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TAX TALK: An overflow crowd was present at the start of Monday’s Freeport village board meeting. photo by Linda Delmonico Prussen

Village board OKs 4.84% tax increase by Linda Delmonico Prussen The final budget approved by the board for the village of Freeport has a tax levy increase of 2.91%, slightly under the governor’s tax cap of 2.97% for the village, [resulting in a 4.84% tax hike], and it only took till 12:50 a.m. Tuesday to get there. The long, drawn-out and arduous meeting began with bickering between Trustee Robert T. Kennedy and Mayor Andrew Hardwick which continued through the nearly five-and-a-half-hour ordeal. At one point, fairly early on, over a half hour was spent listening to the round-robin arguing from the dais over whether the meeting should progress with the reading of the budget or public comment.

The numbers Budget at 7 p.m. At the last public hearing of the budget on January 7, the mayor presented a proposed a budget that had an increase of just under nine percent. Public outcry ensued and the mayor returned on Monday with a budget that had a tax levy hike of only 2.92%. According to Freeport’s budget

consultant, David Tanner, this translated to a tax rate increase of 4.85%. Mr. Tanner said it would be an increase of about $171 per family per year. A large percentage of the cuts made to that budget centered on part-time salaries of Recreation Center employees and uncollected taxes, taxes that have not been paid, but are owed, to Freeport. One source of revenue the budget raised was Recreation Center fees. Rec Center Director Vicky Dinielli said of the massive cuts to part-time salaries as well as the expected higher revenue, “I can’t see how we’re going to do it.” She explained in order to raise revenue she’d have to grow programs and would be forced to do so with fewer personnel. Mayor Hardwick said he believed it was possible to accomplish. He said while many part-time Recreation Center employees are wonderful, many on the payroll are simply “dozing for dollars.” Trustee Robert Kennedy said the proposed cuts were “not safe” for the village and that he had made his own revisions and wanted to present them in a closed Executive Session. Executive Session was called and what was supposed to be a 10-

minute “break” began. At a little after the half-hour point, Treasurer Ismaela Hernandez emerged from the back room, giving everyone hope that the hearing would resume, but it was only to take Comptroller Steve Lieberman into the “black hole” that claimed the rest of the board for over 40 minutes. As the board returned, without Mr. Tanner and Village Attorney Howard E. Colton, Deputy Mayor Jorge A. Martinez said, “We’re looking to make changes to the budget that share the pain equally.” While Mr. Tanner and Mr. Colton were left behind to crunch numbers, the board continued with public comment. By 11:15, during public comment, even the village clerk’s clock decided it had had enough and ceased working, leaving the clerk to at first use a stop watch on a cell phone to tell people when their time was up, then later a laptop counted down the minutes of each resident’s commentary. While there was standing room only at the start of the meeting, as Monday ended and Tuesday began, some residents did leave. Many left by their own choice and quite a few were escorted out as the arguing on the dais reached out into the audience,

often erupting into angry shouts and nasty comments. One resident said it best when she stated, “This whole night has been a show.”

Budget at midnight The budget presented at midnight had a tax levy of 2.91%, a tax rate of 4.84%. According to Mr. Tanner it worked out to approximately the same of $171 per household annually. Some of the cuts in this second budget of the evening came from part-time salaries in the assessor’s department, law department, recreation department and personnel department. The cuts also came from overtime spent in the police department, safety inspection, parks maintenance, the mayor’s office and recreation department. Other cuts included publicity postage, printing and graphics, uncollected taxes, major medical and social security. Increased revenues for this budget also centered much on increased fees from the recreation center. This second budget for a total of $69,165,916 was passed after being approved by the board and opposed by the mayor.

