The Syosset Public Library Adult Summer Reading Club concluded its fourth season with a Wrap-Up Party held on Wednesday, August 14th. More than 50 members of the club came out to hear local author Brenda Janowitz speak about her newest novel, Recipe for a Happy Life, which was published in July by St. Martin’s Press. Ms. Janowitz was kind enough to do a short reading of her novel, as well as answer patron questions regarding her books, the writing life and the publishing process.
Brenda Janowitz is also author to two other novels: Scot on the Rocks and Jack with a Twist. All three titles can be found on the shelves at the Library. Ms. Janowitz is currently working on her fourth novel. A release date has yet to be determined.
As a long time Nassau County educator, I’ve seen a lack of interest at best, and some negligence to be sure, regarding fiscal management in some school districts in Nassau. The past County Executive administrations have done nothing to address these issues and have in fact exacerbated the situation by ignoring them.
The Nassau County Legislative Democrats have now twice voted to deny critical funding for the repair of Nassau County’s sewage treatment infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy. To be clear, the actions of the Nassau County Democrats, if left unchallenged, will delay recovery efforts and will place public safety and the environment at risk.
The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves nearly 500,000 Nassau County residents and processes on average 50 million gallons of sewage daily. Flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy devastated this facility, knocking many systems off-line. The damage was so severe that millions of gallons of raw sewage backed up into homes and was released into south shore waters.
A Republican and a Democrat standing together these days is rare. Even though we are from different political parties, partisan politics could not have been further from our minds on October 29, 2012 and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
It was immediately clear that this was not just another storm and that the challenges it placed on our residents and businesses—and on the entire region—were enormous. That’s why President Obama established the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, chaired by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.
Last Monday, the Task Force released its Rebuilding Strategy to help guide federal investment in the region, marking an important new chapter in the region’s rebuilding effort.
What We Don't Need
Like yet another mall, of any size or description, the last thing our community needs is a hotel. There are numerous, well-appointed motels, inns, lodges and other quality accommodations within 15 minutes from the Cerro site and, like most of Nassau’s enormous retail glut, hotels offer mostly lower skilled jobs, while consuming potentially large swaths of valuable acreage. Furthermore, the overabundance of retail, entertainment and hospitality space does nothing to reverse the “brain drain” exodus of well-educated professional young people.
A professional office building would be equally inappropriate, as the area has ample vacant office space. Medical/health care facilities are sufficiently extant, if not abundant, throughout Syosset, Jericho and nearby Plainview and Bethpage. With two major hospitals, hundreds of physicians practicing in dozens of medical office buildings, and an assisted living complex on South Oyster Bay Road in Bethpage, using the Cerro land for those purposes would prove another unwise and redundant choice.
To all of you old-timers, who visit the Hamptons during the summer, the aged Parrish Museum on Jobs Lane in the town of Southhampton was truly a delight. The original museum was founded in 1897. The weathered red brick building certainly gave the museum a feeling of gravitas. The Roman Emperors and their statues in the adjoining garden added to the aura of ancient civilizations, giving a feeling of history to the museum.
In the museum, the exhibitions of Fairfield Porter, Jackson Pollack, Williem de Kooning and others spoke of the times when the Hamptons were the center of art and painting flourishing on the Long Island.
Starting on August 27, the most revolutionary aspect of New York State’s Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing – what we call I-STOP – provisions will be implemented.
The country’s first real-time prescription drug database, known as the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry, is set to be up and running.
While some provisions of the I-STOP law designed to reduce incidents of abuse and misuse of highly addictive prescription medications were instituted on the heels of the laws adoption in 2012, the PMP Registry database will provide up-to-date information for practitioners to review when researching a patient’s prescription history.
I urge you to join with me in voting “YES” on the sale of the Syosset DPW property which is up for a referendum on Tuesday August 20th. I have been against a mall being built on the Cerro Wire property for over twenty years due to the fact that I believe it will lead to serious traffic consequences (there is no easy way to go east when leaving the site) and will have a disastrous impact on our local stores in the area. Progress which leaves destruction in its wake, is not progress.
Please join me and vote “YES.” Selling this additional land will prevent the expansion of any proposed mall. The committed buyers have promised to use the land in a way which will help the community by building senior housing, young adult housing and using smart growth as their guide. The money which the sale will bring will add to our economic stability as a Town and help ease our tax burden.
Judith A. Jacobs, 16th LD
On August 20th the Town of Oyster Bay (the “Town”) is asking you to decide whether it should sell a 54-acre parcel currently used by the Department of Public Works (the “DPW Parcel”). The driving force behind the sale would be to decrease the Town’s debt in order to prevent a downgrade in the Town’s Bond rating.
The influx of cash from the sale (approximately $32 million dollars) will be a temporary alleviation of the Town’s fiscal problems.
Although the Town has deemed the DPW Parcel to be surplus, the Town desires that any sale transaction for the DPW Parcel contains a lease component whereby the Town will lease the DPW Parcel for 5 to 10 years after the actual sale from the purchaser so that the Town may continue to use the DPW Parcel for necessary storage and related operations. Query whether the Town will need to purchase another site to continue such operations upon the expiration of its lease.
This is a revised and updated version of a letter Battaglia had published last month.
I have developed a highly detailed action plan for realizing what must be the two most essential goals of the Syosset-Jericho community and its leadership.
Quoting the Spring 2013 issue “Talk of The Town” newsletter:
“…….the Department [of Economic Development] oversees the preservation and enhancement of the Town’s open space and its natural, historic and cultural resources.”
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