I read your recent article covering Nassau County Executive Edward I. Mangano’s State of the County address with great interest (“Mangano Warns of 13 Percent Tax Jump,” Anton Newspapers, March 22 and 23), but I fear your story missed the point – by a longshot.
The county executive did not threaten a 13 percent property tax increase; in fact, he never even uttered the words. Further, setting the legislative agenda is among my many duties as presiding officer, and I assure you, there will not be a tax increase on the agenda this year, just as there was no tax increase on the agenda in the past two years. Where did you even get your information?
Over the past several months, there has been much speculation and criticism about the future of Nassau’s eight police precinct buildings. Though critics of this plan have expressed skepticism on realigning the current eight precincts into four, it is important to remember that all eight buildings will remain open and accessible to the public. The realignment of the precincts only affects the boundary lines of administrative paperwork and criminal processing, not the locations in which officers are located on the streets as some critics have stated.
(U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent the following letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to Anton Newspapers on March 16.)
Recently, Meryl Streep won the Academy Award for her depiction of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Iron Lady. Lady Thatcher is not only an extraordinary stateswoman but also the quintessential modern self-assured and self-made woman who didn’t have to ride in on the coattails of her politician husband like America’s Hillary Clinton.
On the night of the Academy Awards, one of the cable TV stations broadcast Sex in the City II, the ongoing saga of four New York women whose lives revolve around shopping, sexual encounters and excessive alcohol consumption; four shallow and neurotic veterans of dysfunctional relationships who, more than Lady Thatcher, seem to have become the role models for young American women.
It is my opinion that the quality of life in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and surrounding areas has greatly improved, culturally, with the construction and opening of Molloy College’s $28 million state-of-the-art Madison Theatre, where Broadway-quality performances are being presented on a regular basis, closer to our homes and at a great savings, compared to The Great White Way’s ticket prices.
Two recent house fires, one in New Jersey and one right here in Levittown, have prompted me, in the interest of fire safety, to review both of them.
The fire in South Plainfield New Jersey two weeks ago took the lives of four young children and one adult and scarred the lives of the members of that volunteer fire department’s members. They witnessed horrors there that they will long remember. The other house fire took place in Levittown on Feb. 24 and in that fire, three children and one adult escaped with very minor injuries. The Levittown F.D. volunteers responded quickly and extinguished the fire.
At the height of the gasoline crisis in 2008, I wrote a letter to Senator Schumer on Jan. 17, 2008. In the letter I stated I wasn’t an economist, and didn’t have to be, to know that high gasoline prices would hurt the economy.
I outlined the approach we had to the gas shortage of the 70s, rationing, purchasing gas on odd/even days by license plate numbers (yes, there was a day for letters only), etc. As of this writing I have not received a reply saying it is a good or bad idea or any suggestion he had to remedy the problem but we are right back where we were in January 2008 with high gasoline prices. Whatever the reason, be it speculators in the stock market, oil companies or an oil embargo, is it possible that just the threat of rationing gasoline would bring the prices down? I don’t know but my guess is we will never know and I haven’t seen anyone in Congress offering any other idea?
On behalf of the officers and members of the Hicksville Veterans of Foreign Wars, William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211, I would like to thank the Hicksville community members, businesses, organizations and local elected officials who supported us by attending our 77th Anniversary Dinner Dance and/or sponsoring an ad in our 77th Anniversary Journal. Without your support, we would not be able to continue the programs we have in support of our veterans. We will continue to work closely with the Hicksville community and our elected officials to ensure that all our veterans needs are addressed.
On Sunday, Feb. 5, we were informed by a civic member about a loitering problem that had developed on a dead end block, Alicia Street, which was occurring mostly at night. The activity was such that drug trafficking was/is highly suspected.
On Monday, Feb. 6th, we notified Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia and her secretary Emma Rosasco of the situation and inquired about the procedure to procure a streetlight on the block to help deter the activity. Our liaison POP Officer, PO Paul Lamonaca, at the 8th Precinct was also notified of the situation.
On Tuesday evening, Feb. 7th, a surprised civic member called to report that a new streetlight was installed on the dead end block and was operational!
The 21st Century will be the Asian Century. We’ve known that since the 1980s when Toyota replaced GM in the parking lot, Sony replaced RCA in the living room, our hospitals and engineering firms became increasingly staffed with Chinese surgeons and Korean technicians and our local businesses came increasingly to be owned and operated by Indian and Pakistani businessmen. Indeed, since crime, poverty, illiteracy and homelessness dramatically decreased in Singapore, China, Taiwan and South Korean whilst increasing in Western countries – the U.S. in particular. Since the proportion of Asian populations who can speak English – the language of science, diplomacy and international trade – increased as America became increasingly confronted with issues of bilingualism.
America’s decline as a world power does not necessarily mean that the good life won’t be possible for our grandchildren (although we must accept the reality that many will have to look overseas to find the American Dream they couldn’t obtain here).
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