On May 9, 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate the Dalai Lama offered an invocation for the New York State Senate, calling for compassion during tough times. The 73-year old spiritual leader of Tibet spoke from the chamber floor about honesty and transparency and told the senators and spectators about his deep respect for American values. “This house,” he said, “I think demonstrates the American democratic system.” Ya think?
Bravo to Tom Caro for speaking on behalf of many, many taxpayers of this district. If the board of education and administration were as thoughtful as he is on these issues perhaps our burdensome tax rates would not be so!
Over the last 25 years, although I suspect that many residents might be in denial on this point, the Nassau County that historian Edward Smits dubbed “Suburbia, USA” has become more urbanized; more Queens-like. We now discuss issues like crime, homelessness, taxes, and immigration in a manner that, prior to 1980, would have been seen largely as Big City concerns: concerns of places like Queens.
Two weeks ago marked the first official week of the summer. It also marked the beginning of Lightning Safety Week, a week of education and awareness designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
As for the issue of increased distances for children before they are eligible for bus transportation a few of things come to mind:
I find it hard to accept Dr. Sirois’ statement that the $15.9 million overfunding of an employee account “had no adverse effect on the taxpayers.”
(This letter is dated June 27.)
Unemployment is still rising. Businesses continue to fail. Municipal governments require assistance to avoid further slashing of vital social programs. Nassau County needs help from Albany to avoid layoffs and the closing of many of our offices, parks and facilities.
(Editor’s Note: This letter was originally sent to Senator Kemp Hannon and is being printed here at the author’s request.)
With all due respect to your title as NYS Senator, do not ever refer to me as “friend.”
My oldest daughter was driving southbound on Hicksville Road on Saturday, June 19 and was waiting to make a left turn onto Jean Avenue, across from the Bethpage Post Office. A woman in a minivan was heading northbound and waiting to make a left turn into the post office.
The good news is that Long Island Republicans are coming back into control of the Senate and will have the ability to stop bad legislation, as well as having the leverage to force more State money (our fair share) to our schools, towns, and villages. We saw this when our school districts received record State school aid during the last five years.
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