U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) will not seek re-election to the United States Congress next year. The announcement came late on Thursday, March 15, following the federal circuit court’s approval of Congressional district lines, a decision that Ackerman’s office called “extraordinarily favorable” to the congressman who is serving his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Announcing his decision not to run for a sixteenth term of office, Ackerman added that, if he had chosen to run again, he would have run “with the primary-free backing of the Democratic Party virtually assured.”
Ackerman currently represents the Fifth Congressional District of New York, which encompasses parts of the New York City Borough of Queens and the North Shore of Long Island, including west and northeast Queens and northern Nassau County.
At the outset of the last Herricks School Board meeting, trustees Richard Buckley and Peter Grisafi both announced that they would not be running for re-election.
“I moved into this neighborhood 22 years ago, three weeks before my first of three daughters was born. Both my wife and I being in education, we wanted the best schools.
“Two of my daughters are now off to college and my last will be a senior next year. They all received a fine education in this district and I want to thank the educators, not just the teachers, but also everyone on staff at the Herricks Public Schools for their extraordinary work and commitment.
The beautiful Hillside Library, 155 Lakeville Road, in New Hyde Park, celebrated its fifth year of relocation last Friday (as you might remember, it used to be in the basement of the New Hyde Park Village Hall) with a gala reception to celebrate the dedication of a book aisle to Palma (Pam) Pursino, a former trustee, who was beloved at the library and who passed away on February 20, 2011.
The library was packed with family, friends and library personnel who truly cared for Pursino and who all genuinely miss her spirit, her friendship and most of all her ability to always bring a bright smile and encouraging word to all she worked with.
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.
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