The proposed budget for the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School District of $32,560,270 is set to be adopted on April 12 by the school board. As the budget stands right now, the budget-to-budget increase will be 3.13 percent. This is the smallest percentage increase in over nine years.
According to New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board Assistant Superintendent for Business Michael Frank, “Included in the budget are new costs that are proposed by the governor to be shifted to school districts that have historically been paid by the state. An example would be the cost for summer special education programs.
For the 17th Annual Year the Town of North Hempstead held its Women’s History Breakfast. An idea conceived by the North Hempstead Town Supervisor May Newburger.
Nassau County Administrative Judge Anthony Marano announced the appointment of Honorable David P. Sullivan as Supervising Judge of Nassau County Village Courts. Judge Sullivan replaces Judge John G. Marks who was recently appointed Commissioner of Nassau County’s Office of Traffic and Parking Violations.
Saying the Senate Democrats have put an additional burden on New York State residents during the country’s worst recession in the last 80 years by overspending and overtaxing, Republican Jack M. Martins announced he will be running for New York State’s 7th Senate District in order to protect the interests of the residents and taxpayers.
Martins, who has been the mayor of the Village of Mineola for the past seven years, believes it is time for a change in leadership in New York in order to alleviate the state of its financial crisis.
Ludwig Odierna 480 votes
Alan J. Reardon 481 votes
Paul Ehrbar 687 votes
Susan Redding 588 votes
Kevin Rynne 659 votes
William LoRusso 532 votes
Terry Thomann 811 votes
Re-elected Kevin Kiley 1200 votes
The Inn at New Hyde Park was the winner of a huge wedding contest held on TLC channel show entitled Four Weddings.
The program featured four brides and their husbands and each couple had to attend the others’ wedding and rated them in the following categories:
United States Congressman Gary Ackerman met with Williston Park Mayor Lud Odierna to announce that he has convinced New York State officials, with the help of New York State Senator Craig Johnson, to immediately release the critical road improvement funds he secured years ago for the Village of Williston Park.
The group met on Williams Street, one of the streets badly in need of road repair, in Williston Park. Quite a few years ago, Congressman Ackerman obtained $1 million in federal transportation funds for the village to repave a number of its streets. The village received $97,000 of the monies which it used to complete the engineering studies. But, the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) held up the remaining $903,000 citing New York State’s fiscal problems.
Most of the 20 community members in attendance at the recent Herricks School Board meeting were engaged addressing concerns and skepticism about the proposed plan to add an optional language immersion program to next year’s kindergarten and first grade curriculum. Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, chairperson of the Herricks School District World Language Department, gave an overview of the planned program that took precedence over any budget discussion planned for the evening. The district’s curriculum council previously approved the program being addressed.
Students in the immersion curriculum would spend a half-day in the target language and the other half in English taught classes. All students of incoming kindergarten and first grade classes would be invited to participate, with the decisions resting with the parents, no matter what the home language is of each student.
As the result of a very long Williston Park Village meeting held last week and a follow-up work session by the Williston Park Village Board, the board voted to deny the application by the Willy Parker restaurant at 67, 69 and 71 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park.
Mayor Odierna said he was voting no because there were no residents in support of this application. Deputy Mayor Smith was absent and trustee Swendsen-Dowd and Dunn voted against the application and trustee Darmstadt abstained.
The last New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board meeting was held at the Hillside Grade School.
However, prior to the regular meeting, the board held a budget meeting at 7:30 p.m. to hear the various requests and suggestions from residents pertaining to the budget.
The first resident requested that no music programs be removed. She said that it has been shown that students who are in music programs also have higher math grades. Another concern she had was the history program. She said that, “it boggles my mind” that the sixth grade students are never taken to Museums to study different civilizations.
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