As we all know, distracted driving has become a very serious problem for our state and our country. In New York State at least one out of five motor vehicle crashes has distracted driving listed as a contributing factor. In 2009, nearly 5,500 people died in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver and more than 440,000 were injured.
As commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, I was honored to be invited recently to attend U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s second Summit on Distracted Driving in Washington, D. C. Also participating at that meeting were leading national transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement agencies, industry representatives, researchers and victims affected by distraction-related crashes. Together we addressed challenges and identified opportunities for national anti-distracted driving efforts.
Barring the Hillside Islamic Center’s moving to a new location, or being able to successfully work out an agreement with CVS for the use of CVS’s parking lot, I would like to offer a suggestion that might prove to be feasible. And it would avoid the problems created by expansion of the Islamic Center’s parking lot into a residential area and the demolishing of any residential structures.
Immediately north of the Islamic Center is an open area that includes an existing undeveloped triangle shaped piece of land as well as a short section of Clausen Place (road) between North Third Street and Hillside Avenue. The geometry of this configuration makes for decent sized trapezoid that is actually quite a bit larger than the currently proposed parking lot.
This is a public thank you to Mr. Michael DeMartino, the principal of New Hyde Park Memorial High for what he calls an inspirational thought, but what I call, to paraphrase my kids, awesome.
This inspirational thought has become character building lessons for our seventh- and eighth-grade children. He has, together with Ms. Melissa Argaman, started an anti-bullying course which begins with character building and has been incorporated into a monthly theme.
It can take one action of bullying, be it a nickname or an incident to alter the mental health and growth of a child. This action can be carried silently or manifest later to show up in failing grades, personality changes, the use of drugs, alcohol or in some cases suicide.
On November 7, I shall run the NYC Marathon; something I never dreamt of six years ago as I was preparing myself for brain surgery. While my fellow college graduates were searching for new jobs, I was researching Chiari 1 Malformation (CM).
I did not come to the decision to have brain surgery lightly. All my life, I suffered from headaches. During my junior year in college, I had a bad fall out of my bunk-bed and slowly started experiencing additional symptoms: more intense headaches, loss of vision (had to get glasses for the first time), floating black spots, intense tingling in my hands and feet (so bad I cried in agony), dizziness, vertigo, balance issues and difficulty focusing. The moments I remember most of my graduation weekend from Providence College were my continuous episodes of vertigo and weakness.
I am a proponent of legislation that encourages manufacturing in the United States. I firmly believe that a robust domestic manufacturing agenda, not only yields durable, high-quality products, but also facilitates economic growth by creating greater demand for skilled high-wage jobs. Our nation is beginning to forge an economic recovery, but difficult circumstances persist and more must be done to stimulate growth and recovery. With that said, I am determined to continue to promote and pass legislation that creates American jobs and am a supporter of Congress’ ‘Make It in America’ agenda.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel will be sponsoring a Senior Citizen Law Day in cooperation with the Nassau County Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee on October 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The forum will be held at Clinton G. Martin Park, 1601 Marcus Avenue in New Hyde Park.
“In recent months, we have seen a significant increase in the number of constituents and their family members who have contacted my district office about various issues relating to elder care law. My Senior Citizen Law Day offers information on Elder Law and Estate Planning, Long Term Health Care and Planning for Someone with Special Needs,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend two local 9/11 Memorial Services.
The first took place at Kelleher Field and was hosted by the Williston Park Little League. It was an honor for me to represent the village of Williston Park at this meaningful ceremony. This event began three years ago under the leadership of Williston Park Village Trustee Bill Darmstadt. A number of local elected officials, along with Deputy Mayor Terry Thomann, Trustees Barbara Alanga, Kevin Rynne, and Bill Darmstadt were there.
The speakers offered their thoughts regarding the history and events of September 11, 2001. It was a touching ceremony as the names of local families that suffered a loss were read aloud. As this happened, there was a respectful silence on the part of the attending crowd. This location, as noted by a few of the speakers, was appropriate as it was indicative of the American way of life. It was held at a baseball field with American Legion Members, Boy Scouts and Little League players as participants in the ceremony. These groups are to be thanked for helping to make this ceremony special. Thanks also to the Williston Park Public Works staff for setting up and ensuring that the facility was in excellent shape.
We had a very successful opening with our teachers greeting all our enthusiastic students on September 7. Our enrollment is up from what we closed school with in June, plus additional students are being registered. We will have an exact tally at next month’s meeting. In the meantime the following students have been registered:
Garden City Park 300
Manor Oaks 368
Hillside Grade 472
NHP Road 486
Total Enrollment 1,626
For most of the warm weather months, I have, as embarrassing as it was for my children, spent a lot of most days asking children on bicycles where their helmets were.
I have been given too many excuses to list and in some instances have been scared enough to call parents. New York State law requires that bicyclists and in-line skaters 14 years old or younger wear bicycle safety helmets. The parents or guardians of children who break the helmet laws can pay a fine of up to $50.
Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello has joined with the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in their October breast cancer awareness campaign to urge women to get mammograms.
“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a significant time to remind women to get mammograms, “says Legislator Nicolello. “I hope that this month women will take the time to make an appointment for a mammogram. Approximately 95 percent of all mammograms prove to be normal.”
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