Approximately 500 brave souls gathered at North Hempstead Town Beach, tripped down and plunged into the icy Hempstead Harbor water to raise money for the Special Olympics and at the last count almost $85,000 was raised.
North Hempsead Town Supervisior Jon Kaiman, with his entire family, along with New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dina DiGiorgio, and members of her family, all “took the plunge.”
The term “ditched” is often used to describe aircrafts that are abandoned before making a crash landing. However, it equally describes the feeling emanating from Nassau County residents after they learned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Port Authority would not be attending the last TVASNAC (Town/Village Aircraft Safety Noise & Abatement Committee) meeting on Mon., Feb. 27 in Garden City.
For the first time in its 40-year history, TVASNAC’s monthly meeting was held, in the lower level of the library in the Village of Garden City rather than its traditional location in the Village of Lawrence. “This is one of our first meetings outside [Lawrence] in an effort to outreach to the communities that we serve,” TVASNAC’s Executive Director Kendall Lampkin told a standing-room only crowd.
At the last board meeting, as has been the custom, the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board, during the budget process, reserved time at the beginning of the meeting to hear what residents feel is too important to be cut from the budget.
This is especially important since the state has imposed a 2 percent tax cap on all school districts.
Recently, the New York State Mandate Council met on Long Island for the first time, at SUNY Old Westbury to hear testimony from local government leaders on ideas for mandate relief measures.
The council was created as a means to review certain mandates that are placed on school districts and local governments to see if there are regulations that can be changed or eliminated in order to provide relief to local communities.
The event, orchestrated by North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross, has grown every year. Last year, there were 60 couples and this year couples had to be turned away, it has become such a popular event.
The only criteria is for the couples to be married at least 50 years and to live in the Town of North Hempstead.
“All parks, fields and playgrounds owned by the village are for the exclusive use of village residents and their guests except that a non-resident may utilize a park as a member of an organized activity sponsored or sanctioned by the board of trustees.”
Mayor Daniel Petruccio commented, “I don’t think the board is under any illusion that this will close the parks to every possible scenario. However, if we do have a problem then we have another layer of protection and can say, “Are you a resident?” However, if we issued passes, as has been suggested, we would have to check everybody’s passes, if we went that road. For us we thought this is the closest thing we could come to in order to have some amount of control in the parks.
(The following is a statement released by William Carr who has announced he is a candidate for a Williston Park Village Trustee at large.)
I, William B. Carr, have been a resident of the Village of Williston Park since 2002. My wife Catherine and I are the proud parents of four children, Liam, Joseph, Veronica and Rusty.
I grew up in Freeport, New York and graduated from Freeport High School in 1992 and served as a volunteer firefighter in the Freeport Fire Department for 6 years.
Football season may be officially over but that did not stop New York Giants captain and Super Bowl XLVI champion Justin Tuck from indulging in the team’s traditional pizza Friday during a visit to Umberto’s Pizzeria & Restaurant of New Hyde Park on Friday, Feb. 9.
As packs of fans gathered to catch a glimpse of their hero outside the popular neighborhood restaurant, inside Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and other county officials presented Tuck with the keys to the county and a citation for his work promoting children’s literacy through his R.U.S.H. for Literacy foundation.
An excited Mangano thanked Nassau County football fans for their enthusiasm and emphasized the positive economic impact the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI win had on the local economy. He equally praised Tuck’s accomplishments on and off the football field. “He is a charitable man, he gives back,” Mangano said. “It’s such a breath of fresh air when you see someone succeed and they pause to give back to those who would otherwise not have opportunity. He really is a symbol of the American dream,” Mangano added.
At the last Herricks School Board meeting Herricks Facilities Director James Brown outlined the cost-saving plan he is implementing to streamline his department and to bring down costs.
Prior to his presentation, Herricks Superintendent Dr. Jack Bierwirth said, “We will need everyone’s cooperation to make this plan work and everyone’s forbearance as there will certainly be unexpected and unintended glitches which will need to be resolved, as the plan is implemented.
“The pay-off is that this will avoid deeper cuts in instructional programs and staffing now and in the future/and or more drastic changes in the operations of our facilities. The changes in behavior required of all of us seem both reasonable and worth the effort in the context.”
Numerous Long Island lawmakers, joined by both the Nassau and Suffolk County Executives, plus Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos were out in force last Friday, calling for further reductions in the MTA payroll tax.
The press conference, held at the Nassau County Executive & Legislative Building, introduced state legislation (S-6206), one co-authored by State Senators Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Lee Zeldin (R,C,I-Shirley). The bill would exempt villages, towns, and counties in New York State from the MTA payroll tax. Municipalities in New York State, both lawmakers said, currently pay a .34 percent tax per $100 of payroll to pay for the MTA.
“Property taxpayers paying for village, town and county services should not have their hard-earned tax dollars diverted to subsidize the MTA through this payroll tax,” Senator Martins said. “We need to alleviate some of the burdens placed on our local governments. This legislation does that and the result will be relief for our taxpayers, something we desperately need.”
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