This unforgiving economic climate has dealt hard blows to many people working in the private sector. Those lucky enough to hold on to jobs do so knowing that, in this era, it is unlikely to expect ideal financial compensation. Many employees are paying larger benefit contributions and forgoing raises. As the pain persists and time goes on, eyes are turning to the public sector, where many say their own, harder-to-earn tax dollars are funding a better situation than what they themselves are experiencing.
Nassau County has been working to negotiate a new deal with its primary union, seeking to remove what many found to be excessive items of compensation. Across local municipalities and at the state level, the microscope has gone down on the books and taxpayers are looking for change.
Remember those finicky new voting machines? Well, they will not be available for the upcoming village elections throughout New York State. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the trusty lever machines will be put back into action, unless a new freshman senator from the 7th Senate District and a seasoned 16th District Assemblywoman have their way.
Village of Mineola officials stated at past meetings and its board of trustees meeting last week that if legislation before the Senate does not pass relatively soon, the village would have to resort to using paper ballots. Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel sponsored the bill.
The bill would give villages throughout the state, the ability to use lever machines in its elections. The new optical scan voting machines have been met with much scrutiny since their inaugural usage in the past state and countywide elections.
Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilman Fred L. Pollack and the North Hempstead Town Board announced that the Town’s Highway Department hosted a giant “snow melting” at the Port Washington LIRR Parking Lot recently to reduce the level of obstruction caused by large piles of snow on Town streets and in parking lots.
According to Supervisor Kaiman, the focus will be on commercial corridors and parking lots. “We may not be able to keep the snow out of our town, but we can make some of it disappear without waiting for the sun to do the job for us,” said Supervisor Kaiman.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman delivered the State of the Town Address at Harbor Links on Jan. 26, noting the improvements that the town made in 2010. In particular, the focus was on recent initiatives to improve infrastructure and organization in order to make all of the town departments more efficient. Additionally, Kaiman noted the increase in use of 311 and Project Independence, which he referred to as “flagship programs” of the town.
Kaiman began his address by providing a few figures on the Town of North Hempstead. He said that the town has about 225,000 residents, making it the fifth most populated town in the State of New York. In addition, he said that there are 31 villages, 12 school districts, and over 60 special districts, authorities and municipal associations.
To match the winter storm last week, Nassau County residents were buried in headlines about a NIFA takeover along with the piles of snow. This week began with little in the way of hard facts on how the news would affect the county or the lives of its residents and employees, after the Nassau Interim Finance Authority voted unanimously to enter a “control period” on Jan. 26.
At the close of 2010, NIFA gave County Executive Edward P. Mangano 20 days into this year to produce evidence that his 2011 budget plan was sound. If his proposal involved what they calculated to be more than a 1 percent deficit, they would be forced to enter a control period, as per the statute created in 2000, when the New York State Legislature and governor charged the group to restore Nassau’s fiscal health.
Last week, the board voted unanimously that their review of Mangano’s budget exposed the county to more than a 1 percent deficit - $176 million, Chairman Ronald Stack told reporters after the vote - and therefore a control period was effected.
Edison’s is the 12th location, of the 18 permitted by the NY State Racing and Wagering Board in Nassau County, to install two Fast Track gambling machines on the premises. The Fast Track Program is a way to participate in the sport of racing, without leaving your local pub—“Where else can you get a burger, a brew and a bet?” laughed Noel Michaels, director of player development, on the occasion of the ribbon cutting ceremony at Edison’s on Jan 21.
The ideal venue, Michaels said, is an upscale sports bar/restaurant that will attract the casual sports fan, younger individuals and couples. Two others restaurants in the area were outfitted with the equipment in the past few months—the Barefoot Peddler (Glen Cove) which is also owned by the owner of Edison’s and JT Bullets in Port Washington.
Noted Broadway actress, singer and Manhasset native Melissa Errico will visit Manhasset High School on Monday, Feb. 7. During her freshman year at Yale, Ms. Errico won the role of Cosette in the First National Touring Company of Les Miserables. She studied acting at Oxford and was cast as Kitty in the Broadway musical Anna Karenina at Circle in the Square. She has gone on to star on Broadway in My Fair Lady, High Society, Amour and Dracula, been in plays by Wilde, Shaw and Wally Shawn off-Broadway, and appeared in television and film.
On a more personal note Melissa has three daughters, ages 4, 2 and 2 and is married to tennis star Patrick McEnroe.
Ms. Errico will present a master class to Manhasset Music and Theatre students on Feb. 7, followed by a public performance in the high school auditorium at 3:30 p.m. The general public is invited. Her appearance at MHS has been sponsored by the SCA Speaker’s Bureau with special assistance from Broadway Producer Scott Delman, a Manhasset resident.
In 1,000 years when the Martians land the only human remains will be plastic bags and the Pyramids, opined Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, kick-off speaker at the first Environmental Education Fair. The event was sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce and the Port Washington Federal Credit Union. The Village of Munsey Park has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Dormitory Authority of New York to repair sidewalks on Park Avenue and Manhasset Woods Roads. Munsey Park was badly battered by the storm that caused storm drains to flood, stranding a few motorists whose cars were swamped in the middle of Park Avenue when between 4 and 6 inches of rain fell on the north shore of Nassau County early on Oct. 1. The third annual Community Service Day took place at the high school. It’s a trifecta benefiting students, organizations and the community at large-especially in this economy. Students receive valuable, even marketable experience, organizations benefit from volunteer activity and the community prospers from improved services.
Residents in Manhasset, Roslyn and other North Shore villages live near two major airports and other, smaller ones. So aircraft noise is often on people’s minds. That issue may heat up again in a year’s time. In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to implement a major re-routing of its flights from several Long Island airports, including John F. Kennedy and Farmingdale.
Westbound routes heading towards the Midwest and some southbound routes, namely those in Washington, DC, will be re-routed away from their current over-water patterns to ones that will take flights from the airports over neighborhoods in Suffolk County, Nassau County, New York City, and northern New Jersey.
Five friends, Patrick Love, Joe Nassirian, Hayes Brown, Nick Fera, and Chris Jeffrey, recent graduates from Manhasset and Chaminade High Schools, have decided to walk the entire South Shore of Long Island, from Breezy Point to Montauk (115 miles) in 10 days to raise funds to combat Parkinson’s disease. They walked for one of their team members, Patrick Love, whose mom has the disease.
It was reported that Manhasset High School celebrated its 90th annual Commencement. The five valedictorians of the class of 2010 were Nitasha Gupta, Amit Vora, Taryn Wassmer, Angelo Tannuzzo and Rachel Giovanniello. Class Salutatorians were Natalie Cybriwsky and Gabrielle Salvaterra.
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