(Editor’s Note: Due to how the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library presents its budget, references to increases and decreases in dollar amounts refer to the difference between the proposed 2011-2012 budget and the anticipated expenditures of 2010-2011, not the 2010-2011 budget as it was originally proposed.)
The board of trustees of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library had a difficult task ahead of them on March 2: to attempt to present a “bare bones” budget that would satisfy a recession-weary public, yet still maintain the five-star service said public has come to expect.
Plainview resident Gilbert Solnin was recently arrested by U.S. Postal Inspectors for allegedly defrauding dozens of advertising and marketing agencies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to federal court documents, Solnin allegedly defrauded companies from all over the United States out of approximately $400,000 while claiming to represent beverage companies that he was not in fact affiliated with.
With 10.4 positions proposed for reduction next year, the first budget meeting of the year for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education on Feb. 28 was a fairly somber affair, as administrators attempted to explain the rationale behind some of their choices. Fortunately, the district’s new website, long in development, is slated to be up and running soon- and taking a look at the much cleaner, more functional website design gave the board and the community something positive to focus on as well.
Nassau County’s government and the state watchdog agency NIFA entered the next step in their battle for ultimate financial authority over the county, as New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur M. Diamond ruled to put NIFA’s “control period” on hold while the court considers Nassau’s arguments against the legality of the takeover. Nassau County attorneys, under County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s lead, have submitted to the court that the takeover was executed in violation of the law and was facilitated by an unfair change in NIFA’s policies.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. co-Founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, announce their co-sponsored “Kids of Distinction” Scholarship Program for 2011.
Tuesday, Feb. 8 marked the third annual Long Island Lobby Day. Over 50 participants, representing nearly 45 Long Island business leaders, environmentalists, civic associations, human services, senior advocates, Smart Growth planners, labor groups and transportation advocates converged in Albany to meet with elected officials in hopes of advancing a substantive platform to help Long Island. The platform included transportation, sewer infrastructure, energy and environment, small business, jobs and economic development and human services.
The day opened with a press conference where the group introduced the agenda and themes for the day: economic development and job creation, benefits of transportation, sewer infrastructure, renewable energy and more. The coalition’s proposals would create an estimated 85,000 jobs, as well as incentivize the creation of 15,000 new units of housing near transit and in our downtowns. These items will help address changing demographics on Long Island.
When people think of the auditions, the first image to come to mind is auditioning for a role in a performance. However, Rabbi David Ross Senter recently auditioned for a somewhat different role; the role of the spiritual leader of Manetto Hill Jewish Center (MHJC). After an in-depth “Rabbi Audition” process, MHJC chose Senter, a fourth-generation rabbi known for his warm and welcoming personality, to lead their synagogue. On Sunday morning, Feb. 13, synagogue members and leaders of the community welcomed Senter in a spirited Rabbi Installation Ceremony.
It was a slightly different Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education Meeting on Feb. 7, with Assistant Superintendent Arthur Jonas running the proceedings instead of Superintendent Gerard Dempsey, who could not be there that evening. Nevertheless, the board did hear the last of the high school curriculum proposals from several departments: physical education, business, art and family and consumer science.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey released the following statement on Thursday, Feb. 3, announcing his plan to retire effective April 1, 2011:
“I am most appreciative and thankful to former County Executive Tom Suozzi and County Executive Ed Mangano for giving me the opportunity to work for two very dedicated public officials. Both made public safety a core component of their respective administrations.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District, along with the John F. Kennedy High School Independent Research program, is proud to announce that Jonathan Aaron Goldman has been named a finalist in the prestigious Intel Student Talent Search.
“We are proud of Jonathan’s accomplishment and wish him every success in the ongoing competition,” stated Superintendent of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Gerard Dempsey. “The board of education joins the entire school community in supporting him in this worthwhile endeavor.”
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