(This is a letter from NYS Governor David A. Paterson to all residents of the State.)
This is a winter of reckoning. And I write to you today not only about the state of our State, but also the state of our self-government – a fragile instrument of popular will that is breaking under the will to be popular.
All too often in Albany it is easier to deny reality and demand what we cannot afford than to accept that years of living on the margins of our means would one day have to end. Cultures of addiction to spending, power or approval have doomed empires, and now they threaten the Empire State.
Laborers Local 66 is currently protesting in front of Holy Rood Cemetery and have their usual inflatable enormous rat right across from the entrance so that those visiting loved ones buried there can see this pathetic little demonstration as they enter and leave.
I am not a bit surprised by the arrogance displayed by the union official who made the decision to put a rat balloon in front of a Catholic cemetery around Christmas time. It is consistent with the thuggish behavior that I have seen union leaders demonstrate in the past. If union bosses want to reinforce their image, which is that of goons and thugs who use intimidation and threats instead of honest debate and discussion, then I think they should continue to protest at the cemetery.
As time goes on, the impression Americans have of union leadership will get lower and lower, and the number of people who respect them and listen to them will continue to approach zero.
James J. Di Maio, MD
Managed care is fast becoming the health care delivery system of choice for tens of millions of Americans. Greater oversight and regulation has become necessary to ensure that consumers and providers alike are protected. In the 1990s, New York established new guidelines and requirements; however, as the system has since evolved, so must the regulatory process. For these reasons, the Assembly passed a law that I supported, effective Jan. 1, that will further bolster protections, expand consumer access and guarantee timely payment to providers (Ch. 237 of 2009).
New York’s Managed Care Reform Act, enacted in 1996, instituted standards for all managed-care plans, standardized grievance and appeals procedures, and established requirements for providing all enrollees and potential enrollees with detailed descriptions of a managed-care plan’s benefits and coverage. In 2007, further protections were put in place, including the right to appeal out-of-network denials, limitations on when claims for pre-authorized services may be denied, and a required cooling-off period for terminations of contracts between hospitals and insurers or HMOs. While these reforms went a long way toward strengthening a rapidly expanding system, the Assembly recognized more improvements were needed.
New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (R-East Meadow), in conjunction with Long Island Blood Services, will sponsor a blood drive on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 2:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the Carle Place Fire Department, 460 Broadway.
Donors must have a valid I.D., weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 16 years of age (16 year olds need parental consent, and those 76 years of age and older need a doctor’s note), eat well and be hydrated prior to appointment, and not have gotten a tattoo within past 12 months (unless applied in New Jersey). Call 1-800-688-0900 for further questions regarding medical eligibility.
Landmark legislation that protects homeowners and communities from the ongoing foreclosure crisis has been signed into law, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced.
“This measure not only assists homeowners against unscrupulous lenders and uncooperative banks, but just as importantly, it helps protect their neighbors and neighborhoods from the ripple effects of a foreclosure crisis that they had no direct involvement with,” Johnson said.
The legislation, many aspects of which originated in the Senate, puts into place tough new provisions that:
Safeguards Homeowners: Requires that lenders and mortgage servicers provide a foreclosure notice to all distressed borrowers at least 90 days before any legal action is taken.
Reminder: Deadline to File Tax Exemptions
Is Fast Approaching
One way to help cut household costs is to make sure that you are receiving all possible property tax exemptions to help minimize your household tax burden. The deadline to file property tax exemption applications is approaching. All applications must be returned to the Nassau County Department of Assessment on or by Jan. 4, 2010.
Basic STAR is the New York State School Tax Relief program that provides an exemption from school property taxes for owner-occupied, primary residences. All homeowners, regardless of age or income may apply for the Basic STAR Exemption. Call 571-1500 or visit www.nassaucountyny.gov for an application today.
“Tis the Season” has an entirely different meaning for victims/survivors of drunk-driving crashes.
Traditionally a time of celebration, the holidays may be exceptionally hard for families who have endured the devastating effect of a drunk-driving crash. Their coping skills may be tested and the need for additional support is crucial.
During times of crisis such as a drunk-driving crash, individuals often do not know where to turn for additional support and guidance. Mothers Against Drunk Driving Long Island (MADD LI) has many services available.
If you or someone you know is a victim of a drunk-driving crash, please contact MADD LI so that we can of assistance.
The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.
MADD LI offers a variety of services at no charge to victims of drunk-driving crashes, including literature, guidance through the legal system, peer support, court accompaniment, victim support groups, assistance with the crime victim’s compensation process and referrals to support services.
Please contact MADD LI at (631) 547-6233 or for more information visit our website at www.LongIslandMADD.org.
We wish you a safe holiday season.
Victim Advocate, MADD LI
I want to take this opportunity to wish each resident of the village and their families a very happy and holy holiday season.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or are of any other faith or tradition, the holidays are a time to reflect on the many blessings that we enjoy, both personally by ourselves and our families but also collectively as a community.
Stay Alert While Holiday Shopping
Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin (D-Westbury) advises residents to protect themselves while holiday shopping keeping in mind to stay alert.
“Holiday shopping should be fun; not a time when you become a victim,” Corbin said. “By following a few simple precautions you can protect yourself from thieves and carjackers.”
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