Several years ago Jane Modoono and I both visited a new engineering school, Olin, just outside of Boston. Besides the innovative curriculum, which was being assisted by some of the nation’s most prestigious science and engineering universities such as MIT, Olin was also intriguing because it offered all students four years of free tuition. Given the unique nature of the college we did not feel that it was an option which would work for all students. It was however, one which many of our students may not have known about.
Last week, I broke from my conference and voted against S.5661, the so-called consolidation legislation, because I believe it was not in the best interests of the residents of the 7th Senate District.
While I am in favor of empowering residents to determine their own future, I believe that many parts of this measure are fundamentally flawed and contain too many pitfalls. Taken as a sum of its parts, it is my belief that this legislation will inflict harm on our communities.
Healthcare issues have always been at the forefront of my policy initiatives, both as County Comptroller and during the 35 years spent in the healthcare field. Throughout my two terms, I have been a squeaky wheel when it comes to finding ways to trim the escalating costs of Nassau County’s health benefits. Several years ago I persuaded the County Legislature to eliminate the practice of offering two family health benefit policies to one family, to lengthen the number of years of employment required to vest lifetime retiree health benefits and to increase the health benefit buy back amount to encourage employees with other coverage options to drop County health benefits.
1. Learn everything you can about the Internet and what your kids are doing online. Talk to them about the places they go online and the activities that they are involved in. Be aware of what your kids are posting on websites, including their own personal home pages.
Over the next two weeks, I would like to share some tips for parents and students on cyber-bullying. These came to us from the Nassau County Police Department via a Herricks PTA officer. They are good, common sense suggestions.
New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson called for the passage of important legislation that will enable concerned parents and residents to receive instant email alerts every time a sex offender moves into their zip code.
“Ever parent would want to know if a danger lurks in their neighborhood,” Senator Johnson said. “This commonsense measure will use existing technology to enhance our current system and proactively alert residents when a dangerous sexual predator moves into their community.”
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, a member of the Assembly’s Committee on Veterans Affairs, is asking constituents to pause for a moment during their Memorial Day celebrations to remember the many men and women who have lost their lives during conflicts both past and present.
“The article, “Senator Johnson Does an About Face” (The Roslyn News; May 14) had me shaking my head. Mr. Johnson is making a habit of failing his constituents when they need him most. When Albany tries to stick it to Long Island with fare hikes and commuter taxes, isn’t he supposed to step in and protect us? Instead, he “joins the party,” sees it as an opportunity to ask “what’s in it for me?” and tries to cut himself in. A May 5, 2009 Newsday article reports, “Since Democrats took control of the Senate in January, Johnson has pushed for an appointment to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Capital Program Review Board … (his) last-minute support of an MTA bailout could land him a spot on (the) powerful board that screens mass-transit construction projects.”
At least this time, we know why he sold us out.
I have had children in the Roslyn schools for the past 15 years and have been active in PTA and CCPA throughout that time. As a parent, I value the importance of high quality academics along with extracurricular activities that enable our students to grow in ways beyond what they can accomplish in the classroom. Dani, David and Ron have been strong supporters of the type of experiences that make our district special, from sports to music to theater, mock trial, art and science clubs, community service and anti-bias groups and more. These activities provide for the needs of students with all types of skills and interests.
A strong school district will always be a leading factor
in choosing a community you live in. I always believed if you are interested in moving into a community attend a board of education meeting first before you move in. The board of education makes decisions that have an immediate and long term impact upon the education and welfare of all the children and residents in our community. As a parent with children in the Roslyn School District it is our children and their education that takes center stage for approximately the first 22 years of their life. Finding a candidate that has high integrity, high intelligence and superb negotiation and communication skills is exactly who we need sitting on the Roslyn School District Board of Education. This candidate is Adam Haber.
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