Veteran Mineola Village Board Trustee Paul Cusato announced his run for re-election last week. If he wins in the at-large bid, Cusato will secure his sixth term on the board. Cusato, a longtime member of the Mineola Fire Department, was first elected to the board of trustees in 2004. The current board consists of Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira (the New Line Party announced his nomination last week), Cusato, trustees George Durham, Dennis Walsh and Mayor Scott Strauss.
There are no red light cameras currently stationed in Mineola, but in the coming weeks and months, that will change.
Seven cameras will be installed in the village, with four at the Mineola Boulevard and Jericho Turnpike traffic light and three at the Willis Avenue location. An additional traffic camera could not be installed at Willis because there is not enough room to place a camera near the westbound direction, according to Nassau County officials.
A snowstorm blanketed Mineola with 11.5 inches last Tuesday, Jan. 21. According to Mayor Scott Strauss, Mineola village department of public works employees were out plowing streets starting Tuesday at 1 p.m. until late Wednesday. Strauss said the frigid temperatures, which dipped to nearly 15 below zero with the windchill, froze Mineola salt-spreaders.
In years past, village reps have hammered home parking regulations during storms, to keep cars off the streets so plows can clear snow curb-to-curb. While an issue before, Strauss said, in his trips around Mineola last week, people are listening.
One local school district saw an increase in state aid, while another lost money in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s preliminary budget released last week.
The Mineola School District saw a 5.87 increase, to $5,623,800 from 2013-14. The state awarded Mineola $5,311,988 last year.
Mineola gained increases in building aid but no increase in high tax aid. The district received $290,733 in high tax aid last year.
Mineola resident Nugent Cantileno is one of many local residents that will be producing The Last Taxi Driver, a short film created Debra Markowitz and John Marean of North Merrick. The production took to the web to find funding for the film, using indiegogo.com, an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, etc.
The Last Taxi Driver is a dark horror comedy about one man’s determination to retain his career as a taxi driver and refusal to give up when most of his customers are eaten by zombies. The taxi driver will be played by Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods, Wolf of Wall
Street) and Violet will be played by Emily Jackson (Fringe, Incarnate). The film will be shot in East Meadow.
The Village of East Williston last week approved a local law requiring that residential water meters be read once a year by a village employee.
Village code variously suggested that meters would be read annually or biennially, depending on which section you were reading. Mayor David Tanner called it a “housekeeping law.”
According to Tanner, the law addresses other issues, such as meters being misread, a potential for water leaks and unexpectedly large water bills.
While the news of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy not seeking re-election in the 4th District has brought other public officials into the spotlight as possible successors, you can scratch one name off the list in Jack Martins. He still feels there’s work to be done at his current post as senator of the 7th Senate District.
Martins lost out in a bid against McCarthy in 2008, but beat then-Democratic Senator Craig Johnson in 2010 in a senate race that decided the majority of the New York State Legislature after a drawn out battle in court over ballot recounts. While thankful for the support, Martins says he wants to stay the course.
They made him an offer he could easily refuse. Fortunately for Mineola, he didn't.
The Mineola School District Board of Education has persuaded Superintendent of Schools Michael Nagler to sign a new contract, agreeing to stay on until January 2019—even though they offered less money and fewer days off. The deal, which officially went into effect on Jan. 17, includes a lower overall payout and the elimination of several perks.
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) announced on Wednesday, Jan. 8 that she would not seek re-election. The former nurse has been battling lung cancer since last year.
“It just hits you,” she said. “There’s an expression called “chemo-brain,” which makes you kind of forgetful and tired. I said jokingly ‘That’s great. I can see myself sitting next to my chairman and fall asleep by accident.”
The Mineola resident said that cancer was not the reason she decided to not seek re-election. Ending her run in Congress entered the picture after the December 2012 Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn.
Sandy Hook, two decades after the tragedy she and her family faced when Colin Ferguson killed six (including her husband, Dennis) and wounded her son Kevin on the Long Island Rail Road, cut her to the core.
Dressed to the nines, sporting a tuxedo, 90-year-old Al Toma of Albertson and his date, Rose Repke, 93, of East Williston looking glamorous in her ivory silk blouse and red taffeta skirt, were ready to ring in the New Year the way they have for the past 10 years — at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center in Roslyn. Volunteers at the hospital, they decided a decade ago that rather than go out for New Year’s Eve, they’d bring some happiness to those who are stuck in the hospital during the holidays instead.
Wheeling a cart with punch and cookies, hats, and streamers, they make their rounds for three hours every New Year’s Eve starting at 6 and ending at 9 p.m. According to Repke, who first came up with the idea, “Coming here New Year’s Eve is magical. The patients just love it and we love doing it.” Toma added, “The patients are so surprised when we walk in their rooms and ask where are we going and we tell them we are here to see you. Then they ask, where are you going afterward, Nowhere. We’re in bed by 10:30.”
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