There’s an old joke about God commanding a modern-day Noah to build an ark, warning him that the earth would be flooded in a year. Twelve months later, all Noah had was a pile of logs. He said, “God, forgive me but there were big problems. “Like what?” God asked.
I wish I could remind all the folks in Washington D.C. and Albany that if they look beyond the special interest agendas that consume them, they would find most of us still waiting on what counts: the economy. For all the media hoopla that highlights and exploits our disagreements, most people want exactly the same things: they want to work and make a decent living at a job that’s secure; they want to raise their families in peace; they want a good education for their kids and maybe a few of the finer things in life like a vacation or a new car once in a while. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. At one time all of these were taken as a given.
The recent demise of Chris Gannon marked the end of a long life of service and dedication to the people of Mineola. Chris unselfishly gave of his time and energy to numerous church and youth organizations. Although I was sorry to read of his passing, the sight of his name highlighted a specific scene from years ago and brought a smile to my face.
I first knew Mr. Gannon back in my Boy Scout-Little League-Altar Boy days as he was the dad of one of my classmates, Chris Jr., but my most memorable interactions with him occurred a few years later.
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
Dynamic and inspiring were the homilies of Msgr. Edward Tarrant of Corpus Christi Church. Parishioners loved to hear him. He knew how to capture your attention, speaking slowly and pausing to let the meaning sink in. People even came from far away to listen to him. Msgr. was a great sports fan. He loved the Giants, the Jets, the Mets and the Yankees. When he saw me, he always asked what time and what channel the game would be on. When the Giants played in the Super Bowl, he said, “Let’s say a prayer for the Giants.” We were saddened by his death last month. The Mass of Transferral was held at Corpus Christi. Interment was at Holy Rood Cemetery.
The New York State Senate approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well as programs for the developmentally disabled. The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent 2 percent state-spending cap.
At the March 6 Workshop, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Jacqueline Fitzpatrick, presented a summary of the previous week’s budget presentation, ‘A Budget Overview’..
As lifelong Mineola residents, we urge all Mineola voters to support and vote for Mayor Scott Strauss, Trustee George Durham and Dennis Walsh in the upcoming village elections.
I am writing this letter in reply to a statement made by Richard Brummel at the Village of Mineola Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 6.
Mr. Brummel is trying to save a tree on private property located on Roslyn Road. This house has been foreclosed and he feels a developer will expand the property and remove the tree.
I was accused of deliberately coughing while he was at the podium trying to force the board of trustees of the Village of Mineola to enforce a tree ordinance program.
We are writing this letter in support of Mayor Scott Strauss and the New Line Party in the upcoming election for Mayor and Trustees in the Village of Mineola. We feel that the New Line Party, under the leadership and direction of Mayor Strauss continues to keep this village on the right track and will continue to move us in the direction that will allow for fiscal responsibility while maintaining excellent services and a place that we are proud to raise our sons.
Scott Strauss has accomplished a great deal in just two short years at the helm of our village. Mayor Strauss has demonstrated time and again what many of us already knew about him – that he is a true leader. He has continuously put the interests of the village and its residents above all else. He has been cool under pressure when dealing with wide-ranging issues from super storm Sandy to maintaining balanced budgets.
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