On May 31, I eagerly awaited the arrival of my copy of Newsday to read a description of the wonderful Memorial Day Parade and the ceremony following that took place in Mineola. I found glowing reports (and rightly so) of Freeport, East Hampton, Long Beach, Little Neck/Douglaston, West Islip and Sayville, but Mineola (Isn’t Mineola the hub of Nassau County?) was glaringly missing. Our number of World War II veterans decreases every year and many of these good men are no longer able to march but they proudly ride in private cars plainly marked “American Legion” or “Veterans of Foreign Wars.”
On June 21, Family & Children’s Association is holding its annual Scholarship Reception to raise money to help Long Island’s neediest youth fulfill their dreams of attending college. This event raises funds to help financially-challenged clients of the agency, who have risen above many of life’s challenges such as abuse, foster care or homelessness. The evening begins at the Jericho Terrace at 6 p.m. with mock-cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a scrumptious buffet; individual tickets are $250. This year’s honoree is Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. To help transform the life of a deserving young person by contributing to a scholarship or to attend the reception, please call (516) 746-0350 ext. 364. Or, you can make an online donation at: http://familyandchildrens.donorpages.com/ScholarshipDonation/marisapaladino. Family & Children’s Association is one of Long Island’s oldest and largest human care agencies serving over 40,000 of our neighbors in need each year. For more information, please visit www.familyandchidlrens.org.
House Republicans seem more interested in appeasing Tea Party extremists and playing political roulette with our futures than in being serious about protecting our seniors and creating jobs. After starting a dangerous game of chicken with the nation’s economy and putting our credit rating at risk, House Republicans voted again today to end Medicare in a bizarre step that assumes that their budget has passed the Senate, even though that body rejected it. The reality is that the Republican plan to end Medicare has been overwhelmingly rejected by the American people, because it will do irreparable harm to over 40 million Americans and their families.
It’s time for House Republicans to put political theater aside and work together to make this country greater.
Nuclear power in the United States was the topic of interest last week. Bill Robeson spoke to the Mineola Chamber about nuclear energy especially about what happened in Japan and how it affects the nuclear power plants in the United States. He explained how uranium and nuclear fusion work. He said what happened in Japan was nothing like the disaster in the old Soviet Union where the radiation spread over thousands of miles. In Japan the radiation was confined to a 20-mile radius. We have 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S. and get 20 percent of our energy from them. With the exception of the Three Mile Island accident all have been operating safely. France gets 80 percent of its power from nuclear. Most of them are close to large cities and there have been no problems.
Today the senate and the assembly took bold steps to introduce bills A7856 and S4637 asking for an independent audit of the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority).
I recently had the opportunity to gather with my colleagues from Long Island to urge the Assembly to pass a 2 percent tax cap, an initiative by Governor Cuomo that we passed in the Senate back in January with overwhelming bi-partisan support.
A bill introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that increases the penalty for criminal sale of a controlled substance to minors under the age of 14 has passed the Senate with wide bipartisan support.
As we head into the summer, we are still hard at work in Albany. We must continue to build on the momentum we’ve established since March when the Senate, Governor and Assembly worked together to pass an historic budget that closed a $10 billion budget without raising any taxes or fees. It represented a vast change in how Albany conducted business in recent years when the state outspent its revenues and then relied on taxpayers to close the deficits with tax increases.
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