The Gibson, when open only a week, had already attracted, surprisingly, shoppers from surrounding towns. Brothers David and Afshin Haghani’s newest store in town is located near Dunkin’ Donuts on Plandome Road. “We are in a community with immediate texting, immediate phone calls,” Afshin said. “If shoppers find something they like, or something a friend might like, they text and photograph on the spot and send it to a friend saying, ‘Look what I just bought. You must see this store!’”
So in the first few days—“no curtains on the dressing rooms, no sign out front yet,” laughed the brothers, people from other towns were walking in asking what was the name of the store.
The members of the Nassau County Legislature can all agree on what Section 113 and Section 114 of the county charter mean; however, as residents at the first hearing on the 2011 county redistricting proposal (put forth by Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt and the Republicans who currently control the legislature) learned very quickly, Section 112 is a very different beast. Much of the discussion at the Monday, May 2 hearing involved questions of interpretation of the county charter- or, if it was a question of interpretation at all.
Sections 113 and 114 require a redistricting commission to be established one year and eight months prior to the 2013 election, with the final plan to be adopted in 2013. Section112, which deals with the subject of redistricting according to census data, is the justification for the Republicans’ controversial plan to redraw the district lines this year, subject to revision in 2013. While Democrats have criticized the plan as a transparent power-grab by Schmitt and his party, County Attorney John Ciampoli stated that the presence of Section 112 makes the redistricting immediately necessary for legal reasons.
Calling the May 9 redistricting hearing “contentious” would be a gross understatement. While many of the residents and elected officials who took the podium criticized the plan logically and eloquently, there was a lot of screaming and yelling in the chamber. While the audience in the chamber was diverse in every respect, many members of the minority groups whose current alleged under-representation the redistricting plan is supposedly intended to correct, were present to tell Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt-in no uncertain terms-that he does not speak for them.
Minority Leader Diane Yatauro also did not mince words: “This hearing is nothing but a farce...I can tell you how most of this self-serving ‘Republican Protection Plan’ will play out today, over the next week. Here’s what will happen: We know that Peter Schmitt will claim to be the great protector of the minority community…” (the rest of this sentence was inaudible due to audience laughter). “Just as they were spending millions of dollars to defend the NIFA fight, but to no avail, as the Republicans were shot down in court, we’re expecting the same action. And that’s where this will end up again- in court,” Yatauro said.
The name Adena “Dean” Anderson may not be familiar to most Manhasset residents, but the children of Manhasset – indeed, the entire community – owe her a debt of gratitude. Without Dean Anderson’s initiative and community spirit, the SCA Fair might never have come to be.
Dean moved to Manhasset with her husband Albin and their two children, Carolyn Anne and Tommy, in 1941. From the time she arrived in town, Dean was an active and involved member of the community. Dean was the President of the Ruth Circle of the Lutheran Church, and Albin, as chairman of the Lutheran Church’s building committee, was instrumental in the construction of the church on Northern Boulevard, which was completed in 1946. Both Dean and Albin were active in Scouting with their children, and Dean was a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Board.
“Not so,” said Chris Mistron, Nassau County’s Coordinator of Traffic Safety, who had been involved in the research for the red light cameras. “This is not an ‘I gotcha program,’ he stressed, rather, “It was set up for purposes of greater safety— to reduce accidents and fatalities. The program is geared to encourage people to change their behavior.”
New York State Senator Jack Martins was at a meeting April 14 with Barbara Donno, his recently appointed Community Liaison for the Town of North Hempstead, and asked if he might accompany her to the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations that evening. The guest speaker was School Superintendent Charlie Cardillo, presenting highlights from the 2011-12 proposed school budget.
Martins indicated, after spending the day in Albany, that he appreciated the opportunity to meet the “Greater Council” members and to hear Superintendent Cardillo’s presentation.
Dancing and ball gowns are joined at the hip, but it wasn’t until designer Perrotta was asked to design an outfit for a ballroom dancer that she saw the possibility of a successful pairing. Her friend, dancer Patty Banibianco, was unable to find a gown to her liking and accompanied Ms. Perrotta to an Arthur Murray event to introduce her to the type of apparel dancers wear in competition.
The 2011-12 Library Budget Passed
Robert A. Carrozzo was elected trustee for a 5-year term
Robert A. Carrozzo - 271
David Ehrlich - 99
The total voting machine count was 413, apparently some only voting for candidates, some only voting for the budget.
In years past during budget season, the Manhasset Press reported how the high school auditorium was filled to capacity with parents, at times eight deep at the microphone, pleading with the administration not to cut drama programs, etc. April 14, Superintendent Cardillo commented that on the evening the budget was adopted there was a one-hour presentation on languages. The phenomenon was due, in large part, he believed, to the budget process followed by the district. There was little community presence; it was very quiet.
The Manhasset Board of Education adopted the proposed budget in the amount of $85,592,098 for the 2011-12 school year. This is a slightly lower increase than proposed last month, and represents a final budget to budget increase of 2.49 percent with a corresponding tax levy of 2.79 percent. This year, should the budget go down, the contingency budget is 1.92 percent.
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