Beginning Sept. 1, the costs associated with driving motor vehicles in New York State will be increasing as part of the 2009-2010 New York State Budget. The fee increases were imposed to supposedly help close an enormous deficit in the state’s budget.
Among the increases are those for driver’s license renewals and registration fees. License renewals will increase by 25 percent, up from $50 to $62.50. License renewals are good for eight years. In addition, passenger vehicle registration is up from $44 to $55.
In the movie Field of Dreams, based on the book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella, a voice whispered to farmer Ray Kinsella, “If you build it, he will come.” “It” referred to a baseball field. In Nassau County, the “it” people are talking about these days is the Lighthouse Project, a proposed $3.7 billion project that will renovate the section of Nassau County where the Nassau Coliseum is located. If it is built, people will not have to come; they are already there.
The Lighthouse Project has mounted vast support from elected officials and members of the public who see the project as a form of economic stimulus for Nassau County.
The Village of Mineola Board of Trustees approved an application for the renovation of the Rains law office building, located at 210 Old Country Road on the northwest corner of Old Country Road and Mineola Boulevard. The project calls for the conversion of office space and existing retail stores, which are located on Mineola Boulevard to the north of the building, to an apartment building with retail stores.
There aren’t many things that have gone down in price over the last few years. Unfortunately, one of them is the dangerously addictive drug heroin
“The price has dropped significantly in the past year or so and continues to drop. You can now buy a bag of heroin for between $6 and $7 and buy a lesser quality for $5, which is less than a six-pack of beer costs,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, executive director of the Williston Park-based Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (LICADD), an organization dedicated to addressing addiction. “The purity of it is much stronger than it was a couple of years ago so it’s fairly quick high; it’s a fairly long-lasting high. It’s the drug Dujour among kids. Take that and put it all together and you wind up with a brand new epidemic.”
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that his office has secured $250,000 for customers who were swindled by a company that provided wedding photography and services.
“This is a story of wedding dreams turned into a planning nightmare,” said Cuomo. “This company promised wedding photos, videos and other services, but ended up taking thousands of dollars from couples who were left scrambling to get photos and albums of their special day. Even on the day they closed down, they continued to deceive customers who paid for their services.”
A proposed project that would have a major impact on all of Nassau County will be discussed at a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 4, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University.
The project, called the Lighthouse Project, which will cost a reported $3.7 billion, entails renovating the Uniondale area to include a renovated Nassau Coliseum, hotels, convention facilities, office space, retail space and residential units.
The Mineola Village Board has set Sept. 10 as the day for a referendum for Mineola residents to decide whether to implement a new length of service awards program or LOSAP for members of the Mineola Fire Department. The proposed LOSAP has no age restrictions for firefighters in accumulating credit toward an award that acts almost like a pension.
The village’s current LOSAP allows for firefighters to receive monetary benefits of $20 per month for every year of credited service with a maximum of $800 a month from the village. The program, which was approved by voters of the Village of Mineola in a referendum on December 19, 1990, acts as an incentive to attract and retain members of the fire department.
Those who follow the Mineola Village Board meeting know Bill Urianek and Sal Cataldo as those who regularly attend the meeting and speak at the podium, addressing the mayor and the village board about a variety of issues. Until a few months ago, you could even see them on the cable access channels as the village’s public meetings were televised.
However, the mayor and the village board decided to no longer televise the public comment portion of the meetings after they deemed that comments made by certain residents at the public meeting were inappropriate for the television broadcast.
Community members joined with Rabbi Anchelle Perl on the steps of Congregation Beth Shalom Chabad on Willis Avenue in Mineola last Tuesday to send a message that hate will not be tolerated. Between 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 and 5:30 a.m. on Friday, July 3, a Swastika, the symbol of the Nazis, who persecuted Jews, was painted on the front doors of Chabad.
The Mineola School District has a clean slate. Not only does the district have a new superintendent, but it appears a lawsuit alleging serious claims against the former superintendent and deputy has been resolved. At the reorganization meeting of the Mineola Board of Education, board vice-president Terence Hale announced that the claims “have been dismissed.”
Since February 2008, a dark cloud had been hanging over the Mineola School District. That was when former district employee Ulana Illiano filed a lawsuit, seeking at least $7 million, claiming that superintendent of schools Dr. Larry Licopoli and deputy superintendent Michael Nagler created a hostile work atmosphere. The complaint alleged that Dr. Nagler made sexually offensive and unwanted and unwelcome comments and that Dr. Licopoli consistently made comments about Jews and Jewish holidays that were offensive to the plaintiff.
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