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Legislative Majority Report - July 24, 2009

Written by Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00

Tomato and Potato Gardeners Beware!

 Last month, I wrote about all the wonderful Farmers’ Markets in our area. We are so fortunate to be able to buy fresh local produce and other assorted items from craftspeople who are our neighbors and friends.

This month, it has come to my attention that there is a problem with some of our tomatoes. According to Cornell Cooperative Extension, there is something called late blight which is affecting tomato and potato plants. This is the same disease that caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, so whether you have a small backyard garden like I do, or you are a major nursery, late blight is a disease to which we must all pay attention but be careful not to confuse with early blight, which is much less devastating. According to the experts, it is very destructive and very infectious. It presents with at least nickel-sized olive green to brown spots on leaves with slightly white fungal growth on the underside when conditions have been humid – early morning or after a rainfall. Sometimes the border of the spot is yellow or has a water-soaked appearance..Spots begin tiny, irregularly shaped, and brown. Firm, leather-like brown spots develop on tomato fruit.

 

Letter: Our Response to Bias Crime at Congregation Beth Shalom Chabad

Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00

The clergy and congregational leaders of Mineola are united in expressing outrage that our community has been violated by the vandalism that defaced the doors of our local synagogue on Friday, July 3. We wish to express our strong support for Rabbi Anchelle Perl and the entire membership of Congregation Beth Shalom Chabad.

Our nation, celebrating its 233rd birthday on July 4, was founded on the premise that men and women could worship God according to the dictates of their consciences in relative freedom and safety. For 2009, the people of Mineola have been exposed to the ugliness of bias, hate and evil on the eve of the celebration of freedom. Too many of our forebearers, along with many now serving in uniform, have suffered and died to defend liberty and freedom. We, therefore, must honor their sacrifice by speaking out at such a time as this.

 

Around the Town with Lou - July 17, 2009

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00
Jewel is the correct word to describe our John DaVanzo Community Pool which is often called the “Jewel in Mineola’s Crown.” A trip to the facility gave us a chance to talk to Eileen and Kimberly Calamia, Guy Penny, Kerri O’Connell, Chrissy Retta, Janet Langer, Mike and Maryann Langone, Kyle Teemsma, the pool director, Katie O’Shea and Liam Clark the supervisors, Tanya Fernandes and Yesenia Cardona the Leisure Pass people, and lifeguards Peter Abbate, John Betts, Samantha Brethel, Peter Clark, Mary Corrigan, Julianne Frey, Ryan Gallant, Eve Hochhauser, Patricia Holliday, Meghan Keane, Joseph Lawrence, Daniel LoSardo, Matthew LoSardo, Brian Murphy, Michael Padovano, Patricia Roth, Nicole Sparacino, Emily Spencer, Joseph Spollen, Daniel Stagnari, Sean Stagnari, Brittany Stefano, Matthew Vecchione and Alex Ward. We also met Lauren Massa, Christa Basel, Michael Loughlin and son Ryan, Angela Athan, Michell Martins, Kathleen Browne, Zach Chichi, Chris Brostek, Lynn Franciotti, Michael Kelly, Michelle Martins, Mark Micelli, Lauren and Maria Massa, Haylee Pace, Tim Papadogiannis, Daniella and Joseph Riccardi, Kristofer Seibt, Michael Diglio, Patrick McMahon, Carl Nunziata and Christine Retta and Eric O’Brien. The head of the pool board is Jay Monaco and the other members are Jeff Clark, Nancy Portoghese, Richard Maher, Maryann Langone and myself. The recreation director is Maria Desousa aided by Anna Athan.
 

Liver Lines

Written by David Bernstein Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00

The potential effects of common medications on liver function often lead to concerns about their use. Almost every medication in existence today can cause liver test abnormalities and most carry warnings to use with caution in people with underlying liver disease. We are all aware that too much acetaminophen can be toxic to the liver or that some cholesterol lowering agents can cause mild changes in liver enzymes. The real questions are: Are these changes important? How do they occur and are they preventable? The last question is the easiest to answer. Most of the minor changes in liver enzymes are not preventable. Many people take over-the-counter products called “liver detoxifiers or purifiers” in order to prevent liver injury. Although many people spend a lot of money on these natural products, the whole concept of a liver purifier is non-scientific and none of these products have been proven to be advantageous to the taker. They are, of course, advantageous to the seller. In fact, many of these products are associated with significant liver injury.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - July 10, 2009

Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00

The Senate Stalemate

It is my hope that by the time that you read this, the stalemate that has gripped the Senate will be over.

Over the last few weeks, the residents of the State of New York have unfortunately seen government at its worst. On June 8, the Senate Republicans, with their new leader, Pedro Espada of the Bronx, derailed the end of the legislative session with a poorly thought out coup attempt.

 

From the Desk of Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt: July 3, 2009

Written by Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00

Votes to Create Sex Offender Email Notification

New York State Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R, C, I – East Meadow) today announced the passage of legislation in the Assembly that will modernize the sex offender registry to provide automatic e-mail notifications to New York state residents whenever a Level 2 or Level 3 sex offender moves into their community.

 

Around Town with Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00

Mineola is in danger. The ill-conceived consolidation plan of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo could mean the end of Mineola and the other villages. The consolidation plan is good as far as eliminating overlapping special districts. This could reduce taxes. But, exceptions should be made for villages. If 10 percent of eligible voters in Mineola, that would be about 1,100 people, petition for the elimination of a village, it has to be put up for a village-wide referendum. We have no trouble with that. But and it’s a huge but, if the county legislature votes to eliminate the villages, then Mineola and all other villages could be dissolved. In other words, the county legislature could decide our fate regardless of what we want. This is a terrible injustice. The fight against it is bi-partisan; Democrat Craig Johnson and Republican Tom McKevitt are both opposed. The village is the most efficient, economical entity in the state. To eliminate them would be madness.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - June 25, 2009

Tuesday, 23 June 2009 11:44

Johnson to Hold Mobile Office Hours

Senator Craig M. Johnson will be sponsoring upcoming mobile office hours at the Shelter Rock and Williston Park Libraries.
The mobile office hours program, which was started soon after the senator’s election to the State Senate, is designed to make it easier for residents to bring their concerns, suggestions and ideas to Senator Johnson’s office.
 

Letter: Three Board Members A “No Show” at School Board Meeting

Tuesday, 23 June 2009 11:43

The Swine Flu strikes the board of education. At least that’s what the audience of about 60 community members and school district employees thought we might hear announced on Thursday night when the June 18 Mineola Board of Education meeting was unexpectedly cancelled. After all, why else would three board members “no-show” the last business meeting of the fiscal school year?  There must have been a valid, acceptable explanation, right?

Some of you may be thinking, “Oh, those three are probably making a statement of some kind because this was, coincidentally, the last meeting of our current superintendent and board president.”

 

Letter: Thank Heavens for The Mineola American

Thursday, 18 June 2009 10:53

Never was the importance of a local periodical more evident than in the June 10 edition of the Mineola American. As we all know, the televising of the public portion of our village board meetings has been suspended. Without the American, the throngs of villagers who have had their lives utterly devastated by this would never have known why it happened in the first place.

All one needs to do is read the disjointed ranting of Jean Falabella in the Letters to the Editor section (in the June 10 issue). That is proof positive why not everyone is ready for prime time.

 

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