Can we really draw inspiration from a racehorse? In the movie Seabiscuit, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, many people identified with the horse, who had been given up on by many, yet overcame his doubters to rise to the top. Those struggling through the Great Depression felt a connection with the underdog. After Union Rags victory in the Belmont Stakes on June 9, I feel that this colt could be the inspiration for today’s generation.
I didn’t wager on Union Rags in the Belmont. He did carry my hopes and dreams, as well as my two dollars, in the Kentucky Derby but finished a very disappointing seventh. So, when it came to choose a runner to back in the Belmont, my support went to Dullahan. And although I am quite disappointed by Dullahan’s effort in the Belmont, there is still something about Union Rags’ story, and perhaps how he got there that we can find hope in.
This month, Roslyn High School will hold its graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2012. Seniors will be congratulated on their achievements. They will also be receiving plenty of advice, mostly unsolicited. Here’s one more. Most students will be going off to college, new places with numerous amenities, including large libraries, with hundreds of thousands of volumes. Take advantage of those libraries and what they have to offer, namely the world of possibility. Students will also be in a dormitory, with a roommate. Try not to keep a television set in your dorm. Your studies should keep you busy enough. Think of what people can accomplish if they don’t waste their evenings watching television. Consider some famous Americans, who in the age of television, never owned a set: Sam Rayburn, the longest-serving Speaker of the House in American history; T.S. Eliot, the Nobel Prize-winning poet whose works have been translated into 39 languages; William Faulkner, the Nobel Prize-novelist whose works have been translated into 13 languages; plus Wendell Berry, the poet-novelist-essayist who is still going strong into his seventh decade. If you don’t watch television or at least not much of it at night, then 50 or 60 or 70 years from now, you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish in this world.
Legal, financial and Parks Department teams of the Town of North Hempstead are trying to finalize a purchase of what was known as the Roslyn Country Club. If successful, this plan will reopen the facility by next season as Roslyn Park.
Due to a remarkable perfect storm of legal, financial and interest rate developments, this project can be completed at a fraction of its unencumbered value and financed at what are likely record-low interest rates that will not recur in our lifetimes. Home values in Roslyn Country Club and surrounding areas should increase immediately while other areas of the Town of North Hempstead should be positively affected, too. Detractors of the plan, many of whom seem to be political opponents of the administration, have relied on numerous distortions to weave cynical objections to the project.
There have been many false claims made about why this park would be an unsound decision for the town. Apart from the current owner’s original objections to condemnation (can you blame him?), I have not heard one other opposing claim that seems to make sense. The New York Times and The Roslyn News both reported that the owner and the town are close to an agreement for a private sale without a condemnation. If the current owner likes the deal and the town likes the deal, we should ask ourselves who is actually still opposing this, and more importantly, why they are opposing it.
Now Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is taking a go at it, and has charged a commission with increasing efficiencies and improving outcomes at our schools. But if Cuomo’s team focuses on the same old solutions, we can expect the same dismal results. To really make a difference, we need to start thinking outside of the classroom.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County is a non-partisan organization, which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
We are greatly distressed by the actions of the presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature on Monday, May 21, regarding the hearing and sub-sequent unexpected vote on Proposed Local Law No. 2012, “a local law authorizing the County Executive to take any and all actions he deems necessary to create forty-million-dollars saving for the County.”
I’d like to thank Karen Gellender, the writer of the column, “Get the Word Out: Parking in Parking Lots is Cool,” (The Roslyn News, May 17). It was a truly hysterical and yet sad commentary on the busy lives of many individuals.
If there really ever was a public awareness program to teach people that the laws apply to everyone, all the time, I would not hesitate to support it. Heck, I would even donate money towards it.
Throughout my career, both in the public and private sector, I have supported private-public partnership projects that truly benefit the general public and do not rip-off government sponsors, ratepayers or taxpayers.
For instance, in 1996, as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, I initiated what was at that time the largest privatization project in New York public finance history—the $1.2 billion privatization of JFK’s International Arrivals Building. The old I.A.B., which was owned and managed by the Port Authority, was a public embarrassment. The new building, which was built by private developers and is managed by a renowned professional corporation, is a model for airports throughout the nation.
The NIFA board is clearly confused about the potential public-private partnership for Nassau’s sewage treatment plants - which are in a state of disrepair and face fiscal crisis. The public-private partnership is not a loan or borrowing.
I have presented several options to the public to prevent the impending fiscal crisis that NIFA warned the county about in its October 2009 report, which stated the Nassau County Sewer Authority faces financial problems as, ‘…substantially all of the fund balance will be gone and significant tax increases in the fund will be needed.’
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