I applaud County Executive Edward I. Mangano for standing up to the Nassau County’s unions. It’s about time someone did. I, along with most other Nassau residents, have had to cut back and do without because of this recession, yet the unions refuse to give anything back. These are difficult times and we’ve all had to make sacrifices. It’s time the unions did too!
This year, 30 New York City children found out once again just how special summer is in Nassau County. Fresh Air Fund hosts, volunteers and local supporters dedicated their time and efforts to help these inner-city youngsters experience simple summertime pleasures, including afternoons of swimming, fishing at sunset and roasting s’mores over a campfire.
Hurricane Earl has raised some concerns about how LIPA prepares for major, forecasted weather events that impact our area. Like any responsible utility, LIPA and its service provider, National Grid, prepare for hurricanes and other major storms based on various sources of information, including forecasts provided by national weather services, local and regional government entities, media outlets, and prior operating experience.
On Long Island, our faith communities have provided significant moral leadership on the issue of making Long Island more welcoming to immigrants, and for immigration solutions that will make our area stronger. This month, I caught up with one of those leaders, Reverend Tom Goodhue, a United Methodist minister and the executive director of the Long Island Council of Churches.
I am writing to you today to let you know about a new temporary statewide insurance option for uninsured legal residents who have medical conditions. This new plan, called the NY Bridge Plan, is New York’s version of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan that was created under federal health care reform. The NY Bridge Plan is a valuable product of health care reform in that it provides health insurance coverage at a lower price than other options currently available in the individual market. Through the NY Bridge Plan, premiums will be $362/month for residents of upstate counties and $421/month for residents of downstate counties. A list of upstate and downstate counties is available in the NY Bridge Plan brochure.
When I took office in January, I inherited a government that is worse off than it was in 2001. A staggering $286 million deficit looms and tough decisions have to be made in order to fix Nassau County’s finances. An easy fix would have been to raise property taxes 36 percent - but I won’t accept that option as a solution because taxpayers need relief during these poor economic times.
It was bound to happen. The county marina in Wantagh Park lost its power three days ago. Park administration was notified but boat owners, who reside throughout the county, were not. To effect a repair the entire park electrical system was shut down leaving the boats literally in the dark each night. Two hundred boats valued at well over a million dollars were left unprotected by the police department and Department of Public Security, apparently because they weren’t notified about the problem by the parks department.
As a parent, I know that I was guilty of finding fault with my children. Here is the soundtrack of our earlier years together: “You left the garage open.” “You left your dishes in the sink.” “You left your bathing suit on the dining room table.” “No wonder your bike got stolen, you didn’t lock it.” “What is this plate in your room? It has mold on it.” “You left the light on again.” “Why can’t you remember to turn the faucet off when you’re done in the bathroom?” “Don’t leave a wet towel on the floor.” And so on.
There’s a reason we all love summertime on Long Island.
Beach trips, barbeques—we’ve picked a fantastic place to live and to spend time with family and friends.
Local governments and school districts across New York have lost a significant amount of revenue as a result of the recession, according to the 2010 Annual Report on Local Governments just released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. While there are some indications that New York’s economy is beginning to stabilize, the road to fiscal health will not be an easy one, DiNapoli said.
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