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POB Library Hosts Meet The Candidates Night

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 05 October 2012 08:36

State Senate and Assembly candidates sound off on creating revenue, redistricting and cutting down on unfunded mandates

The 2010 Meet The Candidates Night at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library was a rowdy affair, with candidates for NYS Senate and Assembly seats harshly criticizing each other and sometimes yelling to be heard over a hostile crowd. In comparison, the 2012 Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, Oct. 2, moderated by Paula Blum of The League of Women Voters, was downright friendly. Despite the fact that the event was shorter and the crowd smaller, the candidates by and large had no problem proposing specific solutions to problems in response to questions from members of the audience.

“I think our national political discourse would be far better off if the discourse were as civilized and as substantive as it was tonight,” commented 6th District Senate Candidate Ryan Cronin at the end of the evening.


Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt Dies

Written by Ronald Scaglia Wednesday, 03 October 2012 00:00
Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt died suddenly on the morning of Oct. 3. According to Ed Ward, spokesperson from the legislator’s office, Schmitt, 62, collapsed while in a budget meeting with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building and was rushed to Winthrop Hospital. He died at 11:55 a.m.

“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mangano in a statement. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.”


Proposed ’13 County Budget: Holding The Line On Property Taxes

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 28 September 2012 08:21

Mangano cites spending discipline; Abrahams criticizes past budgets

Touting what he said was his second consecutive year in spending decreases and the third straight year without a property tax increase, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently unveiled the county’s proposed 2013 budget. The proposed budget totals $2.79 billion in expenditures. Published reports said the approved 2012 budget totaled $2.8 billion, up from the proposed budget of $2.63 billion.

Mangano also hailed the proposed budget for providing “essential services,” while practicing “aggressive fiscal management and a continued commitment to spending cuts.” Mangano said that since 2009, the Republican Legislative Caucus has cut over $290 million in spending from the county budget. 


Fitness Instructors Host Charity Zumbathon At JCC

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
More than 80 women came out to dance for a cause on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Mid-Island Y JCC Zumba Fundraiser. Four licensed Zumba instructors— Danica Ruhalter, Aja Mills, Amy Bernstein and Beverly Koondel— volunteered their time and expertise to help raise money for leukemia research. The event was held in memory of Spencer Reis, a boy from Plainview who tragically died of the disease earlier this year.

The event raised over $1,000, and organizers say they look forward to holding similar fundraisers in the future. “We felt lucky to be able to be a part of such a great event,” said Ruhalter, who was previously involved in a fundraiser for pediatric cancer held at Oheka Castle. “Remembering not the passing of a young boy, but the life and the happiness of this young boy, his memory living on forever.”


Waiting For The Union’s Call; TOB Still Willing To Negotiate

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

With layoffs on the table, Supervisor Venditto leaves the door open for union negotiations

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto is still struggling to solve the town’s cash flow problems. To solve the TOB budget problems he needs union concessions or the town workers will experience layoffs.

Finding a solution began with a retirement offer which included $1,000 for each year of service which was accepted by 89 employees whose last day with the town was Aug. 30. They will receive the funds in a single payment at the end of October. It will be paid with a $7.5 million 10-year bond. The payment included any unused or sick days owed. The workers are guaranteed health care for life and for a surviving spouse, for five years (this is not a reduction or increase, but the same as the current contract).


POB CSD Congratulates National Merit Semifinalists

Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District has announced that four John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFK) students have been named National Merit Semi-Finalists for the 2012-2013 school year.


Redistricting Commission Announces Hearing Dates

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

Commissioners attempt to move forward in a bipartisan way; League of Women Voters advocates nonpartisan process

While the previous meeting of the Nassau County Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission on Thursday, June 28 was somewhat contentious, the mood at the latest meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5 was very different, with both Democratic and Republican commissioners largely agreeing on most points raised. The commission announced the times and locations of the first round of public hearings on the 2013 redistricting, intended to solicit feedback from residents before the drawing of the new district map, then discussed the logistics of future hearings.

The four public hearings scheduled so far will take place Thursday, Sept. 20 at Long Beach City Hall at 6 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 24 at Elmont Public Library at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 27 at Glen Cove Landing School at 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Nassau County Legislative Chambers in Mineola at 6 p.m.


Superintendent Sets Agenda For 2012-13

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 14 September 2012 09:41

Dr. Lewis outlines priorities at back-to-school board of education meeting

The first school board meeting of the academic year for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School district opened with song: POB JFK High School students sang accomplished renditions of the both the national anthem and “God Bless America,” to the appreciation of many parents and other residents in attendance.

Before getting down to business, board member Gary Bettan was pleased to report that in the first game of the season, the POB Hawks football team pulled off a stunning upset victory against Freeport, which earned the team a lot of recognition not only locally, but all over the Island. Bettan also announced that homecoming weekend will be Oct. 13.


Blast From The Past: Islanders Open Team Store At Cantiague

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

Championship teams from 1980-83 practiced at Nassau County’s Cantiague Park

During the four years that the New York Islanders practiced at Nassau County’s Cantiague Park in the early 1980s, the organization took home four Stanley Cups.

The team, following its last Stanley Cup title in 1983, relocated to several different practice rinks throughout Long Island but hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of those Cantiague teams since.


Plainview Water District Participates In NYS’s Best Tasting Water Competition

Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

District participates after being awarded title of “Best Tasting Water” in NY regional competitions

The Plainview Water District recently participated in the New York State Finals of the Best Tasting Water Competition. After being honored with the prestigious title of “Best Tasting Drinking Water” in Nassau County and the Downstate New York region, the district competed against the finest regional water service providers from all across the state.

“Throughout the summer, it was an honor to be recognized by the residents of our community and region for our dedication and commitment to excellence,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Andrew Bader. “This was a fantastic experience because we were able to use this opportunity as a platform to educate our consumers on what it takes to provide the cleanest and best tasting drinking water.”


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