“Happy is a relative word,” said U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, when asked if he is happy with the health care bill recently passed in the House of Representatives. Meeting with the Anton Newspapers’ editors last week, the congressman said, “I’m glad the bill passed … but we could have done better.” Congressman Ackerman said that the bill is not his “ideal,” but that at least this was “progress.”
Elaborating further, the congressman said that he would have voted for “portable health care.” He went on to say that he believes it is “essential” for people to be able to keep their health care when they become ill and it is important for everyone to be able to get health insurance even with “pre-existing conditions.”
Asked if he knew what President Barack Obama thought, Congressman Ackerman said that he felt that the president was “pleased,” and, “unlike Hillary Clinton had done” years ago, the president had given the “basic parameters” for health care … “and then we did it.” But Congressman Ackerman then noted that “The Senate can come up with a completely different product.”
Congressman Ackerman expressed his “disappointment” that abortion and a woman’s right to choose was not included in the House bill.
The New Hyde Park Village always remembers its veterans on Veterans Day by holding a very solemn and impressive ceremony on the grounds of the village, corner of New Hyde Park Road and Jericho Turnpike.
This year, as has been in the past New Hyde Park Village Mayor Daniel Petruccio gave the keynote address.
“On this the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour we take the time to honor our veterans. Those brave men and women who have answered the call and come to the defense of freedom and liberty wherever it is threatened. From the first volleys of the Revolutionary War to the fire fights and skirmishes going on at this moment in Afghanistan and Iraq we are compelled to recognize the true American heroes. The quality that is consistently found in all heroes is courage. The dictionary describes courage as the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.
Mineola Mustang Run Committee chairperson Linda Fairgrieve said it will be sad on Sunday, Nov.15, after everyone has left Mineola Middle School, the staging area for Sunday’s Mineola Mustang Run. It will mark the final time the Mustang Run, which has become an annual tradition in Mineola and a major fundraiser for local organizations, is being held as the committee decided it was time to end the run.
The Mustang Run has truly been a team effort, led by Linda and Scott Fairgrieve and the dedicated members of the Mustang Run committee for numerous years. From the volunteers to the sponsors to the participants, the Mustang Run took off and ran ever since it first began. Sunday’s run will mark the 25th year the event is being held.
“We just thought it was time,” said Mrs. Fairgrieve of the committee’s decision not to continue the run after this year. “Twenty-five years is a long time.”
At the last Herricks School Board meeting Nassau County Architect Brian Schneider, who is a hydrogeologist for the county, detailed the county plans for the Herricks Pond Park, located at the bend between Shelter Rock Road and Searingtown Road.
Before his presentation students from Susan D’Andrilli’s fifth-grade class came before the board and imitated the calls of the many birds that have been spotted at the pond. She then turned the meeting over to Schneider.
Prior to his presentation Schneider said he was a former student at Searingtown and Herricks High and he said he was very excited to be project manager for this particular project, having graduated with degrees from Adelphi University.
The sponsors call it, the “Empowerment Act” for short, but local governments are calling it, the “Disenfranchisement Act” because the sweeping legislation passed this June, going into effect in March 1020, requires voters to vote to dissolve or consolidate local government before they know whether such actions would save money, or not.
“There’s a lot of confusion about the Act and it’s up to you to educate your residents so they’ll know that signing a petition for dissolution sets into motion a complicated, expensive process where the cart is before the horse,” said Wade Beltramo, special counsel for the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) to a roomful of mayors and village officials from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties at a NYCOM meeting held at Mineola High School on Oct. 29. Mr. Beltramo spent the evening giving a quick course in the new act, which is summarized below.
Residents flocked to the Clinton Martin Park meeting hall last Sunday because of their concern regarding the rash of burglaries in the New Hyde Park affluent area of Manhasset Hills, most particularly on Knolls Drive.
Dr. Binod Verma, a resident, with a dental practice in Queens, organized the meeting and reached out to elected officials and police to attend the very informative meeting.
Dr. Verma opened the meeting with a welcome message and then turned the meeting over to former inspector of the 3rd Precinct, who is now the Nassau County Chief of Patrol Robert Turk.
He explained that since the rash of burglaries in the area several new technologies have been installed, one being “plate detectors.” This is a new technology that reads every license plate that enters the area and puts it in a database so they can then track anyone who is not from the neighborhood, in the area. He said that in four days 17,000 plates have been registered. Plus, if any car is a stolen vehicle, that will be traced as well.
Democratic incumbent Jon Kaiman is seeking re-election to his fourth two-year, term as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor. Challenging him this year is Albertson resident and Republican candidate Lee Tu. The election is being held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information, their platforms and to state what they would bring to the office of town leader.
Incumbent Richard Nicolello, of New Hyde Park (R, I, C) and Dolores Sedacca, (D, WF) of East Williston are running for the 9th Nassau County Legislative District seat, which encompasses Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, Carle Place, Floral Park, Floral Park Centre, Garden City Park, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Westbury and the Willistons. The candidates were asked to make statements on: what they feel is the major issue facing the district, the home energy tax, the Lighthouse project and consolidation.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, residents will go to the polls and cast their vote for North Hempstead Town Clerk. This year, Democrat incumbent Leslie Gross is seeking re-election. She is being challenged by Republican Jon Wicks. Town Clerk is now a four-year term. Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information, their platforms and to state what they would bring to the office of town leader. The following profiles were compiled from information provided by the candidates:
Republican Angelo Ferrara is seeking re-election to the Town of North Hempstead 3rd Councilmatic District. Democrat Matthew George is challenging him. The 3rd District encompasses Garden City Park, Mineola, Williston Park, Garden City, and parts of New Hyde Park. Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information and to submit responses to questions.
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