On Friday, July 22, Acting State Supreme Court Justice Steven Jaeger ruled against the plan by the Republican-controlled Nassau County Legislature to redistrict the Legislature for the 2011 elections. The judge said that, according to the Nassau County Charter, the redistricting must wait two more years.
The plan to redistrict the county’s 19 legislative districts was voted on and passed in the Legislature on May 24, along party lines, and the Democrats, in turn, filed a lawsuit against the plan. Presently, the Republicans hold an 11-8 majority in the Legislature.
Terry Kelly of East Norwich is aiming to nab a seat on the Oyster Bay Town Board in the upcoming November elections. With a little luck he may just do that. On Friday, June 24, he was out with buddies on a fishing trip. “I caught a 157 lb. mako shark off Montauk,” said Mr. Kelly. “I go a few times a year around now, in June or July. We were on board the Windy, a charter out of Montauk.”
Currently Mr. Kelly is concentrating on getting his petitions signed to get on the ballot. “I need 350 signatures for the Independence Party, and 2,000 for the Democrats.”
This winter, the state fiscal watchdog NIFA took over Nassau County’s finances. Now, six months into the “control period” this summer, the authority’s attitude has apparently been heating up to match the seasons.
Meeting July 14 at The Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale, NIFA’s board of directors employed an impatient and chiding tone, delivering a clear message: Nassau County’s efforts to rectify what NIFA considers to be a financial disaster in the making are not good enough.
Just to remind Oyster Bay of its revolutionary roots, Raynham Museum staff members marched in the annual Fourth of July Parade dressed in authentic Colonial costumes. The house museum was the home of the Townsends, and General George Washington’s spy, Culper Jr., (really Robert Townsend). The museum played a big part in our Revolutionary War beginnings, including being taken over by the Queen’s Rangers during that war.
Linking Oyster Bay’s past war with our present warriors, making their annual appearance in town were the Commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt and several crew members. Oyster Bay was the hamlet that donated items for the commissioning of the USS TR and there has remained a link between the ship and the hamlet ever since.
The May and June meetings of the East Norwich Civic Association were parts of the same story – but with surprise endings. With a concentrated effort the ENCA members are getting results on their agenda items.
Terrance Kelly of East Norwich attended the May meeting of the ENCA. He was amazed to see that the same topic of the Woodstock zoning violations was still on the agenda. “In 2011, it was the same thing just seven years ago,” the last meeting he attended since opening his Northport business. He said he got involved with politics over the town tax increase of 3.5 percent. “It was unacceptable. I went to town hall and put them on the spot.”
Stephen V. Walker, director of the Oyster Bay Community Band, is seeking sponsors for this year’s performances at the Oyster Bay High School. The band will present three free lawn concerts in front of the Oyster Bay High School, starting at 8 p.m. on July 4, 13 and 20. In case of rain, they will perform in the OBHS auditorium.
It was another beautiful sunny day for the graduation of the Class of 2011, making it easy to hold the ceremony on the front terrace and lawn. Some parents went to sit close to the graduates, some clustered on the edges of the rows for a good look as the students marched by wearing their caps and gowns. Many families chose to move chairs under the majestic trees at the bottom of the lawn, to enjoy the shade. Sunday, June 26 was a typical Oyster Bay High School graduation.
Upper Brookville residents voted for two trustee positions on Tuesday, June 21, after the Enterprise Pilot went to press, on what was expected to be the biggest vote in the history of the incorporated village. Resident Sandy Major said just 13 votes were cast at previous elections. “It’s time. It’s very exciting no matter who wins.” She said she encouraged people to come to the Meet the Candidates night at the Mill River Club held by candidates Peter J. Pappas, Jr. and Bradley Marsh on June 14, to see what is happening. She said, “It’s a Democracy. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the future.” She said few people attend the regular UB board meetings and if that changed, and residents became involved directly with what happens in the village – everyone would benefit.
Those words tell the story of how a group of dedicated Long Islanders stopped the “Powerbroker” Robert Moses from building his bridge to Rye. Had he gotten his way the North Shore of Long Island would have been destroyed.
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