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Letter: Becoming The City of Nassau for Sure

Written by Edward W. Powers Thursday, 04 June 2009 14:42

First they came for our water district and we said nothing and it disappeared. Then they came for our fire district and we said nothing and it disappeared. Then they came for our school districts and someone said, “Don’t worry, the school districts are exempt from the power grab.” Then they came for our village and someone said, “This is a Home Rule state, you can’t do that.” Then the village disappeared by the whim of just one out of every 10 resident voters and the nonresidents paid petitioners who would seek their signatures under the knives of property tax savings.

After all of our districts and village were gone, someone said, “Let’s rename the County of Nassau the City of Nassau.” Someone then said, “That means that our property taxes will be lowered to the amounts paid by property owners in the City of New York.” Then several Nassau County officials, who support Andrew Cuomo’s Albany Assembly Bill A8051 and Senate  Bill S5661, that was shepherded out of committee by Craig Johnson said, “Oh no, you must be mistaken, this is an exercise in the consolidation of power and patronage and the destruction of  home rule. We need all the property taxes we currently collect in the County of Nassau, so we can lard up the new and improved further from the people bureaucracy of the new City of Nassau.”


The Mayor’s Corner: May 29, 2009

Written by Williston Park Mayor Ludwig Odierna Thursday, 28 May 2009 16:19

Gazebo Concerts Set to Start on June 11th 

The Gazebo Concert schedule is starting to fill up. We have our opening Flag Day BBQ and concert on Thursday June 11th.

“South Shore Brass” will be providing the entertainment and a BBQ free of charge is offered for our Seniors. All concerts will begin at 7:00 p.m. King Kullen will again be donating the food for our BBQ and we have received a generous donation from the DeFranco’s of IHOP to provide soda and water at our BBQ. Thank you to IHOP and remember to patronize our local businesses.


Desk of Herricks Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth: May 29, 2009

Written by John Bierwirth Thursday, 28 May 2009 16:15

Part II of Tips for Parents and Students on Cyber-bullying

What Parents Can Do

1. Learn everything you can about the Internet and what your kids are doing online. Talk to them about the places they go online and the activities that they are involved in. Be aware of what your kids are posting on websites, including their own personal home pages.


Desk of Herricks Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth: May 22, 2009

Written by By Dr. John Bierwirth Thursday, 21 May 2009 17:20

Tips for Students on Cyber-bullying – Part I

Over the next two weeks, I would like to share some tips for parents and students on cyber-bullying. These came to us from the Nassau County Police Department via a Herricks PTA officer. They are good, common sense suggestions.


Letter: It’s The Lie That Keeps on Growing

Thursday, 21 May 2009 17:16

Thanks to a great article by Joe Rizza, in The Illustrated News last week, we see that Senator Craig Johnson has again violated the trust of his constituents.

Last month, my wife and I both availed ourselves of the opportunity to email the senator regarding our opposition to unfunded mandates for school programs, a scenario which transfers the debt for state-mandated programs to the local districts in lieu of the funding that should have come from New York State, but was removed from the state budget by Governor Paterson and his budget gurus as a cost-cutting measure. Some of the funding has been replaced due to stimulus funds and that’s good, but not a total fix.


Letter: Former and Current Board Members Support Buckley And Grisafi

Friday, 15 May 2009 08:29
As former and current Board members, we are keenly aware of the scope of the job of a Herricks School Board Trustee. We believe Rich Buckley and Peter Grisafi have clearly shown, not only that they can do the job, but that they have done it extremely well. Both have served as vice president and president of the board and have excellent leadership skills. They are well prepared for all meetings and are in touch with all groups in the community. They are supportive of the kind of quality education that people in Herricks are accustomed to expect. They are keenly aware of the economic climate and the impact it has on taxpayers.

In critical times such as these we need board members with a proven record. Rich Buckley and Peter Grisafi have demonstrated their expertise over and over. We urge all residents of Herricks to vote Row A, Buckley and Grisafi, May 19, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. in the Herricks Community Center.

Nalini Chugh, Paul Ehrbar,
Sanjay Jain, Laura Susan Porsch,
Dt. T. Ravishankar, Barry Spool,
William Tountas and Christine Turner



Letter: Vote for NHP/GCP Budget

Friday, 15 May 2009 08:21
On May 19, 2009, the community will gather at the Manor Oaks School to vote on our school budgets. The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District has again presented the community with a reasonable and fiscally responsible budget for the 2009-2010 school year. They have been able to preserve the key component to the success of our children, the staff. New Hyde Park-Garden City Park is well known for being one of the lowest paying districts on Long Island. Yet, we have been very fortunate in our ability to attract and keep outstanding teachers and professional staff who have dedicated their time and energy to the success of our children. The children of this community have consistently performed at 90 percent or better on the state assessments. The members of this community all share in this success as we have supported the budgets which have allowed processional staff to do there jobs: each our children.

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