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Local Community Stands With Israel

LTR_IsraelAOver the last several weeks, the outrage and pain emanating from Jewish communities around the world has affirmed the guiding principle that all Jews are a single family, bound by one heart, with a love for Israel. On Tuesday, July 14, 2014, more than 300 people from local synagogues and the surrounding community came to the Mid-Island Y JCC in prayer to support our brothers and sisters in Israel.

During the one-hour program, local synagogue clergy, Israeli nationals, and others spoke, including, Rick Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of the Mid-Island Y JCC, Richard Bass, JCRC-LI, Cantor Wolk and Rabbi Deborah Bravo. Our community shlichim, Eilon Goldstein and Tomer Weinberger; and Orna and Ronen Neutra and their family lit candles in memory of Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frankel, 16. [Read more...]

From The MTA: When Is Enough Enough?

Unionized Long Island Rail Road workers are the best paid in the nation. On average they make $87,000 a year – that’s 56% more than the average Long Islander. The MTA has offered to up their pay 17%, limit their healthcare contributions to 2%, and continue their already generous pensions. And we found a way to pay for it without raising fares or jeopardizing our long-term capital program by asking for modest changes for workers who haven’t even been hired yet. [Read more...]

Mourning Murdered Israeli Teens

Dear Editor,
As a Zionist Jewish Day School and as members of humanity, we at the Schechter School of Long Island share in the profound sorrow of the Shaar, Frenkel and Yifrach families, whose beautiful sons were cut down before they had a chance to fully live.
May the memories of Gilad, Naftali and Eyal forever be a blessing and may their families never again know such horror and sorrow.
Baruch Dayan Emet,
Ira Balsam, President
Dr. Cindy Dolgin, Head of School

Leave Fireworks To The Professionals

With the Fourth of July approaching, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto is warning residents about the dangers posed by consumer fireworks. The Supervisor is asking everyone to leave fireworks to trained professionals, so the beginning of the summer is both happy and safe.

“Please stay away from consumer fireworks which are extremely dangerous and also illegal in the State of New York,” Supervisor Venditto said. “There’s an expression that goes, ‘Never play with fire,’ but when people use fireworks that’s exactly what they are doing.” [Read more...]

Blood Donations Needed

Dear Editor,
I write to you to address a dire situation that we, as a community, are facing. The New York Blood Center is asking for assistance over the summer to maintain the necessary supply of all blood types, but specifically O-negative.
The summer months pose the greatest difficulty for the Blood Center as they historically see a drop in donations.
I hope this letter serves as a reminder and I urge all residents to continue to help those in need by donating blood. [Read more...]

Drug Abusers Need Treatment

I am a director at Drug Free Long Island, Inc. and Drug Free Massapequa (a volunteer). I am retired after 25 years with Nassau County and 18 years with the Town of Oyster Bay.
At the Town I was deputy town attorney and in charge of employees relations and also drug and alcohol matters. At three separate occasions, we had three individuals with drug and alcohol problems whose situations still haunt me. All three were desperately in need of long term inpatient care, over 30 days. [Read more...]

Senior Identity Protection

I’m writing to inform readers of a simple and effective step we can take to protect our seniors from identity theft — removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.
One in five Americans above the age of 65 fall victim to financial fraud. In New York alone, approximately half a million seniors have been prey for scammers.
While it’s not surprising that criminals target Social Security numbers to steal identities, it is surprising that Social Security numbers continue to be included on Medicare cards, putting millions of New York seniors at risk. [Read more...]

Muttontown Village Elections

Dear Editor,

Peoples Liberty Party Committee is formed to run in the upcoming Muttontown Village Election scheduled for Tuesday June 17, 2014. The election will be held at the Muttontown Village Hall 1 Raz Tafuro Way, Muttontown, NY 11791.

The Peoples Liberty Party Candidates are Pericles “Perry” Linardos for Mayor, a 25 year plus Volunteer and Professional Firefighter / Paramedic, Russell Orenstein for Trustee, business and real estate owner, George Chalos, International Attorney for Trustee, and James Ronaghan for Trustee, former Old Brookville Police Auxiliary and resident. [Read more...]

Syosset Org Files Housing Complaint

ERASE Racism—a civil rights not-for-profit organization based in Syosset — recently submitted a civil rights complaint to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), alleging that Nassau County discriminates against African-Americans and perpetuates racial segregation in the administration of its housing and community development programs. The Complaint identifies violations committed by the County itself, as well as the County’s failure to enforce federal civil rights requirements on members of the Nassau Urban County Consortium.

Each year, the Nassau County Office of Community Development allocates millions of dollars of housing funds to municipalities that are part of the Consortium. In Fiscal Year 2014, the County received $15,734,513 in HUD block grant funds. Acceptance of the funds obligates the County and members of the Consortium to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal Fair Housing Act and the separate obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (“AFFH”). The AFFH obligation requires the County and Consortium members to promote integrated living patterns by overcoming historic patterns of segregation. [Read more...]

Thank You Residents For A More Beautiful Syosset

Syosset’s 72nd Annual Memorial Day Parade was, as always, a fitting honor to our service men and women and an invigorating start to the summer season. As a participant in the event and a lifelong Syosset resident, I’d like to send a special thank you to The RESIDENTS For A More Beautiful Syosset, an organization that does way too much for the community to be overlooked. Weeks before the parade, The RESIDENTS enlisted a team of volunteers to clean out the Memorial Park and plant all the flowers that adorned the park for Monday’s ceremony. [Read more...]