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From the desk of Senator Jack Martins: August 30, 2011

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Don’t Fix What’s Not Broken

One size definitely does not fit all or at least it rarely does. It’s a lesson big government needs to remind itself.  Case in point would be the State Board of Education’s recent efforts to redesign how our teachers are evaluated.  

You may recall that New York was fortunately awarded $700 million from the federal government’s “Race to The Top” program, which seeks to improve student scores by holding teachers more accountable. The idea is a good one and certainly no one wants to turn away much-needed monies for our schools, but as usual, it’s in the implementation of good ideas that problems arise.

 

Letter: We Deserve an Open Process, Not a Brush-Off

Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00
At the Town of North Hempstead’s Board Meeting on 7/12/11, the agenda included a hearing regarding the purchase and restoration of the private Roslyn Country Club which would impact all town residents tax-wise. At that time, there was a hearing, both pro and con, and John Kaiman admittedly said they do not have all their figures together yet on this, and that this would remain on the agenda and there would be a hearing at the 8/23/11 meeting.
 

From the desk of Senator Jack Martins: August 23, 2011

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

No Thanks, I’ll Swim

After eight years as a mayor and these past eight months as a New York senator, I thought no instance of financial inefficiency could shock me anymore. I was wrong. This past week the Port Authority proposed fee hikes so extraordinary, so out of touch, that they took my breath away.

Citing the need for more revenue, the Port Authority proposed increasing tolls on Hudson River crossings: the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels. For E-Z Pass drivers entering New York from New Jersey, they urge increasing tolls from $8 to $12. Those unfortunate drivers paying cash would be slapped with a $7 increase, making their trip rise from $8 to $15.

 

From the desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: August 23, 2011

Written by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

Social Security’s 76th birthday, Washington must put people before special interests

If you had a good friend who has dutifully been there for you and your family and your neighbors for her entire life, and she was having her 76th birthday, how would you celebrate?

On Aug. 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating the safety net that’s helped millions of retired and disabled Americans stay out of poverty and contribute to the economy for several generations now.

 

Around the Town with Lou: August 17, 2011

Written by Lou Sanders Tuesday, 23 August 2011 00:00

Lutherans are one of the largest Protestant communities in Mineola. A group of dedicated Christians met Sept. 11, 1921 to lay the cornerstone of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour on Willis Avenue. We can recall Pastor Arthur Doege in the early days and Pastor Robert Mursch. The current pastor is the Rev. Albert Triolo. They also are home to the Children’s Noah’s Ark. On this Sept. 11, there will be a large commemorative celebration following religious services held at the Inn of New Hyde Park.

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Moyous Outdoor Market was at the corner of Willis Avenue and Mineola Boulevard where KFC is located today. A few may recall this colorful spot with its bananas hanging in the windows and it’s many Greek and Italian specialties. Moyous closed about 50 years ago.

 

From the desk of NY State Senator Jack Martins: August 16, 2011

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

More To Do

I love those local history books that show what our neighborhoods used to be like. I enjoy contrasting photos of wide open spaces, dirt roads and potato farms to where today stand shopping malls, highways, and supermarkets.

It’s fascinating because this super-development actually didn’t begin that long ago. It was only after World War II, when our servicemen settled here with their families, that Long Island’s population boom began.   

 

From Long Island Wins: August 16, 2011

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

The Recession

I’m not a big fan of roller coasters. I certainly don’t like the actual ones. I can barely even look at them without getting a little nauseous. But I don’t much care for the metaphorical ones, either. Specifically, I could do without the stock market falling into a terrifying descent, rising back up, and then tumbling some more.

It’s certainly no fun. We’re staring down the threat of another recession, and it’s hard to say where we’ll end up. However, we’ve seen record drops followed by chaos, and that doesn’t exactly inspire me with confidence.

 

Schumer: Federal Purchasing Agreements Are a Win for Local School Districts

Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

‘Means Easier, More Affordable Access to Critical Education Tools’

United States Senator Charles E. Schumer has called on the federal General Services Administration (GSA) to meet with Long Island school districts and administrators and Nassau and Suffolk BOCES to identify major cost-saving opportunities on information technology (IT) purchases that could potentially save Long Island residents hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes. Last month, as part of the property tax cap legislation passed by the New York State Legislature, a legal restriction that prevented New York State school districts from purchasing information and telecommunication technology through the GSA’s Federal Supply program was lifted, unlocking the door for hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings. The GSA is tasked with overseeing the business of the U.S. federal government. GSA’s acquisition solutions supplies federal purchasers with cost-effective high quality products and services from commercial vendors.

 

Letter: Mangano, Republican Party Should Pay Back Taxpayers for Failed Referendum

Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s attempt to sneak through a massive tax hike was overwhelmingly rejected by voters on August 1st.

Mangano and the republicans in the legislature should never have tried to sell the people of Nassau on the bad idea of raising their property taxes to build Charles Wang a new Coliseum.

 

From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins: August 2, 2011

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Getting It Right for Our Volunteers

A common theme is concern for the volunteers that serve our neighborhoods. Here in Nassau County we are blessed with many who offer their time as firefighters, emergency service workers and auxiliary police officers for the benefit of our residents and businesses. Enough thanks cannot be given to these good men and women but beyond gratitude we must resolve issues that will negatively impact how they serve us. As chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government and a former mayor, I am particularly aware of aspects that may go overlooked.

 

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