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From Long Island Wins

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

Kids Are Collateral Damage From Our Broken Immigration System

It was big news.

On March 11, 4-year-old Long Islander Emily Ruiz and her grandfather were en route to Brentwood after a vacation in Guatemala when their plane was diverted to Washington, DC, because of weather. 

 

Letters to The Editor: April 22, 2011

Written by Jenny Morgenthau Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

Please Consider Being a Fresh Air Fund Host Family

It is with sincere gratitude that I recognize the tireless efforts of Fresh Air Fund volunteers in Nassau County as the country celebrates National Volunteer Week. Their commitment to helping New York City children is exemplary for all community members and truly embodies the spirit of the 2011 National Volunteer Week theme, “Celebrating People in Action.”

 

From the LI Water Council

Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

Water Wars – Bottled vs. Tap 

There’s no doubt that one of the biggest debates in this country deals with something most people take for granted: water — and more specifically bottled water versus tap water. There are many strong views on both sides of the argument, but the truth is that most people just don’t know the facts. The Long Island Water Conference wants you to know that our tap water is not only cheaper, healthier and more convenient, it is also much better for the environment.

 

County Executive’s Column April 8, 2011

Written by Edward P. Mangano Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

A Budget Update 

The last thing residents need in these tough economic times is a double-digit property tax increase. That is why I recently submitted an updated financial plan for Nassau County’s 2011 budget that protects homeowners and employers from a 21.5 percent property tax increase. 

The plan is simple. It slashes nearly $182 million in government spending and impacts every area of the county and the services we provide. Although unfortunate for county employees and some service providers, the cuts are necessary in the face of the dire county financial situation I inherited. 

 

Letters to The Editor: April 8, 2011

Written by Jeffrey Bernstein Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

Tobacco Control Program Should Not Have Been Cut

As a New Yorker I was disheartened to hear that the New York State Tobacco Control Program has been slashed to $41 million. This will no doubt be a disservice to the people of New York.

 

Letter: League of Women Voters Calls for Independent Redistricting Commission

Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

The time has come for New Yorkers to take back their vote. The League of Women Voters of Nassau County believes this can come about only if legislators support an independent, nonpartisan commission for redrawing Assembly and Senate districts in response to the 2010 census. To achieve this end, the LWV has joined ReShape NY, a broad coalition of 30 advocacy, business, union, and civil groups calling on the Governor and state legislature to create an independent redistricting commission that draws district lines using fair and defined criteria while engaging the public in the process. If New York is to have a state legislature that is responsive to the interests of the constituents rather than keeping itself in office, citizens must demand this change from their legislators.

 

Statement on Senate and Assembly Budget Proposals

Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

“School boards applaud the state Senate and Assembly for putting New York’s public school students atop their list of funding priorities. In separate budget proposals, both houses restored funds for education and rejected harmful cost shifts proposed by the governor.  However, even with the proposed state aid restorations, schools are still left to grapple with a major funding cut.

 

From Long Island Wins - March 18, 2011

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

On Immigration, Mulvey Set a Precedent For Future Commissioners

Some federal immigration agents were wearing cowboy hats and carrying semi-automatic weapons that night in September 2007 when they stormed into private homes across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

 

Letter: Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf Seeks Support Against Proposed Funding Cuts

Written by Donna Duffy Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

Governor Cuomo has proposed to eliminate funding for 4201 Schools (for deaf/blind/physically challenged students) for the 2011-12 school year. As a result, Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf students, and those from 10 other 4201 schools, are in jeopardy! A child who is deaf, blind or physically challenged did not cause the state’s $10 billion deficit. It is wrong to abandon the state’s more than 100-year commitment to these special schools through which these students become productive citizens. It is also wrong to shift these costs to the more than 45 school districts, which send students to Mill Neck Manor!

 

Letter: Planned Parenthood Calls on Senators to Reject Political Agenda of House Members

Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

Last month’s vote by the House of Representatives to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding reflects the pursuit of an extreme political agenda by the Republican House leadership.

 

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