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Mayor Angry At Cuts

Mayor James Altadonna expressed frustration at the cuts in state aid given to the Massapequa school district in Gov. Cuomo’s proposed 2013/14 executive budget. At a recent village board meeting, the mayor lashed out at the proposal, saying that the governor has not taken into account how badly damaged the Massapequa area was by Superstorm Sandy.

“This community is hurting,” Altadonna said. “We need to have a number of years where we can rebuild. We still have people not in their houses. We need to recover.”

Altadonna said that the village board has reached out to the Massapequa school district to see how it could assist in getting more state aid for the schools. He also said the board has contacted the governor’s office to ask the governor to reconsider the cut in state education aid to Massapequa.

The mayor also questioned the management of the New York State pension system. Pension costs are tied to the performance of stock markets, which is why pension costs increased significantly during the recession. However, with the Dow having just surpassed 14,000, the mayor questioned why pension costs are continuing to rise.

“The state comptroller holds us accountable,” Altadonna said. “Who holds the pensions accountable? Who holds the state comptroller accountable?”

The mayor also asked where the incentive is for pension fund managers, as they get their commissions regardless of performance. He further questions this considering that simply placing pension funds in an index fund would likely have yielded a much better return.

In other news, the new pavilion being built at Brady Park will be named in honor of late Massapequa Park trustee Harry Jacobson. A dedication is being planned for later this year.

In a harbinger of spring, the board also granted permission to the Massapequa International Little League to conduct the Annual Opening Day Parade. The event is planed for Saturday, April 13.

The board also passed a resolution supporting a New York State Assembly bill making it mandatory for lending institutions to provide contact information of responsible parties regarding vacant structures. It is primarily aimed at foreclosures to help prevent homes foreclosed on from going into a dilapidated state.

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

Calendar

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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