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.
(LIRRCC released the following statement.)
The Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council (LIRRCC) has called upon the MTA, the State of New York, and Nassau County to intensify their efforts to craft an equitable solution to preserve Long Island Bus service. Preliminary MTA budget materials released last week call for the discontinuation of MTA funding for Long Island Bus operations, which, if no further action is taken by these parties, would spell the end of most if not all Long Island Bus service.
Last week, on behalf of Nassau County taxpayers, the County filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority challenging the legality of the MTA Employer Payroll Tax. The County is seeking to be reimbursed the more than $3 million already paid to the MTA through this unfair tax.
Growing up on Long Island, residents often feel a sense of pride in what their region is known for. Long Island is known for many things including its attractive scenery, gorgeous beaches, and historic locations. From notable museums to popular vineyards to beautiful forests and meadows, Long Island has always been the place to see.
Last spring brought the tragic news of the death of Yeardley Love, a member of the University of Virginia (UVA) women’s lacrosse team, allegedly at the hands of her boyfriend, a UVA men’s lacrosse team player, in an alcohol-fueled fit of rage. Both teams competed in NCAA championship tournaments after Love was buried.
The South Farmingdale Water District is reminding all residents to adhere to the Nassau County Sprinkler Ordinance during this summer. This ordinance is in effect year-round, however since lawn and garden watering is more popular during the warmer months, it’s important for all consumers to do their part and help conserve water.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos recently released the audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 2009 fiscal year, saying the county used “troubling” budget maneuvers to stay in the black.
As we head into the warm days of summer, you may be wondering what resources and activities are available to you and your family. While funds for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have been cut 25 percent in the past two years, I’m pleased to say that Nassau County’s parks are open for business!
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