“A long time coming,” Bill Urianek said at last week’s board meeting; a long time indeed.
Urianek, with the help of other residents (both in and outside Mineola), has been on a quest; a quest to bestow gratitude upon veteran Christopher Levi. With the help of Urianek, countless Mineola residents, an Elmont resident and the Mineola Fire Department, checks were donated to Levi of Holbrook, who was injured overseas in an effort for him to purchase a special “Vet-Dog,” a trained dog for injured veterans.
Mineola knew this day would come sooner or later. After eight years as village mayor, Senator-elect Jack Martins formally resigned at last week’s board of trustees meeting.
The Mineola Volunteer Fire Department was certainly put to the test recently. On Friday Dec.3, the firefighters were busy preparing for Santa’s grand entrance atop Engine 163 for the Village Tree lighting. After bringing in Santa and his friends, the firefighters responded to an interior natural gas leak at the Fairhaven apartments at 7:28 p.m.
The Village of Mineola approved the special use permit application of Wei Ji Lin to establish a Chinese take-out restaurant on East Old Country Road at last week’s board of trustees meeting. The restaurant would sit in a row of stores located between Juniper Avenue and Geranium Avenue on Old Country Road. It seems like the perfect spot to complement the fairly new Kemistry Restaurant and Lounge and stores of the like.
The Mineola School District’s external accounting firm reported to the board of education at its most recent meeting at the Willis Avenue School. Dave Tellier of Nawrocki Smith, LLP detailed the district’s financial stability and basically said “we’re in good shape.”
The external auditor analyzes the district’s financial statements to see if they’re accurate and consistent with accounting standards so that the board has enough “wiggle room” to operate in assessing the financial condition of the district. Tellier said no glaring weaknesses or discrepancies existed within the 60-page report and the district was found to be in excellent condition financially.
At first considered a long-shot, he won by a nose hair.
After all the counts, recounts, deliberations and court sessions, the 7th Senate District has a new senator. Mineola Mayor Jack Martins was declared the victor over incumbent Craig Johnson in the aftermath of the conundrum that was the 7th Senate District race last Saturday morning.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the MTA have been grappling for months over who should pay for bus service in Nassau. This summer, the MTA moved to take its sizable subsidy that has been keeping service running out of its budget for next year. The county recently passed a budget that has not raised its contribution to cover this expense. Therefore, as the end of the year fast approaches, the clock is ticking for the 102,000 daily riders who wait for someone to step in with a solution to save Long Island Bus.
The Mineola School District Board of Education began its meeting Nov. 18 at the Willis Avenue School with the intention of putting up a second bond vote with two propositions totaling $6.1 million. Proposition One saw $4.4 million to add space to the Jackson Avenue School while Proposition Two gave $1.7 million to expand the Hampton Street School, which was conditional on the measure for Proposition One passing.
If you’re not from Mineola, the surrounding area, or are just a casual passerby on Old Country Road, you’ve probably driven past the stretch of road between the Country Glen Center and Roslyn Road and noticed the little structures that look as if they were plucked from a Little House on the Prairie episode. They’ve given a certain character to the neighborhood for many years, but are now in need of help.
The Village of Mineola will have a big seat to fill if the result of the 7th State Senate District race holds up and Mayor Jack Martins unseats incumbent Craig Johnson. Assuming Martins wins the seat, he would resign as mayor, and the remaining members of the board of trustees would choose a successor to fill the vacancy until the March 2011 special election.
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