Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
Is threatening a lawsuit the new way of responding to a legitimate issue? We have two examples of such threats in response to questions to which on their face seem to have merit.
The Nassau County Comptroller, Mr. Maragos, apparently successfully placed $88 million of 2012 debt into the 2013 ledger so he could show a surplus for 2012. Mr. Howard Weitzman has pointed out that this is a questionable accounting practice and Mr. Maragos’s answer was to threaten to sue Mr. Weitzman.
This is the same blustering retort, if you recall, that Looks Great Services used against our County Legislator, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, when she questioned a portion of Looks Great’s $70 million dollar allocation for its clean up work after “Sandy” struck last October. Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton had been told by several eye witnesses that Looks Great, which was allegedly paid $1,000 per tree, had cut down apparently healthy, undamaged trees. Looks Great’s response... they threatened to sue DeRiggi-Whitton, a member of the finance committee representing us, the taxpayers, on the Legislature.
The District Attorney, Attorney General and FEMA are all looking into Looks Great’s actions. In both of these cases there are reasonable questions which have been raised from the responsible quarters; Mr. Weitzman is a CPA and former comptroller and DeRiggi-Whitton is a respected legislator; their inquiries, made on our behalf, should not be met with threats of law suits but should be countered by reasonable explanations. Do such explanations exist?
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe was the topic of discussion at the Plainview Old-Bethpage Public Library on Feb. 20.
Members of the audience were given an in-depth look into the life and artwork of O’Keeffe through a self-made and researched lecture and slideshow by art appraiser Louise Cella Caruso.
O’Keeffe lived for 98 years. Within her lifetime, she was granted the Medal of Arts by Ronald Regan, and in 1938, she was selected as one of the 12 most outstanding women of the previous 50 years. When she passed away she was accorded the honor of a first page obituary in the New York Times.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.