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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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