County Executive Edward P. Mangano campaigned for and won his current position with a clear promise to lower spending and taxes for Nassau. The day draws near when he must deliver, arriving at a balanced budget for 2011 without raising taxes or increasing the deficit. This has led to painful proposals, drawing protests on extreme moves like cutting loose the entire Long Island Bus system and turning the high expense of tax refunds over to schools, towns, villages and other special districts including libraries and fire districts.
Who won last Monday night’s first and only New York gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University? The answer may not be measured in a simple set of poll numbers, but rather in the comedic talents of a zany band of fringe candidates who towed the line between jabs and a few well-rehearsed punch lines.
News 12 hosted the 90-minute debate, which offered the seven gubernatorial candidates a chance to answer questions posed by News 12 anchor Doug Geed, Newsday columnist Joye Brown and the public. Despite a much-anticipated showdown between Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino, the two rivals remained cool while discussing solutions to the state’s most dire issues.
Nov. 2 couldn’t come soon enough for the people who trekked to the Universalist Church in Manhasset last Wednesday evening to the League of Women Voters of Port Washington/Manhasset “Meet the Candidates” night.” Whether or not this forum proved to be a make or break for the folks taking questions remains to be seen.
Incumbents and challengers for the 7th Senate District, 16th Assembly District, 5th Congressional District and Receiver of Taxes for the Town of North Hempstead attended to take questions from the audience in an effort to voice how they stand on issues concerning Long Island and more.
LWV spokesperson Mary Ann Fleming moderated the panel. The conversation quickly turned to the MTA payroll tax and the elimination of the STAR rebate check during the panel of the 7th Senate District.
When facts are personalized they becomes easier to grasp. That was the hope of the late September global conference held at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research on the killer of 200,000 Americans annually. Victims of sepsis/toxic shock were gathered to relate their harrowing stories of survival in front of 150 scientists, physicians and other leaders from 18 countries, in order to raise public awareness about the medical condition. And featured was the story of a 31-year-old Manhasset woman who survived a very serious case of sepsis/toxic shock.
What is Sepsis? It is a toxic and life-threatening medical condition caused by the body’s overblown response to infection or injury. If not detected early and treated, sepsis can lead to organ failure, shock and death. It is the cause of 25 percent of US hospital deaths—that’s one in four.
The Manhasset Board of Education held its Oct. 7 meeting at the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC Hagedorn Community Center on High Street, Leslie House received the “Maggie Award” and the EOC summer program volunteers from Manhasset High School were recognized: Nick Bilotto, Tori Branch, Adriana Kavoussi, Patrick McGorry, Alex Miradoli, Sara Mitsinikos, Shivam Patel
Armand Markarian, director of facilities, provided an impressive construction update for Summer 2010, illustrating many projects with before and after photographs, including the new fence at Memorial Field. Projects were completed at both elementary schools where this year Munsey Park welcomed 950 students and Shelter Rock welcomed 750 students. The auditorium in the secondary school was beautifully refurbished, and there were many more improvements to the physical plant.
School board member Regina Rule attended a recent meeting of school boards to implore the legislature to continue the County Guarantee. She reported that every school district is to pass the resolution to express its discontent with County Executive Mangano’s plan to partially balance the county budget by shifting responsibility for tax certiorari from the county to the schools.
The brainchild of Kim Cerqua, Manhasset High School social studies teacher, the third annual Community Service Day took place Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the high school. To graduate, seniors are required to spend 15 hours in community service. Three years ago Cerqua attended a service fair in Farmingdale to scout opportunities for student volunteers, when it occurred to her that she could replicate the service fair in Manhasset; could invite charities to present local opportunities to satisfy the student volunteer requirement. Having successfully launched the introductory “mixer” it is now, in its third year, going strong.
The following organizations were represented: Adventures in Learning/EOC; American Cancer Society; AHRC; CAPP; CASA; Coalition for a Safer Manhasset; Island Harvest; Habitat for Humanity; Nassau Autism; Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer; MAX; Ronald McDonald House; SEPTA; SCA/ Planet Manhasset; Tower Foundation; and Tuesday’s Children.
As new LIRR timetables went into effect in September, the MTA announced service cuts to the Port Washington branch. The MTA said that the schedule changes execute the second phase of budget-related cuts in LIRR service that were approved by the MTA Board in March. These service reductions, along with those implemented last May 17, were required as part of the effort to close the MTA’s $900-million budget gap, the MTA said. The service reductions will save approximately $950,000 this year and $3.8-million annually starting in 2011, the MTA states. However, the MTA also stated that the LIRR will be monitoring the schedule changes and will make adjustments, as necessary, based on additional ridership and possible crowding on trains.
Submitted by the Manhasset Public Library
If there’s one thing all who know Library Director Marian Robertson would say is that when Marian has a vision, she is indefatigable until the vision becomes a reality. That is why the Manhasset community enjoys a beautiful new 42,000 sq. ft. state-of- the-art library.
Who is Marian Robertson, the person? When first interviewed for the position of library director, former Library Trustee Senetta Koch was impressed by her sense of adventure, stating, “She parachutes from mountaintops, biked the Grand Tetons, goes on nature hikes in the jungle, and even swam the Amazon with piranha…Marian Robertson will bring the Manhasset Library into the future.” And so she did, forging ahead time and again in her 24 years as library director, accomplishment after accomplishment.
Very exciting news. An international film festival is being planned for June 1-5, 2011 by the Town of North Hempstead, in collaboration with the Great Neck Arts Center, to be modeled after the successful annual film festivals in Tribeca, NY and Toronto, Canada.
Four towns boasting both movie theaters and train stations have been selected—Great Neck, Manhasset, Port Washington and Roslyn. Ian Siegal, executive director, Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), provided updates for the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce at their monthly meeting Sept. 14.
Clearview Cinemas operate theaters in all four towns— and New York City, New Jersey, etc.—where they will advertise the festival to their captive audiences from their many large screens. Referring to the theaters in the four designated towns Siegal acknowledged, “We have more screens than most film festivals do.”
Buses will run in a “loop,” transporting guests from one town to another for films, shopping, meals…
Last Tuesday, Sept. 14, New York was one of the several states to hold the final round of primary voting in advance of the mid-term elections. The usual round of pundits made the usual round of commentary by missing a dubious story of the evening: None of the several Long Island-based candidates vying for statewide office, either Democrat or Republican, won their races. In fact, most of the second-place finishers were from either Nassau or Suffolk county office seekers.
From Nassau County, Attorney General primary candidate Kathleen Rice came in second in a hard-fought primary battle against the winner, Eric Schneiderman. In a multi-candidate field, Ms. Rice won 31 percent of the vote, only three points behind the winner. But despite being the early front-runner and gathering endorsements, including one from the feminist icon Gloria Steinem, the Garden City native simply could not overcome Schneiderman’s large base of support in New York City.
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