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.
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.
The Mineola High School Department of Fine and Performing Arts along with Thespian Troupe #276 are proud to present their fall drama production of The Laramie Project on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, located in the Main Office of Mineola High School. A ticket order form can be found on the Fine and Performing Arts page of the district website (www.mineola.k12.ny.us)
The Mineola School District Board of Education is set to etch the next bond vote into stone for Feb. 8, 2011. The bond up for vote is a contingent bond and follows a previous bond that was voted down, which would have closed three schools. However, if one board member has his way, things could change.
The 7th State Senate District ballot recount and absentee ballot count begins today. The counts are reportedly going to conclude sometime Friday. While Mineola Mayor Jack Martins has already claimed victory, Democrats feel the race for incumbent Sen. Craig Johnson’s seat is a race far from over.
Some of you may not know who Jerry Asher is, but it’s safe to say you’ve heard of his grandfather. Harry Asher was the last president and first mayor of Mineola.
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