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Letter: LWV Objects to Hub Referendum Vote Date

Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

(This letter was sent to County Executive Edward Mangano and the County Legislature.)

The League of Women Voters of Nassau County strongly objects to the August 1 scheduling of a Nassau County referendum on the proposal to permit the county to borrow up to an additional $400 million for a proposed “Nassau County Hub Area Development” construction project, which would include a new Nassau Coliseum and minor league ballpark. Our reasons include the following:

The cost of doing this as a special election, projected to be approximately $2 million, is not necessary and would come at a time when Nassau County is already experiencing serious financial difficulties. Though the cost would be picked up if the vote is “Yes,” if it is “No,” the voters would have to bear this unnecessary burden. This risk can easily be avoided by scheduling the vote on the same day and on the same ballots as those for the general election in the fall. Most bond issue votes have been done that way in the past.


Letter: ‘Dear Residents Of the Westbury Union Free School District’

Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

Thank you, thank you so very much for defeating the proposed Westbury School District budget on June 21.

You were not persuaded or “taken in” by the School Administration’s annual refrain “the children will suffer” or the baseless excuse that “the test scores remain low because of the immigrant population in our district,” or the financial bugaboo “the district’s bond rating will suffer.”


Letter: ‘Taxpayers Take Another Hit on Police Lab’

Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

I have previously written regarding the Nassau County Police Department Lab and the misconduct of District Attorney Kathleen Rice regarding it.  There is an investigation by the State Inspector General; motions by defendants alleging that they were wrongfully convicted and all of this will be followed by civil lawsuits claiming damages. Clearly the Police Department and District Attorney Kathleen Rice are at fault but so are those who covered up or failed to disclose the problems at the lab and exculpatory evidence. This is a monumental disgrace for this County not easily overcome by band-aid solutions but worse yet is the cost to taxpayers. The latest part of this boondoggle is the County’s retention of outside law firms with political and financial ties to the County Executive to represent those implicated.


Letter: ‘Same Sex Marriages Need an Equal Rights Amendment’

Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

A few years ago, a former mayor in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. was attracting a lot of attention by performing same sex marriages. As a Village Justice and attorney on Long Island where I can perform marriage ceremonies, I had not received any requests to perform same sex marriages but wrote an op-ed column questioning my legal authority to do so. The Attorney General at the time, Elliot Spitzer, then picked up on the topic and wrote an opinion stating that same sex marriages were not legally permitted in the State of New York. According to Mr. Spitzer, it would require a legislative change, which we now have.


Letter: ‘SEPTA Says Thanks’

Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

As a member of the Westbury SEPTA, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who are involved with SEPTA and to all others who bought flowers and helped us reach our goal. The annual flower sale for SEPTA in April was a great success. I also want to say thank you to all the teachers, administrators and friends who bought flowers.


Letter: Nassau’s Mitchel Field Deteriorating

Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

Our Long Island high school athletes in track and field have proven to be among the best in New York State. It is with great disappointment that Nassau County’s Mitchel Athletic Complex, once considered “The World’s Biggest Stage, a showcase for the best competition the world has ever seen…,” [Goodwill Games] has let the field events deteriorate to the point of forcing our high school athletes and other famous high profile meets to seek other venues for their competition.


Mayor’s Corner: June 28, 2011

Written by Peter Cavallaro Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

‘Everyone Likes a Good Party’

Everyone likes a good party; and, with summer coming into full swing, Westbury residents certainly have many good reasons to have parties at their homes, from graduations to the Fourth of July, Labor Day and many other occasions. So, now would be a good time to review the village’s rules and regulations relating to parties. Of course, outdoor parties are permitted, but residents should be aware of and abide by a few simple rules:


Letter: ‘Westbury School District’

Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

Well, we finally finished another school board election with very little negative fanfare. The question that puzzles me is that this is supposed to be a non-paying position. If this is correct then why do we have all of the negative behaviors during recent elections. It is not surprising that none of the candidates are new to this arena. It was difficult to find anyone who would run for the school board. The reasons given for not running are that people do not want to risk having their names degraded or their personal lives exposed with lies and distortion of truths. It is a shame in this great community with concerned residents that not one person was willing to take that chance.


Letter: ‘No Pool Controversy’

Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00
In 1968 I had won a berth to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Long Beach, CA, after winning the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship. I was one of four New Yorkers to qualify and one of two from Long Island. That summer I proposed that the county run a training program at one of its facilities, Cantiague Park. It was a mistake to even try. County officials did not understand the plight of athletes, particularly swimmers who needed two workouts a day in a long course 50-meter pool. The county gave me one lane at night, which I had to set up for myself amidst the frolicking recreation swimmers and without a coach. I should have gone to California where serious swimmers were welcomed. Instead I tried to make a go of it here, alone. You just cannot train for serious competition like that.

Volunteers Save Lives at LI Crisis Center

Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

 You can make a difference in someone’s life! Long Island Crisis Center (LICC), the 24 hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week, suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline, is currently recruiting volunteers to participate in its upcoming Counselor Assistant Training Program. No experience is necessary and the hours are flexible (around-the-clock) to accommodate the individual needs of volunteers.


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