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Residents Protest Lack of Police On New Hyde Park Streets

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 15 January 2010 00:00

What started as a rather lackluster meeting suddenly broke into pandemonium, at the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, when residents literally started yelling about the lack of police protection given to residents by the 3rd Precinct police officers.

One resident said that the police officers should be reported to their “superiors” for not doing their job of patrolling the streets marked “no through trucking” for trucks travel down those streets, all the time, in spite of the signs.

Mayor Daniel Petruccio, deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro and trustees Lawrence Montreuil and Donald Barbieri all urged the residents, over and over again, to call 911 when the trucks go down the street and they said they had.


Legislator Richard Nicolello Sworn In For Eighth Term

Friday, 15 January 2010 00:00
Appointed Finance Committee Chairman

In a ceremony at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Legislator Richard J. Nicolello was sworn in by Congressman Peter King for an eighth term as representative of the 9th L.D., a position he has held since the inception of the Legislature in 1996. At the Legislature’s initial meeting, Legislator Nicolello was appointed chairman of the Finance Committee.

He was also appointed vice chairman of the Committee on Economic Development and Labor, as well as a member of the Budget Review and Towns and Villages Committees.


Happicaps Perform Annual Christmas Show

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 08 January 2010 00:00
Every year the members of the Happicaps gather together to perform an outstanding Christmas show. Happicaps is an outreach program for challenged adults and is run by Carol Fazzolare, Claire Boylan and Priscilla Szachacz, along with Karen Murtagh. They meet once a week, for most of the year, with a very short hiatus in the summer.

A good part of the fall is spent in preparing and practicing many long hours for their spectacular Christmas production. Most are transported from their group homes by their caregivers so they can participate in the program.


A Different Leader Chosen In Trying Times

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 08 January 2010 00:00
Mangano Supporters Seek ‘A New Beginning’ at Inauguration

Heralded as the salt of the earth, honored as David victorious over Goliath, and lauded as an honest working man, proud to have been a janitor who put himself through law school, Edward P. Mangano was sworn in as Nassau County Executive on New Year’s Day to a crowd of supporters and a stage full of dignitaries who called for this very different county leader to embody the start of a new era for Nassau.

Mangano chose his alma mater, Bethpage High School, for his inauguration ceremony and the auditorium was filled past capacity into overflow areas, despite the harsh winter weather.


Legislators Join Together and Repeal Home Energy Tax

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 01 January 2010 00:00

Despite narrowly passing a 2.5 percent home energy tax earlier this year, the Nassau County legislature last week voted 13-5 in favor of repealing it. During a meeting Dec. 21, the 19-member legislature voted 13-5 in favor of eliminating the tax; Republican Nassau County Executive-elect Edward Mangano, who currently represents the 17th District, was not present for the meeting and therefore did not vote.

The home energy tax, approved by the legislature in February and implemented in June, was imposed on all residential home energy sources – including LIPA electric usage, oil, natural gas, steam services and even coal, propane and firewood.

Republican legislators were opposed to the tax since initially proposed but earlier this year the 10-member Democratic majority approved it. As a result, Republicans, specifically Mangano, promised elimination of the tax once in office and, as of Jan. 1, the GOP will have an 11-8 majority.


Former Publisher and Editor-in-Chief James DeGraff Carr Dies

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 01 January 2010 00:00

Former Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Nassau Illustrated News James DeGraff Carr died at age 84 at The North Shore University Rehabilitation Facility in Manhasset.

Carr started his publishing career in 1970 when he first bought and published The Queens Illustrated News. His editorial and production office was on Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park.

From there he acquired The Nassau Illustrated News and centered it around the news in New Hyde Park, a place he loved,


Herricks Middle School Students Meet With School Board

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 25 December 2009 00:00


At the last Herricks School Board meeting, held at the Herricks Middle School, the board took time out from its regular meeting to meet with the students of the Middle School.

Members of the student government were on hand, including president Sachit Singal, vice president Grace Macedo and secretary-treasurer Jillian Clark.

Student government president Singal gave the introduction and thanked the board for taking time to listen to the thoughts of all the students. He then turned the meeting over to activities committee presenter Jillian Clark.

The requests from Clark included: Eighth-grade graduation should continue to be at the Tilles Center.

Longer lunch periods would be preferred, as well as another server on the cold-lunch line, plus she requested that the “grab-and-go” line be open longer every day.

She also requested, on behalf of the students, that in addition to the sports drink vending machine, that a healthy snack vending machine also be included.

Further, she requested to add more intramural choices, such as ultimate Frisbee, gymnastic lessons and badminton.


Governor Signs ‘Most Significant Pension Reform Legislation in 25 Years’

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 25 December 2009 00:00
Says Future Savings on Long Island in Range of $8.5 Billion Over 30 Years

Governor David A. Paterson signed into law last week pension reform legislation in North Hempstead Town Hall that is expected to provide more than $35 billion in long-term savings to New York taxpayers over the next 30 years. It will, he said, save $8.5 billion on Long Island and will provide much needed long-term property tax relief.

In introducing Governor Paterson, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said in difficult times leadership is needed to make hard decisions— do things that actually make a difference.


New Hyde Park Village Meeting Amends Laws and Fees

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00

The New Hyde Park Village meeting was held at 7:30 p.m. last week for a hearing to amend various village codes and to change the fees of those codes.Village attorney John Spellman, who owns his own law firm in Garden City, presented the codes and the fees attached to them to the board. The proposed laws and fee changes are as follows:

Signage and Advertising Section

Law amending Chapter No. 156 of the code of the village entitled

“Signage and Advertising” Section 156-5 entitled “Signs in Non-residential Districts”, increasing the vertical measurement of signs. This law states how many signs may be affixed to either the front or side of a building and this is the main sign and should conform to the dimensional requirements of the village code.


Valli and Troupe of Entertainers at AHRC for Christmas Fest

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00

HSBC Vice-President Robert Valli and his trusty guitar have been entertaining the folks at AHRC (Association for the Help of Retarded Children) Day Care facility for the last 25 years.

He gathers a group of people who sing “back-up” for him and he then goes through an extensive repertoire of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs, as the clients join in and have a wonderful time singing with the group. It is always a welcome event for the folks at AHRC and they look forward to it every year as they correctly remember the words to each and every Christmas Carol from year to year.


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