First it was the reconfiguration that dominated the school board meetings at Willis Avenue School. For the last few months, the lease of a closed building has been at the forefront of the consciousness of district parents, residents and the board of education.
It was the talk of board meetings; you heard it in the halls and parking lots and was endlessly discussed on District Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler’s blog. Would the budget pass? Would Mineola welcome two new board members? Could the reconfiguration be done away with?
It was good eats, dancing and auctions galore last week at Jericho Terrace in Mineola. In conjunction with TeamFox, the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Disease Research Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Long Island, “Night on the Town in Mineola,” showcased sample cuisines from New York City and Long Island restaurants.
Six Mineola youngsters received Scouting’s highest honor on May 6. Vincent Buonincontro, Nick D’Annuzio, Nicholas Fiori, Glenn Peters, Perry Llanes and Zachary Rachell attained the rank of Eagle Scout at the Troop 45 Eagle Scout Ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church.
The annual Mineola Fair will not be held in Memorial Park this year, but instead moved to the downtown area of the village closer to shops and other local businesses. The village board unanimously voted to move the fair at a recent board meeting.
Albertson resident Gerald Magaldi has withdrawn his petition as a Mineola school board candidate. District Superintendent Michael Nagler announced the withdrawal during last Thursday’s meeting of the board of education at the Willis Avenue School.
Magaldi had spoken to District Clerk Donna Martillo and submitted a letter withdrawing his candidacy last week. No reason was given at the meeting for Magaldi’s withdrawal.
(Editor’s note: As of press time, Gerard Magaldi has withdrawn from the race. His comments will still be presented in this story.)
The Mineola School District Council of PTA’s held Meet the Candidates Night last Monday. Cindy Velez and Robin Bischoff hosted the event. Village trustee Paul Cusato moderated the panel.
Preliminary traffic study findings near the Cross Street School were released during the April 27 Mineola School District Board of Education meeting at Willis Avenue School. The traffic study was ordered by the Village of Williston Park to gauge the congestion issues that could occur after Cross Street closes and the building is leased to the Solomon Schechter Day School (SSDS) of Nassau County in Glen Cove.
Amid the rampant rumors about the future structure of the Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano attended last Tuesday’s Mineola Chamber of Commerce meeting at Piccola Bussola. He detailed the current economic “structure” of Nassau County, highlighted happenings in the county and responded to recent rumors of the changes coming to the NCPD.
The board of trustees of the Incorporated Village of Mineola unanimously approved the village budget during the April 20 work session. The tax increase discussed on April 13 has seen a decrease from 3.65 to 3.5 percent. The village budget is approximately $18.5 million.
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