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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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