If you’re a Seinfeld fan like me, you’ll probably remember the episode “Bizarro Jerry,” in which the gang’s world seems strangely inversed. The writers were apparently inspired by the Bizarro World found in the old DC comic books where good and sensible things were shunned and stupidity and recklessness were embraced.
I think I work in Bizarro Albany sometimes, especially after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent proposal to give convicted felons free college educations on our taxpayer dime. Our governor has actually proposed providing prison inmates with free associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and he’s serious. His public relations machine is already out in full force.
The frigid morning of Feb. 12, when most activities on Long Island came to a frozen halt, I ended up stuck on my corner turning around to pull into the garage. My office had called to tell me to not attempt to come in to work. Rocking to and fro to no avail, I went to get a shovel and sand to free myself when along came a Mineola Sanitation truck. The two men walked toward me, seeing I was in trouble.
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, a graduate of Adelphi University, have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
Sean Treanor of Mineola was the grand marshal of our local Mineola St. Patrick’s Day Parade. His aides were Mike Byrne, Donal Mahoney, Teresa Gallagher and Kit Smith. Jeff Clark of Mineola was the parade chairman, sponsored by the Irish American Society. Big crowds watched the event.
I’m lucky to live only blocks away from an unspoiled piece of nature, where a pond-side bench lets me sit and enjoy a big cup of coffee and a plastic-tipped cigar.
From this vantage point, my mind wanders freely. I often reminisce of my childhood, where in every season and at every age I spent time here.
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
This simple observation made by Albert Einstein captures our concerns with New York State’s rollout of Common Core. It’s what caused parents and educators to come together in opposition to artificial metrics of whether our children are “college and career ready.”
It’s why hundreds of you joined me at a forum this Fall at Mineola High School to demand that the Common Core rollout be rolled back. It’s why we worked so hard to ensure that our children’s privacy is protected. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get it.
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, a graduate of Adelphi University, have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
Seahawks and Broncos fans gathered together for the annual Super Bowl Breakfast of the Kiwanis Club. Among those we had a chance to talk to were Anne Marie and Joe Pratt, Robbin Valentine, Ed Schutz, the past president; Paul and Peggy May, Lois Hanson, Joao Encarnacao, Jade Marcus, Perri Schreiber, Madeline Maffetore, Joel and Helena Harris, Gabe Parajos, Janet Wohlars, Rich Forte, the president; Dan McCallister, Luisa Filipe, Jackie and John Carway, Cedric Brown, Joe Aiello, Claudia Miller, Nicole Degliomini, Tom and Lillian Rumore, John and Linda Cloghessy, Frank Donnelly, Paul Cusato, Bob Rosenthal, Russell Burcheri, Bill Greene, the president of the Chamber of Commerce; Judy Bosworth, the North Hempstead supervisor; Jeanne Morgan, Jo Anne and Tong Lettini, Dom Versace, Pat and Tom Genovese and Gwen and Andrew Tammaro. The breakfast of pancakes and sausages was delicious. In fact, many thought the breakfast better then the one-sided game.
Magnet Fingers. It sounds like the title of a bad 1950s horror movie, but it was actually describing a horror of a ballplayer. In our daily ritual of stickball, it was common knowledge that any ball that was hit or thrown in my direction would land anywhere but in my glove. Many of us had nicknames. Steve Wolf was “Weiner,” Don Fleischhauer was “Flash” and Bob Zukowski was “Z.” For me it was “Magnet Fingers.” I really didn’t like the name or the sarcasm, but I understood that it was fitting, funny, and used in a good-nature.
From the time we were first allowed to play in the street until our early 20s, stickball was an evening way of life in the neighborhood. We batted from the intersection of Droesch Place and Wisteria Avenue, and thus had the advantage of a home on Berkley Road serving as a center field barrier.
Greetings to the residents of the Town of North Hempstead. I am so pleased to be able to write to you for the first time as your Town Supervisor. On Jan. 1, I was proud to be sworn in as the 37th Supervisor in the history of our great Town. What a significant moment it was to be given my official oath of office that day by former Supervisor Jon Kaiman right in front of May Newburger Cove in Port Washington. Just four days later, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli administered my public oath of office in front of so many close friends and family at Clinton G. Martin Park. For me, that was such a poignant moment which those of you who are familiar with the history of the town could certainly understand.
I guess I rained on the parade and I have to admit, it felt pretty good.
I’m talking about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ill-conceived plan to raise taxes to purportedly pay for universal pre-k in New York City public schools. On its surface, it’s a noble idea and one that would eventually bridge gaps of inequality for future New
Yorkers. Honestly, who wouldn’t be in favor of improving the education system? I guess that’s why the mayor made it one of his core campaign promises even though he knew full well that enacting it was totally out of his control. What he continuously failed to point out is that responsibility for making such an aggressive plan actually work falls squarely on the shoulders of state legislators and Governor Cuomo in Albany. And it’s no secret that together, we’ve spent the last four years fervently trying to lower taxes—not raise them.
Newsday had an excellent article last week about the problems facing private colleges here on Long Island. Except, of course, for one glaring omission: What is the genesis of this situation?
Is it possible that higher education is in the same boat as most school districts on Long Island? Are the incredible bloated salaries, health care benefits, and pensions of the administrators and most personnel the reason?
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