Public Comments Back on TV, But…
Residents Bill Urianek and Sal Cataldo have been clamoring for public comments during Village of Mineola Board of Trustees meetings to be put back on cable access television after the village board yanked them after they felt certain comments made by some residents were inappropriate to be broadcast on TV. Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins decided that public comments would be broadcast again. However, the board adopted rules of procedure for meetings, including guidelines made for public comments during meetings.
The residents of Mineola passed a referendum last week that changes the qualifications for the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) for the Mineola Fire Department.
LOSAP is a program that monetarily awards firefighters for their length of service to the community. The referendum passed overwhelmingly with over 80 percent voting in favor of it.
When Mineola High School parent Lisa Fazio Cotroneo took photos near the high school this year when school opened, she found much safer conditions for pedestrians than she had in years past.
It was Cotroneo’s photos of the dangerous conditions that existed for students attempting to cross Herricks Road that helped convince the county that a light was needed for students who walk to and from Mineola High School.
The start of a new school year can bring excitement as well as anxiety, but this school year, it is also bringing a concern over the possibility of students and staff contracting the H1N1 or “Swine Flu” virus.
At Thursday evening’s Mineola Board of Education meeting, the Swine Flu was one of the topics of discussion. Mineola Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Nagler said a letter would be going out to parents in the mail with information on ways to prevent the virus from spreading. Schools can be particularly susceptible because of the number of children in a given area within the school buildings and the potential for spreading germs.
Residents of the Village of Mineola will be voting on a change in the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) for members of the Mineola Fire Department that will allow firefighters past the age of 60 to accumulate credit toward a monetary award in recognition of their service to the community.
The current LOSAP program that is in place with the Village of Mineola allows firefighters to earn $20 per month for each year of credited service up to a maximum of 40 years. The maximum benefit available to a firefighter with 40 years of service at age 60 is $800 per month.
Residents of the Village of Mineola are reminded that a referendum will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10 on whether to change the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) for members of the Mineola Fire Department.
The referendum asks, “Shall the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) for the Mineola Volunteer Fire Department be amended so as to permit a firefighter to earn service credits subsequent to reaching entitlement age under the plan and/or subsequent to an election of benefits under the plan?”
Students in the Mineola School District will be beginning their first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 8. For students, it represents a new year. The same principle can apply to the Mineola Board of Education. For the board, it is an opportunity to focus all its energy on the education of the students instead of the divisiveness that seemed to plague the board last year.
At a time when a grade configuration study was being conducted to see if it was feasible for the board of education to close one or two of the schools in the district, the board was provided with a major distraction when, in February 2008, the former administration assistant for the superintendent of schools Ulana Illiano filed a lawsuit against the superintendent of schools Dr. Larry Licopoli and deputy superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler, alleging the two administrators made offensive remarks and created a hostile work atmosphere.
Don’t forget, the Sixth Annual Centennial Celebration of the Vanderbilt Cup Races, a festival of over 100 years of speed and glamour, will take place this Sunday, Aug. 30 on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art.
The highlight of this year’s event is the celebration of the centennial of the Vanderbilt Cup victory of American driver Harry Grant in the ALCO Racer. The legendary “Black Beast” racer would win the cup again in 1910 and then compete in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 race, which was held in 1911.
Mineola High School Grad Reaches Top of His Profession
Michael Clark, son of Margaret and the late Thomas, served as Master of Ceremonies of the “Pink Frolic,” the annual event of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (CLO).
Earlier this year, as county officials grappled with how to close a projected deficit in the county budget, one of the measures that were being considered was not granting the villages a stipend that represents a small percentage of sales tax revenue that is generated in the villages.
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