As a Bayville resident with three children attending Locust Valley middle and high schools, and an active member of several parent councils, I am well aware of the controversy surrounding John Benstock and the lawsuits involving both the LVCSD and the LVSEA.
In recent weeks a faceless group, “The LV Parents Against Child Abuse,” has taken out ads in local newspapers, attempting to link the lawsuit brought by the LVSEA directly with the 2014/15 LVCSD school budget. A Google search of “The LV Parents Against Child Abuse” yielded no results for any organized group. As far as I know, no such group has attended any BOE meetings or LVCSD Public Budget Forums to speak out publicly about their concerns. To say that I disagree with their tactics would be an understatement. It is hard for me to entertain a group, or their platform, when their sole method of disseminating their message is done in such a covert, secretive manner.
I am writing to clear the air of some vicious lies and rumors being spread throughout the village, by the current party in power, the Tip Party. They have been spreading false schoolyard rumors throughout local groups such as the library and Boy Scouts, that we plan on closing them down.
Not only is this untrue and laughable, but it is a great window into the mindset of the current administration. It is a clear message to voters that those who cannot run on their own record, must make small town mud-slinging their agenda. The Tip party has had their grasp on Bayville for far too long. Over 20 years, in fact. This is exactly the way they operate. Their intent on keeping their hold on Bayville to keep their family and friends in high-paying jobs is their sole driving force, not getting the best results for you, the taxpayer.
As the boating season begins, I’d like to inform readers of legislation I’ve introduced to make boating safer. This bill was the product of consensus with local boaters, boating community leaders and activists, and local law enforcement.
On July 4, 2012, the Long Island community experienced a tragedy when three Long Island children were killed after the boat they were on capsized in Oyster Bay following July 4th fireworks. While nothing we do today can change the past, we can honor their memory by ensuring no family has to endure the loss of a child because of inadequate safety measures.
Over the past several years I’ve had a neighbor who shovels my two-car driveway when it snows and helps me carry my summer furniture out of the garage to the backyard; I have always felt that this young man was a “good neighbor.”
On March 6, around 9:30 p.m. on a cold, dark evening, I was struggling to get my recycle bin, which was full, to the curb. It was bitter cold outside and I was not dressed properly, so I was going to leave it in the middle of the driveway, unable to get it to the curb, when I heard, “Can I help you, Mr. Martin?” It was the voice of my kind and thoughtful neighbor, Dante Marterella. He offered his help all the while not knowing I would turn 86 years old two days later.
Long Island and NYS taxes continue to rise at an unsustainable rate. Primary cost drivers are unfunded mandates, which get a lot of talk and attention in state-wide hearings, but somehow never result in any cost-controlling action. I would like to bring your readers’ attention to Smithtown NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick’s bill A8603.
This bill addresses three primary cost drivers:
In the inaugural year of its “master teachers” program, New York State, in partnership with SUNY schools, has honored a total of 319 science, math and technology teachers—including 42 on Long Island—with the Master Teacher designation. Hearty congratulations to all who successfully applied. They have a combined 2,700 years of full-time teaching experience.
To further the development of teachers in the fashionable STEM fields, these star educators will become peer mentors, sharing their techniques through seminars, workshops and one-on-ones with other teachers—especially the newest ones. At the same time, they are committed to furthering their own development, and the program focuses on three areas of knowledge. Master Teachers show excellence not only in subject matter and teaching, but also by cultivating thorough understanding of the students—their neighborhoods, cultures and values—which enables these teachers to involve family and community in supporting STEM studies.
Friends of the Bay is very concerned with the current controversy regarding commercial shellfishing in Oyster Bay. At the heart of our concern is the welfare of the bay, which today is one of the healthiest and most productive in the western Sound.
Over the past few weeks we have met with representatives of the Town of Oyster Bay, Frank M. Flower & Sons shellfish farm, and the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association (NOBBA.)
(Below is a copy of a letter sent to County Executive Edward Mangano on April 11)
I write to express grave concern over reports in today’s press that the United States Department of Justice instituted a lawsuit yesterday against the Town of Oyster Bay and Town Supervisor John Venditto for alleged housing discrimination against Black Americans.
On Sunday, April 13, North Shore Assembly of God held their first annual Fun Fantastic Egg Hunt at 84 Orchard St., Oyster Bay. We can’t thank everyone enough who came out to make this year’s event a success. All children attending had a great time playing games, making crafts and search for eggs with the best prizes. We want to thank our local Target, Walmart, Friendly’s and Carvel for their donations to this year’s event. We also thank all who volunteered. Next year we plan to expand our activities to include additional sponsors, games, and entertainment.
North Shore Assembly of God
Last week the Nassau District Attorney made several arrests for tax evasion, with the defendants collectively owing almost $1 million. One alleged scammer seems to be a lotto junkie who doesn’t declare his winnings. Three others are charged with not reporting business income.
This week, in Oyster Bay, you can’t avoid thinking about taxes. As we scramble to get the paperwork together and file on time (even if only for an extension) we see exactly how much we’ve paid, and sometimes we still have to send a check—to Washington or Albany. Nobody likes paying taxes. Nobody really likes paying for anything; if we could get it for free, we would happily do so.
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