Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00
Can a Roslynite be elected Nassau County Executive? That’s a question that Adam Haber is willing to find out.
A member of the Roslyn Board of Education, Haber is now the only Democrat to officially announce his candidacy for the seat currently held by Edward P. Mangano.
Haber has been preparing for the run for several months. Since last year, he has been supervising his own website, which asks residents to respond to a “question of the week” on pertinent issues, both local and national. On Dec. 19 he held a fundraiser at his restaurant, Lula Trattoria in Mineola. According to published reports, Haber has more than $2 million in cash on hand, nearly equal to the amount raised by Mangano.
“I want my kids to be able to afford to stay here [on Long Island],” Haber told The Roslyn News in explaining his reasons for running.
Indeed, Haber both criticized the current economic climate in Nassau County and his own business expertise in listing other reasons for the run.
“We have a lot of work to do on issues affecting the county negatively,” he said. “My business background can help.” Haber’s website listed his achievements on the Roslyn school board. “Our great schools are the reason so many families move to Long Island, and keeping them strong is vital to the future,” he said. “As a member of the Roslyn School Board, I’ve seen first-hand that we can save money without sacrificing quality if we’re willing to ask the tough questions, demand real answers, and are willing to try new approaches to old problems. We can start by asking the districts within our county to work together and share things like buses and motorpools, combine back-office functions and purchase more things jointly to save money.”
The negative issues Haber referred to are mainly jobs and taxes.
“While county government may not be able to change the federal and state economy, we can find ways to help businesses create jobs,” he said. “We can attract businesses looking to expand through incentives that are fair for our community but encourage them to move here. And we can invest in our county infrastructure to put people to work right away.”
On taxes, Haber has claimed that a “broken assessment system” has, in fact, resulted in higher taxes for more Nassau residents. “Nassau needs to find ways to control those costs that we can control without compromising the quality of the services we provide, and we need to be honest with the taxpayers about what we are doing,” he added, referring to funding for schools, parks and recreations and other services.
“We’re raising good money,” Haber said of his nascent campaign. “I have a good staff behind me. I’m not part of the insiders that have been bringing down the county for the past 20 years.
“I love Nassau County,” he concluded. “It’s a great place to live that’s starting to show wear and tear.”
Possible challengers to Haber include current County Legislator David Denenberg (D – Merrick) and even former county executive, Thomas Suozzi, who is subject of a draft movement to lure the former two-term executive into a comeback race. But for now, Haber is an announced candidate and he is enjoying his time on the stump.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.