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by Douglas Finlay “I was numb, it was like being at a funeral,” remarked Kathy Riley of Hubbard Street in Freeport upon returning to her house and witnessing all the silent destruction within. “The walls were destroyed, there was a slick film all over the house and there was seaweed all over,” she vividly remembered. Meanwhile, Henry Endres recalls boats floating down the street and over his four-foot fence into his property. He had water seeping onto the floor of his living room, too, even with his stoop at least five steps high. Once she returned with her husband, “We kept going,” continued Ms. Riley, who spoke with The Leader as she walked her dog. “We needed to do everything while we still had sunlight to clean up the house” and all the damage her property incurred. She was fortunate to be able to get a generator, which helped her save a lot of foods in her refrigerator. “Once we got that generator, it was coffee first,” she said with a laugh. She said the neighbors all plugged into her generator, and before long there were

wires criss-crossing all over the street. “We were all in survival mode, there was the smell of oil and walking around was slick because of the oily film,” she continued. “It was all very emotional.” FEMA walks door-to-door This newspaper joined with Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives as they walked the Freeport neighborhood between Guy Lombardo and Hudson Avenues door-to-door to help anyone who still needed information or any other type of help. Hubbard Street had no fewer than nine personal storage containers in driveways and several dumpsters in the fronts of homes, along with piles of wood, furniture and large garbage bags also stacked curbside in front of the homes. Workers, many with masks over their mouths, moved from home to the street, carting garbage bags. Carpenters were busy entering homes with tools. A corner house was already being rebuilt on the outside. FEMA has been visiting every house in the Freeport community, as well as those in Baldwin and across Long Island’s South Shore communities. Floyd Johnson, community relations manager for FEMA in Nassau County,

told The Leader it’s imperative to walk from door to door after such a devastating storm because “we have to make sure we are reaching every resident we can to help them in any way we can.” This newspaper also walked with FEMA through Freeport neighborhoods after last year’s Hurricane Irene. Mr. Johnson said residents had been displaced, had left their homes and had no place to go, and it was FEMA’s obligation to tell people where they can go to get help. “We are Americans helping other Americans.” With the scope of the catastrophe that Nassau’s South Shore experienced, state and local governments couldn’t take care of all of the work of assisting the thousands of residents who need help, he said. “They can’t do it all, so we are the emergency responders.” He added that FEMA would do a followup canvassing of all neighbors at least once more. “We want to remind residents here that they can still register for individual assistance, for the STEP program and for the TSA program.” He added that he

can’t make residents do these things, only that these programs are available to them to take advantage of. “We also need to any identify issues that haven’t come to light yet,” Mr. Johnson said. FEMA community relations specialist Nancy Brown stood with Joyce Clougher outside her home, asking how she was handling her living conditions, and if she knew of all the programs still available to her.

Water ‘never this high’ “I’ve been here 60 years and I’ve never seen water this high,” Ms. Clougher told Ms. Brown. “I had two feet of water come in the house, and saw boats and cars floating down the street,” she said of her experience staying home as the surge swept through the neighborhood at 10 p.m. at night – in the dark. Asked where she stayed in the ranchstyle home, she answered: “On the couch.” Discussing insurance issues, and what FEMA could help pay for, Ms. Clougher said it still wouldn’t be enough and that she might not be able to stay in the (continued on page 6)

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Friday, February 1 • Talking About Literature, 12 p.m.; ESOL/GED, 9 a.m.; AA, 4:30 p.m. OA, 5:30 p.m.; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, 6:30 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library. • Kids’s Cafe, Friday evening supper for local families in need, 5:15 p.m., ETS Youth Division, 87 Pine Street.

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Saturday, February 2 Cedarmore Corp, 9 a.m.; Eye 2 Eye, 9:30 a.m.; DAR, 12 p.m.; ZETA Phi Sorority-Youth meeting, 2 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library. Sunday, February 3 • Safe boating Class, 1 p.m.; The World According to Woody Guthrie: Nothin’ New, 2:30 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library. Monday, February 4 YA: Junior ` Great Books, 2 p.m.; Celebrate National Hot Tea Month: Tea Lecture & Ceremony, 2:30 p.m, ESOL, 9 a.m.; Athena Club, 12 p.m.; AA, 4:30 p.m.; Toastmasters, 7 p.m.; Chi Eta Phi Sorority, 7 p.m.; Group Meditation, 7:30 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library. Judge Stephen Drummond presiding, 7 p.m., 40 North Ocean Avenue. Court watchers are welcome.

