I’ve been thinking a lot, of late, about the shape of things to come with respect to the whole American Dream thing here on suburban Long Island; what it’ll look like a generation hence and/or what I’d like it to look like - and the reality that will fall somewhere betwixt. I always think of these things in summertime because seeing block parties, barbecues, and people lovingly tending their patch of earth makes me think of the American Dream.
On Monday, June 28 the Levittown Community Council sponsored a drug and alcohol seminar held at Levittown Memorial Education Center on Abbey Lane. The presenters were Gene Gallagher and Lisa Kessler from Central Nassau Guidance of Hicksville, who have been providing services in mental health and substance abuse for over 38 years.
(This letter was sent to State Senator Kemp Hannon and State Assemblyman David McDonough and printed here at the author’s request.)
Why is it that New York City and New York State subsidize the transportation costs for NYC schools? Why is it that on Long Island and the remainder of the state student transportation costs are covered by the homeowners and landowners in their school taxes? Why can’t these subsidies be passed along in the real estate taxes of the NYC resident-the same as the remainder of NYS? Where is my subsidy?
(This letter is in response to a column entitled “Frustrated With Broken Immigration System? Arizona Law Isn’t the Answer” in the June 18, 2010 issue of the Levittown Tribune.)
Once again I must pick up my pen and respond to an article of Maryann Sinclair Slutsky in regard to her recent column in your paper on June 18.
Everyone agrees that immigration needs fixing but all Ms. Slutsky advises is to boycott Arizona.
On the news tonight, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is bringing a lawsuit against Arizona to challenge their immigration law.
Arizona is overrun with illegal immigrants, their schools are crowded, their people are being kidnapped and they are close to bankruptcy.
Arizona has asked the government for help; that didn’t happen. This is how they help? We should boycott them? Let’s help our neighbors.
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.
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