I wonder if D.A. Rice would have merely slapped the wrist of the 17-year-old Georgia “child” just convicted of felony murder for his March 21 shooting of a 13-month-old (actual) child between the eyes—and of course killing this little baby. Now, if the baby had somehow accidentally shot the teenager, then I could understand not charging the shooter as an adult!
In his article, 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.
The Financial condition of the County continues to improve by all fundamental measures, primarily due to the improving economy and cost controls instituted by the Mangano administration. From residents’ point of view, the County’s improved financial state is reflected in the county portion of their property tax bill, which has not increased in the last four years.
A Republican and a Democrat standing together these days is rare. Even though we are from different political parties, partisan politics could not have been further from our minds on October 29, 2012 and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
It was immediately clear that this was not just another storm and that the challenges it placed on our residents and businesses—and on the entire region—were enormous. That’s why President Obama established the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, chaired by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.
Last Monday, the Task Force released its Rebuilding Strategy to help guide federal investment in the region, marking an important new chapter in the region’s rebuilding effort.
My brother, Adam Haber, is running for the Democratic nomination for Nassau County Executive in the primary on Sept. 10, 2013. Adam is fiscally responsible and conscious about social issues. As a private citizen and as a member of the Board of Education in Roslyn, Adam has demonstrated strong leadership skills. With creative thinking he saved the Roslyn school district millions of dollars. The district is now thriving. He is an astute businessman with a take-charge personality. Two of his major goals as County Executive will be to create jobs and restore fiscal competence in Nassau County.
Adam truly cares about people who have experienced difficulties in their lives. He is a board advisor for All Hands Volunteers, a charity which gives financial aid and lends support to those who have been devastated by natural disasters. In 2005, Adam went to Mississippi to help build homes for people who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, he spent time in Iowa removing mold and gutting sheet rock in houses that were damaged by flood waters. In 2010, he traveled to Haiti and helped with the installation of a water filtration system and the rebuilding of a school. Adam did all of this before he even thought of running for office.
I, among many commuters, feel we deserve better than what the LIRR is giving us. We are paying for top-dollar service and receiving below-par service. We pay and we pay, and get nothing.
If you have been reading the papers you will see that the LIRR has been “experiencing delays or cancellations” due to a “third rail broken in the East River tunnel, because of Amtrak, signal problems or disabled trains” or a combination of the three. As such, I have contacted the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to investigate these matters. As an attorney general you have the ability to audit this agency and I kindly request you do so. The public needs to know where the money is going and hold them accountable. For anyone who wished to make a complaint against the LIRR for their service, or lack thereof, contact the Federal Railroad Administration by visiting their website www.fra.dot.gov
Scott D. Diamond
On August 20th the Town of Oyster Bay (the “Town”) is asking you to decide whether it should sell a 54-acre parcel currently used by the Department of Public Works (the “DPW Parcel”). The driving force behind the sale would be to decrease the Town’s debt in order to prevent a downgrade in the Town’s Bond rating.
The influx of cash from the sale (approximately $32 million dollars) will be a temporary alleviation of the Town’s fiscal problems.
I prefer thinking positive thoughts. But not everyone has the same mental habits. There are some folks who just love thinking through the absolute worst-case scenarios. What if the LIE shuts down and I can’t get home? What if Long Island beaches became infested with sharks and all are closed for the summer? What if the Mets never get their act together?
Those are all pretty crazy, right?
But now it’s worth taking a look at a possibility that seems just as crazy if it were to happen – that the House of Representatives doesn’t pass immigration reform, and our federal system stays broken.
Long Island and the humble automobile have always had an intertwined history whether it was William Kissam Vanderbilt creating what eventually became Motor Parkway to the various speedways (Riverhead, Islip, Freeport) that were sprinkled throughout Nassau and Suffolk County. To that end, the Town of Oyster Bay is once again putting its seal of approval on the Classic Car Cruise Nights that happen every Friday at the Massapequa LIRR station on Sunrise Highway on Fridays from July 12 through August 23. It’s a free, family-friendly event that features loads of chrome, mint paint jobs and enough horsepower to run a small third world nation. In addition, there’s a small socially conscious tangent to this weekly event where car owners are required to donate two cans of food in order to participate. With automobiles being as American as mom, baseball and apple pie, the Classic Car Cruise Night is a way of bringing a piece of Norman Rockwell to Massapequa.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
I’m proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous movies and TV shows, including Citizen Kane, Annie Hall, and the hit television series Boardwalk Empire. It’s even the setting for The Great Gatsby. Shamefully, it’s also now the location for a show whose characters are disgraceful, misleading, and fuel anti-Semitic stereotypes: Princesses: Long Island.
Full disclosure: I kind of enjoy reality TV. Storage Wars and Pawn Stars are among my guilty pleasures. So the idea of watching a reality show taking place in my own backyard wasn’t so far-fetched. I knew little about the show before sitting down to watch the season premiere.
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