Operation Gratitude was a huge success. The idea of Dr. Edward Gottlieb of buying up at $1 per pound kids candy left over from Halloween and storing them in his office and then shipping them to California passed all expectations. He collected about 600 pounds of candy which were then sent to our troops fighting in Afganistan and Iraq. Dr. Gottlieb said he was glad to help our fighting forces any way he could. His office is on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park.
This week, the state senate tackled New York’s budget deficit without tax-hiking mid-year school cuts, enacted much-needed reforms to its pension system, and brought much-needed accountability and transparency to this state’s public authorities.
Ben Franklin was a man of many talents. Mineola has a man like that in Peter Gollobin.
He is the owner of MEDIpoint, MEDIpoint International, and FirstLine Medical Supplies, manufacturing a quarter of a million medical devices a day in his factory in Mineola. MEDIpoint’s products are sold in over 60 countries worldwide, including India, Taiwan, and Australia.
It has come to my attention that certain companies are sending out mailings to homeowners offering to file STAR Exemption forms on homeowners’ behalf for a fee – as high as 100 percent of the exemption obtained.
Please be aware homeowners may file applications for STAR Exemptions (as well as other property tax exemptions) with the Nassau County Assessor’s Office for free. You do not need to pay a fee or have a company complete the forms for you.
Please visit the County Assessor’s website www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/
Assessor/index.html to view brochures and print application forms for exemptions. Applications for the STAR Exemption are due by Jan. 4, 2010.
Please share this information with your friends and family.
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt today announced that the Assembly has come to an agreement on “Leandra’s Law.” This legislation will make it a felony to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher when a child under the age of 15 is a passenger in the vehicle. It will also require a breathalyzer ignition lock to be installed on vehicles owned and operated by a person convicted of driving while intoxicated.
Two front-page articles recently in the Mineola American brought awareness to things sadly coming to an end and things to be aware of in the future.
I would like to thank the wonderful residents of Nassau County for their support on Election Day. I am honored and privileged to have been re-elected to serve as your Nassau County Clerk.
I would also like to thank the many volunteers, colleagues, neighbors and friends who gave so much of their time and efforts in support of my re-election.
Though only a quarter of a page long, Dr. James DiMaio’s letter to the editor, “Healthcare Debate: Drop the ‘Crisis’” in the November 11 issue was so unbelievably absurd and misguided that I felt compelled to respond. Though Dr. DiMaio is certainly entitled to his opinion and afforded the freedom to express it publicly in this paper, his views are indicative of a larger problem with the honesty of the health care debate, and as such I feel it necessary to critique part of his letter.
I am writing to you because I want you to know that I think Mrs. Pat Molloy is a true example of the “Mission of the Mineola Union Free School District.” Pat Molloy truly inspires my child and makes my child want to be a life-long learner. My child frequently expresses how much she loves her school, teachers and principal. She often talks of being a teacher herself. Pat Molloy pursues excellence and exhibits strength of character in my child. She does this by being the foundation of a school that my child looks forward to every day, a school where Pat Molloy makes every child feel safe and equal. Pat Molloy helps my child contribute positively to our global society. This is because she is a leader who encourages programs like Jump Rope for Heart and Help-A-Family. Pat Molloy is truthfully an inspiration to students, teachers and parents. My child is a student in Meadow Drive School. My child is a student that the Mineola Board of Education is responsible for, in a school that the Mineola Board of Education is responsible for. Without Pat Molloy’s presence in Meadow Drive, my daughter is missing out on the experience of a truly inspirational role model.
Our State Senator Craig Johnson has a second chance to show us he is a “brave warrior” for good, clean government. In August 2009 I was very disappointed when he did not condemn the Democrat Party’s chicanery in the state’s senate chamber involving two Democrat senators – Monserrate and Espada – that shut down state government for almost a full month. Since that time, Monserrate has been convicted of a misdemeanor assault on his fiancee, Karla Giraldo. Court-watchers “in the know” say the penalty would have been far harsher except the victim, with 40 stitches in her face, would not cooperate with the Queens DA and testify against Monserrate. (Ain’t Love Grand?) Shortly, thereafter, Brian Foley, a young, first term state senator from Suffolk County demanded that Monserrate quit or face expulsion from the senate. New York’s federal senators, Schumer and Gillibrand called for Monserrate’s resignation. Newsday, in an editorial of Oct. 21, recommended that the senate clean up its house or face voter reaction. Then, on Oct. 26, I saw a picture in Newsday of our Senator Johnson, with a tough look on his face, standing next to Foley. I hoped that the picture showed Johnson joining Foley in seeking Monserrate’s removal. However, when I read the article I was disappointed. It had nothing to do with the effort to dump Monserrate. The article related to the Native American Seneca Nation’s complaints that Johnson was “hostile to the nation’s interests” and involved the sale of cigarettes on the nation’s reservation 400 miles north of Long Island. Instead of fighting with the nations’ chiefs and braves in the far north, Johnson must publicly and loudly join the outcry seeking Monserrate’s removal and better government for all citizens. If he ever expects to be a “chief” in the future, he must be “brave” now.
Alan J. Reardon
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