“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
Customers of Water Authority of Western Nassau County were notified over a 24-hour period spanning July 20 and 21 of an issue with their drinking water and at that time were advised not to consume the water without boiling it first. As of July 22nd it has been determined that it is no longer necessary to use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, or food preparation.
According to the Water Authority, “After extensive testing of 171samples collected by both the Water Authority of Western Nassau County and by the Nassau County Department of Health, we are pleased to report that the issue has been addressed and that it is no longer necessary to boil the water first.”
This winter, the state fiscal watchdog NIFA took over Nassau County’s finances. Now, six months into the “control period” this summer, the authority’s attitude has apparently been heating up to match the seasons.
Meeting July 14 at The Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale, NIFA’s board of directors employed an impatient and chiding tone, delivering a clear message: Nassau County’s efforts to rectify what NIFA considers to be a financial disaster in the making are not good enough.
Major developments have been surfacing in Mineola over the past year. First, it was the long, drawn out process to get the Winston Manor residential complex off the ground. Now, a new research facility could grace the corner of Second Street and Mineola Boulevard if a special permit is granted to Winthrop University Hospital.
A team of lawyers, traffic and environmental experts, architects and hospital representatives presented an application to build a $60 million research facility to the board of trustees at the June 13 public hearing. The proposed four-story, .893 acre facility would house research development into obesity and diabetes as well as cardiovascular pulmonary related issues, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) disease among others.
Recently elected James Gounaris and re-elected Christine Turner were issued the oath of office at the Herricks reorganizational meeting by Assistant Superintendent for Business Helen Costigan.
Christine Turner returns as board president and Richard Buckley as vice-president. Buckley was absent from the meeting because he is on vacation.
Ernest Gentile was nominated to keep his position as board president, along with trustee Patricia Rudd, but in the end Gentile was selected to remain as president. He was sworn in by District Clerk Patricia Olive. Joseph Bongiorno was then unanimously chosen as the board’s vice president and was sworn in by Olive, as well as the other board trustees, board treasurer and superintendent of schools.
The graduates, their family and friends all gathered at Hofstra to attend the graduation of The Class of 2011 of New Hyde Park Memorial High School.
It was met with ire by school districts and local villages and commended by residents and businesses. But on June 30, with positives and negatives aside, the bill became law.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Lynbrook last week to sign the 2 percent property tax cap into law. The tax cap was a major platform Governor Cuomo touted during his campaign to deliver property tax relief to homeowners and business owners across the state.
Due to the threat of rain, the Herricks High School 52nd graduation was held in the Herricks High School Gym.
The graduation opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner spoken and sung beautifully by Ryan Singh.
First it was the Lighthouse Project, then a casino and now a new redevelopment plan that could garner a minor league ballpark and new arena for the New York Islanders. Interested parties will be crossing their fingers until Aug. 1 when Nassau County residents will vote a $400 million bond referendum to redevelop the 77-acre site of the Nassau Coliseum.
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