It’s been a very busy two weeks since our village election; it’s also been very exciting. I’m looking forward to both April 5 when I actually take office and April 6 when I am sworn in as mayor of Williston Park. I also look forward to serving the village as mayor and want to express my sincere thanks to all of you who worked so diligently to help get me elected. It took a large number of supporters to make this happen, with many reaching out to their friends and neighbors on my behalf. I also want to thank my opponents who stepped up and offered the residents a choice. On behalf of our residents I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Lud and Alan for their years of service to the village. I congratulate Terry Thomann, Kevin Ryne and Kevin Kiley and thank both Sue Redding and Bill LaRusso.
On March 16, the voters of Williston Park decided that they did not want me to be their mayor. I admit I was disappointed, but there was more than enough of that to share. Prior to that election day a great deal of effort went into my Citizen Party’s campaign. My running mate, Bill Lorusso and I take this opportunity to thank everyone who did vote for us, those who contributed time, energy and money to the campaign, those who circulated and signed petitions, put our signs on their lawns and fences, read our releases and wrote lovely letters of support. Also thanks to the merchants who allowed our material in their windows. Williston Park now has a new mayor and two new trustees who are not affiliated by party. We should give them time to adjust to their new positions so they can focus on the needs of Williston Park. They join two party affiliated veteran trustees. They are all entrusted with the guidance of the village. The entire village board has my good wishes for success through the next several years. Years that will probably be difficult because of the economics of our time. During the campaign candidates made many promises. It is now time for them to keep those promises without inane excuses.
Alan J. Reardon
Senator Craig M. Johnson, and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel announce common-sense amendments to the New York Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act.
This legislation (S.7238/ A.10432) was introduced after consultation with the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), the Association of Towns, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), and the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York.
The 2010 Census is under way and those working on it urge residents to return their forms as soon as possible. The bureau hopes to receive as many back in the mail as possible prior to April 12. For those who do not mail back the form, a Census enumerator will begin knocking on doors after to record the information personally.
I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude for your overwhelming support and words of encouragement for which I thank you. It is with this deep appreciation for your support along with a strong sense of commitment and dedication that I will serve as one of your next elected trustees.
I read with interest the column titled “Where Is Al Gore?” in which Robert McMillan criticized Al Gore’s concept that human activity is the major factor behind global warming.
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I – East Meadow) has been selected by Republican Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C – Canandaigua) to serve on the bi-partisan Mental Hygiene Budget Conference Committee. The purpose of budget conference committees is to work out the details in their specific budget bill after revenue has been agreed upon and distributed by the General Conference Committee.
“I am honored to be chosen to advocate on behalf of our most vulnerable population and will work to craft a budget that protects their needs,” said McKevitt. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in both houses of the Legislature in the hope of producing an on-time budget that rejects further tax increases, reduces spending and makes cuts to programs and services that affect the smallest portion of New Yorkers.”
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman has received a 100 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters, one of the nation’s leading environmental advocacy organizations.
Ackerman received the top score in the group’s 2009 National Environmental Scorecard, the yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health and energy issues.
I have been a resident of Williston Park since 1963. My parents in their second attempt at the American dream found Williston Park when we rented a house on Burkhard Avenue. I say second attempt because during their first grasp, the new home they purchased in New Jersey was sold due to the economy and a job loss my father experienced due to a closing Ford motor company plant.
My parents came to New York looking for work and a place to raise their growing family. Immediately Joan and Verley Farrell made friends with the Ottens and Breens, the Lyons and O’Connells, and were expecting a new baby to accompany Eugene, Susan, Timothy and Kathleen. Shortly they found their new affordable dream in a Chatlos colonial on Capitol Avenue. We moved in July 1964, just in time for Patricia’s arrival.
Recently, my son, and 10th-grade student at Herricks High School, Alex Benjamin Katz, saved the life of his father. He was able to perform this heroic act based on the skills he learned in the Sports Medicine class he took last semester from Mr. S. Borell in Herricks High School. As part of Mr. Borrells’ class, my son was certified by the American Red Cross for completing the requirements for CPR/AED. He was certified on February 3, 2010.
Alex acted quickly when his father got food lodged in his throat and was turning blue. Alex applied his skills and was able to dislodge the food. He applied CPR; and when my husband was breathing and swallowing again Alex applied a cold compress to the back of his father’s neck to make him more comfortable. This morning my husband is fine and went to work.
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