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.”
On Friday, Jan. 28 in Plainview, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand detailed a new proposal to expand, simplify, and make permanent the Research and Development Tax Credit. The senator’s proposal would expand the current credit by changing the formula to provide greater incentive for companies to increase investment; simplify the current credit, which is highly complicated and confusing; and make the new credit permanent, which would provide private companies with the confidence they need to make significant future investments in R&D.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce kicked off its annual membership drive on Jan. 19 at the Holiday Inn with a well-attended breakfast meeting that featured Stephanie Sokenis of Creative Contacting speaking about e-mail marketing.
The chamber is a community-wide organization that consists of local businesses, civic associations and community residents whose goal it is to promote local business, develop relationships amongst members and promote the Plainview-Old Bethpage community as a place to “Live, Work & Play.”
Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District has announced that four John F. Kennedy High School students were named 2011 Intel Talent Search semifinalists: Adam Getzler, Jonathan Abraham Goldman, Alex Kusher and Jonathan Aaron Goldman.
“The entire district is delighted with these outstanding results. We congratulate the students, the teachers and their mentors,” stated Superintendent of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District, Gerard Dempsey.
Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., a local not-for-profit organization, delivered in excess of $200,000 (MSRP) in winter-related apparel in 2010 via the “Making a Warmth of Difference” winter apparel program. The donated apparel includes not just coats, but sweaters, gloves, hats, and all forms of cold-weather gear. It might seem like a good time for the organization to take a well-deserved break during the quiet post-holiday season, however, Kids Helping Kids co-founder Robert Eslick has no intention of resting on his laurels; preparations for the 2011 “Making a Warmth of a Difference” drive have already begun, with a target number of 6,000 units.
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