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Eye on the Island: August 28, 2009

Written by Mike Barry Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00
Watson Makes Her Case

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.

 

Letter: Senate Disgrace in Albany

Written by Alan J. Reardon Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

Senate Disgrace 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L.I. Sierra Club Applauds House Passage of Clean Energy and Security Act

Written by Peter Gollon Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

Burdened as we on Long Island are by high energy costs and dirty air, we should applaud the recent passage by the House of Representatives of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). ACES sets forth clean energy and efficiency goals for America to achieve - goals that have already been reached and surpassed by other countries around the world. The release of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, petroleum products, and even “clean” natural gas) has started a process of rapid global climate change. As this continues it will have an increasingly adverse impact nationally (more frequent and severe heat waves such as the one in the summer of 2006 that killed several hundred people nationwide, more and stronger hurricanes in the southeast, reduced snowfall in the northeast ski areas) and locally (spread of southern insect pests northward, increased erosion of our beaches and shores). Impact in the rest of the world will be at least as severe. To limit this change, the United States and other industrial nations must rapidly reduce their fossil fuel use in favor of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.

 

Letter: MTA, LIRR Still Has Third Track in Sights

Written by Edward W. Powers Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

On August 10, the MTA released a Draft 2010-2014 Capital Program document and a 20-year Capital Needs Assessment document for public review and comment. It seems that the LIRR Main Line Corridor Improvements Project has morphed into something called the LIRR Strategic Corridor Improvement Program. The LIRR Strategic Corridor Improvements Program redefines the main line as being between Jamaica station in Queens County and the Ronkonkoma station in Suffolk County.

 

Eye on the Island: August 14, 2009

Written by Mike Barry Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00
House Is Their Home

President Obama and Senator Schumer got where they are today after winning hard-fought, wildly-expensive Democratic primary contests.

 

What Do You Know About Herricks?: August 14, 2009

Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00
Touring Old Herricks

Some of our most prominent local roads have surviving sections from previous eras. With a little imagination, we can have a few tiny glimpses of what the Herricks area was like in an earlier time.

Old Powerhouse road at the northern edge of the district is part of the original Powerhouse Road, first built to connect Herricks (now North Hills) with Old Westbury in 1872 and extended southwest to meet I.U. Willets Road just west of New Hyde Park Road in 1920. In the 1930s, all but a small portion of Powerhouse Road west of Mineola-Willis Avenue was rerouted to the south (today this is the path of the Long Island Expressway). Several of the homes on Old Powerhouse Road date to the 1920s.

 

What Do You Know About Herricks? August 7, 2009

Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00
The Last Herricks in Herricks

About 1843, Charles and Ann Herrick, and their five children, moved onto a farm neighboring Isaac U. Willets’ property on the west side of what is now Shelter Rock Road, just north of Old Courthouse Road. It was near the heart of the land owned by William Herrick two centuries before. The somewhat mysterious William, who died at Maspeth, Queens in the 1650s, left no children, while his brother, James Herrick of Southampton, had hundreds of descendants. Charles Herrick was not a descendent of James, and was not from the Suffolk County Herrick clan. He was from the extensive Herrick family of Maine (his close relatives included two Maine Congressmen), and came to Long Island by way of Minnesota.

 

Letter: Help is Needed to Fix New Hyde Park PAL Facility

Written by Artie Catania. Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00
Help is Needed to Fix New Hyde Park PAL Facility

On July 17, 2007, two years ago, the New Hyde Park Activity League was devastated with a flood. The force of the water lifted the cement gym floor 14 inches high.

The Town of North Hempstead has seen the damage caused by releasing the water from the sumps. They were sympathetic with our dilemma.

At the time, they stated they would like to help with finance and construction needs but nothing has come forward.

Programs have been cancelled and moved to other locations. Most were cancelled. Our program for “special needs” was moved to a smaller location which was a problem for parents who need this program. We need to renovate this building and to bring the programs back.

Building Commissioner of PAL
Artie Catania.

 

Eye on the Island: July 31, 2009

Written by Mike Barry Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00

Mary Jo’s ‘Thick Skull’

Mary Jo Connery fell in love with a young man while attending Massapequa High School in the 1970s. She married him in 1977. More than two decades later, they divorced.

 

What Do You Know About Herricks?

Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00

The Battle of San Juan Avenue

The county and town population had increased two and a half times over during the 1920s, and one of the critical needs of new and expanded communities was how to deal with sewage and garbage. In 1929, the North Hempstead Town Board appointed a special commission to investigate how to deal with the growing amounts of refuse that was overflowing local dump sites and causing concerns about health and pollution. That fall, the commission recommended that most of the garbage generated within the town be collected and burned in one central location: At Searingtown, where Manhasset Avenue (later Searingtown Road) met San Juan Avenue.

 

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