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State Audit Analyzes MSD Reimbursement Procedures

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

An audit of the Massapequa School District’s Medicaid Revenue Enhancements procedures has found that district officials did not claim a total of $255,285 in costs, and as a result, did not realize a total of at least $63,821 in reimbursement revenues for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

The findings were made public last week by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, whose office also audited the Dunkirk City School District, the Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns and the Wayland-Cohocton Central School District. 

 

On-Time State Budget Resolves LIB Funding

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

School Districts See Decrease in State Aid

After all the protests and disagreements, after all the proposals and changes, New York State has an on-time budget for the first time in 15 years and just a third on-time budget in 28 years.

New York State passed its $132.5 billion budget on March 31 at around 1:00 a.m., just in time for the April 1 deadline. Overall spending will be cut $3.5 billion (2 percent) from the current year and closes a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes.

 

Amato Completes Mercy Ships Tour

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

Massapequa Resident Assists Needy Patients in West Africa

As he has been doing since 2005, Massapequa Park resident Anthony Amato recently completed another tour of duty for Mercy Ships, one of the worldís largest fleet of floating hospitals.

Earlier this week, Amato finished his third tour of duty with Mercy Ships and now is back on Long Island. All three of the tours have been to West Africa, this time he performed his nursing duties at a stop in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

 

Oyster Bay Town Board Adopts Massapequa Creek Watershed Plan

Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

The Oyster Bay Town Board formally adopted the Massapequa Creek Watershed Management and Corridor Restoration Plan on March 22, announced Town Supervisor John Venditto.

 

Fatal House Fire in Massapequa

Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

Police Identify Fire Victims

Tragedy continues to plague the Massapequa area as an early morning house fire, one that took place on March 17, claimed the life of two local residents.

According to the Arson Bomb Squad of the Nassau County police department, the fire occurred on Thursday, March 17 at 3:45 a.m. at a residence in Massapequa.

 

More Questions Surround Officer’s Death Investigation Ongoing Into March 12 Tragic Turn of Events By Joe Scotchie Controversy continues to swirl around the death of Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf even as the hero policeman was laid to rest last Fr

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

Investigation Ongoing Into March 12 Tragic Turn of Events

Controversy continues to swirl around the death of Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf even as the hero policeman was laid to rest last Friday at St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church in Selden.

 

Making the Case for Respite Program

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

Volunteers Assist Seniors—And Their Caregivers, Too

For both participants and beneficiaries, the Senior Respite Program, offered by the Hempstead-based Education & Assistance Corp. (EAC) offers an invaluable service to in-house senior citizens throughout Long Island. The program involves volunteers who, once or twice a week, travel to a senior’s residence and allow caregivers, people who may be family members or professionals, a needed break from their daily routines. The volunteers perform a variety of services, but mostly they just serve as companions to the senior in need.

 

Friendly Fire Claims County Police Officer

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

Robbery Incident In Massapequa Park Ends With Fatal Shootings

Tragedy struck last Saturday night in Massapequa Park as a Nassau County police officer was killed in what police term as friendly fire as officers responded to a robbery incident that took place in the Front Street area.

 

‘Massapequa Port’ Was Too Costly for Congress

Written by John H. Meyer Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

On Sept. 24, 1906, a large group of property owners, commerce and industry people and local interested residents gathered for a meeting at the Massapequa Hotel. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss organizing a Board of Trade in Massapequa. The main objective of the meeting was the widening and deepening of the Massapequa River that flows from the Massapequa Lake to the Great South Bay, which is parallel to present day Ocean Avenue.

 

More Budget Transfers At BOT Meeting

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

As March approached and with the New York area finally seeing green grass after a long winter of several snowstorms, the Village of Massapequa Park Board of Trustees made one last budget transfer to its snow removal budget. At the Feb. 28 meeting, the BOT approved the transfer of $9,400 from the Unallocated Insurance budget and $12,000 from Unemployment Insurance to its Snow Removal-Contractural expense budget. More specifically, the monies would be used for the salt and sand portion of the budget.

 

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