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Martins Resigns As Mineola Mayor

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

Werther Appointed to Mayor’s Seat, Strauss Appointed to Trustee

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.


Mineola FD Put to the Test

Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

Fire Department Responds to Nine Alarms from Dec. 3 to 5

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.


Application for New Chinese Restaurant Approved by Board of Trustees

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

Mayor Martins: ‘Guidelines Set by Board of Trustees Must be Met’

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.


School District Auditor Reports To the Board of Education

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00

Says Mineola Is in Good Shape

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.


Supreme Court Certifies 7th Senate District Race

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00

Jack Martins Declared Winner; Johnson Will Appeal

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.


Fate of Long Island Bus Still Unknown

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00

County Comptroller: Both MTA and Nassau Should Pay More

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.


School District Reconfiguration Bond Sees a Makeover

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00

Bond Proposition Two Eliminated

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.


Mineola Residents Concerned About Condition of Gatehouses

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

Volunteers Needed for Structure Renovation

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.


If Martins Wins Senate, Then Who’s The Next Mayor?

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

Pending Senate Election Results, Mayoral Successor Rumors Begin

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.


Seventh Senate District Ballot Frenzy Continues

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00

Commissioner Biamonte: ‘Counts Will Go Farther Than This Week’

The Board of Elections (BOE) began the arduous process of recounting absentee and affidavit votes in the race for the New York state’s 7th senate district last Wednesday. However, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Democrat and Republican representatives were present before a New York State Supreme Court justice.


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