This year the Republican majority in the State Senate, for the second year in a row, failed to join the Assembly in passing the Women’s Equality Act (WEA). The WEA is a common-sense 10-point proposal introduced by Governor Cuomo that would, among other things, strengthen human trafficking laws, eliminate the gender pay gap, and protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.
That last provision is especially important in light of the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow companies to deny women access to quality healthcare based on the beliefs of their employers. The Hobby Lobby ruling is yet another example of a countrywide campaign led by GOP extremists to take a woman’s healthcare decisions out of her own hands.
One of the frustrating things about being a state senator is that some of my less admirable counterparts in Albany will hold good and valuable legislation hostage in an effort to advance their unrelated political agendas.
If you have the courage to stand up to these strong-arm tactics, they sic the high-priced mouthpieces of special-interest groups on you who incessantly spin misleading headlines to distort the truth.
To be candid, they absolutely count on citizens not following closely and hope wave after wave of sensationalism will somehow influence the outcome. It’s nothing more than gamesmanship, plain and simple, and it’s happening right now with New York’s Women’s Equality Act.
After reading, From the Desk of Supervisor Bosworth: “Putting N. Hempstead’s Veterans 1st,” I feel obligated to write this letter. I need to express my disappointment and share the injustice that took place at this ceremony. Ray Vaz and Tommy Scardino, members of the Mineola American Legion Post 349, were personally invited to the ceremony by Supervisor Judi Bosworth. After accepting the supervisor’s invitation and exerting a significant amount of effort to attend the event (as both men are 90-years-old), the men deserved far more respect that what they received. These two D-Day Veterans were ignored by Supervisor Bosworth and the commander of the Purple Heart Committee the entire ceremony. I find it inexcusable that during the introductions of Purple Heart recipients who were in the audience, all of whom were given the opportunity to speak, there was no mention of these two men. Ray and Tommy have four Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars between them, and, at the very least, deserved recognition, if only by name. It does not take a lot of effort to say thank you for your service; most would consider it common courtesy or even basic manners. The only time these two men were acknowledged was to be in a photo to further the political agenda of the local politicians who attended. I want to believe that inviting these two decorated veterans was more than a publicity stunt; however, it seems that is all they were to Supervisor Bosworth.
— Bill Urianek
Thank you for your concern and I am sorry that you feel that way. I want you to know that I welcome a dialogue with you concerning the High School and our students’ academic achievement. I agree that academics is the primary reason students are in school and I am proud of the academic achievements of our high school students.
During the year we honor students for their many different academic accomplishments. This year alone we celebrated the successes of a National Merit Semi-Finalist, AP scholars, the National Honor Society which is a nationally recognized organization for our juniors, the National Science Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society to name a few.
At a time when the focus is allegedly on academics and raising standards via the Common Core, the Mineola School District chose to induct eighth grade Junior National Honor Society members at 4 p.m. on June 19 during test week.
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
The John S. DaVanzo Community Pool is its official name. It bears this name because John is the man chiefly responsible for the facility’s existence. It was he who raised the funds and was the chairman of the pool board. It was fitting that his daughters, Judy and Mary, came to this year’s opening day ceremonies. Mayor Scott Strauss, remembers many happy summers at the pool. The Recreation Department is headed by Marie De Sousa and Dan Kopetic is the director. Jay Monaco is the chairman of the pool board and the other members are Rich Maher, Mary Ann Langone, Pat Strauss, Ken Solosky and me.
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I am still surprised how many people mistakenly believe that the Common Core Standards and the State’s Common Core Curriculum are the same thing; they are not. The State has provided a curriculum guideline that may be followed to help children reach the standards. Districts may or may not decide to use these curricula material; it is completely a local decision. Mineola has used a combination of State materials and our own teacher created materials.
I analogize the standards and curriculum to Equestrian show jumping. In show jumping the course is comprised of a set of obstacles that every horse must complete; the obstacles are not moved, lowered or changed to accommodate the horse. The common core standards were created with the same premise; a universal set of requirements that every student should meet. Obviously there are many other factors that determine whether those standards are met.
I see from a recent edition of the Mineola American that a decision on veterans tax exemptions has been tabled by the Mineola School Board. This is a very petty way to treat the veterans that put their lives on hold to serve their country in its time of need (just like the first responders) so why deny the veterans a small exemption from the crippling school taxes which in some cases doubled after reassessment.
How typical of those who never served to dismiss veterans as a bunch of old has beens. If not for the veterans most of them would not be in such a nice lifestyle today. Those who never had to serve will
never realize the sacrifice the veterans made so that everyone can have their freedoms in all things in this day and age.
The events in Iraq the past few weeks took me back to a different time and place.
During the Vietnam War various USAF air bases in Vietnam and Thailand enlisted the aid of Cambodian civilians who were sympathetic to the United State’s cause to assist the American military with various tasks required for our war effort.
I am a East Williston resident and ninth grader at Kellenberg Memorial High School. I am in the process of working on my Girl Scout Gold Award Project.
For my project, I am creating a dance program at St. Aidan’s for children with special needs. For the first program, I am opening up classes to girls age 7-12 with special needs.
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