At the Westbury Village train station there are only two handicap parking spots. Why I ask? There are many handicapped people living in Westbury who need to park their cars at the train station. They, too, take the train. Where are they to park their cars?
It seems to me the Westbury Village mayor does not care. If we have a New York State Handicap Parking Permit, we should be able to park in the train station parking lot. Does the Village of Westbury think there are only two handicap people in Westbury? We need more handicap parking spots in the village and at the train station.
Handicap people speak up! Write your letters to the village mayor. Get more handicap parking spots.
As many are aware Legislator Roger Corbin’s legal troubles have left his future in doubt and have rendered his voice silent. Roger has been a strong advocate for our community but nobody can know for sure if he will be able to continue. The law calls for his automatic removal from elective office if he is found guilty of the charges against him. As he battles these charges, we are left wondering who will take his place, if he is convicted?
According to the Nassau County Charter, the county is required to hold a special election. Under New York State law, the choice of candidates in a special election is left up to the party bosses – not the people. The residents of the 2nd Legislative District deserve the right to choose for themselves.
Hempstead Town is once again holding its “Summer of Love” pet adoption program now until Aug. 22. During this time, the town is waiving a complement of fees at Hempstead Town’s Animal Shelter for pets that are adopted during the summer season. By waiving adoption fees and other charges, residents can experience the joy of pet ownership without the financial burden.
We will be eliminating all adoption fees, including the cost of vaccinations, and all spaying and neutering services as well. Once an animal finds a new home and a loving family, we want to guarantee their safety so we are also micro chipping our pets to provide a free method of identification in the event they are lost.
The special school board election in the Westbury Union Free School District resulted from complaints of irregularities during the 2008 regular election and the removal of two of the winning candidates from the school board following a directive from State Education Commissioner Richard Mills.
This election, and the events that led up to it, was one for the books in a number of ways. For starters, it was a very rare use of such power by the education commissioner, and additionally, the electioneering activities prior to election day on June 23, was a departure from the norm in terms of platform content and delivery.
New York State Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R, C, I – East Meadow) today announced the passage of legislation in the Assembly that will modernize the sex offender registry to provide automatic e-mail notifications to New York state residents whenever a Level 2 or Level 3 sex offender moves into their community.
I would like to thank my wife and son for standing by me for two campaigns! Their patience and support reminds me that success comes with the sacrifice of many who go unrecognized.
As a resident of Old Westbury who happens to be in the Westbury School District, I did not support the recent school budget that was passed. You see, the vote is unfair and perhaps even unethical. The balance of votes is not truly represented since an entire village gets to vote in Westbury as opposed to a few voters in Old Westbury who happen to belong to the district.
Over the past 20 years, I have paid a substantial sum of money into the Westbury Schools through the enormous school tax I pay. And yet, I have never received anything for that money since I never used the school or the bus for that matter. With the amount of taxes I have paid to the Westbury School District I could have bought an entire school as well as a bus company. How unfair is that?
(Editor’s Note: The following letter is in response to Gregory Bennett’s letter that appeared in the June 18, 2009 edition of The Westbury Times.)
In response to concerns from residents in all parts of the village, I and the village board have placed a renewed emphasis on code enforcement efforts. We have done so in order to maintain Westbury’s quality of life, and the safety and attractiveness of our neighborhoods. As most people know, in recent years there has been a proliferation in Nassau County of illegal and unsafe housing, as well as other code violations, that affect the health, safety and attractiveness of our neighborhoods.
New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (R, C, I – East Meadow) would like to inform his constituents about the New York Prescription Saver. This free discount card, which was introduced by the New York State (NYS) Department of Health, can reduce the cost of prescriptions for lower income state residents.
“With the harsh economy that we are all experiencing right now, it is important that my constituents should not have to choose between getting their prescriptions or paying their bills,” said McKevitt.
Recently two code enforcement agents from the Village of Westbury stopped me in front of my residence and asked me if I had 20 people living in my apartment. I permitted them to search my apartment and they determined since I have a single bed I must live alone. They wanted to photograph my apartment, which I would not authorize.
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