On Thursday, Jan. 12, County Executive Edward Mangano announced the ‘soft launch’ of “Nassau Now,” the County’s newest mobile and web application for residents to use an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Android smartphone or tablet to contact Nassau County directly. The government app features requests, events, information, news alerts, traffic advisories, and forms.
The system is up and operational; it is being monitored by system administrators to collect data about how the service is being used and tally the volume of inquiries being submitted through the new application. Mangano expects that there could be some ‘bugs’ to work out of the system within the initial 60 days, but is confident that this will streamline the process and eliminate a lot of liabilities resulting from nonemergency reports, such as a request for pothole repair. The county will assess the service in a couple of months and identify any issues with the software that need to be corrected.
Mangano said, “We believe this is definitely creating efficiency, definitely save us man hours, definitely going to reduce paper here in the county in the onset; it has a little bit more transparency because you can really track everything.”
In a press conference held on Dec. 15 at Cedar Creek Park Playground, just north of the sewage facility in Wantagh, County Legislator Dave Denenberg, of the 19th District, announced his request for State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate the legality of County Executive Edward Mangano’s plan to privatize the county’s sewage treatment plants.
Legislator Denenberg submitted his request for investigation in a letter, dated December 14, 2011, to A.G. Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. He said his request is on behalf of several residents regarding the sale or lease of the county’s sewage treatment plants and infrastructure, with concerns that the deal is a “‘one shot budget gimmick’ that will result in higher sewage charges to taxpayers and less public oversight of this vital county function and environmental issue.”
Kate Murray, the first woman elected Supervisor of America’s largest township, was inducted for her fifth term during a ceremony at Hempstead Town Hall on Jan. 3, 2012.
Murray focused her remarks at the inauguration on the township we call home, the unity among neighbors and officials, as well as economic growth. She detailed the initiatives she has undertaken for the future of the township, specifically speaking about the town’s economic and budgetary strength, development, housing, senior citizen programs and efforts to preserve the environment. One of the coming projects to which Murray pointed out with a personal sense of pride, is the construction of a building to house the ANCHOR program for special needs children and adults. “Of all the work our town’s administration has undertaken, the construction of a permanent home for ANCHOR will be the most rewarding project in my tenure as supervisor,” said Murray. The recreation center will be named in memory of three Camp ANCHOR counselors who died in a tragic accident on their way to work.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance and a brief welcome and holiday greetings to guests and students by Board President Michael Pappas, the regular board meeting of the Levittown School District on Wednesday, Dec. 14 was reconvened following a usual executive session.
A lengthy discussion about the district’s class rank policy was held. Assistant Superintendent Debbie Rifkin said, “Colleges use a variety of factors when making admission decisions for students; they look at their GPA, they look at their activity sheets, they look at the level of challenge of the course they’ve taken throughout their high school career, they look at SAT scores, their personal essays and if schools provide ranking information they look at that information as well.”
(Editor’s note: AMC Loews Theatre in Levittown was unable to make an official statement and calls to obtain a statement from the AMC Corporation were not returned.)
On Saturday, Dec. 17 hundreds of community members turned out in support of the Town of Hempstead’s rally against the AMC Theatres Nassau Metroplex 10’s application with the New York State Liquor Authority to begin serving alcohol to moviegoers.
It’s been documented that the first hamburger sandwich was served in 1900 in New Haven, Ct. After more than 100 years of flipping out for burgers, Americans can still recapture the ultimate burger experience at Bobby’s Burger Palace at Roosevelt Field Mall.
On Monday, Dec. 5, Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Hempstead Town officials held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay to Garden City. “America’s largest township and America’s favorite chef are cooking up a recipe for success together and if anybody knows how to put the right ingredients for success together, it’s Bobby Flay,” Murray said.
Governor Cuomo’s proposal to open New York to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has come under fire for failing to protect the state’s residents from a method of gas drilling that pollutes the environment, explained a host of speakers at a rally to ban fracking held Dec. 15 at Mary Jane Davis Green in Manhasset.
In this challenging economy the buzzword is job creation and Cuomo has also been criticized for claiming fracking will create jobs, but, as speaker Patti Katz, Reach Out America (ROA), said, “You can’t drink money.” The complaint period against fracking has been extended to Jan. 11, 2012 and rally speakers encouraged everyone to visit amillionfrackingletters.com and to send Governor Cuomo one of their own letters.
On Thursday, Dec. 15 the Division Avenue High School PTA sponsored a bookfair at the Barnes & Noble of Carle Place.
The DAHS Varsity Football players treated child patrons to storytelling in the store’s children’s section. The school’s Jazz Band performed on the store’s mezzanine, a real treat to browsing patrons. Aside from the music, a group of seniors relaxed in the café area of the store, while working on a poetry assignment. Some elementary students participated in a store scavenger hunt. Always a crowd favorite, School Principal Dr. Francesco Ianni served pastries and desserts to customers in the café.
On Saturday, Dec. 3 the Schupbachs, Jim, Kathy, and Shannon, of 15 Copper Lane hosted their ninth annual Christmas Tree Lighting to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The tree, a 40-foot Vermont pine that was planted at the house by its previous owners, more than 20 years ago when it was merely two-feet tall, now holds more than 4,000 Christmas lights and has become a annual holiday tradition for the friends and neighbors of Levittown and surrounding communities.
Many people know Nick as “Big Nick,” the driving force behind the newly formed Island Trees Alumni Football Association. He and his wife, Linda are high school sweethearts, also graduates of Island Trees High School.
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