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Community Council Hosts Meet The Candidates Night

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00

Assembly, senate and judicial incumbents, hopefuls address questions at forum

(Editor’s note – More information regarding the candidates mentioned in this article will appear in the upcoming Anton Community Newspapers’ Voter’s Guide, which will be published Oct. 26.) 

The Hicksville Community Council held a meet the candidates forum on Thursday evening, Oct. 4 at the Hicksville Community Center on West Carl Street that provided residents an opportunity to see who could be representing them in several different political positions come November.


Sparks Fly In The Debate Arena

Written by Rich Forestano and Dave Gil de Rubio Monday, 22 October 2012 15:49

Town hall format and Obama’s performance finds president rebounding in the polls

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Hofstra University was the site for the second of three debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Hofstra had also hosted a debate between then-Democratic nominee Obama and GOP nominee Sen. John McCain back in 2008, making the school just the second university to host consecutive presidential debates. (St. Louis’ Washington University was the other.)

With Romney scoring what many considered an upset victory over Obama’s decidedly lackluster performance in the first debate, this follow-up was going to be a “deal maker or breaker in this campaign,” according to political pundit Chris Matthews, who spoke at Hofstra the prior week. Shortly after moderator Candy Crowley took the stage at 9 p.m., it was clear both candidates were prepared to come out swinging, making for a lively hour and a half that found roughly 65 million viewers tuning in to the town hall-style debate, according to the Nielsen Ratings.


Court Upholds Mineola’s 7-Eleven Denial

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Convenience store giant has 30 days to appeal decision

The New York State Supreme Court struck down a motion filed by 7-Eleven against the Village of Mineola, temporarily ending a battle that’s been waged since the Slurpee goliath proposed building a store on East Jericho Turnpike last October.  Garden City-based Amato Law Group (ALG) represents the convenience store and has 30 days to appeal the ruling.

7-Eleven felt the village board reached its decision based solely on local constituent outcry, rather than evidence and findings presented to the board at public hearings. Mineola denied the store’s application on March 14.


MFD Responds to Ellsworth Avenue House Fire

Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

The Mineola Fire Department was alerted for a reported house fire on Ellsworth Avenue on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 12:28 p.m. Dispatchers reported of multiple calls confirming that this was a working house fire.  Arriving firefighters would come to recognize the involved structure as the home of one of their own, a decorated ex-chief of the Mineola Fire Department.

As Ladder 165 arrived on the scene, Lt. Carl T. Nunziata notified Firecom of the fire and also requested LIPA to go to the scene for live wires down in front of the house. Fire was engulfing the entire west side of the house as heavy smoke enveloped the neighborhood, officials said. Engine 162 arrived on scene and ex-captain Tom O’Brien manned the pump. Ex-captain Joe Neves, trustee/ firefighter Paul Cusato and firefighter Chris Goncalves stretched a supply line to the hydrant.  Firefighters Michael Scala, Danny Maghalaes, Kevin Nicoll and Eric O’Brien stretched an attack line toward the home.  


Bids Come Pouring In For Flood Project

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

Bruce Terrace construction bids come in for Mineola, North Hempstead

The Mineola and North Hempstead portions of the Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation project, a plan addressing flood issues in Mineola and Carle Place, have found contractors to redo drainage systems to handle flood waters. The town awarded its bid to Deer Park-based Tri-State Paving LLC on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The town’s portion of the project encompasses drainage improvements, including installation of new catch basins and pipes on three to four streets near the border of Mineola and Carle Place. A recharge basin would be built on Mineola land located north of Westbury Avenue near Glen Cove Road.


Superintendents Join To Restore Youth Service Programs

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

Long Island school district leaders call on Nassau County to restore $8 million in funding

Local school district superintendents on Tuesday, Oct. 2 called on Nassau County to restore youth and family programs that were cut or eliminated from the county budget on July 5. Representatives from Elmont, Great Neck, Long Beach, Massapequa, Mineola, Uniondale and Westbury protested the decision to slash nearly $8 million in program funding that went to counseling, tutoring, crisis intervention, after school programs, among other areas.

These programs were the victim of the ongoing tug-of-war between party lines in the county concerning borrowing and redistricting. Organizations across Nassau County, like the Gateway Youth Outreach in Elmont and Mineola Youth and Family Services in Mineola were blindsided when the cut came down three months ago.


Village Responds To Grievance From Employees Union

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Mineola: ‘We will abide by the contract’

The Mineola Village Board responded to a grievance made by the Mineola union reps from the United Public Service Employees Union (UPSEU). The union held that village employees wanted vacation time awarded in a calendar year (Jan. 1) rather than on each employee’s anniversary work date.

Mineola is currently in contract talks with village employees. The previous contract stipulations are still in effect, aligning with the Triborough Amendment in the Taylor Law. The law prohibits a public employer from changing any part of an expired labor agreement until a new one is reached.


Mineola Street Fair Doesn’t Disappoint

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Residents from near and far converge on local businesses for music, food and commerce

Thousands of residents filled Second Street, Main Street and two blocks of Mineola Boulevard for the 4th Annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 30.  With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, Mineola Chamber of Commerce President Bill Greene said, “this was the best fair yet…and we’re expecting next year to be even better.”

While beginning as a bright sunny day, the fair saw overcast skies and light rain showers halfway through, delaying live performances and sending much of the crowd home for the day.  However, the sun slowly made its way back, and the fair went right back on track.


Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt Dies

Written by Ronald Scaglia Wednesday, 03 October 2012 00:00
Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt died suddenly on the morning of Oct. 3. According to Ed Ward, spokesperson from the legislator’s office, Schmitt, 62, collapsed while in a budget meeting with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building and was rushed to Winthrop Hospital. He died at 11:55 a.m.

“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mangano in a statement. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.”


Mineola Street Fair Promises Fun For Everyone

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

September 30 event to highlight local talent, businesses

Local economy enrichment — that’s what matters to the Mineola Chamber of Commerce (COC) and the Mineola Street Fair set to kick off Sunday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will showcase all hands on deck from Mineola businesses. A rain date is set for Sunday, October 14.

Willis Hobbies owner and past COC president and Fair Co-Chair Steve Ford detailed the upcoming fair exclusively to the Mineola American. He hopes this year Mother Nature doesn’t delay the fun for the village.


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