Nassau County Administrative Judge Anthony Marano announced the appointment of the Hon. David W. McAndrews as Judge of the Nassau County District Court.
“Judge McAndrews is a highly respected member of the legal community,” said Judge Anthony Marano. “He is a person of unquestionable integrity and brings a wealth of knowledge regarding all areas of the law. His extensive experience in criminal prosecution, law enforcement, and criminal defense litigation affords him the unique opportunity to serve the residents of Nassau County.”
According to Nassau County Police, on June 16 at approximately 1:30 a.m. near Nassau University Medical Center’s west entrance, Kim Wolfe, a Nassau Corrections officer from North Babylon, shot Stacie Williams, a 45-year-old Hempstead resident working the night shift in the maternity ward. Police were called when a hospital security guard observed the nurse lying on the ground. Williams was rushed to the emergency room where she was pronounced dead at 2:05 a.m., police stated.
On June 3, a little over two hours yielded a significant amount of progress at the Westbury Board of Trustees meeting.
The first order of business was the approval of a special use permit for the new Dunkin’ Donuts store located at 467C Old Country Road in Westbury. The permit will allow extended hours of operation for the business (open 24 hours a day) as long as the following conditions are met: delivery trucks are only allowed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., garbage trucks must only operate between the same hours but never on weekends, regular inspection of the parking lot to ensure cleanliness, an annual renewal application for the special use permit and a posted sign stating patrons must be considerate of noise after 10 p.m. The Dunkin’ Donuts agreed to the terms in order to comply with the town’s wishes of decreasing residential traffic and not posing a negative impact on the adjacent residents of Rockaway Avenue.
Eleven-year-old Michael Taylor, a student at Bowling Green Middle School, is on the fast-track to success as he prepares to fly to Los Angeles on June 25 for a national academic competition.
Michael is partially blind, and as a finalist for the second time in the National Braille Challenge, he has never let his impairment slow him down.
On Friday, May 28, the Village of Westbury Building Department, accompanied by the Nassau County Police Department, executed a search warrant with respect to alleged multiple code violations in a central Westbury area home.
The home had been the target of previous village enforcement action. One man believed to be the owner of the property, according to police, was the subject of an open arrest warrant associated with past village housing violations; he was arrested and issued an appearance ticket.
On June 2, the Carle Place School Board announced that Superintendent W. Michael Mahoney will retire on Sept. 20, and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel David J. Flatley, of Levittown, will be the next superintendent of schools.
On May 25, a declaration was made by members of the Westbury Board of Education to remove trustees Dr. Pless Dickerson, Floyd Ewing and Larry “Chip” Zaino, Sr. The three trustees were sent letters the following morning informing them that their seats were considered “vacated” on the grounds that they missed too many meetings.
According to School Law, a book published by the New York State School Boards and Bar associations, a vacancy can be declared if “the record clearly shows that a board member has failed to attend three successive meetings and has no sufficient excuse for the absences.”
Westbury Village is asking the Nassau County Association for the Help of Retarded Citizens (AHRC) to look elsewhere when it comes to operating another community residence for children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
Earlier this year, AHRC, a non-profit organization, entered into a contract to purchase a home on Rugby Road for the intention of operating a community residence. While sympathetic to the needs of the AHRC client population, as well as the services the agency provides, Westbury officials believe the village has “done its share to be welcoming and accommodating to persons with these and similar needs…” when compared to some neighboring communities.
A Hempstead man driving without a license was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that occurred May 19 on Old Country Road in Carle Place. Police allege that Elias Garcia, 26, an undocumented citizen from Guatemala, was the driver of a Toyota Camry that struck and seriously injured four teenage girls and then left the scene.
On Super Tuesday, 10 proposed 2010-2011 school district budgets across Long Island were rejected. While residents of Carle Place and East Meadow voted in favor of their district’s spending plans, the residents of Westbury turned down the proposed budget.
The results of the May 18 school budget vote and board of education elections are as follows:
Residents of the Carle Place School District voted 822 to 518 in favor of the $44,646,051 spending plan for 2010-2011.
In the race for school board trustee, Lawrence F. Zaino, Jr., who sought re-election unopposed, received 1,055 votes while two write-in candidates, Joanne Polumbo and Randall Mark, received one vote apiece.
In the East Meadow School District, residents voted 2,429 to 1,611 in favor of $178,184,341 spending plan for 2010-2011.
In the race for school board, the results are as follows: Jeffrey Rosenking received 1,886, defeating incumbent Abby Rothchild-Kaplan, who received 1,536; Joseph Parisi, who sought re-election unopposed, received 2,319 votes; Marcee Rubinstein, running unopposed, was re-elected with 2,090 votes. With 2,002 votes, Corey Fanelli defeated Steven Jacobs who received 1,353; and Joseph Danenza received 1,773 votes, defeating Robert Kuschner, who received 1,711. Fanelli and Danenza were both sworn-in following the vote.
The East Meadow Public Library’s 2010-2011 budget was also approved 2,416 to 1,516. Additionally, Ellen Matichek, who sought re-election unopposed to the library’s board, received 2,166 votes.
For the fifth time in eight years, residents of Westbury rejected the school district’s spending plan on Super Tuesday. A total of 838 residents voted against the district’s proposed $106,215,920 budget for 2010-2011 while 772 residents supported it.
At press time Monday, Karin Campbell, president of the seven-member board, said a decision as to whether or not it would be the same proposed budget up for a revote, revise it and put it up again, or operate under the contingency plan of $105,287,370 had not been reached.
The deadline for the board to render a decision is June 1 – 14 days prior to the statewide revote date of June 15.
In the race for school board, seven people were vying for three at-large seats. Rodney Caines, Leslie Davis and Siela Bynoe were elected to the board, defeating Rod Bailey, Pablo Sinclair, Stan Ercolano and incumbent Larry Wornum. Vote totals are as follows: Caines, 1,036; Davis, 979; Bynoe, 901; Bailey, 844; Wornum, 785; Ercolano, 730; and Sinclair, 373. Trustee terms are three years running from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2013.
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