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From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins: June 3, 2011

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

Tax Cap Discussed with Colleagues

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.


Letter: Heart Filled Gratitude and Appreciation

Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

For the past 12 years I have had the thrill of living in a community that stands by me daily however there was no way for me to prepare me for their overwhelming endorsement of my candidacy for the Herricks School Board. 4,065 taxpaying residents came out in the pouring rain to vote on the Herricks school budget and a new board of education member. These voters represented parents, senior citizens, and empty-nesters from the many communities that make up the Herricks school district.


From Long Island Wins: May 20, 2011

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

Immigrant Businesses Power Long Island

Flemming Hansen didn’t necessarily expect to be an entrepreneur. And he didn’t expect to be plying his trade here on Long Island.

Growing up in Denmark, he aspired to become a chef; decades later, he found success as a baker. Close enough.

But to his surprise, he ended up running a profitable business far from his native homeland: In 1998, Hansen opened Copenhagen Bakery in Northport, which has become one of the best-known and most popular cake shops on Long Island.


Letter: Former Mayor Odierna Supports Jim Gounaris

Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

On May 17, we have an opportunity to make a difference for the community of Williston Park, and most importantly our children that attend the Herricks School District. It is for this reason that I’m supporting Jim Gounaris for Herrick’s School Board Trustee, and I urge you to do so too.


Letter: Tina Farrell Plans to Vote for Jonai Singh

Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

It is with pleasure that I write in support of Jonai Singh for Herricks Board of Education trustee.  I have had the privilege of working with Jonai on PTA Council this past year.  

At first witness Jonai expressed vividly her passion for the children of our school district and the importance of a great education, her love of public service and her commitment to the tasks at hand.


Letter: In Support of Jim Gounaris

Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

We proudly want to offer our support to our friend and neighbor Jim Gounaris for Herricks School Board. His ability to be an avid supporter of our Educational Programs while understanding the complexity of the needs of the rest of the community is just part of the reason we support him.


Letter: Stephanie Elgort in Support of Jonai Singh

Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

I am writing to you about the upcoming Herricks Board of Education elections on May 17.  I would like you to know what a fine addition Jonai Singh would make for the Board and for the community.

Jonai and I have a history of working together since our children were in first grade at Searingtown School in 2002.  We developed and implemented Searingtown School’s first Spring Fling where the students and their families came together for an evening of fun and fellowship.  It also was the beginning of Jonai’s major fundraising efforts for the school. 


Letter: Please Vote for James Gournaris, A Trusted Friend

Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

James Gounaris has been a trusted friend for the past six years since I moved into our Manhasset Hills community.

We collaborated very closely in the running of the Boy Scout Cub Pack that meets at our local elementary school (Denton Avenue Elementary).  Jim served as the charter representative for the Pack for the initial years when the Pack was first created and was very instrumental in getting it started. He was also an active Den Leader who provided the positive and wholesome leadership throughout the years that his kids were members of the Pack.  


Letter: Nalini Chugh Supports Jonai Singh

Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

It is with great pleasure that I sit down to write this letter on behalf of Jonai Singh a long-term resident and a much respected, generous, productive and extremely articulate member of the Herricks Community. Every community dreams of having responsible, civic minded citizens occupying positions of leadership and authority. Jonai Singh is running for the position of Herricks School Board Trustee. As a former Herricks School Board Trustee (2005-2008) I heartily endorse Jonai Singh without any reservations for the position of Herricks School Board Trustee.


Letter: Saga of Schumacher House at Clinton G. Martin Park

Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

This is a sad story about a home in the Town of North Hempstead which has been the victim of neglect for too long. What is so sad is North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman’s lack of vision for the future of our town. I am speaking of the Cornell/Van Nostrand/Schumacher house on the grounds of Clinton G. Martin Park.

This house represents our humble beginnings in America. Pioneers built this house to settle in a new land. The Cornell family who built this home recognized an opportunity to start a new life. They were courageous to travel to a new land to build a new and better life, like so many in the town today. The town’s Business and Tourism Development Corp. has stated the farmhouse could become a valued focus for efforts to promote both tourism and business. As well, this home could become a great educational resource for children of all ages and certainly a reminder of the good “old days.”  


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