Assemblyman Tom McKevitt expressed outrage at the blatant money grab orchestrated by Governor David Paterson and his cohorts in the state Legislature. As part of the 2009-10 state budget, which McKevitt voted against, driver’s licenses and registration fees will increase dramatically.
Effective September 1, driver’s license and vehicle registration fees will increase 25 percent, which means an average class D driver’s license will go from $50 to $64.50 and registering an average weight vehicle will increase from $45 to $56. Adding insult to injury, effective April 1 of 2010 all registered vehicles will be required to get new license plates and renewed registrations forcing motorists to pay the new registration fee plus an increased $25 fee for the license plate, up from $15.
“By state mandate, every person will have to pay the fees necessary to obtain new license plates for their vehicles. In an obvious attempt to add money to the state’s shrinking coffers, anyone who wants to keep their license plate number will have to pay an additional $20. It is outright robbery,” said McKevitt.
As if things couldn’t get any worse, in the 12-county MTA region that includes Nassau there will also be a $16 supplemental fee on all driver’s licenses, bringing the cost for a standard driver’s license to $80.50. There is also a $50 supplemental fee for all vehicle registrations in addition to the 25 percent increase. Keep in mind this doesn’t include any additional county taxes and fees that might be tacked on.
“Long Island residents are leaving the region and the state in droves because they can no longer afford to live here. That’s why I am calling for the immediate repeal of such fees and for better solutions to be found to make up for declining revenues.”
I received the best news today that I want to share with everyone. Senator Craig Johnson was able to obtain a capital grant for the Town to improve and restore the Schumacher House in the amount of $500,000!
This has been a longtime goal of North Lakeville and Lakeville Estates civic associations as well as many residents of Great Neck and North Hempstead (over 10 years) and to the best of my recollection, the town said at a public meeting that they would match any grants that they received.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District Board of Education met this summer, for their first annual retreat, to finalize their working document of a Five Year Strategic Plan and to establish working goals for the academic year. The Board of Education working alongside of the Superintendent has committed to the following three goals, and has put into place a quarterly monitoring system to evaluate our progress toward our goals.
Please highlight the ideas in this speech that were so offensive that you decided to disrespect the President of the United States by not allowing our children to hear them. I, for one, am highly insulted and consider this a most unpatriotic action on your part. Not allowing our children to be encouraged to do well in school by our president. Unheard of! What a loss to our children and what a terrible lesson you have sent to them. You should be ashamed to call yourself an advocate of children. What exactly did you think you were protecting them from? I cannot find a single phrase here that I would not be pleased to have my children hear.
Linda Cavallaro, New Hyde Park
(Editor’s Note: New Hyde Park/Garden City Park Superintendent Robert Katulak was contacted by the Illustrated News and he explained that due to the first day of school falling on the same day of the president’s speech, and the confusion that often accompanies the first day of school, it was decided that it would be less confusing for the students to view the speech on the following Friday, Sept. 11 to coincide with the president’s wish to declare Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service.)
Eight years ago today, our country and state were the victims of a horrible terrorist attack. Let’s remember and pray for the victims and their families, some of them our neighbors, friends and loved ones. As we go about our day today, let’s never forget the sacrifices made, lives lost and pray for our troops at war. God Bless America.
The Williston Park Little League will be dedicating their 9/11 Garden this evening at Kelleher Field at 7 p.m. A donation of a piece of the North Tower will be added to the Memorial Garden. Join us at Kelleher tonight at 7 p.m. to remember 9/11. All are invited to attend.
No COLA for Seniors But Lots of Juice For Business
The trustees of the Social Security system announced that there will be no increases in monthly payments to Social Security recipients for the next two years. For a generation Social Security recipients have received annual “Cost of Living adjustments” known as “COLA.” Now millions of senior citizens, who for years silently paid into the Social Security system, and who did nothing to cause the loss of their COLA will not see any increase in their monthly checks to help cover their ever increasing living and medical expenses, loss in value of stock portfolios and their homes. Yet, at the same time the government has given billions of “bail out” dollars to prop-up mismanaged corporations and banks so they can tighten credit availability in a collapsing economic climate and award huge bonuses to employees who got them in trouble in the first place. And, at the same time members of the U.S. Congress, who voted to bail out the corporations and banks refuse to do anything about lost COLA increases or discuss why they are totally exempt from the Social Security system, receive unconscionable, full salary pensions after serving as little as one elected term and get full medical coverage. Something is seriously wrong with the economy and Congress, but just a few of the billions given to AIG, Goldman-Sacks, Bank of America, General Motors and others should have been used for COLA increases to prop-up America’s seniors.
