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.
Did you think the local newspaper industry was dead or dying? According to a recent study and New York Press Association (NYPA) campaign, your community weekly newspaper actually remains a primary way for people to get information that is important to them.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano was host last week to the publishers of Nassau’s local newspapers as he and NYPA Executive Director Michelle K. Rea celebrated the key role these papers maintain in the community and to acknowledge that the community newspaper industry is thriving - continuing to provide both an important source of employment and a major tax base throughout the state.
“Is Albany working for you?” asked New York State Assemblyman Minority Leader Brian Kolb (129th A.D.) to those gathered for a town hall meeting last week. “Is the New York State government working for you?”
The response from an audience of about 50 gathered at the Hicksville Knights of Columbus was silence; not a single person raised their hand.
Voting on the Carle Place School District’s proposed 2010-2011 spending plan will take place Tuesday, May 18. At this time, residents will have the opportunity to vote for or against the district’s proposed $44.6 million spending plan (Proposition #1) and vote to elect a school board trustee.
Information on May 18 election is as follows:
Residents of the Westbury School District will take to the polls May 18 to vote for or against the district’s proposed $106,215,920 budget for 2010-2011. The proposed spending plan represents an additional $ 2,590,632 or 2.5 percent budget-to-budget increase over the current year’s approved spending plan of 103,625,288.
Westbury’s 2010-2011 proposed spending plan is broken into three components: Administrative: $9,688,100 (9 percent); Program: $85,149,151 (80 percent); and Capital: $11,380,669 (11 percent). According to district officials, enrollment for the upcoming school year is expected to increase by 133 students from 4,359 to 4,492.
On April 15, Arthur A. Gianelli, president and CEO of NuHealth, held a press conference at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow to announce the issuance of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) with regard to two separate redevelopment projects planned for NuHealth’s campuses in East Meadow and Uniondale.
Through the RFPs, NuHealth is inviting residential developers to submit bids on contractual jobs related to the planned projects.
A judge recently issued a 30-day temporary restraining order against the MTA, regarding cuts to its Able-Ride program and told disability advocacy groups to raise an $80,000 bond to help pay for the service, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs.
Several disability advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the MTA after Able-Ride users were informed of cuts to the program, expected to take place on April 12. On April 9, US District Court Judge Joanna Seybert issued a two-week restraining order on the cuts and asked the MTA and groups to discuss options for those affected.
The Incorporated Village of Westbury’s Board of Trustee adopted its budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 on April 15. The $7,164,177 spending plan is $17,848 less than the current year’s budget.
The 2010-2011 budget contains a residential tax rate of $.00252, representing a 4.8 percent year-to-year increase. As a result, a typical Westbury Village homeowner with an average assessment of $382,318 will pay $963 in 2010-2011 for all village government services, which is an additional $46 more than last year (or $3.84 more per month); the average commercial property owner will pay an additional $202 in 2010-2011 or $16.84 more per month) for all village services.
Westbury resident Chuck Cutolo has recently published his second book of essays. Entitled Parables…And Other Stuff From Life, the 346-page work features almost 50 essays that explore the hopes and fear and insights and continuing questions, which all stem from Cutolo’s personal experiences.
Cutolo grew up in Albertson and East Williston, graduating from Chaminade High School. He went off to major in government at Hamilton College before attending Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. For 17 years, Cutolo worked on Capitol Hill, working as a legislative assistant to Congressmen Lester Wolff (D-NY) and Joseph L. Fisher (D-VA) as well as the Democratic Study Group before embarking on a 12-year career as legislative director to Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), the current chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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