The Herricks School District Board of Education has temporarily tabled its participation in a recent bill signed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo that would provide school tax exemptions for veterans of the United States military living in the district.
Board President James Gounaris, at a meeting on March 6, said that while the door would remain open for future participation in the program, several potential issues with the bill that made him and his trustees reluctant to opt in at this time
“There is the issue that we continue to have with the Nassau County Assessor’s Office, and their inability to give us good data on who is legitimate and who is qualified for the program and who is not,” he said. “The board is in favor of offering the exemption, but the problem is, how do we qualify the exemption for all these people without affecting others who may or may not qualify? Veterans who may be mistakenly excluded may pay a higher rate when they may have been qualified to participate.”
It was a historical night in New Hyde Park as the New Hyde Park Museum recently held its official grand opening on the second floor of Village Hall in the William Gill Theatre. The doors opened at 6:30 p.m. to let the public view various pictures, memorabilia and items dating back to the late 1800s.
“It has been several years in the making to get this Museum up and running,” said New Hyde Park Historical Society and Museum President Carol Nowakowski, who has been a resident of the Village since 1962. “A lot of people worked very hard to get this going and I am very proud of this museum.”
New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro, Trustee Donald Barbieri and other local figures, including Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello and County Comptroller George Maragos were in attendance.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District’s ad hoc committee is still reviewing options for a second bond referendum, to be put up for a vote either in May during budget and school board elections or a special election in the fall. The district proposed a $99.5 million bond for various repairs to its five high schools in December, which failed by 293 votes.
Five options are before the ad hoc committee. The first is a vote on the original bond for a second time, with elimination of electronic signs and some capital work. The second and third options would decrease the bond issue, to $84,606,691 in one case or $87,029,591 in another. The fourth option would total $89,577,091. The fifth option is split into two: $73,567,876 in infrastructure repairs, improvements; and a separate $16,009,215 in athletic renovations and upgrades. The School Board will review the options in preparation for a special meeting on Tuesday, March 18.
It’s a family affair for the Winters of Port Washington when they make pilgrimages to Bobb Howard’s General Store in New Hyde Park. “There’s something in that store for everyone,” says Tracy Winters, who has been a customer of this retro candy and toy store for eight years. Tracy goes for the Astro Pops, husband Michael gets Marshmallow Twists and Tracy’s mother, Phyllis Heller of Bellmore, can’t resist the Goldenberg Peanut Chews. Jake, Tracy’s older son, isn’t a candy lover so he gravitates to the old-time toys and nostalgia posters.
Jamie Waller of Queens says it made him feel like a kid again when he saw the wall of candy with treats from the 1990s and 1950s sitting next to each other. “Anything you can possibly want is there,” he says. For Jamie, a big treat is Circus Peanuts, peanut-shaped marshmallows. “My dad used to love them when he was a kid,” he says.
One fortunate New Hyde Park resident was rescued from the freezing cold on Tuesday, Feb. 25 thanks to Dr. Julia Harmon, DVM, of the New Hyde Park Animal Hospital. That night, at approximately 8 p.m., Harmon was going to her car after work when she saw Spike, a wandering bulldog near Brooklyn Avenue, one block from the vet’s office on Jericho Turnpike.
Harmon immediately brought Spike, who was not wearing a collar and did not have a microchip implanted for identification, back to the vet’s office. The temperature outside was already at 31 degrees, but felt like 20 degrees with the windchill. Luckily Spike was
brought in from the cold early; temperatures dropped down to 25 degrees that night.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education talked finalizing the budget for the 2014-15 school year at its work session meeting on Monday, Feb. 24. The budget will be unveiled at the March 10 meeting.
Talks at the work session centered around what is or isn’t changing next year, and the board announced that they’re dealing with a “maintenance of effort” budget that will retain all current programs and non-mandated activities. Class sizes are expected to average about 21 students.
“Yes, we are status quo for the upcoming year, and this is a great achievement. It’s an amazing feat compared to the rest of the state,” Vice President Patricia Rudd said.
A long-standing legal battle with Nassau County and local area schools has finally come to an end, as revealed at the Feb. 27 meeting of the Herricks School District Board of Education.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth gave an update on the lawsuit Nassau school districts had leveled against the county regarding tax certiorari refunds; the county had attempted to shift the responsibility of refunding money from successfully grieved property tax assessments to the school districts. Previously, the county had been responsible for refunding these monies.
Bruce Blakeman, a Republican from Long Beach announced that he will run for the 4th Congressional District seat Rep. Carolyn McCarthy will vacate due to cancer.
The former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature said before announcing that he huddled with local political figures, including Congressman Peter King, who recently endorsed him. Blakeman called the 4th District “winnable.”
“I think one of the things I was known for as the presiding officer was reaching out to the other side of the aisle,” he said. “I had a commitment to keeping taxes down.”
With the New York area hit by a stunning amount of snow in recent weeks, Mayor Robert Lofaro addressed the village’s current level of storm preparedness at the Tuesday, Feb. 18 board of trustees meeting, stating that, as is the case with many municipalities across Long Island, New Hyde Park has had challenges accessing supplies of salt to treat icy roadways.
“We, fortunately, have had enough supply to deal with the snow events that we’ve had, including the one this morning,” he told the trustees. “But it got to the point that we got a delivery of salt [on Feb. 18], and that salt was immediately put on the trucks, so it’s not like we have a big surplus. We have another 80 tons on order which is to be mixed with 80 tons of sand, and we hope to get that soon.”
The crowd kept pouring in for 12-year-old Herricks Middle School student Lexi Zisselman’s Kick For-A-Cure charity soccer goal kicking event on Saturday Feb. 22 at the Hofstra University’s Practice Bubble.
Serving as her Bat Mitzvah project, Zisselman chose to commemorate her late grandfather Issac, who died in 2005 of multiple myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer. With Zisselman’s idea and her father Marc’s help, Kick For-A-Cure was conceived, and the turnout was beyond the family’s expectations. The event raised $7,500, with 250 children attending.
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