After serving ten years as your Town supervisor, I am stepping down to join the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo as Special Advisor to the Governor. I have also been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) as its chairman.
In the coming months and years ahead, I will be handling storm recovery for the State of New York focusing on Sandy’s impact on Long Island and the resources and policies that are being so dedicated. In regard to NIFA, I will lead the board that conducts oversight over Nassau County’s Finances. NIFA was established in 2000 by Governor Pataki to oversee and monitor the budgeting and fiscal operations of the county as a result of the county’s financial turmoil.
Manhasset continues to be one of the premier school districts in the United States. The beginning of the 2013-14 school year provides us as parents, community members, teachers, support staff, and administrators with a renewed commitment to assure that the needs of all of our students, from grades K to 12, are met. At a time when public education is under attack, providing for the academic, physical and emotional needs all of our students is a greater challenge than ever. State and national leaders have championed a flawed teacher/principal evaluation system with its emphasis on over-testing; such an assessment-driven approach has contributed to undermining public education throughout the country. Additionally, our educational system is under siege by an oppressive tax-levy cap legislation that presents a clear and present danger to schools’ academic and extracurricular programs. In Manhasset, we have felt deeply the impact of imbalanced fiscal constraints and assessment-driven evaluation systems; these have challenged our mission of providing a high-quality education for each and every student in our schools.
Letter submitted by the Village of North Hills and requested to be reprinted in the Manhasset Press
Please be advised that notwithstanding misinformation being disseminated by uninformed people, no permit from the Village of North Hills is required for asbestos removal.
Asbestos removal is regulated by the New York State Department of Labor. Asbestos removal contractors are required to have a license issued from N.Y.S.D.L. On a removal project the licensed contractor is required to submit a “Notification” to the N.Y.S.D.L. prior to the work. The state sent an inspector to verify compliance with the State law.
The new school year is well underway now.
I admit that I personally dread the week it begins. Maybe because I remember that sinking feeling as the days of summer would wind down and we prepared for homework, books, and bedtimes. Nowadays, it’s the never-ending lists of school supplies and the coordination of jam-packed calendars that puts a damper on things.
In that light many of you have asked me about recent efforts to implement a more rigorous core curriculum and a shift in what many perceive as an over-reliance on testing. While I wholeheartedly agree with raising the bar for everyone – students, teachers and parents alike – I actually have reservations about how all this was implemented. I’ve spoken to parents and educators and while there are lots of opinions, this we know for sure: Long Island has consistently produced some of the finest schools in the county. I’m certain that foisting a cookie-cutter approach onto those that have already achieved this success is not necessarily helpful. This isn’t political theory, just common sense. Academic rigor is not something we shy away from, but the reality is that we have great schools and the results of our children’s achievements speak for themselves.
The recent headline in the Manhasset Press, “Core Curriculum Results Are In: Math Scores Rise, English Scores Fall” may have led to some confusion among your paper’s readership. The article accurately points out that Manhasset’s students fared much better on state assessments than their counterparts in nearly every other Long Island school district. In fact, our overall mean proficiency for ELA and math scores are second in Nassau County, and our results are significantly better than both state and regional percentages for proficiency. In ELA, we scored within the top six of all Nassau County school districts in grades 3-8 on every grade level. In grades 5 and 6 we were ranked first in the county.
We all deal with 9/11 differently. We honor those who we lost differently. For me this year I did what I love and photographed the annual Manhasset 9/11 Candlelight Memorial Service. Taking pictures gives me the opportunity to share with my community, giving those who could not be there a chance to share the evening. Capturing moments through photographs brings me joy and I know Meredith would have wanted me to do that which I love. We lost her that day and she would happy to know that our community comes together to remember and for the peace it brings those who attend.
Yet, we all find peace in our own ways. We show our support and love for others and our country on our own terms. As I walked around town I saw so many things that just made me think- “Has it been twelve years?” In town, most flags were at half-mast. Up at the Manhasset High School, at the 9/11 Memorial Garden where there were once young plants, they are now mature. The Garden’s bench looks well-worn showing that many have had a chance to sit and contemplate all that life has to offer. The commemorative brass plaques are still shining and standing tall, telling the world that our community remembers.
We encourage our North Hills neighbors to stand up and be heard by their Village Government. Save Inisfada from demolition by having the Mayor and Board of Trustees create an Historic Preservation Board and designate Inisfada as an Historic Village Landmark before it is demolished.
We also encourage the Village of North Hills Mayor and Board of Trustees to recognize Inisfada as an historic structure with unique architectural features and environmental significance in the same way the previous Mayor and Board of Trustees determined so in 1982.
In his article (Manhasset Press 8/28/2013), John Owens criticized public schools for essentially being expensive bureaucracies that often fail in their educational mission. His criticism is well founded given recent test scores which clearly demonstrate that too many students are not taught at the highest level and lack the necessary critical thinking skills to function in our global economy.
This being the case, one would think that Mr. Owens would promote educational opportunity for all students. Educational opportunity translates into government monetary policy that would enable students to attend schools which better suit their learning style, whether it be a public school, charter school, parochial school, or private school. Why not give parents the freedom to chose the best school for their own child and support this freedom through monetary policy?
I have known Adam Haber for ten years. I have witnessed his long-term commitment to fighting childhood leukemia working with the Jimmy Fund. He worked in Mississippi after Katrina and Iowa after the floods with All Hands Volunteers, a non-profit organization of second responders, and was responsible for bringing them to Long Island after Sandy where they have worked on 200 homes in Long Beach.
Dear Mayor of Manhasset,
I believe that Manhasset is a very nice place. The only problem is what about kids like me. We can’t even walk in town because everything is closed and there is nothing for kids, especially during the summer months. It’s also a problem because we are paying lots of money to live here, but we can’t walk around or do anything. We also can’t even go out to eat because therre are not too many choices of restaurants in town. We have to go to Port Washington or Great Neck just to walk around. They have ice cream, dunk’n donuts and Italian ice. When you think about here, all you can say is Gino’s Italian ice and dunk’n donuts. We can’t even go to the movie heater because they don’t show any movies appropriate for kids. It’s really sad and I have to say I am not proud of it. Please take this undersideration. Take it from a kids. There is something you can do. Thank you for your time reading this. Hopefully you realize the right thing to do.
Giovanna M. Mayo
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