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Mineola School Budget Passes

Written by Joe Rizza Wednesday, 27 May 2009 12:48

McGrath Re-elected, Napolitano Elected

Even with residents feeling the effects of a nationwide recession, enough residents came out to support the Mineola School District’s proposed budget for the 2009-2010 school year. The budget passed easily by a 1,088 to 595 margin. 

 

Village Board Hears Application For 257-Unit Condo Complex

Written by Joe Rizza Wednesday, 27 May 2009 12:44

Residents of Garden City Express Concern Over Project

The Mineola Village Board held a hearing last week on a proposal to build a nine-story, 257-unit condominium complex at 250 Old Country Road, the former Keyspan building. The proposal calls for the demolition of that office building, which is owned by the MTA, and the construction of the condominium complex that proponents believe will boost Mineola’s downtown area.

 

Winthrop Named Champion for Clean Air

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 10:28

In recognition of its commitment to improving air quality in the New York Metro area, Winthrop-University Hospital has been named a “Champion for Clean Air” by the New York State Department of Transportation’s “Clean Air NY” initiative.

Clean Air NY is a dynamic collaboration of organizations and individuals in the New York metro area who are taking actions to improve air quality and combat ozone pollution – a threat that greatly increases risk of respiratory disease.  

 

Theft in Middle School Locker Rooms

Written by Joe Rizza Monday, 18 May 2009 11:40

On Friday, May 8, while the middle school baseball team and girl’s lacrosse team were practicing, items were stolen from the athletic locker rooms. A cell phone, iPod and cash were taken from a member of the baseball team. 

According to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Larry Licopoli, the district was working with the Nassau Police Department Third Precinct. Dr. Licopoli said the locker room door was left open and someone went through the carry-bags that were not secured in lockers and stole some iPods and cell phones. “I met with [middle school principal] Mr. [Mark] Barth and [athletic director] Mr. [Ralph] Amitrano and we put together all the corrective measures in terms of securing the locker room,” he said. 

According to Deputy Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler, school security cameras were working properly, but did not pick up the person or persons responsible for the theft.

 

 

Elected Officials Rally Against Payroll Tax

Monday, 18 May 2009 11:36

Elected officials gathered at the Theodore Roosevelt Nassau County Executive Building to rally against a payroll tax that was recently enacted by State Democrats to bail out the MTA. The tax, which amounts to 34 cents per $100 of payroll, will be applied to all businesses, municipalities and school districts, although school districts will supposedly be reimbursed their payments.

 

Meet the Candidates for School Board

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 15 May 2009 09:32

Residents will vote for school board candidates on May 19..

Chris Napolitano

A resident of Williston Park, Chris Napolitano is running unopposed for a three-year term on the Mineola School Board. She is filling the seat held by Steve Siwinski, who has decided to retire from the board. Napolitano has three daughters, two of whom graduated from Mineola High School and a third who is a freshman at the high school.

Kathy Darmstadt

A resident of Williston Park, Kathy Darmstadt is running for the Mineola School Board, challenging incumbent John McGrath for a three-year term. Darmstadt has a daughter who has graduated from Mineola High School, a son who is attending Mineola Middle School and a son in sixth grade in Mineola Middle School.

John McGrath

A resident of Roslyn Heights, John McGrath is a veteran of the Mineola School Board, having been a member for 11 years. In that time, McGrath has seen many changes in the school district. He feels the district’s educational program is on the right path, which is why he voted in favor of hiring deputy superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler to take over as superintendent when Dr. Larry Licopoli retires at the end of June. It is also why McGrath has been adamant about not closing a school. He feels there isn’t enough of a savings for taxpayers to warrant potentially hurting the educational program.

 

 

Senator Johnson Does an About Face

Written by Joe Rizza Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:47

Senate Majority Agrees to Bailout MTA with Payroll Tax

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has a slogan – “Going Your Way.” But it should possibly be changed to “Going in Your Pocket.”

Even if you don’t ride the LIRR, you will still be paying for it through a payroll tax. The Senate Democratic Majority has voted to support a bailout of the MTA with a payroll tax that will be applied to all businesses in the areas the MTA serves including Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

There is still expected to be a 10 percent fare increase with the bailout. However, the fare increase isn’t as drastic as the 27 percent increase that was proposed without the bailout. Instead of those who use the MTA services bearing the full brunt of the MTA’s financial troubles, the transportation agency will be subsidized by every Long Island employer with the possible exception of school districts.

 

Meet the Candidates for School Board: Chris Napolitano

Written by Joe Rizza Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:10
Chris Napolitano

A resident of Williston Park, Chris Napolitano is running unopposed for a three-year term on the Mineola School Board. She is filling the seat held by Steve Siwinski, who has decided to retire from the board.

 

Meet the Candidates for School Board: Kathy Darmstadt

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 15 May 2009 09:23
Kathy Darmstadt

A resident of Williston Park, Kathy Darmstadt is running for the Mineola School Board, challenging incumbent John McGrath for a three-year term. Darmstadt has a daughter who has graduated from Mineola High School, a son who is attending Mineola Middle School and a son in sixth grade in Mineola Middle School.

 

Meet the Candidates for School Board: John McGrath

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 15 May 2009 09:25
John McGrath

A resident of Roslyn Heights, John McGrath is a veteran of the Mineola School Board, having been a member for 11 years. In that time, McGrath has seen many changes in the school district. He feels the district’s educational program is on the right path, which is why he voted in favor of hiring deputy superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler to take over as superintendent when Dr. Larry Licopoli retires at the end of June. It is also why McGrath has been adamant about not closing a school. He feels there isn’t enough of a savings for taxpayers to warrant potentially hurting the educational program.

 

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