When the Mineola School Board made a decision at its February meeting to close two schools, it was perhaps the most monumental decision this current board has made. A committee, commissioned by the board, had a decision just as difficult in recommending a plan to the board to reconfigure the schools of the district with five schools instead of seven.
Village of Mineola Trustees Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira took the oath of office to serve another two years on the board of trustees during last week’s annual organization night.
Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins spoke prior to the ceremony about the health of the village. The board adopted a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year that includes no tax increase.
The Village of Mineola will be leaving the Town of North Hempstead when it comes to solid waste disposal because the village has received a less expensive price from a private company.
Years of sound fiscal management has paid off for the Village of Mineola when taxpayers may need it the most. During a difficult economy when taxpayers need a break from tax increases, Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins and the Village of Mineola Board of Trustees plan on giving them one. Last week, the board discussed a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which begins June 1, 2010 and ends May 31, 2011, that holds the line on village taxes. The tentative budget currently being discussed by the village board actually decreases spending.
The 2010 Census is under way and those working on it urge residents to return their forms as soon as possible. The bureau hopes to receive as many back in the mail as possible prior to April 12. For those who do not mail back the form, a Census enumerator will begin knocking on doors after to record the information personally.
On a Sunday afternoon, in front of hundreds of supporters in the Williston Park American Legion Hall, Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins was introduced as the Republican candidate for the 7th Senate District. After applause subsided, Martins spoke to those who will be supporting his campaign. In the first words of his speech, he mentioned being mayor of the Village of Mineola, a position he has held for the past seven years.
In his first State of the County address, County Executive Edward P. Mangano criticized the previous administration, listing numerous problems in Nassau’s government and saying that because of past planning, “Tonight, I am here to tell you: The state of our county is deeply troubled.”
He went on to detail the major problem areas and touch on some ways he hopes to address the issues.
In the annual Village of Mineola annual election, trustees Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira were re-elected to another two-year term. The election did not attract much interest this year since Cusato and Pereira both ran unopposed.
A 45-year-old Selden man was killed at the Mineola train station after leaning over the tracks and being struck by an eastbound train that was departing the station. According to a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) spokesman, the initial investigation indicates that it was accidental.
Saying the Senate Democrats have put an additional burden on New York State residents during the country’s worst recession in the last 80 years by overspending and overtaxing, Republican Jack M. Martins announced he will be running for New York State’s 7th Senate District in order to protect the interests of the residents and taxpayers.
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