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.
Since the fall of 2005, I have been a member of the Mineola UFSD finance committee. For anyone who is unsure why the Mineola School District is going through the current reconfiguration, I hope this will help make clear why it needs to be done.
Portuguese people love good food, which is one of the reasons that their traditional Palm Sunday breakfast is so popular. Among those there we had a chance to talk to Manuel Costa, Marie and John Caetano, Dick and Marguerite O’Callaghan, Fred Reiger, Victor Dovale, David and Phyllis Stein, Leah and Michael Miller, Tom and Ann Forte, Rosa Ribeiro, Paul Pereira, George Durham, Paul Cusato, Dolores Martins, Eileen Devaney, James Devaney, Marcia Caetano Devaney, Joseph and Barbara Malerba, Kathleen DaCosta and Mrs. Dias, Maria Ferreiro, Lino Pereira, Maria Coelho, Julio and Ana Pereira, Hipolito Ribeiro, Maria and Domingos DeCosta, Edward and Fernanda Costa, John Macedo and Mayor Scott Strauss. Over 500 people came to the breakfast.
Our two incumbents, Will Hornberger and Terence Hale, along with our administration, have taken great strides in not only coming up with a plan to better the school district and save us the taxpayers, money, but in actually carrying out their plan. Hornberger and Hale made a promise to our district to keep our tax levy at or below 2.5 percent for five years.
Jesus opened the eyes of the blind man. This was the topic of the homily of Msgr. Robert Coyle, pastor of Corpus Christi Church, in which he mentioned that song, “I was Blind, but Now I See.” English slave trader John Newton heard that message. For years his ships would anchor off the west coast of Africa buying slaves and selling them to the plantations of the American South. Newton was so moved by the words of Christ that he gave up the slave trade and led the fight to abolish this terrible traffic. He later became an Anglican priest of the Church of England. The British government outlawed the slave trade in 1808.
We are writing this letter on behalf of PEACE – People for Excellence, Affordability, and Commitment to Education. PEACE is comprised of a number of community members from throughout the Mineola School District.
Times are indeed changing in Albany and for the better. Not only do we have an on-time budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, but we went through the process with both sides of the aisle working together and the budget passed with overwhelming support in the legislature. Most importantly, we passed a fiscally responsible budget that closed a $10 billion deficit without raising any taxes or fees.
Sun and fun await you June 18 as our beautiful pool opens. All 25 lifeguards are in place. The other 18 staff positions have been filled for the gate personnel, the maintenance group and the locker room people and for the women’s and men’s quarters. Nine people are now taking the SWI course (water safety instruction). The diving board is fine and the slide is ready to go. The problem with the overheated pumps is still being worked on. We need to repair the emergency gate. Vandals can squeeze in there at night. The exterminator needs to come weekly because of the influx of bees. Some of the lounge chairs need to be repaired. Too many people are coming in via the pump house. This gate is only supposed to be used by the handicapped. A better system is needed like having an “H” stamped on the leisure pass. The staff at the pool numbers 43. These days there is no problem filling the positions. Seventy applied for the 18 staff jobs. A maximum of 411 people can be in the water at one time. Kyle Teemsma is the pool manager. The six members of the pool board are Jay Monaco, the chairman, Richard Maher, Jeff Clark, Pat Strauss, Maryann Langone, and me. Our swim team plans several matches with the Stewart Manor team. Where else can you have all this fun for just the price of $5 for a leisure pass?
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