Written by Ronald Scaglia, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00
While discussions over the looming fiscal cliff were ongoing in Washington D.C., a group of local residents brought the debate to Massapequa Park. On the Wednesday before Christmas, protestors gathered outside U.S. Representative Peter King’s Park Boulevard office to call for an end to the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest portion of the population. The group, which called themselves A Strong Economy For All, also protested potential cuts to Medicare and Social Security.
“The holiday season is upon us and all we want is a fair tax plan,” said Charles Khan, one of the organizers of the protest. “There’s a lot of people that depend on Medicare and Social Security for their livelihood. We think it’s the right time to talk about cutting. One thing we learned from the past election is that we want middle class tax cuts but not tax cuts for millionaires.”
The protestors wanted their message to be heard. Therefore, they carried picket signs calling for an increase of taxes on the wealthy but a decrease for the middle class. They also held signs protesting any cuts to social services. It was a cold, windy day, but the group was undeterred in their effort. With Park Boulevard decked out for the holidays, protesters capitalized on the theme, labeling the congressman, “Scrooge.”
King does not yet represent some of the protesters. Because of new Congressional District lines that were drawn because of the 2010 census, a significant portion of the area that King represents will differ come January. Some of his soon to be constituents are not giving him the warmest of welcomes.
“We want him to know that his new and old constituents are united in favor of middle class tax cuts but not for the top 2 percent,” said Kahn.
In response to the protest, Congressman King issued the following statement:
“Everyone is entitled to protest. My obligation is to the voters of my district and that is to keep taxes as low as possible for as many people as possible. I don’t engage in class warfare.”
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:26
After 13 years presiding over Massapequa Park, James Altadonna stepped down as mayor last week and was appointed Oyster Bay Town Clerk.
Altadonna, who was elected to his seventh term in March, will be take over for Steve Labriola, who resigned in February. Altadonna’s name began to pop up in connection with the Town Clerk position in April, and he was nominated by Republicans to run for the job in late May.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:00
After Massapequa catering hall Manor East closed suddenly following an unexpected eviction last week, New York Assemblyman Joseph Saladino and Butch Yamali of the Long Island Caterers Association came together to offer assistance to those whose weddings, proms and other events were upended.
“We’re here to protect the victims, protect our community and do everything possible to ensure that they don’t lose their big day,” said Saladino, who was joined by owners of the catering hall outside his Massapequa office.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00For a town with such a proud tradition of baseball excellence, the goal is always to reach the mountaintop. There is no reason to be demoralized, however, by a 1-0 season-ending defeat in the Long Island Class-AA Championship game, according to Head Coach Tom Sheedy.
“It was such a competitive game,” said Sheedy. “We had our chances, but today we didn’t come through.”
Massapequa put together a tremendous season, finishing with a 20-6 record and capturing another Nassau County title. They defeated MacArthur 7-5 in the prior week at Farmingdale State College to capture their 10th county title and first since 2009.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Two Massapequa residents from the opposite ends of the age spectrum led a strong contingent of runners down the stretch at Belmont Park and scored great finishes in the 2nd annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5-Kilometer Run to Fight Prostate Cancer June 2.
As the first woman in the 15-19 age group to cross the finish line, 16-year-old Chelsea Hroch of North Massapequa finished in 23 minutes and 10 seconds. Meanwhile, 81-year-old Howard Kestenbaum took second place in the 80 to 84 age group, with a time of 43:11.