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Letter: The Cerro R & D Tech Center & Reforested Green Space

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

This is a revised and updated version of a letter Battaglia had published last month.

I have developed a highly detailed action plan for realizing what must be the two most essential goals of the Syosset-Jericho community and its leadership.

Quoting the Spring 2013 issue “Talk of The Town” newsletter:

“…….the Department [of Economic Development] oversees the preservation and enhancement of the Town’s open space and its natural, historic and cultural resources.”

 

Vote ‘No’ on August 20

Written by Long Island Jobs Now Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

LI Jobs Now is an entity incorporated by Taubman Centers Inc.

Our democracy demands that elected representatives serve the best interests of the people. But recent actions by the Oyster Bay Town Board have undermined this basic principle.  They must be stopped.

On May 21, the Oyster Bay Town Board voted to sell 54-acres of Town property to Oyster Bay Realty LLC – a group headed by Roosevelt Field Mall owner Simon Property Group – through a noncompetitive process that had no public notice or input.  

The Town never conducted hearings about this sale, never publicly discussed why this land is being deemed surplus, and quickly rubber-stamped necessary environmental reports.  The Town did not town engage in a public bidding process, or even issue a request for proposals. They thought they could take us for granted and no one would notice.

 

BCA Supports ‘Yes’ Vote To Stop The Mall

Written by The Birchwood Civic Association Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

The Birchwood Civic Association is a member of the Cerro Wire Coalition, an organization formed to fight the mall proposal by Taubman Centers Inc.


The Birchwood Civic Association (BCA), which has been one of the primary organizations leading the charge in preventing the Taubman Company from building a mega-mall on the former Cerro Wire property on Robbins Lane in Syosset for the past 18 years, is calling on all of its members and other residents in the surrounding area to Vote ‘yes’, on Tuesday August 20. 

 

Letter: Vote Yes To Stop The Mall

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

As a 20-plus year resident of Oyster Bay, I’ve seen many things change for the better in our town and few things that took us backward. It’s rare that residents have a chance to vote directly on important issues like preserving our suburban quality of life...with one single yes vote. Oyster Bay Town residents have this opportunity on Tuesday, August 20, when they vote yes to approve the Town’s land sale. There’s so much at stake and it’s time for us to show we really care about our quality of life by voting yes and being heard, loud and clear.

 

Letter: Fighting Heart Disease

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

This summer marks a milestone for success in the fight against heart disease. It has been 10 years since you have been asked “smoking or non?” in New York restaurants and bars.

The Clean Indoor Air Act established smoke-free workplaces. The CIAA has been helping protect New Yorkers from the dangers of secondhand smoke for a decade. Experts estimate secondhand smoke causes up 128,900 heart attacks annually.  Studies around the world show heart attack rates drop immediately following the enactment of laws like the CIAA. By keeping smoke out of workplaces, we are making positive steps in the fight against our number one killer – heart disease.

 

Letter: Lavine Is Right

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Assemblyman Charles Lavine is quite right when he says “The numbers indicate that there are too many tragic accidents that occur as a result of young, inexperienced drivers  texting or talking on their cell phones. 

That is a deadly combination.  These tragedies can be prevented.  The message is clear. Distractions while driving can kill. Cell phone use of any kind is a distraction”.  Which makes him “wrong” to support the extremely inadequate penalties imposed on young (but knowing) violators of these important safety laws that involve matters of life and death. 

 

Letter: The Smartest Shovel Into The Cerro Wire Land

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

To the Syosset-Jericho community and Nas:

I have developed a highly detailed action plan for realizing what must be the two most essential goals of the Syosset-Jericho community and its leadership.

Quoting the Spring 2013 issue “Talk of The Town” newsletter:

“…The Department [of Economic Development] oversees the preservation and enhancement of the Town’s open space and its natural, historic and cultural resources.”

 

Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: July 18, 2013

Written by Stanley Greenberg Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

To All Mets Fans

After watching our Amazing Mets beat the World Series championship San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 16 innings till 2:30 a.m., I wonder to myself about my dogged allegiance to this unusual New York baseball team.

I was a fanatical Brooklyn Dodger rooter in my early years, so I transferred my craziness to the Mets.  It has been a long-wild ride from 1962 to the present. The Mets combine a loving New York City vitality with a love of baseball, for our national pastime.  The deranged and maniacal devotion to this team is something that is not easily understood or comprehended.

 

Letter: New York Needs Equality for Women

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

The anti-choice, extremist federal legislation that is threatening women’s reproductive rights and the zeal on the part of some states to erode the protections that allow a woman to control her own health and body require that we take definitive action in New York.

As a member of the Assembly and a supporter of the 10-point Women’s Equality Act (WEA) proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo I, was proud to be among those standing together to protect women’s rights. The package of bills, which advocate for women’s equality on all levels, passed the Assembly in its entirety.

 

Letter: Why The Uproar?

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Why all the uproar over LIPA paying some Navigant consultants $500 an hour ?

Even though each consultant’s  “advice” is probably not worth more than the legal minimum wage, his  hourly fee is  equivalent to “only” $4,000 for an 8-hour day, “only” $20,000 for a 5-day week, and “only” ONE MILLION DOLLARS  for a 50-week year.  Hey, if the guy’s “storm preparedness” advice wasn’t extraordinary, LIPA wouldn’t pay him that much---would they ?  Maybe his insights are so brilliant that, like the Oreal woman used to say, he’s “worth it”.  And, anyway, don’t LIPA’s initials (secretly) stand for

 

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