New York State Governor David Paterson unveiled a two-year, $5 billion deficit reduction plan that he believes would eliminate the state’s current-year budget gap without raising taxes, as well as institute major structural reforms. However, part of thex plan includes a decrease in state aid that is filtered down to local school districts including those in Nassau County. Such a decrease in school aid could find school taxes, which are already the largest part of a property owner’s property tax bill, escalate ever higher.
Construction is well under way for a new synthetic turf athletic field at Island Trees High School.
The football team, marching band, boys and girls soccer teams and boys and girls lacrosse teams will be able to use the field, whose completion is slated for March 2010, before the start of lacrosse season.
Earlier this year on Sept. 11, Colorado firefighter Matt Seube climbed the Qwest Tower in Denver twice to equal the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. He and 343 other firefighters were given badges of fallen FDNY members.
Governor David Paterson recently announced that a guard rail will be installed along the entire length of the Wantagh State Parkway bike path, which runs from Jones Beach State Park to Cedar Creek Park along the Wantagh Parkway and is utilized by thousands of residents weekly who like to walk, jog, bike, and rollerblade.
At the 50th anniversary celebration of Levittown’s Division Avenue High School football program, a dedication of the Jim Amen Memorial Garden was held. The Garden, located at the south end of the football field, includes a personalized brick pathway.
On Nov. 4, the Levittown Public School District’s Board of Education held one of its regular public meetings at the Levittown Memorial Education Center.
Despite taking place on the same night as the New York Yankees’ World Series triumph, the meeting drew a sizable turnout. The gathering was called to order by Board Vice President Michael Pappas, who served in place of the absent Board President Dan Bornstein. Bornstein was unable to attend the meeting at its outset, but arrived later on and was present during its final stages.
(Editor’s Note: The election numbers contained in this story were from the Nassau County Board of Elections and were still unofficial as of press time.)
Residents headed for the polls on this past Tuesday, Election Day, to vote for the candidates of their choice.
For the third consecutive year, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice brought Choices and Consequences, her driver-education program aimed at teaching high school students about the dangers of drunk and reckless driving, to Levittown high schools.
The Oct. 15 presentation at Levittown Memorial Education Center featured a 90-minute slideshow and interactive speech by Rice, as well as testimony from actual young people who have been arrested for drunken and reckless driving, spent time in jail, and seen the consequences of their actions.
“Car crashes are the number one cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years old,” Rice said. “I believe we can and must do something about that. By educating young drivers about the realities of the road and the consequences of poor decision making, we can reduce the number of fatalities and injuries we see each year.”
Each presentation ends with a skit performed by students and a demonstration by a Nassau County police officer of the criminal process drunk and reckless drivers must go through after arrest. The DA’s program has visited more than 100 schools since its inception in 2006 in an attempt to educate young drivers of the unfortunate fact that automobile collisions are the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Over the past two years, this program has been presented during Levittown’s LEADD Week (Levittown Educators Against Destructive Decisions) activities.
Division Avenue High School Drug and Alcohol Counselor Alice Anderson said this “consciousness-raising program complements other prevention activities and the health curriculum.”
“This presentation by Maureen McCormick, chief of Vehicular Crimes, effectively captures the interest and attention of the students,” she added. “Her presentation is reality based and delivered with strong convictions, emotional authenticity and with a clear definition of the laws. The heartbreaking stories of the victims and their families is further enhanced by the statements and stories of those who have chosen to drink and drive. The devastating painful effects on everyone involved are realized. Students are moved by this presentation and students always remain afterwards to speak to Ms. McCormick about either personal experiences or concerns.”
“The speakers delivered powerful messages about the ramifications of drinking and driving, and presented authentic news clips and videos of much publicized Nassau County cases of vehicular homicide,” MacArthur Assistant Principal Joan Lorelli added. “There were testimonials by young adults who were victims and offenders in drunk-driving accidents, and we found that these first-hand accounts were most effective, as they visibly moved the students in the audience.
The DAHS SADD chapter usually fluctuates between 25-40 students, while MacArthur does not have one.
The 15th Legislative District encompasses the communities of Island Trees, Levittown, Wantagh and portions of Seaford. Republican incumbent Dennis Dunne, Sr. is seeking election to his eighth consecutive term as legislator of the 15th District. Opposing Dunne is Democrat Glenn Stephenson. The same questions were asked to both candidates running for the two-year seat. There is no limit to the number of terms legislators may serve. Their stories appear below in alphabetical order. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.
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