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Around The Town With Lou: June 5, 2012

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

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 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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St. Thomas More gave his life rather than betray his faith when he refused to sanction the divorce and remarriage of Henry the VIII. Deacon Brian Mannix said in his homily, in more modern times; he spoke of the murder of Bishop Oscar Romero who was gunned down right on the altar as he was saying Mass. The deacon also mentioned the three nuns and the church worker who were raped and killed and the killing of the six Jesuit priests and two women. All died fighting for the poor and oppressed in Latin America.

 

Editorial: The Memorial Park Gazebo And What It Could Be

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
I’m not from Mineola, but now that I’ve worked here for a few years, I can say I have a few favorite spots where I like to to take the time to unwind. Hampton Street Stadium has a great track, around which I’ve taken many laps while gathering my thoughts or trekking to Portugalia Bakery on Willis Avenue to grab a cup of coffee or a quick bite at Bairrada or P.S. Burger. But I have to say, a great place to ponder the days events, is…or was…the Memorial Park gazebo.
 

Around The Town With Lou: May 29, 2012

Written by Lou Sanders Wednesday, 30 May 2012 00:00

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 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Town Clerk Leslie Gross is a busy lady. She keeps all birth, death and marriage certificates for North Hempstead. She also issues all hunting, fishing, taxi and limousine licenses. Leslie keeps records of all town board meetings and all public hearings. In the audience at the Mineola Chamber where she spoke was John Davanzo who was town clerk for some 30 years. Leslie has performed more than 200 weddings and she told me that’s the best part of the job.

 

Editorial: I Like You, But Not That Much

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 00:00
I love going to Manhattan. I can’t count how many times I’ve gone to Greenwich Village, Madison Square Garden, Central Park or South Street Seaport. It’s a great place to hang out, and it serves as a melting pot of culture and excitement.

One of my favorite spots is the Comedy Cellar on MacDougal Street. It showcases great, stomach-grabbing laughs and occasionally, hosts some big name comedian who is never listed on the set list, so that huge crowds don’t pummel the basement-dwelling laugh-house.

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins: May 22, 2012

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Mother: The Great Vacationless Class

Two sets of twins – same family – double doses of double trouble. That was life for my mom and dad: two sets of twins and another child just to stir things up. How they actually survived, especially mom, I’ll never know. But having a weekly column, I think it’s high time I offer some reflection on and praise for the woman who so selflessly raised us. So I apologize in advance if this week’s column sounds like I’m being sentimental about her. It’s only because I absolutely am.     

A great thing about a weekly column is it gives opportunity to spotlight groups whose work goes overlooked or underappreciated. I’d say that as a whole, moms pretty much head up those categories. My mom’s a perfect example and I think her life is one that many can relate to.  Hers was a typical immigrant story.

 

On The County Sewer Debt Plan

Written by George J. Marlin, Director Nassau Interim Finance Authority Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Throughout my career, both in the public and private sector, I have supported private-public partnership projects that truly benefit the general public and do not rip-off government sponsors, ratepayers or taxpayers.

For instance, in 1996, as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, I initiated what was at that time the largest privatization project in New York public finance history—the $1.2 billion privatization of JFK’s International Arrivals Building. The old I.A.B., which was owned and managed by the Port Authority, was a public embarrassment. The new building, which was built by private developers and is managed by a renowned professional corporation, is a model for airports throughout the nation.

 

The Forest Fire: May 15, 2012

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

Make The ‘Wright’ Choice

His story was too good to be true. He grew up as a New York Mets fan and was drafted by his favorite team in 2001, making his professional debut in 2004 at third base at Shea Stadium.

He has been the face of Flushing and with Jose Reyes now playing shortstop for the Miami Marlins, there’s one clear fact that should be carved in stone: The Mets must keep David Wright.

General manager Sandy Alderson is trading in signing big name free agents for building from within the Mets minor league system, hoping developmental prospects come along faster than expected. The Mets have indicated they want to cut payroll, but how far?

 

Around The Town With Lou: May 15, 2012

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

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 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Upbeat is the only way to describe Comptroller George Maragos’ report on Nassau County’s financial situation. He said that expenses have been stabilized in spite of increases in almost everything. Speaking at a press conference at Anton Newspapers he noted the raise in Medicare and health insurance. He was pleased that Nassau County has an A+ rating from Standard and Poor’s. We will get new revenue when 50 more red light cameras are installed and also with the Boot and Tow Program for those who have failed to pay their fines. Maragos also noted the new private bus service is, he claimed, giving us better service at a lower cost.

 

Editorial: Staying In-House Is The Way To Go

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00
When Ernie Accorsi retired as New York Giants general manager in January 2007, fans were clamoring for the Mara and Tisch families to go after big-ticket names like Bill Parcells and current Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli to take the reigns of one of the NFL’s most storied franchises. Yet, in true Giants fashion, they stayed in-house and filled the void with an up and coming front office nobody: Jerry Reese.

Accorsi was credited with pinpointing sure fire NFL stars like John Elway and most recently, eight years ago with Eli Manning. It was a safe bet to say no one could make a mark like Accorsi in New York.

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins: May 8, 2012

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

More Than Just A Tax Cap

I think people in neighboring states could hear New Yorkers breathe a collective sigh of relief this past week as we finally began to see the effects of our new tax cap.  More than anything else, property taxes have been the overriding issue in New York for many years, especially since they’ve grown on average more than 6 percent a year for 10 years, double the rate of inflation.

So, after leading the nation in runaway increases for so long, we finally hit the brakes in 2011 with a tax cap that had bipartisan support in both houses of the legislature. With limited exceptions, it holds increases in school and local property taxes to 2 percent a year, or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

 

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