I’ve seen a couple letters to the editor in local papers asking Frank Scaturro to quit the Republican race for Congress, Then I received a piece of literature at my doorstep from Mr. Scaturro’s opponent, Fran Becker, personally attacking Mr. Scaturro. I have also watched last Tuesday’s debate, with all three of the Republican Primary candidates, which you can see on the Conservative Society for Action’s website under “Meet the Candidates” at http://www.csa-1776.org/.
I am appalled at the politics of personal diatribe that the Becker side is trying to employ. The literature I received had lies about Mr. Scaturro’s background, trying to make it sound as if Frank was Sen. Specter’s personal aide when in reality Frank served as Counsel for the Constitution on the Senate Judiciary Committee while Specter was the ranking Republican. The end result of Frank’s service was the successful appointment of Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito, who have provided the crucial margin in several decisions.
As this fine summer winds down, I encourage all to spend time with their family and friends before the hectic nature of fall arrives. There is still a little time left to head to the pool and/or nearby parks for outside activities for both young and old.
Tree comments/concerns: FYI: As comments/concerns come to Village Hall, a work order is assigned to that particular issue and depending on the nature of the concern, it is reviewed and placed on a schedule. Due to road work and other issues a response may take a little longer than normal to complete. However, all concerns presented, are promptly put into the system and assigned a work order number. The more serious safety issues are dealt with ASAP. It is advisable, but not mandatory, that requests be put in a written letter to help ensure that the correct information is obtained. Our village staff, both in the office and in the field, work hard to help make this system work effectively.
Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, of New Hyde Park, co-sponsored a new local law to help protect children from registered sex offenders. The new local law, which was approved in a unanimous vote, requires youth agencies to search New York State’s online Sex Offender Registry with respect to its employees and volunteers.
The new law allows a parent or guardian to inquire of a youth agency whether there is a registered sex offender employed by the agency, whether full-time, part-time or as a volunteer. In response to inquiries, agencies must provide a disclosure statement that all principals, employees, volunteers, and independent contractors associated with the youth agency are not registered sex offenders pursuant to verification with the New York Sex Offender Registry.
I hope all our community is enjoying their summer in a safe and restful manner. We have been very busy as a school district this summer working hard to be sure we have the proper programs in place to meet the needs of our incoming students this September.
Schools across the state are currently being challenged to provide a more rigorous curriculum and raise our standards higher since the NY State Education Department has raised the “cut score” or passing grade on the NY State ELA and Math Assessments for the tests completed during the 2009-2010 school year. Simply stated, this means that a student who was deemed proficient by the state last year with a scale score of 659 at Level 3, is not considered proficient this year with the same score because the proficient scale score has been raised. We will not make excuses for our students’ results, but we will raise our own performance bar and provide them with strategies to meet that proficiency level.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman announced that legislation containing the funds he requested for two local hospitals has been approved by a key house panel.
The funds include $540,000 for the North Shore-LIJ Health System to treat veterans in Nassau County, Queens and Brooklyn who are arrested due to substance abuse and/or mental health problems and $100,000 for New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) to expand its peri-operative tracking system.
The money was approved by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies as part of the panel’s annual spending bill. The measure is expected to be passed by the full house in the fall. The funds are as follows:
I was visiting my granddaughters in Texas at the time of the drug bust that went bad on Willis Ave. last Friday. However I was alerted quickly by our Village Clerk Julie Kain and in touch with the 3rd Precinct, NCPD, almost immediately after the situation was under control. Building Inspector Kerry Collins contacted St. Aidan’s as their summer program was in session. School personnel at Herricks closed down Center Street School (Summer Rec. Program in session) quickly as word of the incident spread. Drugs and crime are blight throughout this great country but when an event takes place in your own community it becomes more realistic and frightful. Thanks to the officers of the Nassau County Police Department there were no injuries and this situation was brought under control in quick fashion. The location of the event, while taking place in Williston Park, is not indicative of our neighborhood.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel is pleased to announce that the Assembly passed legislation that will reform the state’s antiquated divorce laws, allowing the state to offer no-fault divorce if a relationship has broken down irretrievably for a period of six months (A. 9753-A). Currently, New York is the only state that mandates a divorce be obtained by alleging fault.
“Presently, the law is written that someone must be at fault for a marriage to fail. But family relationships are complicated, and government doesn’t need to be in the middle of it,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel. “Sometimes it is best for both parties to end the relationship in an amicable way. There is no benefit in keeping two people locked in a marriage when they both want to move on with their lives separately.”
I hope everyone is enjoying this fine summer. It seems that one beautiful day is followed by another. While it has been hot, rain has been very limited to the demise of plants, grass, vegetables, etc.) allowing for varied outdoor activities.
Due to the above average temperatures, a decision was made to open the facility at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays as opposed to the traditional 2 p.m. opening. The various work crews have begun the cleanup operations earlier than normal on Tuesday morning, to allow for the earlier opening. This policy has been put into effect for July with a review for August. I encourage all those able to take advantage of this opportunity, to do so.
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt will be hosting his Fourth Annual “Women of Distinction” ceremony to honor outstanding women from the 17th Assembly District.
The ceremony is an opportunity to tell these women that their tireless work and unwavering commitment to family, friends and neighbors has not gone unnoticed. Deserving women can be nominated in the fields of business, community and civic affairs, education, government, health services, volunteer, humanitarian and veteran and military services.
The Assembly Republican Regional Forums on Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Services is traveling the state to address the needs of volunteer first responders and encourage more citizens to donate their time to help keep their communities safe. On July 12, we traveled to East Meadow where I hosted a roundtable discussion at the East Meadow Fire Department. I heard testimony from volunteer firefighters, emergency responders, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York and the State Emergency Management Office about key challenges facing the industry on Long Island and statewide.
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