You all may have noticed that there are a handful of candidates running for the Board of Education this year. There are many of them that are making a lot of promises, like a zero percent tax levy and raises all around for teachers. As you and I both know, being taxpayers on Long Island, these promises are not a reality! The economy is not doing well and because of that our taxes are most likely going to be increased as they are every year. The current board members are all Island Trees residents and their taxes get raised too. They are trying their best to do right by residents and the children in the Island Trees School District.
Our district is very fortunate to have Pat Mahon and Ken Rochon on the Island Trees School Board as they have done an excellent job in the past six years. Pat and Ken are looking to broaden the scope of shared services with surrounding districts in order to save the taxpayers money.
Happy Mother’s Day! I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our mothers a wonderful and blessed Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day was always a special day growing up and even more so today with my own family and wife. The job on being a mother never ends. In fact, I sit back in awe of my wife and the manner in which she takes care of our daughter. She is without a doubt the key to our little one’s growth, happiness, and success. Clearly, there should be multiple Mother’s Days before we even start speaking about Father’s Day.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County, a non-partisan organization, which neither supports nor opposes any candidate or political party, is concerned about the County Legislature’s haste in re-drawing the legislative district lines. In doing this, the Legislature is not adhering to its own County Charter, subsection 113, which requires an advisory redistricting commission to be established to reapportion the county legislative districts based on the federal census.
Once again Representative Peter King totes the Republican line instead of voting for what’s best for his constituency. Last Friday saw the House of Representatives vote on Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget plan. All but four Republicans voted yes.
This is a budget that will destroy Medicare, as we know it. Ryan’s plan will replace guaranteed health insurance for the elderly and replace it with an underfunded voucher system for seniors to buy coverage in the much more expensive private market. Because the value of Ryan’s vouchers fails to keep up with the out-of-control rise in premiums in the private health insurance market, America’s elderly would be forced to pay more out of pocket or accept less coverage.
Dollars for Scholars, is a voluntary, non-profit organization, whose purpose is to establish, maintain and offer scholarship awards to graduating seniors of Island Trees High School, who wish to continue their education.
(This letter to the editor is in response to “The Showroom Rebuttal” by Fire Commissioner Joel Bearman that appeared in the Friday, April 15 edition of the Levittown Tribune.)
(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to “The Showroom” letter by Paul Manton that appeared in the Friday, April 8 edition of the Levittown Tribune.)
I read the Letter to the Editor in the April 8 edition of the Levittown Tribune and I feel that a misleading fact was stated. When speaking of increasing salaries, of superintendents and police chiefs, fire commissioners and fire chiefs cannot be grouped into this category.
In Nassau County, fire commissioners are elected by the taxpayers of their fire district and do not receive any salary, benefits or any other form of payments.
Assemblyman Dave McDonough acknowledged he is pleased with an on-time state budget while being less than satisfied by its contents. He added that more work needs to be done in order to comprehensively address the demands of Long Island taxpayers and job creators. McDonough also emphasized his priorities of no significant new taxes, a cap on state spending, unfunded-mandate relief, and the structural redesign of Medicaid, believing that the 2011-12 state budget only laid the first brick in the strong foundation on which the Empire State needs to rebuild its broken economy.
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