This past week, my office received a phone call at 1:23 a.m. from an organizer at MoveOn.org who threatened to oust me from office unless I embrace a bill calling for taxpayer funding of political campaigns. The call came as no surprise as people who call empty offices in the dead of night have no real intention of entering into meaningful discussion.
We did it again, but not without your support. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who re-elected us to the school board on May 21, 2013. We appreciate your confidence in us to move our district forward toward excellence. We hope to earn the confidence of voters who chose to support other candidates by working in the best interests of everyone in our community.
I understand that several members of the community were dismayed that there was no Memorial Day Parade in Westbury this year. I share those concerns, but it is necessary for me to set the record straight.
There were 71 communities throughout Long Island that scheduled Memorial Day Parades on Sunday and Monday, May 29 or May 30. They have taken the time to reach out to community organizations to participate in what has become a traditional event to honor our Veterans. My father and my father-in-law are both Veterans from World War II. I have lived in Westbury all my life, and from my early childhood, I have been present for the Westbury Village Memorial Day Parades.
This May marks the 50th anniversary of Older Americans’ Month. It recognizes the valuable contributions senior citizens make to our communities. With so many older Americans under economic assault, we need to take action so this anniversary is more than just another ‘Hallmark’ holiday.
In my working years, I and tens of millions of Americans like me accepted lower pay and less vacation in exchange for pensions and retirement health benefit guarantees. Pay we didn’t receive then was to fund benefits when we got older. Instead, over ten million American retirees are experiencing the cancellation or significant erosion of once-guaranteed benefits.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to restructure the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) would take giant steps forward in improving the quality of life for every Long Islander.
The impacts of recent weather events and Superstorm Sandy are still being felt throughout Long Island. Restructuring of LIPA will allow for quicker responses in times of need. It will ensure that all communities get the service they deserve, including restoring power more efficiently and in a timely manner. Restructuring LIPA will allow for more accountability and we hope it will provide opportunities to expand renewable energy options in the future, helping build a cleaner, healthier future.
There are some events in the news that are easy to track and follow what’s going on, for example, the NBA playoffs, or The Voice.
And then there are the debates in Washington. By the time the legislative maneuvering is underway and the rhetoric is streaming from both sides, it can be hard to figure out what’s happening, why it’s happening, who benefits from what’s happening, and whether what’s happening will be of any use.
But here’s one thing that should be clear to all of us: immigration reform will save us all money. Let me repeat that: immigration reform will save us all money.
Every minute, of every hour, of every day, Americans enjoy the blessings of a peace-loving nation; blessings protected by the selfless service of men and women in uniform who, when necessary, stand fast against the forces of fear, tyranny and terrorism. For more than two centuries untold numbers of Americans have answered the call to duty.
When I became a new dad many years ago, I asked a friend whom I admired how to be a good father. Without missing a beat, he responded simply, “Love their mother.”
As husband to a mom of four and son to a mom of five, I live (you can already guess) in a mom-centric zone, and over time that lesson has become abundantly clear to me. So I thought I’d take a break this week from the usual legislative topics and instead reflect upon the powerful love we celebrate in the middle of May each year.
Most of us know that nothing is perfect. This includes government and more specifically, the laws it creates. Every elected official comes to this realization sooner or later, even if they don’t have the guts to tell you so. You could take any law on any given issue and there will always be pros and cons. What may be perfectly fair and just to some, may leave others feeling nothing but the negative impacts.
Yet there are plenty of people who believe that some form of utopian government can be achieved in which all of our most complex problems can be resolved through legislation and unfortunately, there are plenty of politicians who see no advantage in disagreeing.
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