The Mineola Village Board raised a slew of questions at its last public hearing over an application to expand the Learn & Play day care facility on Herricks Road in Mineola.
Arthur Smyles owns the property and it was initially used for party sales and rentals until he was granted a special use permit for the day care facility. Smyles also owns the adjacent dollar store, where the proposed expansion would be located. According to architect Anthony Dei Properizo, the two buildings combined represent 21,084 sq. ft. of floor space with 14,236 sq. ft. for the day care and 6,848 sq. ft. for the dollar store.
The Mineola School District presented its first draft of the 2011-2012 district budget at its last meeting on Feb. 17 at the Willis Avenue School. The proposed budget for the next school year is $82,206,267. The budget-to-budget increase sits at $2,077,694 (2.6 percent) with an initial tax levy increase of 3.6.
H2M reported to the Mineola School Board of Education at its Feb. 10 meeting on the progress of the addition project that will be voted on in May. The district would use $1.7 million from the undesignated fund balance to fund the construction on Hampton without a bond. The move would make Hampton the pre-K-2 school for children south of Jericho Turnpike.
First, Larry Werther announced that he would not run for mayor in March, but would still run for one of the open trustee seats in the village of Mineola. Now, another incumbent in trustee Thomas Kennedy will not seek re-election.
As residents probably know, the Feb. 8 bond vote failed by 366 votes which would have kept the fifth and eighth grade in their respective schools. Now those grades will move to the middle and high school. What residents didn’t know is there was a petition before the board of education at its workshop meeting before the vote to have no change come to the district at all.
The future configuration of the Mineola School District became clearer last Tuesday, Feb. 8 after the $4.4 million bond vote, which failed by 366 votes. Over 1,782 district residents visited the polls last week, with 1,074 voting no, while 708 voted yes.
On Friday, Jan. 28 in Plainview, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand detailed a new proposal to expand, simplify, and make permanent the Research and Development Tax Credit. The senator’s proposal would expand the current credit by changing the formula to provide greater incentive for companies to increase investment; simplify the current credit, which is highly complicated and confusing; and make the new credit permanent, which would provide private companies with the confidence they need to make significant future investments in R&D.
Remember those finicky new voting machines? Well, they will not be available for the upcoming village elections throughout New York State. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the trusty lever machines will be put back into action, unless a new freshman senator from the 7th Senate District and a seasoned 16th District Assemblywoman have their way.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler joked that he had no idea what her project was about and needed an abstract in English just to get the basic concept. He stated that it has been the district’s goal to produce an Intel semi-finalist for three years.
A hero by certain standards could be a fictional character, a professional athlete or a TV actor. But a true hero thinks of others before himself, exhibits a passion for helping others and uses kindness as his or her strength. Mineola resident and honorary Fire Chief Bill Gresalfi fits that bill.
The Town of North Hempstead selected Bill as its Mineola Hometown Hero last week. Town Clerk Leslie Gross was on hand to commend Gresalfi and his accomplishments.
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