No COLA for Seniors But Lots of Juice For Business
The trustees of the Social Security system announced that there will be no increases in monthly payments to Social Security recipients for the next two years. For a generation Social Security recipients have received annual “Cost of Living adjustments” known as “COLA.” Now millions of senior citizens, who for years silently paid into the Social Security system, and who did nothing to cause the loss of their COLA will not see any increase in their monthly checks to help cover their ever increasing living and medical expenses, loss in value of stock portfolios and their homes. Yet, at the same time the government has given billions of “bail out” dollars to prop-up mismanaged corporations and banks so they can tighten credit availability in a collapsing economic climate and award huge bonuses to employees who got them in trouble in the first place. And, at the same time members of the U.S. Congress, who voted to bail out the corporations and banks refuse to do anything about lost COLA increases or discuss why they are totally exempt from the Social Security system, receive unconscionable, full salary pensions after serving as little as one elected term and get full medical coverage. Something is seriously wrong with the economy and Congress, but just a few of the billions given to AIG, Goldman-Sacks, Bank of America, General Motors and others should have been used for COLA increases to prop-up America’s seniors.
Alan J. Reardon
As you may or may not be aware, our son, Jack, left for his heavenly journey on January 19, 2009. This has been a very painful and heart wrenching ordeal. Not a day goes by that we do not recall the wonderful memories we hold in our hearts and, while they are all wonderful memories, they are also sad because we miss him so much. Our family, friends and community have been a tremendous support.
Labor Day weekend is here. I hope all of our residents enjoyed their summer vacations and hopefully a few visits to the pool. Thank you to our wonderful pool staff for another great season. The pool remains open until Monday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m.
The Village Hall is closed on Labor Day, Sept. 7. There will be no garbage collection on Sept. 7 and no heavy trash, but recycling and newspaper collection will remain the same. Other changes can be found on our village website or in your copy of the Village Green.
Joy Watson, a former Nassau County assistant district attorney (DA), is the Republican nominee for Nassau DA in November’s election but that might be news to you.
Long Island’s dominant media outlets have seemingly decided that the record of Nassau DA Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, needs no scrutiny, even though she holds the county’s most powerful law enforcement post. Part of the reason for this is that the editorial side of Cablevision-owned Newsday and News 12 Long Island prefers it when Republicans back Democrats, which is what Suffolk’s GOP did in 2005 and again this year when cross-endorsing DA Thomas Spota, a Democrat. One-party rule results in better government, many journalists believe, so long as Democrats are completely running things. Look how well it’s working out in Albany.
There are things in life that I am proud of, some things that I am embarrassed by and others that I am ashamed of. I am proud to be an American, a New Yorker and to live in Williston Park. However, a Newsday article of Aug. 20, 2009 and an editorial of Aug. 24, 2009 highlight reasons for me, and I hope other citizens, to be ashamed. The Newsday summarized this summer’s atrocious actions of Democrat party members of our state Senate. The members who make me especially “feel shame” are Senators Hiram Monserrate (Queens) and Pedro Espada (Bronx; maybe Westchester). In clearly selfish efforts to better their positions within the Senate and the Democrat Party and, perhaps, to soften pending criminal prosecutions (assault for slashing the face of a girl friend and residency fraud and possible corruption relating to some health care not-for-profits) they returned to the Democrat Caucus which, in turn, returned majority control of the State Senate to the Democrat Party. Their earlier withdrawal from that Caucus froze Senate business for 30 days (but, every senator got paid during the freeze). It appears that as soon as the Democrat leadership “sweetened” the pot enough both Monserrate and Espada returned to the Democrat fold. For Monserrate it could be the hope that pressure from the Senate on the Queens DA will soften the criminal assault case which could cost him not only the loss of his Senate seat, but also jail time. For Espada it was giving him a leadership post, despite the fact that he was under investigation because he might not really live in Bronx County, and $500,000, from a strapped state treasury, to hire new workers and increase the state salaries of existing employees. According to Newsday, one aide got a $36,000 raise to $120,327.00. That’s not bad for a part-time job. Republican Senate members have complained about all this, but they are powerless since they are the minority party. But, there are 30 other Democrat senators and not one has come forward and denounced the recent chicanery in the Senate Chamber that they control. That silence is shameful. It would be nice if just one senator, perhaps the senator from our 7th District, Craig M. Johnson, who is regularly touted as a great friend and champion of the people of Williston Park, bravely stood up and denounced what occurred. The 7th District is solidly Democratic so Mr. Johnson would not have to fear for his next election campaign. Such a step would not alienate Democrats and such a courageous action by Mr. Johnson would certainly be seen with favor by honest thinking Independent and Republican voters. Or, it is just that the Democrat majority is so intimidating that it is able to stifle honest comment? Senator Johnson’s silence is not shameful. He is a young man with political ambition as reflected in his vote switch on the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax. That vote shift was almost immediately followed by his appointment to the MTA Advisory Board, probably with a substantial stipend. His silence is not shameful, but it is embarrassing. All I can wish for is a bold stroke by Mr. Johnson that could make us all proud of our senator.
Alan J. Reardon
Burdened as we on Long Island are by high energy costs and dirty air, we should applaud the recent passage by the House of Representatives of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). ACES sets forth clean energy and efficiency goals for America to achieve - goals that have already been reached and surpassed by other countries around the world. The release of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, petroleum products, and even “clean” natural gas) has started a process of rapid global climate change. As this continues it will have an increasingly adverse impact nationally (more frequent and severe heat waves such as the one in the summer of 2006 that killed several hundred people nationwide, more and stronger hurricanes in the southeast, reduced snowfall in the northeast ski areas) and locally (spread of southern insect pests northward, increased erosion of our beaches and shores). Impact in the rest of the world will be at least as severe. To limit this change, the United States and other industrial nations must rapidly reduce their fossil fuel use in favor of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.
On August 10, the MTA released a Draft 2010-2014 Capital Program document and a 20-year Capital Needs Assessment document for public review and comment. It seems that the LIRR Main Line Corridor Improvements Project has morphed into something called the LIRR Strategic Corridor Improvement Program. The LIRR Strategic Corridor Improvements Program redefines the main line as being between Jamaica station in Queens County and the Ronkonkoma station in Suffolk County.
President Obama and Senator Schumer got where they are today after winning hard-fought, wildly-expensive Democratic primary contests.
Some of our most prominent local roads have surviving sections from previous eras. With a little imagination, we can have a few tiny glimpses of what the Herricks area was like in an earlier time.
Old Powerhouse road at the northern edge of the district is part of the original Powerhouse Road, first built to connect Herricks (now North Hills) with Old Westbury in 1872 and extended southwest to meet I.U. Willets Road just west of New Hyde Park Road in 1920. In the 1930s, all but a small portion of Powerhouse Road west of Mineola-Willis Avenue was rerouted to the south (today this is the path of the Long Island Expressway). Several of the homes on Old Powerhouse Road date to the 1920s.
About 1843, Charles and Ann Herrick, and their five children, moved onto a farm neighboring Isaac U. Willets’ property on the west side of what is now Shelter Rock Road, just north of Old Courthouse Road. It was near the heart of the land owned by William Herrick two centuries before. The somewhat mysterious William, who died at Maspeth, Queens in the 1650s, left no children, while his brother, James Herrick of Southampton, had hundreds of descendants. Charles Herrick was not a descendent of James, and was not from the Suffolk County Herrick clan. He was from the extensive Herrick family of Maine (his close relatives included two Maine Congressmen), and came to Long Island by way of Minnesota.
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