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Mineola Restaurant Owner vs. Mangano

Haber to run for Nassau’s top job

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.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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