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.
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:
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.
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.
Third Precinct Inspector Kevin Canavan, in a packed auditorium of the Herricks Community Center, met with the residents of Manhasset Hills and surrounding areas to further discuss the rash of burglaries that have taken place in those neighborhoods.
At the meeting, sponsored by the Herricks PTA presidents, Inspector Canavan began by outlining his experience and education. He said he has been with the police department for 25 years. He has a master’s degree from Fordham University and is currently working on his doctorate degree.
He said, “On the practical side, I have been with the department for the past 25 years and I have four brothers who are all firemen, so I’m the black sheep of the family, being the only one in the police department. But, I have throughly enjoyed my 25 years with the department. I have worked in the patrol end. It’s rewarding. Right now I am the Commanding Officer of the Third Precinct and hopefully that will last for a little while. So, I’m here to talk about anything you’d like to talk about but I do know that burglaries are a big concern in this area.”
Last Saturday, for the first time that anyone could remember, the Village of New Hyde Park was forced, due to the heavy downpour of rain that turned to snow, to hold its tree lighting ceremony…inside. The switch was relocated at Marcus Christ Hall and at the appointed time it was thrown to light up the beautifully lit tree on the front lawn of village hall.
It was also suggested that a new window be installed in the refreshment house stand, so that parents working in that stand could see their children compete in the meets while they are busy selling refreshments.
Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1 that he will not challenge the election between him and Republican opponent Ed Mangano, ensuring that Mangano will become the next Nassau County Executive next month.
The Village of New Hyde Park will hold its Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 5 beginning at 3 p.m. with a program at Marcus Christ Hall for the children. Included will be a performance by The Magic of Amore and the children will then be treated to some goodies. On or about 4 to 4:30 p.m. the program will move outside to the New Hyde Park Village lawn where the New Hyde Park Memorial chorus and orchestra will perform traditional Christmas music.
Santa will arrive and the trees will be lighted to officially start the Christmas season in the Village of New Hyde Park.
At the last Williston Park Village Board meeting, the board, in conjunction with the Williston Park Historical Committee, announced the winners of the 4th fourth grade Annual Historical Contest.
The winners are then invited to Williston Park Village Hall and are given the title of the board mayor and trustees and they then read their winning essays to those assembled at the meeting, including their parents.
“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.
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