U.S. District Court Justice Sandra J. Feuerstein has scheduled Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin’s trial for Oct. 19. Corbin’s attorney, Thomas Liotti, however, is seeking to push the trial date back to December so that his client, who represents the county’s 2nd Legislative District, may concentrate on his bid for re-election in November; a Democratic primary comprised of as many as four candidates (Corbin, Gregory Lewis, Pablo Sinclair and, possibly, current North Hempstead Town Councilman Robert Troiano), is also scheduled to take place Sept. 15. Corbin was arrested in May on charges that he evaded income taxes totaling some $226,000 he received from a developer. He was indicted on four felony counts – three fraud counts (for allegedly filing false federal income taxes for 2005, 2006 and 2007) and one count of lying to federal agents.
Gary Alt has a lifelong love for music and credits an array of artists for his own success as a musician, composer and songwriter. The Westbury native recently set out to pay homage to those artists in a 2-disc CD fittingly titled Tribute.
Alt released Tribute, which consists of only original songs he himself wrote, in December 2008 and the compilation recognizes the works of 31 artists, including, but not limited to, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, The Temptations, The Allman Brothers, Paul Simon, Chuck Berry, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Frank Zappa and Elvis Costello.
Keith Hernandez held a book signing June 27 at Borders of Westbury and hundreds of baseball fans had an opportunity to receive autographed copies of the former first baseman’s new book, Shea Good-Bye: The Untold Inside Story of the Historic 2008 Season. Hernandez also took some time out before the signing to speak with Anton Community Newspapers about his years in Flushing and the demolition of Shea Stadium.
Westbury Village Mayor Peter I. Cavallaro announced that he has selected Beaumont Jefferson to fill the board vacancy created when he was elected mayor in April of this year.
“My main criteria for filling this important position was to find the best possible candidate who shares our vision for Westbury’s future, and someone who is truly dedicated to the village and our residents,” said Cavallaro. “Beaumont Jefferson has shown himself to be an outstanding community leader. He has proven, through his service in leadership positions within the community, that he is committed to making sure that the needs of Westbury and our residents are met.”
For many, Memorial Day evokes happy images of cheering citizens and fluttering flags massed along the route of a community parade, followed often by a barbequed meal of classic American fare being shared with family and friends in a sunny backyard setting. The holiday’s very atmosphere invariably seems to reinvigorate entire communities with a healthy dose of patriotism. Yet there is another essential ingredient of this cherished observance, albeit largely as a force that works behind the scenes, which has certainly made its munificent presence felt in Westbury throughout the years: the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
On June 19, Rocco Lanzilotta filed a Notice of Petition against the board and district superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead requesting two of the candidates be removed from the ballot on the grounds that their candidacy is a violation of New York State Education Law.
According to the indictment, Corbin, 62, is charged with three counts of fraud for allegedly filing false federal income taxes for years 2005, 2006 and 2007 and one count of lying to federal agents. The Westbury legislator was arrested May 6 following a federal complaint that he evaded taxes on some $226,000 received over the aforementioned years from a New Cassel housing project developer and lied to special agents from Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service when questioned about the monies.
The second board of education election in as many months will take place Tuesday, June 23 in the Westbury School District in an effort to fill two vacant seats.
Elections on the Westbury Board of Education are at-large and, in 2008, Adelaide Brinson and Laura Pierce received the two highest vote totals, but candidate Rocco Lanzilotta, who lost by 10 votes waged a lawsuit against the district. In March, New York State Education Commissioner Richard Mills ruled in Lanzilotta’s favor, overturning the 2008 trustee vote. As a result, both Brinson and Pierce were removed as school board trustees.
In March, Westbury resident Linda J. Williams, a certified etiquette consultant, published her first book, Church Etiquette: A Handbook for Manners and Appropriate Behavior in Church. According to amazon.com, the 80-page handbook is geared at helping “leaders and members of houses of worship understand and implement appropriate rules of behavior during services and other activities.”
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