I’m like many people in our county who pours over nutrition labels on all the food I buy. I want to know exactly what it is I’m eating, and more importantly, how many calories I’m consuming. As the American Heart Association will tell you, calories “in” should equal calories “out” if you want to maintain your current weight. Our diet should be equivalent to our physical activity. But if we don’t know what we’re eating, how are we to know how many laps to walk around the neighborhood?
Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro’s published comments on the Lighthouse Development Project scheduled to be built on the site that currently houses the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, sheds more light on some of the crucial issues that should be addressed before the decision to build is made.
In a front-page article in the Aug. 20, 2009 edition of The Westbury Times, Cavallaro’s written comments to the Hempstead Town Board reiterated some of the concerns he has publicly expressed at every meeting on the issue that I have heard him speak. Foremost among them is the question of tax equity for the surrounding communities since they will be affected by the impact from increased traffic, etc. One interesting point in Mayor Cavallaro’s comments is that Westbury is not included in the impact study as it stops short at Old Country Road.
I hope this letter finds you all healthy and rejuvenated from a wonderful summer. I would like to congratulate everyone who participated in this year’s Relay for Life for making it a huge success! Together as a community of friends, families and neighbors, we raised a whopping $80,606!
The Relay for Life of Carle Place could not have been possible without the help from some really amazing community/committee members, friends, staff at Carle Place High School, and Lisa Schack, our director from the American Cancer Society (ACS)! This year, it was great to give up some of my responsibilities and have various committee members take them over. Each committee member involved in the planning and execution of the event did a fabulous job! The entire committee was a pleasure to work with and did a great job of keeping in focus of why we put this event together; it would have been impossible without you!
It’s August and summer is quickly coming to a close. With so much to do, keeping up with routine vaccinations can easily be put on the back burner. That’s why August has been named National Immunization Awareness Month, a time to remind people about the benefits of vaccines and to encourage them to remain up to date on immunizations.
New York State Assemblyman Rob Walker (R, C, I, WF – Hicksville) announced that he has introduced legislation in the Assembly that would address the reduction of State Park Police Officers in New York State parks.
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy announced the release of $4.3 million of federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to upgrade approximately 900 traffic signals on Long Island by replacing existing incandescent lights with more energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs to reduce energy use and improve the environment. The project includes installing approximately 250 pedestrian countdown crossing signals at key intersections to improve pedestrian safety.
(Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor and President Barack Obama and is being printed here at the writer’s request.)
Everyone, especially the poor and the middle class, should be grateful to President Barack Obama for his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
The pride that we should feel as a nation in his election and her confirmation shows us that prejudice can be overcome; that merit counts; that good people can rise to the top; that barriers to achievement, such as poverty, can be overcome and our greatness as a country is in showing our tolerance for divergent views and our acceptance of all people as neighbors and friends. The confirmation of Judge Sotomayor is not simply a profound moment for the hardworking Hispanic community and culture that gives so much to our nation, but it speaks to our vibrancy, our vision as a true “melting pot.”
I was very pleased to be among the thousands of judges and lawyers supporting the president and Judge Sotomayor in this confirmation. I was honored to receive the judge’s kind acknowledgment of my support. This is a person who remembers where she came from and the people she met along the way. She brings heart, soul and compassion to the Supreme Court but as the president has so profoundly said, she brings a most important quality, empathy. We have someone on our Court who is truly representative of all the people.
Thomas F. Liotti
Incorporated Village of Westbury
New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), has been officially appointed to serve as the Senate Majority’s appointment to the MTA Capital Program Review Board.
New York State Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove) has announced Assembly passage of a package of bills he supported that will make casting absentee ballots easier for New Yorkers who are living away from their voting districts, whether for work, school or because they are active members of the U.S. military.
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