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.
Leonora Petrina made it look easy again this year. The internationally ranked Bayport superstar crossed the finish line on the track at Farmingdale High School in 16:39 (one second faster than in 2010), scoring a 52-second victory over Laura Cummings of Bay Shore in the 28th annual Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s 5 Kilometer Run. Petrina also won the Paula Wunderlich Memorial Award as the first member of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) to finish.
Emily Brust of Mastic scored as the top Wheelchair finisher. A total of 394 women of all ages and levels of ability (a nice increase over the 348 total finishers in 2010) successfully completed the event on what was a very hot morning, and a couple of dozen young women age 12 and under completed the 1/4 mile Fun Run (once around the track) that preceded the 5K.
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.
Before the dedication ceremony for the new 9/11 Memorial Park, located right across from the Plainview Diner on Old Country Road and Hope Drive, Concerned Citizens of Plainview-Old Bethpage President Carol Meschkow remembered her own experience on the morning of September 11, 2001. The attacks, she said, felt surreal and incomprehensible.
“As the day began to wear on and more and more information was brought to the forefront- [and I] saw more and more people I knew who were touched by the event- I thought we had to do something,” said Meschkow.
That’s what Margaret Flitsch of Poughkeepsie did when she began to wonder about the origins of the majestic eagle sculpture that had been in her family for 50 years. Her grandfather, Albert Fritsch (the family members’ names are one letter apart) a mechanic for the Pennsylvania Railroad, had taken the sculpture home when the station was remodeled in the 1960s, but the family had never known precisely where it came from–although Flitsch had her suspicions.
Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School has officially pronounced Andrew Ren the valedictorian and Ari Turkiewicz the salutatorian of the Class of 2011. The district is proud of both boys for their continued hard work and outstanding record of academic excellence throughout their high school careers.
Not only has Ren successfully completed the most challenging curriculum the district has to offer, completing 12 Advanced Placement classes, he has been awarded an AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Merit Commendation, DECA State Award, the Silver Medal in the Long Island Math Fair and an Honorable Mention in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. He was also awarded a Silver Medal in the National Spanish exam and is a scholar athlete.
This year’s journey for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Xtreme Power (POB XP) Soccer Team started on April 9. After winning three games during April and May, the stage was set for the POB XP division-three team versus the Lindenhurst Extreme division-one team in the finals of the Girls Under-15 Arch Capital Group Challenge Cup on June 17, right at home at Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview. Both “Extreme” teams were ready to play.
The winners were selected by the organization Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., which established a committee to judge applications.
When Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD) opened its first clinical services and medical operations in 1992, the organization was planning on serving a few hundred people on an annual basis. Apparently, things changed. “Today, that number is over 1,700 people from Nassau, Suffolk, Queens [and] Brooklyn,” said Rick Wirth, assistant executive director for children and health services at ACLD.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced on June 13 that in an effort to reduce the costs of running Nassau County government and protect homeowners from a property tax increase, he has plans that achieve $32 million in annual re-occurring employee-related budget savings. The plan, he stated, includes $10.6 million in savings from 130 employee layoffs; $9 million from redeploying police from desks to patrol; $7 million from the elimination of additional positions; and $5.3 million in savings from 54 employees participating in the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program. After personnel reductions in July 2011, he said the county will have 1,200 fewer positions than 2009 budgeted-levels – the last year of the previous administration. Nassau County, Mangano said, is now operating with the lowest level workforce since the 1950s and that this is just the first-round of employee cost-cutting actions he will take in 2011.
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