Alan J. Reardon
As you may or may not be aware, our son, Jack, left for his heavenly journey on January 19, 2009. This has been a very painful and heart wrenching ordeal. Not a day goes by that we do not recall the wonderful memories we hold in our hearts and, while they are all wonderful memories, they are also sad because we miss him so much. Our family, friends and community have been a tremendous support.
Labor Day weekend is here. I hope all of our residents enjoyed their summer vacations and hopefully a few visits to the pool. Thank you to our wonderful pool staff for another great season. The pool remains open until Monday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m.
The Village Hall is closed on Labor Day, Sept. 7. There will be no garbage collection on Sept. 7 and no heavy trash, but recycling and newspaper collection will remain the same. Other changes can be found on our village website or in your copy of the Village Green.
Joy Watson, a former Nassau County assistant district attorney (DA), is the Republican nominee for Nassau DA in November’s election but that might be news to you.
Long Island’s dominant media outlets have seemingly decided that the record of Nassau DA Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, needs no scrutiny, even though she holds the county’s most powerful law enforcement post. Part of the reason for this is that the editorial side of Cablevision-owned Newsday and News 12 Long Island prefers it when Republicans back Democrats, which is what Suffolk’s GOP did in 2005 and again this year when cross-endorsing DA Thomas Spota, a Democrat. One-party rule results in better government, many journalists believe, so long as Democrats are completely running things. Look how well it’s working out in Albany.
There are things in life that I am proud of, some things that I am embarrassed by and others that I am ashamed of. I am proud to be an American, a New Yorker and to live in Williston Park. However, a Newsday article of Aug. 20, 2009 and an editorial of Aug. 24, 2009 highlight reasons for me, and I hope other citizens, to be ashamed. The Newsday summarized this summer’s atrocious actions of Democrat party members of our state Senate. The members who make me especially “feel shame” are Senators Hiram Monserrate (Queens) and Pedro Espada (Bronx; maybe Westchester). In clearly selfish efforts to better their positions within the Senate and the Democrat Party and, perhaps, to soften pending criminal prosecutions (assault for slashing the face of a girl friend and residency fraud and possible corruption relating to some health care not-for-profits) they returned to the Democrat Caucus which, in turn, returned majority control of the State Senate to the Democrat Party. Their earlier withdrawal from that Caucus froze Senate business for 30 days (but, every senator got paid during the freeze). It appears that as soon as the Democrat leadership “sweetened” the pot enough both Monserrate and Espada returned to the Democrat fold. For Monserrate it could be the hope that pressure from the Senate on the Queens DA will soften the criminal assault case which could cost him not only the loss of his Senate seat, but also jail time. For Espada it was giving him a leadership post, despite the fact that he was under investigation because he might not really live in Bronx County, and $500,000, from a strapped state treasury, to hire new workers and increase the state salaries of existing employees. According to Newsday, one aide got a $36,000 raise to $120,327.00. That’s not bad for a part-time job. Republican Senate members have complained about all this, but they are powerless since they are the minority party. But, there are 30 other Democrat senators and not one has come forward and denounced the recent chicanery in the Senate Chamber that they control. That silence is shameful. It would be nice if just one senator, perhaps the senator from our 7th District, Craig M. Johnson, who is regularly touted as a great friend and champion of the people of Williston Park, bravely stood up and denounced what occurred. The 7th District is solidly Democratic so Mr. Johnson would not have to fear for his next election campaign. Such a step would not alienate Democrats and such a courageous action by Mr. Johnson would certainly be seen with favor by honest thinking Independent and Republican voters. Or, it is just that the Democrat majority is so intimidating that it is able to stifle honest comment? Senator Johnson’s silence is not shameful. He is a young man with political ambition as reflected in his vote switch on the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax. That vote shift was almost immediately followed by his appointment to the MTA Advisory Board, probably with a substantial stipend. His silence is not shameful, but it is embarrassing. All I can wish for is a bold stroke by Mr. Johnson that could make us all proud of our senator.
Alan J. Reardon
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