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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.



Letter: Send Another Message On Nov. 2, 2010

Written by Edward W. Powers Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00

The recent review by the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) of the state consolidation bill aimed at villages and special districts shows that the Albany politicians that voted for this are just as clueless as the Washington politicians that voted for an almost 2000-page health care bill that no one read.

These are the same Albany politicians that voted for the MTA payroll tax that is killing jobs across Long Island. These are the same Albany politicians that voted to raise taxes by a whopping $8 billion in just one year, sapping the life out of our economy. These are the same Albany politicians that want to cut $686 million in school aid in the middle of the school year without any sign of mandate relief. These are the same Albany politicians that voted to increase state spending by an astonishing $10 billion, killing private initiative and industry.

We the people sent a message on Nov. 3 to the local out-of-touch, tax and spend politicians. On Nov. 2, 2010, we the people need to vote out the clueless, out-of-touch, tax and spend Albany politicians that voted for all of the above.

Edward W. Powers
New Hyde Park



Letter: Thanks to Williston Park Fire Rescue Squad

Written by Darby Ehrbar Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Williston Park Fire Department Rescue Squad for their prompt and efficient service a few weeks back.

I apparently ate a kernel of corn while eating dinner. My Papop called for an ambulance, as my mommy and Nanon were very nervous.

The men arrived within minutes, checked me out, calmed my mommy and then took me to Winthrop Hospital.

The next three days were quite harrowing with me ending up in the operating room at Schneider Children’s Hospital. Although I missed my sister’s Baptism at St. Aidan’s it worked out all right.

My entire family cannot say enough of the service provided by the members of the Williston Park Fire Department Rescue Squad. A number of the members showed up and we are not sure of all those who were there that evening. All were helpful and so concerned for me and my family. I thank you all.

Darby Ehrbar, age 2

(written for me by my PaPop Paul Ehrbar).


Eye on the Island: November 6, 2009

Written by Mike Barry Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00
2010’s Election Cycle

Election Day 2009 is history so voters will now be given a respite from political mail and television commercials as well as candidate train station visits.

Elections Inc., however, is a big business, and operates year-round. Indeed, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, and Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 are marked already on the industry’s calendars because, while county and town contests provide nice profit margins for direct-mail, polling, and media-buying companies, the 2010 state and federal election cycle may boost their collective bottom line even more.

The most immediate reason is the prospect of a September 2010 Democratic primary between Governor David Paterson and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, although few believe such a scenario will materialize. With the state’s highest court having upheld the governor’s appointment of Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, the governor can step down from office before his term expires at year-end 2010 with a credible successor in place. The Paterson-Cuomo matter, if left unresolved, will come to a head next spring when the state’s Democratic Party convenes to nominate officially its 2010 ticket for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and comptroller. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are running statewide next year, too.


Letter: Help Save OurLibraries

Written by Donna McKenna,Director Williston Park Library Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

The governor of the State of New York has proposed a 10 percent cut across the board (except for 4.5 percent for school aid) to resolve a mid-year state budget deficit of almost $3 billion. This means an additional $3.3 million cut in library aid on top of the three cuts received over the past 18 months that have reduced library aid from $102 million in 2007 to $91 million as of April 2009.

If the proposed $3.3 million goes through, it would bring library aid down to $88 million, a level not seen since 1998. Libraries have already

contributed their fair share toward reducing the state’s budget

shortfalls. Library services are needed now more than ever. So please

contact your state legislator to urge them to reject the proposed cuts.

Please follow the link to sign the petition to save library aid. Pass it

along to everyone you know who uses a library.

Donna McKenna
Director Williston Park Library

Letter: Congressman Ackerman Responds To Village

Written by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00
I have been reading in the Illustrated News about the problems that the Village of Williston Park has been experiencing in accessing the $1 million in road improvement funds I secured for the area.

I have been working closely with Mayor Ludwig Odierna to remove these obstacles so that these critical infrastructure upgrades can finally move forward.

The village has now received approximately $100,000 to complete engineering studies. Once those studies are approved in the coming weeks, we can expect the remainder of the money to be distributed.

I was extremely pleased to secure these critical funds for Williston Park, and I look forward to this important project getting under way soon.

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman


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