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What Every Long Islander Should Know: May 7, 2010

Written by Nancy Rauch Douzinas Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00

Better Education for Less

It’s school budget time, and wrath is in the air. Politicians are raging, taxpayers fuming, students protesting. The frustration is easy to understand. School budget votes in our region are a lose-lose proposition. Vote against the budget, and the ones we hurt are the children. Vote in favor, and we perpetuate the ruinous tax spiral that is devastating families and crippling our economy.


Parenthood Plus: April 30, 2010

Written by Andrew Malekoff Friday, 30 April 2010 00:00

Making Rounds

I have been writing Parenting Plus since February 2007. Sometimes I include personal details about my life. I strive for universal appeal but I never know for certain if I reach that goal. Although I try to make points to be helpful to parents and other community members that care about kids, sometimes I think what I make are “rounds” that are less hard-edged and softer than points.


Letter: Celebrating People in Action

Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00
What do we call people that, with willing hearts, give to their community week after week, year after year, expecting nothing in return? We call them volunteers.

From the Desk of Assemblyman Joseph Saladino: April 16, 2010

Written by Assemblyman Joseph Saladino Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00

Late Budget Is Not Acceptable

The New York state budget is considerably late. At a time when the Assembly and Senate leadership should be reaching a consensus with the governor, negotiations have reached a standstill. This is not acceptable. The Assembly and Senate Majorities, who control the legislative process and must by law hold public conferences on the budget, have not done enough to produce a budget that is on time, economically responsible, or fair to Upstate and Long Island.


From Sustainable Long Island: April 9, 2010

Written by Sarah Lansdale Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00

Building Stronger, Vibrant Downtowns

One thing is for sure – Long Island is home to thousands of shopping options from big boxes to big malls to downtowns to strip malls. We are known to shop until we drop. During tough economic times, we all often let the best bargains determine where we shop.


Comptroller’s Report: April 2, 2010

Written by County Comptroller George Maragos Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00

Special Districts and Villages Should Be Judged on Merit By Local Communities

The Government Reorganization and Citizens Empowerment Act took effect on March 21, 2010. The new state law is meant to help reduce the layers of numerous local governments and special districts by simplifying the process to consolidate or dissolve them. The ultimate goal is to help reduce the cost of local government for the taxpayers.


Letter: Supports Increasing Cigarette Tax

Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00
Last week I traveled with the American Heart Association to Albany to let our representatives know what they can do to help in the fight against heart disease, the No. 1 killer of New Yorkers. I survived my heart attack but many won’t.

Parenting Plus: March 26, 2010

Written by Andrew Malekoff Friday, 26 March 2010 00:00

If Your Child Is Not Healthy, My Child Is Not Safe

Gladys Carrión, commissioner of the New York State Office of Children & Family Services, oversees 26 juvenile detention facilities that hold close to 2,000 kids under 16 who have committed criminal acts. In a 2008 interview with New York Daily News, she stated that over 80 percent of the adolescents in this system have serious mental health problems that go untreated. Carrión described the network of juvenile facilities as a “pipeline to prison.” The system damages children and families and fails to make our neighborhoods safer.


Letter: Include Your Pets in Disaster Plans

Friday, 26 March 2010 00:00
Many LI residents were taken by surprise by last weekend’s storm and had no plan for their pets when they evacuated. This is a wakeup call given the predictions for a more active than normal Hurricane Season. Now is the time to make family evacuation plans including your pet. Most shelters will not accept pets so you must make the plan keeping in mind a companion animal is happiest in a familiar, safe environment. Teach pets to be accustomed to crates, making him a more welcome guest in a friend or relative’s home.

From Long Island Wins: March 19, 2010

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00

Immigration Reform Will Create a Level Playing Field for All Workers

This past Friday morning, three immigrant worker advocates left the parking lot of the Hempstead Home Depot and started walking toward Queens.


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