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Letter: Brotherly Endorsement

Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

My brother, Adam Haber, is running for the Democratic nomination for Nassau County Executive in the primary on Sept. 10, 2013. Adam is fiscally responsible and conscious about social issues. As a private citizen and as a member of the Board of Education in Roslyn, Adam has demonstrated strong leadership skills. With creative thinking he saved the Roslyn school district millions of dollars. The district is now thriving. He is an astute businessman with a take-charge personality. Two of his major goals as County Executive will be to create jobs and restore fiscal competence in Nassau County.

Adam truly cares about people who have experienced difficulties in their lives. He is a board advisor for All Hands Volunteers, a charity which gives financial aid and lends support to those who have been devastated by natural disasters. In 2005, Adam went to Mississippi to help build homes for people who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, he spent time in Iowa removing mold and gutting sheet rock in houses that were damaged by flood waters. In 2010, he traveled to Haiti and helped with the installation of a water filtration system and the rebuilding of a school. Adam did all of this before he even thought of running for office.

 

An Open Letter To Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

I, among many commuters, feel we deserve better than what the LIRR is giving us. We are paying for top-dollar service and receiving below-par service. We pay and we pay, and get nothing.

If you have been reading the papers you will see that the LIRR has been “experiencing delays or cancellations” due to a “third rail broken in the East River tunnel, because of Amtrak, signal problems or disabled trains” or a combination of the three.  As such, I have contacted the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to investigate these matters. As an attorney general you have the ability to audit this agency and I kindly request you do so. The public needs to know where the money is going and hold them accountable. For anyone who wished to make a complaint against the LIRR for their service, or lack thereof, contact the Federal Railroad Administration by visiting their website www.fra.dot.gov

Scott D. Diamond

 

Letter: What’s the August 20 Vote All About?

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

On August 20th the Town of Oyster Bay (the “Town”) is asking you to decide whether it should sell a 54-acre parcel currently used by the Department of Public Works (the “DPW Parcel”). The driving force behind the sale would be to decrease the Town’s debt in order to prevent a downgrade in the Town’s Bond rating.  

The influx of cash from the sale (approximately $32 million dollars) will be a temporary alleviation of the Town’s fiscal problems.

 

From Long Island Wins: July 18, 2013

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

A Troubling Alternative

I prefer thinking positive thoughts. But not everyone has the same mental habits. There are some folks who just love thinking through the absolute worst-case scenarios. What if the LIE shuts down and I can’t get home? What if Long Island beaches became infested with sharks and all are closed for the summer? What if the Mets never get their act together?

Those are all pretty crazy, right?

But now it’s worth taking a look at a possibility that seems just as crazy if it were to happen – that the House of Representatives doesn’t pass immigration reform, and our federal system stays broken.

 

Editorial: Start Me Up

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Long Island and the humble automobile have always had an intertwined history whether it was William Kissam Vanderbilt creating what eventually became Motor Parkway to the various speedways (Riverhead, Islip, Freeport) that were sprinkled throughout Nassau and Suffolk County. To that end, the Town of Oyster Bay is once again putting its seal of approval on the Classic Car Cruise Nights that happen every Friday at the Massapequa LIRR station on Sunrise Highway on Fridays from July 12 through August 23. It’s a free, family-friendly event that features loads of chrome, mint paint jobs and enough horsepower to run a small third world nation. In addition, there’s a small socially conscious tangent to this weekly event where car owners are required to donate two cans of food in order to participate. With automobiles being as American as mom, baseball and apple pie, the Classic Car Cruise Night is a way of bringing a piece of Norman Rockwell to Massapequa.

– Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Letter: A Real Shame: Princesses: Long Island

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:10

I’m proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous movies and TV shows, including Citizen Kane, Annie Hall, and the hit television series Boardwalk Empire. It’s even the setting for The Great Gatsby. Shamefully, it’s also now the location for a show whose characters are disgraceful, misleading, and fuel anti-Semitic stereotypes: Princesses: Long Island.

Full disclosure: I kind of enjoy reality TV. Storage Wars and Pawn Stars are among my guilty pleasures. So the idea of watching a reality show taking place in my own backyard wasn’t so far-fetched. I knew little about the show before sitting down to watch the season premiere.

 

Letter: Facts Over Opinions

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

I read with great interest, and then with dismay, the letter to the editor from my friend Norman Gersman, attacking long time Great Neck resident Howard Weitzman who is a former mayor of Great Neck Estates and former County Comptroller. It is important for readers to understand that Norman was one of George Maragos’ campaign operatives in 2009 and has held a series of County jobs ever since. Also, Norman refers so glowingly to the column by Mike Barry praising and defending Comptroller Maragos’ record … without indicating that Barry is a well-known and consistent supporter of Republican officials and candidates.

In the interest of full disclosure, I serve as President of the Great Neck Democratic Club and am actively involved in Howard Weitzman’s campaign to regain his position as County Comptroller.

 

Letter: Treading Water: Pros And Cons Of Fracking

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

I read with interest about the panel discussion on the pros and cons of so-called “hydrofracking.” The debate as framed makes good points, however, it also misses a few key points.

When I was an exploration and development geologist for a Fortune 100 oil and gas company, for all the majors I worked with the preferred industry standard practice for both oil and gas well completions was called an “acid frac,” or an “acid job.” Based on my understanding, this is still the preferred method for non-horizontal wells, not hydrofracking.

 

Letter: Response to Weitzman’s Letter

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

I am writing in response to Howard Weitzman’s letter to the editor dated May 31, 2013 wherein he disputes the highly respected journalist Mike Barry’s commentary “Quietly Vindicated” which complimented the Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, published on May 17, 2013.

Let’s remember that Mr. Weitzman is the former Comptroller who left the County nearly bankrupt with a $250 million structural deficit. He is now a candidate for Comptroller attempting gain attention with misleading statements. He is wrong in every allegation.

 

Letter: Watch Weitzman’s Care For County Cash

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

I am writing in response to Howard Weitzman’s letter to the editor dated May 31, 2013 wherein he disputes the highly respected journalist Mike Barry’s commentary “Quietly Vindicated” which complimented the Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, published on May 17, 2013.

Let’s remember that Mr. Weitzman is the former Comptroller who left the County nearly bankrupt with a $250 million structural deficit. He is now a candidate for Comptroller attempting gain attention with misleading statements. He is wrong in every allegation.

 

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