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A Bipartisan Rebuilding Strategy for Long Island

Written by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

A Republican and a Democrat standing together these days is rare. Even though we are from different political parties, partisan politics could not have been further from our minds on October 29, 2012 and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

It was immediately clear that this was not just another storm and that the challenges it placed on our residents and businesses—and on the entire region—were enormous. That’s why President Obama established the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, chaired by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Last Monday, the Task Force released its Rebuilding Strategy to help guide federal investment in the region, marking an important new chapter in the region’s rebuilding effort.


Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: August 22, 2013

Written by Stanley Greenberg, Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

The Parrish Museum Revisited

To all of you old-timers, who visit the Hamptons during the summer, the aged Parrish Museum on Jobs Lane in the town of Southhampton was truly a delight. The original museum was founded in 1897. The weathered red brick building certainly gave the museum a feeling of gravitas. The Roman Emperors and their statues in the adjoining garden added to the aura of ancient civilizations, giving a feeling of history to the museum.

In the museum, the exhibitions of Fairfield Porter, Jackson Pollack, Williem de Kooning and others spoke of the times when the Hamptons were the center of art and painting flourishing on the Long Island.


From The Desk Of Assemblyman Charles Lavine: August 22, 2013

Written by Charles Lavine Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00


Starting on August 27, the most revolutionary aspect of New York State’s Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing – what we call I-STOP – provisions will be implemented.

The country’s first real-time prescription drug database, known as the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry, is set to be up and running.

While some provisions of the I-STOP law designed to reduce incidents of abuse and misuse of highly addictive prescription medications were instituted on the heels of the laws adoption in 2012, the PMP Registry database will provide up-to-date information for practitioners to review when researching a patient’s prescription history.


Letter: What’s the August 20 Vote All About?

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

On August 20th the Town of Oyster Bay (the “Town”) is asking you to decide whether it should sell a 54-acre parcel currently used by the Department of Public Works (the “DPW Parcel”). The driving force behind the sale would be to decrease the Town’s debt in order to prevent a downgrade in the Town’s Bond rating.  

The influx of cash from the sale (approximately $32 million dollars) will be a temporary alleviation of the Town’s fiscal problems.


Letter: Vote ‘Yes’ On August 20

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

I urge everyone to get out and vote “YES” on the special Town of Oyster Bay referendum that is being held on Tuesday, August 20th.

I have lived in the Plainview-Old Bethpage community since 1969.  My kids went through the POB Schools and now my grandchildren are doing so as well.


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.


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