Hurricane season is here, and our community has the chance right now to take some simple steps that can save lives if we are threatened this year by a hurricane. The disaster relief workers at the Long Island Chapter of the American Red Cross work hard in this community every day to provide relief for those whose lives have been torn apart by disasters.
The State Legislature accomplished a lot this year, but one important reform was conspicuously left out – passage of the legislation know as the “Fraud Tax Bill” that would crack down on crisis-level auto insurance fraud in New York State.
Our Long Island high school athletes in track and field have proven to be among the best in New York State. It is with great disappointment that Nassau County’s Mitchel Athletic Complex, once considered “The World’s Biggest Stage, a showcase for the best competition the world has ever seen…,” [Goodwill Games] has let the field events deteriorate to the point of forcing our high school athletes and other famous high profile meets to seek other venues for their competition.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County joins the LWV of New York State and NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research group) in supporting Assembly Bill A8367, which would enact the Comptroller Campaign Finance Reform Act, to provide for public financing of elections for this statewide office.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto issued his annual advisory to town residents that although fireworks are a Fourth of July tradition, consumer fireworks of every kind are dangerous and illegal, and the use of all fireworks should be left to the professionals.
“Every year, so-called consumer fireworks, such as cherry bombs, firecrackers and M-80’s, cause numerous injuries, and even fatalities, to both children and adults,” Venditto stated. “Mangled hands and fingers, eye injuries and burns are the most commonly reported. In many cases, innocent bystanders are injured along with the people who set off the fireworks.
All Long Islanders want dangerous criminals off our streets.
So the catchily-named Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, purportedly designed to go after serious criminal offenders, seems simple at first glance.
It’s a federal program that takes the fingerprints of anyone who is arrested and automatically checks those prints against a national immigration database. If immigration officials have questions about a person’s immigration status, that person can be detained by local authorities and eventually placed in deportation proceedings.
Conserving water throughout the year is important. Conserving water during the long, high-temperature summer days is critical. Saving water lessens the strains on the water-pumping system, saves electricity, ensures a plentiful water supply for all our needs now and for future generations and, most importantly, saves you money! The Long Island Water Conference urges you to conserve water this summer, any way you can.
In Nassau County, we are making concerted efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family in many different ways. Now that hurricane season is here on Long Island I would like to remind residents about the importance of assembling a “Go Kit,” in the event of a hurricane watch or warning.
Let’s be clear: a 2 percent tax cap on school districts fails to address the root causes of our ever-increasing tax burden.
Politicians and special interest groups can trumpet the tax cap all they want, but homeowners across New York will find their taxes continuing to rise unless their elected officials get serious about relieving local schools of millions of dollars of costs tied up in state mandates that do nothing to advance student achievement.
For too long, Nassau Coliseum and the property that surrounds it has laid to waste rather than generate revenue for the county that can help hold the line on property taxes. The Coliseum is no longer competitive with other sports complexes around the nation. Long Island’s only professional sports team, the Islanders, face the potential of having to leave Nassau in 2015 when their lease expires should a new arena not be built. A countless number of residents have contacted me with concerns over losing the Islanders. These residents do not want to see the Coliseum doors shuttered, people losing their jobs or the loss of economic benefits currently received from our hotels, restaurants and stores.
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