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Eye on the Island: December25 , 2009

Written by Mike Barry Friday, 25 December 2009 00:00
MTA’s X-Mas Surprise

There’s a scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) where Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), despondent because his boss canceled everyone’s year-end bonus, celebrates as a messenger arrives at his door on Christmas Eve, carrying what appears to be a check.

Griswold quickly signs for the envelope. “What is it?” one relative asks excitedly. Before its contents are revealed, Griswold’s father-in-law, Art Smith (E.G. Marshall) offers a prediction, “A letter confirming your reservation at the nuthouse.”

If Hollywood were casting National Lampoon’s MTA Vacation (2009), state Senator Brian Foley (D-Blue Point) would portray Griswold, the guy who cannot catch a break. Senator Foley has figuratively been driven insane by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) because Foley cast a tough vote aimed at averting MTA service reductions, and the MTA announced last week it would cut services anyway.


Letter: A Message From MADD

Written by Mary Scala Friday, 25 December 2009 00:00

“Tis the Season” has an entirely different meaning for victims/survivors of drunk-driving crashes.

Traditionally a time of celebration, the holidays may be exceptionally hard for families who have endured the devastating effect of a drunk-driving crash. Their coping skills may be tested and the need for additional support is crucial.

During times of crisis such as a drunk-driving crash, individuals often do not know where to turn for additional support and guidance. Mothers Against Drunk Driving Long Island (MADD LI) has many services available.

If you or someone you know is a victim of a drunk-driving crash, please contact MADD LI so that we can of assistance.

The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.

MADD LI offers a variety of services at no charge to victims of drunk-driving crashes, including literature, guidance through the legal system, peer support, court accompaniment, victim support groups, assistance with the crime victim’s compensation process and referrals to support services.

Please contact MADD LI at (631) 547-6233 or for more information visit our website at

We wish you a safe holiday season.

Mary Scala
Victim Advocate, MADD LI



Eye on the Island: December 18, 2009

Written by Mike Barry Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00
GOP Tops Media Foe

Prior to Election Day 2009, I’d been developing this theory about the Nassau Republican committee and Newsday’s editorial board, bitter rivals for as long as I can remember.

Both institutions have since 2000 been in a death spiral, my thinking went, with the county GOP repeatedly losing county elections while also struggling with candidate recruitment and fundraising. In the meantime, Newsday’s editorial board continued to cheer endlessly for Democrats while maligning Republicans but it just wasn’t the same as the paper’s circulation figures and advertising revenues plummeted.


Letter: Heartfelt Thanks From Fire Commissioner-Elect Dolan

Written by Michael Dolan Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00

Dear Fellow NHP Residents:

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the residents within the New Hyde Park fire district for their vote of confidence in this year’s Fire Commissioner election, which was held on Dec. 8. My term for the next five years will be a time of great honor and privilege to serve as your Fire Commissioner. I look forward to our working together, and meeting the challenges ahead in keeping us at the forefront in fire and rescue services. I also would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the many volunteers, neighbors, friends and fellow firefighters who gave their tremendous assistance and continuous encouragement in support of my campaign. Most especially to my immediate family, for the endless effort they made on my behalf. Again, I thank you all. During this festive time of year, I wish for each and every one in the New Hyde Park community to also have a joyful holiday season and a happy 2010 year.

Michael Dolan
Fire Commissioner Elect,
New Hyde Park Fire Department,



Letter:Response Does Not Justify Vote

Written by Frank DeSanna, Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00

Response Does Not Justify Vote

(The following letter was sent to U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and to this paper for publication)

Thank you for your letter explaining your position concerning H. R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Unfortunately your response does not justify your vote in the affirmative.

You claim that 45 million people are uninsured. That is the same figure President Obama cited before he adjusted that number to the mid 30s. So you are either using faulty data or you are including 12 million illegal aliens in your calculations. Either way, your argument is flawed.


Letter: Once in Office – Nothing Changes

Written by Kathleen Seyfried, Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00

For over five years the New Hyde Park residents, individually and through the local civic associations, have been requesting a street sweeping schedule from the Town of North Hempstead. The requests have been made by letter, email and in person at town board meetings – all to no avail. Recently, during the past election season it appeared that a schedule would finally be set up.

I recently went on the town’s website to look at the schedule. I could not find it so I sent an email stating that it was not on the website. The response I got was: “If you wish to request street sweeping please call the Call-Center. A service request will be submitted to the highway department on your behalf. Please feel free to call the town 311 Call Center at 869-6311 or 311 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for future assistance.”

However, this message appears to be for a one-time special cleaning.


Letter: Supports Albertson Water Commissioner Irene Parrino

Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00

I have known Irene Parrino for more than 10 years now. She has shown remarkable dedication and caring for her community. Not only has she dedicated her life to servicing the public as a water commissioner, she also provides volunteer services as current and active president of the Albertson Square Civic Association.


The Mayor’s Corner - December 4, 2009

Written by Williston Park Mayor Ludwig Odierna Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00

Tree Lighting Set for December 6 at 6 p.m.

The Village of Williston Park’s Tree Lighting will take place on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. on the front lawn of Williston Park Village Hall.

All are welcome to attend. We are asking for local Scout groups, both boys and girls, to join us for singing Christmas carols around the tree, along with the South Shore Brass Band. Scouts- please arrive at 5:30 p.m. if you would like to participate.


Letter: Heartfelt Thanks From Legislator Nicolello

Written by Richard J. Nicolello, Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00
I extend a heartfelt thank you to the voters of the 9th Legislative
District for reelecting me to the Nassau County Legislature. It is an honor
and privilege to serve as your legislator.
The election results were especially gratifying in view of the
negative campaign waged against me this year. I am especially grateful
for my friends and colleagues in government from across the political
spectrum who spoke out against the personal attacks. Your support and
words of encouragement helped me to remain focused on the major issues
confronting our residents and communities in these difficult economic
The next two years will be a time of great challenge as our county
faces a host of tough problems, from high taxes to a broken assessment
system. We must begin to make progress on these and other issues if
seniors, working families and young people are going to be able to
afford to live here.
Together we must meet the challenge of our times
and preserve our communities, county and suburban way of life.
Richard J. Nicolello,
County Legislator, 9th L.D.

Letter: Break-Ins Continue in Manhasset Hills

Written by Arthur Capelle Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00

There were two more break-ins in our community on Nov. 13. One on Dunhill Road and the other right on Old Courthouse & Denton.

And also two more in close-by Albertson. That’s four in one night. And what do they have in common? (besides the fact that the 3rd Precinct can’t seem to do much to catch them.) The entries were through the back sliding door or window.

Honestly, we can’t just sit back and “trust” that the police are able to stop these criminals. So what if they send undercover cops? So what if they read over 2,000 license plate numbers in four days? So what if they “patrol” our streets more? Obviously, it’s not enough!

Please, keep your eyes and ears open! Keep your back property well lit! Look out your windows, front and back! Become a nosy neighbor and even get to know your neighbor’s faces! Call in any suspicious vehicles. Don’t think you’re immune because your house isn’t the nicest on the block, these burglars are looking for easy targets! And any house that isn’t well lit, especially in the rear, is going to be considered an easy target!

There was another incident that I heard about where a woman was in her house and heard someone knocking on the back sliding door. Fearfully, she didn’t open the shades but just knocked back to show that someone was home. The “knocker” left and didn’t return. That’s plain scary, too!

I don’t know what else to suggest... This really has to stop! We are all tired of it. If it weren’t for a few of our “nosy” neighbors, we would never have known about these incidents unless you happen to come across it in a newspaper in a few weeks.



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