The September primary for the Democratic County Executive’s race is fast approaching. There is a lot at stake for Long Island. The county is in a fiscal crisis, our property taxes are among the highest in the nation and our public schools are facing enormous challenges in the wake of Governor Cuomo’s tax cap. It is crucial that our next county executive be equipped to handle these and many other issues that are affecting the quality of life for many Long Islanders.
As 20-year Roslyn residents we’ve watched our schools rise from the disgrace and ridicule of the largest school theft in national history to the most fiscally sound district in Nassau County. Adam Haber has served at the vanguard of this change.
I recently read the article, “Where to Find Horseback Riding on Long Island,” in the July 3 - July 9 issue. I wanted to let you know that LIU Post in Brookville has the North Shore Equestrian Center, one of the oldest facilities of its kind on Long Island. The equestrian center is open to both students and any L.I. resident who wants take horseback riding lessons. LIU Post also has a student equestrian team. You can find more information on the North Shore Equestrian Center at www.northshoreequestriancenter.com
Many dog owners are completely unaware of the impact of not picking up after their pet. Some common misconceptions from pet owners are: It’s completely natural and leaving it on the ground to decompose is fine if it’s left where someone can’t step in it.
Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) joined colleagues in the Assembly this week voting to add cannabinoid compounds to the Schedule I list of controlled substances now being sold under such names as Spice or K2. The legislation makes possession with intent to sell synthetic cannabinoid compounds a crime punishable by up to wseven years in jail.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel recently met with several members of the Greater Nassau County Chamber of Commerce and representatives from Empire State Development to discuss various financial issues facing small businesses. One issue discussed at the meeting was creating a new category of small businesses under state law called Main Street Business. Currently under state law, a small business is defined as a business with one hundred employees or less. However, many businesses located near downtowns, contain twenty employees or less. These businesses, located in a two-mile radius of a community’s downtown, are not able to access the amount of capital needed to flourish. This capital could be used for new equipment, renovations, and repairs.
I’m proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous movies and TV shows, including Citizen Kane, Annie Hall, and the hit television series Boardwalk Empire. It’s even the setting for The Great Gatsby. Shamefully, it’s also now the location for a show whose characters are disgraceful, misleading, and fuel anti-Semitic stereotypes: Princesses: Long Island.
Full disclosure: I kind of enjoy reality TV. Storage Wars and Pawn Stars are among my guilty pleasures. So the idea of watching a reality show taking place in my own backyard wasn’t so far-fetched. I knew little about the show before sitting down to watch the season premiere.
Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to the June 4 announcement from District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office about prostitution arrests within Nassau County, which appeared in the June 7 and June 14 editions of Anton Community Newspapers.
The only thing wrong with Kathleen Rice’s public display of the 104 men arrested for illegally patronizing prostitutes in a police sting was the absence of “Client number 105,” former Governor Eliot Spitzer! When he committed a similar crime, he was not sent to jail or fined, even though people working for his house of prostitution were. That was patently unfair, especially since prostitution (the supply) would not exist if there were no (male) demand.
I agree with John Owens’ article, “School: Testing Mania Has Gone Too Far” [Anton Newspapers, June 21]. Continuous testing is turning off both students and teachers. Go back to basic goals: an informed citizenry with a moral compass and a skills oriented curriculum like BOCES offers. Then those who are truly academic will opt for college and those who aren’t will be our hairdressers, sales people, plumbers, electricians, etc.
Last week my office released the County’s 2012 year-end unaudited fiscal results and reported that the County is expected to end with a budgetary surplus of $41.6 million. The audited results are expected to be released by June 30, 2013. These results include $9.7 million in unanticipated costs representing the County’s 10% portion of Superstorm Sandy related expenditures. The surplus will now go to replenishing our reserve fund, which will increase to approximately $82 million.
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