This just doesn’t seem quite right: I stood in line in Salk to vote on the revote. I was #4. After asking my name and giving me the little yellow piece of paper (#4) I was then asked to sign my name next to the #4 on a legal yellow pad. I asked why? “So that we know how many voted.” “But wouldn’t you know that by the end of the night when you counted the ballots?” “Yes, but they’re asking everyone to sign.” “Well, I’m not signing.” Faces and groans all around the table. My comment: “The only thing I have to do is vote”. Besides, at the end of the night the last number given out would be the number of people who voted! I thought our votes were private information. Now you can look up how #4 voted (I rejected the budget).
Throughout the year, Hempstead Town offers a variety of activities and events for its senior residents. One of the most popular programs is the Town of Hempstead’s Senior Summer Beach Program, now in its 43rd season. This year, the theme, “The Magic of Lido,” promises an exciting lineup of entertainment and is the perfect way for our seniors to spend warm summer days.
(Editor’s note: This letter was circulated to members of the Levittown Property Owners Association this past week. It is printed here with permission. At their meeting on Tuesday, June 8, the LPOA voted unanimously to oppose the Levittown School District’s proposed budget.)
The Board of Directors of the Levittown Property Owners Association would like to present the following facts and ask these questions concerning the recently defeated Levittown School District budget. We had developed many more points of interest but decided that enumerating just a few would be better. Additional points and issues were discussed at the LPOA meeting on June 8.
Decades after his death, George Orwell remains relevant because he understood that totalitarianism is not a form of government like that he depicted in 1984 but a state of mind characterized by the politicization of all aspects of life. In the title year of that famous book, I purchased a copy of Strahler & Strahler’s Modern Physical Geography (John Wiley & Sons, 1983), which contains a 233-word disclaimer in its preface apologizing profusely for any wording that might be construed as sexist - shades of Comrade Parsons attempting to expunge obsolete phraseology from the Newspeak Dictionary.
Our counties on Long Island as well as the state are trying to cut back on certain expenses. It is very apparent that one of these areas is maintenance of our streets and roadways. Although initially the “un-mowed” grassy patches along the parkways and local roads looked unkempt, they’ve now reached an appropriate height and have a pleasant “island” look about them. I rather like seeing what now appears to be ornamental grass blowing in the breeze as I drive by. What I don’t appreciate seeing is all the trash strewn along our roads.
The second proposed budget for the Levittown School District would be a 30 percent decrease from 3.81 percent to a 2.63 percent tax levy increase. The district has reduced the tax levy by $1.4 million, taking $700,000 out of the budget. This may sound great but it doesn’t look at the big picture, which is the overall budget increase.
This second budget proposal decreases spending from $11,161,404 to $10,461,404. The average budget increase in Nassau County was 2.54 percent. The new proposed budget of $192,843,816 is a 5.7 percent increase. This is still the highest in Nassau County. Originally, in the first proposed budget the district was using $9 million in our unfunded reserves. This is money not spent from the previous year’s budget accumulated from revenue and expenditures. Now we will be using $9.7 million from this fund leaving a balance of $5.3 million.
After learning about the failure to pass the outrageous 6.12 percent budget in Levittown, I went to the district home page to find the following information. “At its May 26, 2010 meeting, the Board of Education will consider options pursuant to this budget vote. The options include: a) resubmitting the same budget to the voters of the district on June 15, 2010; b) resubmitting a reduced budget to the voters of the district on June 15, 2010; or c) forgoing a second budget vote, and adopting a contingency budget for the 2010-2011 school year.”
(This letter is in response to a column printed in the May 21, 2010 issue of the Levittown Tribune, entitled “Arizona’s Draconian Immigration Law Reverberates Everywhere.”)
Having read Maryann Sinclair Slutsky’s column on May 21 on Arizona’s new immigration law, I can only assume she has not read it, as our Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano did not, yet they all chase to comment on it.
I recently put forward legislation to create thousands of new jobs and to turn around the state’s economy. My “jobs plan” provides tax credits to businesses that create new jobs, eliminates the state corporate franchise tax for small businesses, and rolls back the personal income tax surcharge that hit small businesses last year.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform residents of Hempstead Town’s SWIFT911 emergency notification service. The system provides a mechanism for the town to phone, e-mail or text message residents and businesses under its jurisdiction in the event of an emergency such as a severe storm evacuation. Such situations may include water main breaks, flooding, weather emergencies or natural disasters. Non-emergency contact may also be made in the event of town water department pipe flushing, which may affect water quality.
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