS) Office and Child and Family Services (OCFS) at a May 20 press conference.
Carousel Day School owner and director Eugene Formica, 64, and assistant director Kathryn Cordaro, 51, both of Hicksville, were arrested early Wednesday morning at the day care facility by 8th Precinct detectives and arraigned later that afternoon in First District Court, Hempstead.
Hicksville School District residents will take to the polls Tuesday, May 19 to vote for proposed $110,943,748 spending plan as well as elect two trustees to the school board. This year, the seats held by current trustees Anthony Edelman and Joanne Owens are up for re-election. Edelman is running unopposed and Owens is being challenged by Maureen Lee; trustee terms on the Hicksville Board of Education are three years.
The Hicksville Illustrated News reached out to Edelman, Lee and Owens. Profiles are as follows:
Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin (2nd L.D., Westbury) appeared in Central Islip’s United States Court on May 6 and pleaded not guilty to charges that he allegedly filed false federal tax returns and, when questioned, lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) special agents.
An unsealed federal complaint by the United States Attorney’s Office – Eastern District alleges that Corbin, 62, received 81 checks totaling approximately $226,000, from a developer between Feb. 22, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2007. According to the federal complaint, each check was made payable to “cash” and deposited into one of Corbin’s four personal bank accounts. In interviews with IRS and FBI special agents, officials state that Corbin acknowledged receiving the checks from a developer who had been awarded construction contracts as part of a federally-funded revitalization project in New Cassel.
Despite contending with immediate concerns associated with the swine flu outbreak, the Nassau County Department of Health’s special meeting April 27 was held as planned. A variety of topics were covered, including budget cuts that affect health care, the need for additional healthcare education, teenage pregnancy and the decline in skilled nurses.
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