Each May, we recognize Clean Air Month, though, I believe that protecting our environment needs focus throughout the year. The environment is one of our greatest treasures and we have a responsibility to protect it for our children and future generations to come.
We, as members of the Mineola community, are writing to you regarding the consideration of configuration options for the Mineola School District. While there may be many views in the community about reconfiguration, we think that we can agree that getting feedback from all voices in the community is key to understanding what the views of the community are on this important issue. While the administration may have recommendations for the board’s consideration, it is the entire community that elects board members and to whom the board is ultimately accountable.
As an avid supporter of volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R, C, I – East Meadow) announced that legislation which increases access to health-care benefits for emergency service personnel was signed into law today by Governor David Paterson.
The severe budget conditions that we are currently experiencing have produced an unprecedented financial crisis in education. Each time we pick up a newspaper or tune into the news we are reminded that we are in the midst of the most significant financial/economic downturn since the Great Depression. No doubt, many of us know someone who has been dramatically affected by this downturn. Armed with this knowledge and the reality of declining funds from the state, we took on the challenge of preparing the 2010-2011 budget.
Although our economy is on the road to recovery, there are still many people who are hurting. People are trying to maintain their mortgage payments so they are able to stay in their homes. HOPE NOW and Making Home Affordable are programs that work with people to help them achieve that goal.
As of this week, I am no longer the editor of the Mineola American. After 10 years, I decided to move on to another venture. But I would like to take the opportunity to thank the entire community.
Senator Johnson announced legislation to end the double victimization caused by public pension system members who use their positions to steal taxpayer money, yet are still able to collect their taxpayer-funded pensions.
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