“Working together is not in Long Islanders’ DNA.”
I sometimes hear that when I share with people examples of regions acting in cooperative ways to address their problems.
On Saturday, March 6, I went to Colleran Park with seven young children. I live in the neighborhood, and thought that this was the perfect park as I could watch all of them and they could not go far. Unfortunately, the park was locked with no explanation. Needless to say, the children and I were very disappointed.
The lands, waters, and wildlife of New York are vital to our state’s identity and strength. If enacted, Governor Paterson’s FY2010/11 Executive Budget proposal would strike a harsh blow to the state’s ability to address critical environmental issues now and for years to come. Our rich natural resources protect our drinking water, contribute billions of dollars a year in revenue through tourism and other industries, provide green spaces for millions of city residents, and support a breathtaking variety of wildlife. From the Adirondacks to the shores of the Hudson to the bays and beaches of Long Island, our precious lands and waters must be protected—for our health, for our prosperity and for our children’s future.
Tough times call for tough measures, or that’s what you would think. In Nassau County, they are thinking the opposite. Peter Schmitt and the Republican Majority of the Nassau County legislature voted for pay raises for themselves in one of the worst economies since the Great Depression. Our newest Legislator Joe Belesi supported the idea without question, having been in office for only a few days. His predecessor, Dave Mejias, fought against these raises his entire six years in office. It took Belesi less than a week to do the complete opposite. Joe Belesi and the Republican Majority have shown their true colors. You can lead them to the legislature but you can’t make them think.
Albany is playing games again, and it looks like those of us who enjoy our State Parks might be the losers!
Autoimmune hepatitis is a common form of chronic liver disease that is quite commonly encountered in our area. As there are no specific markers for this condition and it is seldom considered by physicians, its diagnosis is often delayed or not made at all. This chronic condition is a result of alterations in the body’s immune system which lead to the production of specific chemicals that attack liver cells. These specific chemicals have yet to be identified, however the condition of autoimmune hepatitis is well described. Simply said, this condition is a result of an enhanced immune response directed at the liver.
A team of researchers went looking for land in all the right places—and found oodles of it. Enough to start building a new, more vibrant and prosperous Long Island. That’s the news contained in a study just released by the Long Island Index.
What motivates people to action, to make changes for the better? There’s the annual New Year’s resolution. There are tragedies and scares. There are new ideas and innovations. And there is the power of a movement, like-minded people joining together to make change.
At Sustainable Long Island, we work with communities all the time to come together setting aside their own personal needs, agendas and priorities to meet the common, greater needs of their community. We bring together residents from all parts of the community who might have competing desires for their community and show them how to find the middle ground. Together, they create a plan for their community that will revitalize their downtown or commercial strip to attract new businesses, to expand their tax base and create jobs and enhance the physical environment to create a safer, greener, cleaner, more attractive community.
Each winter, New Yorkers and families across the country are directly confronted with one of the most crucial financial concerns regarding their teenage children – how to pay for their college education.
In recognition of this annual “rite of passage,” Governor David Paterson has proclaimed January 25 to February 25 Student Financial Aid Awareness Month – a period during which the State will host a series of events aimed at educating students and families about all the financial aid opportunities available for college, and how to apply for them.
Heading east from the post office or the bank on Kilian Road, it is practically impossible to make a left turn onto Hicksville Road to Sunrise Highway. The traffic on Hicksville Road waiting for the traffic light to turn green can number more than 20 vehicles most of the time. Many times on Kilian Road there’s more than 10 cars waiting to make a left turn onto Hicksville Road and by the time the Hicksville Road traffic goes, the light is missed and traffic is crossing Sunrise Highway heading south and cars are still stuck. In my opinion there’s only one way to fix the problem. That is to make it a “no left turn” onto Hicksville Road any time. I have talked to many people and to elected officials about the problem and everyone seems to agree, “no left turn” would solve the problem. Make a right turn, go to the light, make a left at the Triangle Park to Sunrise Highway.
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