With almost 3 million Long Islanders living above their water supply, the concern for groundwater contamination is real.
Flushing unwanted prescription drugs and medications was once the acceptable, and even recommended, method of disposal. However, in recent years, it has been found that this practice is dangerous to the environment. To ensure the safety of our environment and groundwater systems, the Long Island Water Conference wants to remind you not to flush unwanted or expired medications.
(This letter was sent to Senator Jack Martins and to this paper for publication.)
Yesterday evening, hundreds of residents of the Herricks and New Hyde Park area along with folks outside the area lined up at Park Circle in anticipation of the annual July 4th fireworks display.
Much to our dismay, all we saw were droves of Nassau County’s Finest cruising around and through the park making sure the festivities didn’t go off. When we asked why the heavy police presence and why the fireworks show would not be permitted, we were told that because one person wrote a letter complaining about the fireworks display last year there would be no further shows permitted.
It’s been quite busy throughout the village as the warm weather has settled in. Our village employees spent a productive two weeks preparing the Roger Fay Williston Park Pool for this year’s season. This group did an excellent job as the facility looks quite impressive. From water quality to landscaping, the group didn’t miss a beat.
As many of you know, we have been imploring Town of North Hempstead (TNH) Supervisor Kaiman to review the financial practices of the Town with regard to our special taxing district, New Hyde Park Park District (NHPPD). Unlike other park districts who are governed by independent commissioners, we are governed by TNH Board members. The problem essentially began with the TNH building a “recreation” center on NHPPD’s property - in 1989 NHPPD entered a land rental lease arrangement with the TNH, itself.
In an effort to provide schools with mandate relief, Senator Jack M. Martins introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow boards of education to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if the seats aren’t being used by students. The measure was passed by the Senate on Friday and is expected to save school districts millions of dollars.
“The School Bus Mandate Relief Act” (S.4434) was introduced by Senator Martins in response to a call by school districts for relief when it comes to state mandates. The bill allows the board of education of a school district to reduce the number of seats if there is a documented history of the actual number of riders in each of the preceding three years, showing a consistent pattern of eligible pupils not using the transportation provided by the district.
Astonishingly, Supervisor Kaiman admitted to taxpayers that he has no real “numbers” for purchasing, rehabilitating or operating the facility. Kaiman suggested that even if he had numbers, there’s no guarantee this town-owned and operated facility would be revenue neutral, and therefore, shortfalls would have to be passed on to ALL taxpayers in the Town of North Hempstead.
The first concert of the Williston Park Gazebo Concert Series was held on June 16th at 7 p.m. As a special treat, the village had a barbecue in honor of Flag Day and our senior citizens. Further, the village also honored Williston Park couples who have been blessed to celebrate 50 or more years of marriage. Bring your chair and a friend and enjoy good company, good music and beautiful surroundings. Music will be provided for all ages from babies to our special senior friends. Hope to see you there!
This past weekend the “Jewel of Williston Park”, the Roger Fay Pool, opened with a preview for the upcoming season. Both Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th were the traditional “open house” sessions which allowed all to come visit and utilize the facility without having to be a members. The pool officially opened again on June 11th and June 12th, although for member use only. However all are invited to come and visit the site so as to become aware of all the pool has to offer and hopefully become members. Officially, the pool season will begin on June 18th with the pool opened daily until Labor Day. Although the “early bird special” has ended, memberships are still available. Staff is at the pool daily processing the submitted applications. This great facility is a bargain considering the daily cost compared to other forms of recreation. It’s close by, affordable and offers events for children of all ages. If you haven’t joined, or know neighbors and friends who haven’t, remind them!!!
A bill proposed by Senator Jack M. Martins to allow fire districts to use the traditional lever voting machines in their annual elections has passed the Senate.
Current election law requires the use of optical voting machines (scanner machines). This process would require fire districts to not only secure optical voting machines at a cost to the fire districts but also fire districts would be required to purchase a paper ballot for the scanner machines for every registered voter in the district at a cost of 55 cents each.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel’s voting machine legislation recently passed the New York State Assembly. The legislation (A.7469) will allow both fire and special improvement districts to continue using lever voting machines until December 31, 2012.
“A quick dose of realistic mandate relief was warranted. This commonsense legislation is critical for the continued efficiency of elections until localities can transition to electronic voting machines,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, the bill’s sponsor.
Last week, I had the opportunity to gather with my colleagues from Long Island to urge the Assembly to pass a 2 percent tax cap, an initiative by Governor Cuomo that we passed in the Senate back in January with overwhelming bi-partisan support. The Assembly followed by proposing a cap with modifications from the legislation that was passed by the Senate. We are in the process of reviewing their proposal.
Our gathering took place at the modest home of a couple in Bayport – a Long Island suburban community, where they chose to raise their family. Unfortunately, this couple is finding this basic mission increasingly difficult, as their property taxes have soared from approximately $6,000 per year when they purchased their home just eight years ago, to a level currently in excess of $11,000 annually. Their story is sadly familiar to many of us in Nassau County.
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