The $400 million bond plan to replace the 39-year-old Nassau Coliseum and construct a minor league ballpark at Mitchell Field was spurned by Nassau County residents in public vote on Aug. 1. According to the Nassau County Board of Elections, the margin was 88,389 (57 percent) opposed to 66,829 (43 percent) in favor.
Charles Wang, who bought the New York Islanders 11 years ago for an estimated $190 million, said he was extremely saddened by the outcome.
Proposals anyone? Just one day after residents came to the polls and defeated the $400 million bond to fund the Nassau Coliseum Hub project, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced that he is immediately seeking redevelopment proposals for the 77-acre site surrounding the sports and entertainment arena located in Uniondale.
In order for the county to prepare a Request-For-Proposals (RFP) to redevelop the Coliseum site, Mangano is encouraging any interested parties with privately financed proposals to submit them to the county by Aug. 12, 2011. According to Mangano, the RFPs must address job creation, quality of life and revenue. Although the county said all submissions will be considered, Mangano is seeking development proposals that complement existing recreational, sporting and commercial assets at Eisenhower Park, Mitchel Park and Museum Row.
In college at the University of Maryland, East Birchwood native Jaime Openden had a dilemma. She had always wanted to be a writer, but after seeing Sound and Fury- a documentary film about families with deaf children and the debate over whether or not to give them cochlear implants- she felt herself drawn towards the field of speech-language pathology as well. She eventually earned a graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hunter College and went on to work as a speech-language pathologist at public and private schools in Manhattan, but never completely gave up on her writing plans; now, with her new firm Bignity Ventures, she can pursue both interests and benefit children with special needs at the same time.
“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
In the first of a series of information sessions planned to cover most of Nassau County, county officials held a public forum at the East Meadow Library on Wednesday, June 29 for residents in the Town of Hempstead regarding what is called the “Hub” area.
On hand to discuss the economic development and jobs creation plan for the Coliseum and the surrounding area were Chief Deputy County Executive Robert Walker, County Spokesperson Brian Nevin, and County Director of Governmental Research Eden Laikin.
This winter, the state fiscal watchdog NIFA took over Nassau County’s finances. Now, six months into the “control period” this summer, the authority’s attitude has apparently been heating up to match the seasons.
Meeting July 14 at The Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale, NIFA’s board of directors employed an impatient and chiding tone, delivering a clear message: Nassau County’s efforts to rectify what NIFA considers to be a financial disaster in the making are not good enough.
The July 6 meeting of the Syosset Central School District Board of Education started with a welcome for new trustee Laura Schlesinger, who was sworn into office while her family watched from the audience. After Schlesinger, others recited oaths of office including Dr. Carole G. Hankin (Superintendent), Dr. Marc Herman (board president), April M. Neuendorf (vice president), Francine Benjamin (district clerk) and Sondra Nodiff (district treasurer.)
The reorganizational portion of the meeting also included numerous appointments to legal and accounting positions, and various authorizations and determinations.
Unlike an assisted living facility, Harvest House, directed by the Sisters of St. Dominick and owned by the Emmaus House Foundation, an independent nonprofit, is unique in that it’s a home for well-elders: independent seniors who don’t need the medical attention provided at assisted living facilities, but choose not to live alone. While there are different reasons seniors choose to move to Harvest House, including the death of one’s spouse, what the residents all have in common is that just because they are fully capable of living alone doesn’t mean that they want to.
The warm summer sun heated the day quickly for 275 members of the Jericho High School Class of 2011, their families and friends who gathered together in celebration of the fifty-first annual Commencement on Sunday, June 26. Students, in a sea of blue and gold, entered the auditorium at the Tilles Center to sounds of Pomp and Circumstance promptly at 9 a.m. After senior class president Yi Fan Zhu recited the Pledge and the graduation band played the national anthem, student council president Zachary Leighton welcomed everyone to the day’s festivities.
On Saturday, June 25, Eisenhower Park was packed with visitors as per usual, but not all of them were there just to enjoy the summer sun; hundreds attended the annual ceremony at the Nassau County ‘Walls of Honor’, a monument that honors veterans both living and deceased, where 280 new names were dedicated.
The Walls of Honor, maintained by The Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund Inc., a private organization, are open to all those who have served in the military, regardless of whether they served during wartime or peacetime, or when they served; those currently serving in the armed forces may apply to have their names added as well. Since 1992, names have been added to the wall for the cost of a $100 donation.
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