In the area of “good and open government” how can the Town of North Hempstead keep its constituents better informed of pending Town Board actions?
Town government sometimes publishes short and vague, almost cryptic, synopses of its Town Board Agenda and public hearing items which hinders constituent involvement. What are your thoughts about increasing the level of detail made public, and made public in a more timely way?
Frequenters of O’Donnell’s Pub in Mineola will now themselves entering The Black Sheep Ale House.
An ongoing battle between East Williston and Williston Park has been brewing for some time over water rates and it spilled over into Mineola at the Oct. 12 board of trustees meeting. The two villages are currently locked in a legal battle after East Williston filed a suit against Williston Park over rise in the water rates this summer.
Mineola Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini stated that Mayor Scott Strauss had received a letter from East Williston, inquiring if Mineola were interested in becoming the supplier of East Williston’s water distribution.
Two weeks ago, a rule was put on the spot by Mineola; it lived up to its meaning. After Hurricane Irene, The Mineola School District PTA with several other student and parent based volunteer groups, organized the “Golden Rule Project.”
The groups have been collecting school supplies to aid the Binghamton/Owego area of New York State, which suffered flooding of immense proportions. The Golden Rule, “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself,” holds a whole new meaning now.
If anything goes better together than the morning rush and the mayhem that ensues, whether it is by car, bus or train, it’s a cup of coffee and a quick bite. Local residents and workers who frequent Station Plaza will get plenty of both now.
The Village of Mineola approved the renewal of an existing application that originally allowed the sale of food at a previous restaurant at a recent public hearing to Amistad Culinary Team. The café sits at the corner of Second Street and Station Plaza North as you cross over Mineola Boulevard, heading west from Second Street.
The decision to move the Mineola Fair from its traditional Memorial Park location to a new destination in the downtown area of the community proved to be a wise one, as local shops were overflowing with customers for close to seven hours on Sunday, Oct. 2.
The fair was moved this year to Mineola Boulevard in an attempt to drive business to storefronts along the entranceway into the village. “We wanted to spice up the fair,” said Willis Hobbies owner Steve Ford, who helped organize the event. “We’ve been hearing from people that it’s been the same stuff year after year, and we wanted to spruce it up a bit.”
The candidate submitted the following statement.
“Jon Kaiman brings to his office as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor a distinguished record of public and private sector accomplishments. His four terms in office have been underscored by his continuation of the town’s tradition of sound finances and good government.
“Under Kaiman’s administration, CNN Money Magazine ranked the town one of the “Best 100 Places to Live in America.” In addition, CNN rated North Hempstead as the Second Best Place to Live for a healthy retirement in the United States of America. Since taking office on Jan. 1, 2004, Kaiman has spearheaded a series of bold initiatives to promote accountability and transparency, to better the quality of life for seniors, to maintain sound finances and to protect the town’s environment.
The section of Mineola Boulevard near the LIRR train station has been called the “gateway” to the village of Mineola and cited as one of the key areas for development in the village’s Master Plan. The plan just became a bit clearer.
The board of trustees approved the application of Winthrop University Hospital to construct a four-story, .893-acre research facility at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street on Sept. 21. Village attorney John Spellman detailed the decision and stipulations regarding approval last week.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named eight Wheatley seniors as Semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. The seniors earning this prestigious honor are Liting Chiang, Ariel Fieldman, Remy Haber, Timothy Lee, William Schiela, Zohaib Shaikh, David Vakili and Tom Wang.
If there’s one word that can describe what’s needed with the rigmarole that is the Winston Manor project, it’s “patience” and Polimeni International LLC will need it for just a bit longer.
The Mineola Village Board reserved its decision to allow Polimeni to change the senior housing component “The Churchill” from a five-story, 36-condominium unit to affordable senior housing rentals until October. The move, at the behest of deputy mayor Paul Pereira, was made to give local senior groups another go-around at learning more about what it would mean to have senior rentals rather than condos.
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