Congratulations and thank you very much Judge Lippman.
Thomas F. Liotti
Founder, Pro Bono Publico Bar
Giving thanks to God for all the beautiful people that made it possible for The Church of the Advent to give out over 60 overflowing Thanksgiving baskets with food to last for a week as well as toothpaste, paper towels and toilet tissue.
I am truly humbled by the generosity of so many people. First and foremost I have to give thanks to God for Ms. Estell Myers, who after giving 110 percent putting the baskets together, went on to serve dinner at Magnolia Gardens on Thanksgiving day for the community. On top of all this, there were doctor’s appointments once or twice a week for her husband.
At last there is breathtaking news that confirms what many have been saying for many years about immigrants. (See Kirk Semple, L.I. Study Rebuts Perceptions on Immigrant Workers, The New York Times, Nov. 18, 2010). A commendable study by Hofstra University has found that:
“The growing immigrant population on Long Island has made a disproportionately large contribution to the region’s economy, with immigrants employed across the spectrum of occupations and more than half of the immigrant labor force holding white-collar jobs, according to a study released on Wednesday.
(Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the following people: Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell, Westbury Superintendent of Schools Constance Clark-Snead and Carle Place Superintendent of Schools David Flatley.)
It has come to my attention from a number of concerned residents, public officials and school officials that there has been a marked increase in the past several months in the number of registered sex offenders that have been placed or directed by the County to the Westbury area, including the unincorporated areas of Carle Place (particularly to the Holiday Inn and Red Roof Inn), which are in very close proximity to the village boundaries and our area parks and schools.
(Attorney General and Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo released this letter on Nov. 17 to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, requesting that the New York State Unified Court System take appropriate steps to ensure that election-related litigation involving three undecided State Senate races be resolved expeditiously and fairly.)
Dear Chief Judge Lippman:
For reasons which follow, I write for the purpose of requesting that the New York State Unified Court System take appropriate steps to ensure that election-related litigation involving the three undecided State Senate races be resolved as expeditiously as possible.
Today, more than two weeks after Election Day, several lawsuits have already been commenced, and numerous courts, election workers and lawyers throughout the State are busily engaged in the process of resolving the elections at issue.
I sincerely thank those individuals who supported me in my run for state assembly. I know they had made significant sacrifices in my efforts to fight the dysfunction in Albany and to promote economic growth in our state. Their labor made my message resonate in our community. Furthermore, I thank the voters of the 13th Assembly District who cast a ballot for me on Election Day. It is not over.
The President’s Bi-Partisan Commission has given us a preview of its soon to be released report on the national debt calling for reductions in spending and taxes. It is a step in the right direction but belt tightening must also begin statewide and locally. Increasing the age for Social Security benefits, reductions in military spending and an end to bail out monies will start the clock. But in addition, statewide, we need to consolidate government, reduce the government work force without reducing key services and expand the work week to six days while at the same time expand both the number of school days and the in-school hours each day in order to compete with students in Asia and elsewhere. Illegal immigrants must be identified and given a path to citizenship. They need to be assimilated and pay income and other taxes. There are approximately 15 million immigrants living and working in this country but in an underground economy where taxes are not paid. We need to develop affordable housing so that people no longer have to reside in dangerous conditions.
I am taking this opportunity to write to you about an important matter to the community that has been the subject of some misinformation lately. That matter is the future of the vacant parcel of land located on Merrick Avenue, which is currently being operated as Friendly Farms.
In 2008, I worked with the Mark family, who had owned the property, to ensure that this property, which is one of the last substantial pieces of vacant land in the community, was protected from imminent development. Under the Nassau County Environmental Bond Act I nominated the parcel for purchase and preservation by the county. I am extremely proud that in my role as both legislator and environmentalist I was able to have this parcel included in the list of properties to be preserved and that it has been purchased and will be preserved from development.
Perhaps it was the double coincidence of the release of the state test scores, and receipt of property tax bills by residents of Westbury that set the stage for the vocally charged and unrelenting questions that characterized the school board action meeting of Oct. 21. Questions ranging from building use policy issues, to unnecessary hiring to justification of the superintendent’s salary and contract extension were posed to the board, and there were also questions as to when the board will begin the process of searching for a new superintendent. This was probably the most vexing matter, which may have been cooled by now since the decision was made by the board to not extend the contract beyond one year for now.
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