I applaud the efforts of Governor Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and other local leaders who were out here quickly and efficiently to protect lives, property and restore our communities. They defined true leadership in the wake of Hurricane Irene for those in the Long Island community. I am honored to work with these people and I am proud to watch as everyone comes together to rebuild after the storm.
My cousin Hymie died three weeks ago, at the age of 90. He was one of my favorite cousins. His given name was Herman.
Herman is not a great name in my opinion, but Hymie was a great guy. He always had a joke on his lips or a puzzle, or funny saying. He was never negative about anything.
One size definitely does not fit all or at least it rarely does. It’s a lesson big government needs to remind itself. Case in point would be the State Board of Education’s recent efforts to redesign how our teachers are evaluated.
You may recall that New York was fortunately awarded $700 million from the federal government’s “Race to The Top” program, which seeks to improve student scores by holding teachers more accountable. The idea is a good one and certainly no one wants to turn away much-needed monies for our schools, but as usual, it’s in the implementation of good ideas that problems arise.
If you’ve been thinking about adding a canine or feline to your family, September would be a great time, according to Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Beth Faughnan, who announced the town will hold its third annual “Free Adoption Month” in September.
“The town’s animal shelter is brimming with happy, healthy animals that lack just one thing…a loving home,” Faughnan said. “I invite anyone interested in adopting a pet to visit the town’s animal shelter and see the wide selection of puppies and kittens, as well as older dogs and cats, even some purebreds, available for adoption. Trained shelter personnel will work with you to make sure the animal you select is appropriate for your family’s lifestyle.”
Mangano and the republicans in the legislature should never have tried to sell the people of Nassau on the bad idea of raising their property taxes to build Charles Wang a new Coliseum.
The independent, nonpartisan Institute of Medicine (IOM) comprised of health care professionals recommended that prescription birth control be included as a preventive service under the federal health care reform law. If adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act will be required to cover FDA-approved contraceptive methods without charging co-pays or other out-of-pocket fees. This could result in the elimination of one of the biggest obstacles to effective family planning for millions of American women. HHS is expected to make a final decision on the IOM’s recommendation in August.
With the vote for the proposed Coliseum project looming, I have felt compelled to speak out on this issue.
I will vote NO. I came to decide to vote NO for a number of reasons:
1) We’ve been told that the cost to the taxpayers of Nassau County will be $400 million, but NIFA has said the cost could be almost $800 million.
The volunteer firefighters of the Hicksville Fire Department serve with pride as we seek to safeguard the lives, homes and businesses of our community. We are able to do our job effectively because of many friends, like you, who support our endeavors.
This year, we are raising funds in Memory of HFD Ex-Chief Terry Farrell and ex-Captain George Howard who both died on Sept. 11, 2001. Terry was a member of FDNY Rescue 4 and George was a member of Emergency Services with Port Authority JFK.
My search is on and there are a few days left till voting but until I can find one previous economic case study where a publicly financed or taxpayer subsidized stadium did not turn out to be the worst “investment” a government made (producing NO economic gain), I’m voting NO on the Nassau Coliseum deal.
(Editor’s note:This letter refers to the column “What Every Long Islander Needs to Know” in our July 8 edition.)
I read the article by Nancy Rauch Douzinas on aquifer pollution in the Hicksville Illustrated News with more than a passing interest. I have been involved in the “green industry” on some level or another for 40 years. I am an ex-landscaper company owner and held NYS DEC certified credentials for both pesticide applications and as a registered pesticide business in Nassau County.
The pollution of LI’s ground waters and aquifers is a serious issue, but one that could actually be corrected if both the public and Albany could figure out how to work together instead of against each other.
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