A 144-acre piece of property, located between Round Swamp Road and Old Country Road in Plainview, has been back in the news lately after a brief absence. Faced with a groundswell of community opposition, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang withdrew his application to rezone the property for an ambitious mixed-use development called “Old Plainview” in 2007, stating that he did not wish to create discord in the community with the controversial plan. Now, in a partnership with The Beechwood Organization, a Jericho-based developer of residential property, the plan may live again- or is it a different plan altogether? With little confirmed information available at this early stage of the project, it’s hard to say.
The Nassau County Legislature continued a hearing on County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s 2011 proposed budget that went on all day Friday, Oct. 29, and late into Saturday night, eventually passing the $2.6 billion plan along party lines with Halloween approaching and opposing lawmakers accusing that the budget’s “no tax increase” label was just a costume.
The candidates forum held by the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 20 was similar to the forum held in Plainview by the League of Women Voters of East Nassau a few weeks ago in several regards: there were many of the same candidates, the tone was often contentious, and the topic of alleged Albany dysfunction accounted for much of the discussion.
Who won last Monday night’s first and only New York gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University? The answer may not be measured in a simple set of poll numbers, but rather in the comedic talents of a zany band of fringe candidates who towed the line between jabs and a few well-rehearsed punch lines.
While most of the political discourse on Long Island this election season has focused on hot topics like cutting taxes and cleaning up government waste and corruption, 2nd District Congressman Steve Israel had a very different set of topics in mind during his Oct. 17 appearance at Jericho Jewish Center: The safety and security of the state of Israel, and decreasing the United States’ dependence on foreign oil. While not everyone present seemed to agree with Israel’s contentions, at the very least, the congressman’s focus on international politics clearly resonated with the audience in the sanctuary that evening.
On Thursday, Oct.14, despite gusty winds and torrential rain, the Jericho Board of Education meeting drew a large number of parents, students, and teachers alike.
In recognition of School Board Recognition Week (October 25-29), Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs personally thanked the board for all their hard work throughout the year. She expressed pride in representing such an outstanding district and assured the board, “None of us takes for granted what the district does for our children. My hat goes off to you. You make it all work. Thank you on behalf of the county legislature.”
“It was great to see how successful our idea was and how many kindergarteners came to Homecoming and showed up smiling at our booth,” said Jericho High School’s Student Council President Zach Leighton. The idea was to give Jericho kindergartners a free Jayhawks souvenir. “Our goal is to foster a sense of community pride and unity among our district’s youngest students,” Leighton continued.
Jeff Blick of Syosset is not planning on beating his time from the 1996 New York City Marathon of 3 hours and 52 minutes when he runs the race again this November. In fact, his time isn’t terribly important, since he’s primarily running to raise $25,000 dollars for pancreatic cancer research- although a time somewhere between four and four and a half hours would be nice, he said.
On Oct. 3, the Jericho Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Fire Prevention Open House. Hundreds of residents attended and learned about fire prevention and what to do in case of an emergency. There were many demonstrations for adults and children including firefighters using the Jaws of Life in a mock auto accident, the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s arson dog, a Nassau County Police aviation unit, a bouncy ride, rides on the fire trucks, opportunities to use a fire hose and lots more. The annual event was a success and a great educational tool for the community.
At the Monday, Oct. 4 “Know Before You Vote” Forum, hosted and moderated by the League of Women Voters, incumbents Carl Marcellino (R-5th SD), Kemp Hannon (R-6th SD), Joseph Saladino (R-12th AD) and Charles Lavine (D-13th AD) had a difficult game to play: blame Albany for high taxes and dysfunctional governance, yet portray their continued presence there as an asset to the Long Island taxpayer. Incumbent Michael Montesano (R-15th AD), only in office since February, had the benefit of being able to present himself as both newcomer and experienced politician. Meanwhile, challengers Larry Silverman (D), Francesca Carlow (D), Leon Hart (D) and Robert Germino (R) could attack the alleged failings of the state government with few reservations.
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