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.
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.”
On Friday, February 4, 2011, New Hyde Park Fire Department Volunteer Firefighter Max Devane of Estates Engine Company No. 3 was seriously injured while battling a basement fire on 6th Avenue in New Hyde Park. Max required five weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation to recover from his injuries and continues his recovery at home. Max was forced to withdraw from his college classes and has missed an entire semester of school due to his hospitalization and ongoing recovery. Max may not be able to resume his summer job due to his ongoing recuperation.
How great it is for the Herricks School District to have our friend Jim Gounaris decide to run for the Herricks School Board. We have known Jim for 25 years. In all that time he has proven to be one of the most unselfish and caring individuals we have ever met.
We have enormous respect for the job Herricks teachers do on behalf of the children of this community. We also respect the fact that the teachers have an existing contract which they are under no obligation to re-open. We had, however, hoped that they would be willing to do so given the serious economic challenges facing the community and the school district.
The Herricks Teachers’ Association and representatives for the Board of Education met on March 15 and March 17. We are pleased to have reached agreements for three of the five HTA contracts. Unfortunately, we were not able to agree on terms for the Teacher and Teaching Assistant contracts.
We are all aware of the fiscal problems facing Nassau County and NIFA’s intervention in the county’s finances, our County Executive Mangano is fighting to find alternative ways to save a lot of money and make NIFA happy. Right now, there are many key issues on the table that will in all probability, negatively affect many of us in New Hyde Park/Garden City Park/Herricks areas and we must all be ready to step up and make our voices heard loud and clear.
The one issue that we can have no debate on is the closing of our Police Precincts and the second issue is the removal of our POP Officers.
(The following letter was sent to the members of the Herricks School Board and printed here at the request of the writer.)
I received an email yesterday concerning the possible ending of the Language Immersion Program. I felt compelled to contact all of you and tell you why I believe the Immersion Program should be kept intact.
Over the past few weeks I have been involved with budget issues on almost daily basis. While I’ve faced a number of challenges over the course of the first year of my term, the most difficult, to date, is the formulation of the annual village budget. This is a daunting task. However, the village staff, most notably Village Clerk, Julie Kain and the Village Board have been working diligently over the past few months on this year’s budget. The process actually began this past November and the Board has been working on various aspects of the budget since that time. A number of financial factors, of which the board has little or no control over, makes it an extremely difficult task to hold the line on taxes. While keeping in mind future capital needs, the Board, as a whole, is committed to reviewing every aspect of the budget in great detail.
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