On Tuesday, Nov. 15 Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Assemblyman Dave McDonough, officers from the Nassau County Police Department, and members of the Califano family held a ceremony to dedicate the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge” in memory of Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
The rankings are based on four per capita statistics: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use; all statistics are weighted equally. The libraries are also divided by expenditure, with Plainview-Old Bethpage situated in the five-to-ten million category. The 2011 survey is based on Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) data from 2009.
The Nassau Democrats, on Nov. 14, unanimously elected Kevan Abrahams (LD1) as the leader of the Democratic Caucus in the Legislature. After serving the areas of Uniondale, Roosevelt, Hempstead and Baldwin for nearly a decade, Abrahams will lead the Democrats in the Nassau County Legislature. Abrahams will be the first African American leader from either party in Nassau County.
The Nassau County Democratic Committee stated, “When first elected through a special election in 2002, Abrahams became the youngest legislator ever elected in Nassau County. Since taking office, he has taken on issues such as Nassau’s spiraling property taxes and more recently, Abrahams took the lead on pushing back the Republican power grab of drawing new legislative lines that would have diminished minority and Jewish representation in the Nassau County Legislature. The Republicans’ redistricting plan was deemed illegal by the New York State Court of Appeals in August.”
On Saturday, Dec. 10, please join Long Island Cares (Harry Chapin Food Bank) for a unique holiday food and toy drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A live performance and a visit from Santa are in store at All Music, located at 397 South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview at 1 p.m. Simultaneously, Long Island Cares and The New 94X Radio will be at All Music located at Rock-n-Roll University 531 Route 111 in Hauppauge.
The voices of hundreds shouting “No Mall Here!” could be heard all over Robbins Lane in Syosset at noon on Sunday, Nov. 6. At the Cerro Wire Coalition’s No Mall Here Rally, residents of all ages turned out to demonstrate that despite what Bill Taubman and representatives from the Taubman Company might say, community opposition to building a 750,000 square foot upscale mall on the old Cerro Wire property has not waned in the midst of the economic downturn.
Among the assembled residents were many elected officials and community leaders such as Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia, Receiver James Stefanich, County Legislator Judy Jacobs, Syosset Board of Education President Marc Herman and vice president April Neuendorf, Jericho Board of Education President Joe Lorintz, and Carol Meschkow of Concerned Citizens of Plainview-Old Bethpage, among others.
After going so far as initiating a lawsuit last year to avoid a takeover of Nassau County finances by the fiscal watchdog NIFA, County Executive Edward P. Mangano is now submitting a multi-year financial plan to that group seeking four more years of the “control period” that gives it authority over Nassau’s books.
Included in the plan is Mangano’s $2.6 billion budget for 2012 - approved by the Republican majority in the Legislature on Oct. 30 and currently sitting with NIFA for approval - which has left some glaring questions that many hope will be answered now that Election Day is over. These include, an announcement on which two Nassau County Police precincts will be closed, what the future of Long Island Bus will be, and whether $150 million in labor savings will come from union “concessions” or in the form of a massive decimation of the county workforce.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs’ campaign for re-election has been the recipient of actions which the Legislator refers to as “costly craziness.” Signs which are costly and labor intensive to place have been disappearing and defaced while nearby Republican signs have been left intact.
Four signs, three on Woodbury road, and one on Manetto Hill Road have been stolen. Four others have been methodically destroyed, according to Legislator Jacobs, by cutting the name out of the sign. “It is totally unbelievable. Just drive in the area and you will note that the signs for Republican candidates are untouched,” said Ms. Jacobs.
The Town of Oyster Bay will soon get its first dog park. The promise was made by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto at the end of the Oct. 18 board meeting. Town residents Peggy Heijmen of Oyster Bay and Michael Peress of Jericho spoke in favor of the dogs.
Peggy Heijmen, a resident of Oyster Bay and a member of Long Island Dog, a 5013(c)3 organization was there to ask for access to parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners. Ms. Heijmen said in June 2110 the group submitted a petition signed by 300 dog owners asking for a dog park in the town. She said they hoped when the SEA Fund was passed that the town would put some funds aside to provide a safe place for dogs to exercise. They suggested a potential site that was the former Liberty site, and is now known as the Allen Park Extension, a site in South Farmingdale; and one in Massapequa, Louden Avenue.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has submitted what he is calling his job creation and retention plan for Nassau County to Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council. The submission recognizes current obstacles to development and includes opportunities expressed by the private sector for inclusion in “Nassau’s Job Corridor” which stretches from Belmont Park in the West to Nassau’s Hub in the heart of the county to the former United States Navy-Grumman property in Bethpage at the Eastern end of Nassau. The county executive’s “Accelerate Nassau Now Plan” seeks to partner with New York State to enhance the present assets at each center of economic opportunity in the area and addresses current obstacles to economic growth.
On Friday, Oct. 7, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School teachers, administrators and staff donated $5 each lending their support to Lee National Denim Day and celebrated 16 years of fighting breast cancer. Each employee wore pink shirts and denim jeans in honor of the very special “casual Friday.” Together the staff raised $330 for the cause.
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