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Republican Assembly Members Seek MTA Oversight Board

Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00

The MTA hasn’t exactly earned the trust of the public lately with its recent fare increases and a state bailout plan that includes a payroll tax to help fund the agency’s budget. The distrust of the MTA has also found its way to the state legislature as Republican lawmakers in the Assembly are planning on introducing legislation to create more oversight of the MTA.


Consolidation Bill Signed Into Law

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00

Mechanism in Place to Dissolve Villages

A bill with the supposed aim to reduce the property tax burden on New Yorkers by creating a mechanism to eliminate local governments has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson. The law now provides a way to eliminate villages through a petition and village-wide referendum or an act of the county legislature and a county-wide referendum.


Mineola HS Class of 2009 Graduates

Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00

The Mineola High School Class of 2009 graduated from high school on Saturday, June 27 with a ceremony at the Tilles Center. Leading the way for the class were Valedictorian Adria DiGiovanni and Salutatorian Brian Langone.


Longtime Board Member Calls It Quits

Written by Joe Rizza Tuesday, 23 June 2009 11:38

Siwinski Retires from Mineola Board of Education

The Mineola School District has undergone a lot of changes over the past nine years, but the one thing that has remained constant was the service of Steve Siwinski. Since 2001, Siwinski has served on the board, but decided not to run for re-election and to retire from the volunteer position.


End of an Era for Mineola School District

Written by Joe Rizza Tuesday, 23 June 2009 11:36

Superintendent Leaves After Eight Years as Leader

On the second floor of the Willis Avenue School in Mineola, the superintendent’s office is looking sparse. Dr. Larry Licopoli, who has spent the last eight years of his life as Superintendent of Schools for the Mineola School District, is getting ready to move on to the next phase of his life. Next week, the office will no longer be his, but belong to his successor Dr. Michael Nagler. While it’s hard to simply sum up eight years as the leader of a school district that educates 2,700 students, a pin Dr. Licopoli wears seems to do a pretty good job; it reads, “Kids First.”


Condo Hearing to Continue Tonight

Thursday, 18 June 2009 10:49

The hearing for a condominium complex to be built at 250 Old Country Road in Mineola will continue tonight at Mineola Village Hall, 155 Washington Avenue at 6:30 p.m.

The village board first held the proposal at a hearing that was held last month. The proposal calls for the demolition of the building, located at 250 Old Country Road (the former site of the Keyspan building) that is currently owned by the MTA, and the construction of a nine-story, 257-unit condominium complex.


Nation’s Heroes Honored on D-Day

Written by Joe Rizza Thursday, 18 June 2009 10:45

Mineola Residents Among Those Who Served

There are certain days in American history in which a mere mention of the date is enough to imply the importance of an event. One of those days is June 6, 1944, otherwise known as D-Day. On June 6, 65 years ago, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. Two of the men who were involved in the operation lived in Mineola — Ray Vaz and John DaVanzo.


Nassau County Energy Tax Kicks In

Written by Joe Rizza Monday, 08 June 2009 11:52

Republican Members of Legislature Seek Repeal

Just a little more than a week after Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced that his campaign for another term as county executive would be about a property tax revolution, the energy tax imposed on Nassau County residents kicked in on June 1.


Lights, Camera…Pavement!

Written by Joe Rizza Monday, 08 June 2009 10:32

Hollywood has some pull, at least with the Village of Mineola.

A village road that had crumbled with holes and broken pavement was repaved by village workers just in time for the shooting of a movie.


Mineola Middle School Test Scores Up

Written by Joe Rizza Wednesday, 03 June 2009 12:01

School District Changing Its Reputation

In years past, the Mineola School District received a reputation for spending high but not delivering academic results. Mineola has had a high spending per pupil, which is among the highest in Nassau County, but its results, when compared to other school districts, didn’t always compare favorably. In recent years, the school district has begun to shake that reputation and recent state English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics assessment results provide further evidence that the district has made strides with regard to its test scores.


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