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Tuesday, February 5 • Look, Listen & Learn: A Video Experience, 1 p.m.; Art Lecture: Childfood Joy and the Artists, 2 p.m.; ESOL/GED, 9 a.m.; Audubon Society 7 p.m.; Sterns Park Civic, 7 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library. • Archbishop Molloy Council # 1974, Knights of Columbus, Our Holy Redeemer Church basement. 7:30 p.m.

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Thursday, February 7 • Current Events in Perspective, 1p.m.; CORE 4, 6 p.m.; ESOL/GED, 9 a.m.; OA, 4 p.m.; Delta, 7 p.m.; Friends of Andrew Hardwick, 7 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library • Traffic Safety Commission, 4 p.m. 355 Albany Avenue


by Mark Treske The January 23 Freeport school board meeting at Giblyn School was a bittersweet affair, with much celebration of the district, combined an update on the budget process, with all its attendant travails. Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham, in summarizing last year’s process, said that the district “survived by triumphing,” but he is unsure if the district can do so again this year. It is the second year of a 2% cap on districts’ tax levies. Since some items are excluded, the district’s working estimate is that it has a 3.42% cap for 201314, a figure described by the superintendent as “unrealistic.” Dr. Kuncham then discussed the executive budget issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo the day before, which budgeted $21 billion for school aid, an increase of almost $900 million, or 4.4%, over the previous year. Freeport is slated for an increase in aid of approximately $2.5 million, some of which may be transportation aid. Although the budget is subject to change in the Legislature, Dr. Kuncham described more state aid as unlikely. He also noted that foundation aid is still frozen, as it has been for four years, a situation costing Freeport several million dollars each year. On the expenditure side, Freeport will see increased expenditures in: • Pension costs, although a pension reform proposal being considered in Albany may provide some longer-term relief. • Health care – including expenses

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In other matters, the board: • Established the date for the budget vote as Tuesday, May 21 (the third Tuesday in May, by state law) and scheduled a budget hearing on Wednesday, May 8. • Awarded a contract for $242,335 to Professional Grade Construction Group for the new playground and safety surface at Giblyn School. • Two donations were accepted in the name of Giblyn’s recovery from Sandy: $1,126 from Carle Place High School to replenish supplies lost in the storm; and 250 hardcover and paperback books from Follett Corporation. The next Freeport Board of Education meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Atkinson.

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ZION CATHEDRAL YOUTH: The Cedarmore Corporation of Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ in Freeport hosted a “Parents’ Open House and Overview Breakfast” to showcase the no-cost after-school and summer programs offered to youth at the church. The classes include scholastic skills, entrepreneurship training, basketball and more. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated Bishop Frank O. White, Lady White, program coordinators and student participants.

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SIEMENS SEMIFINALISTS: Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (center) joins with Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby (right) and and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin (left) in congratulating Siemens Westinghouse Competition Semifinalists. Supervisor Murray, Councilwoman Goosby and Receiver of Taxes Clavin presented Town of Hempstead Citations to these extraordinary students from Freeport High School before a recent Town Board meeting. From left, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin; Jessica Ramos of Freeport, Semifinalist; Supervisor Murray; Lee Stetson of Freeport, Semifinalist, and Councilwoman Goosby.

Step competition Freeport Pride, Inc. has announced a “Step Competition,” to be held on March 8 in the gymnasium of Freeport High School at 7:30 p.m. The step competition is an activity of the agency’s Drug Prevention Program. The Drug Prevention Program is designed to lessen the culture of drug abuse in young people. The group does this by creating an environment within the community that discourages drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, and gang violence. The primary activity of the prevention program is the Operation Pride Youth Committee, which runs in collaboration with the Freeport School District. Youth Committee members conduct activities to spread an anti-drug message, often utilizing the arts during assemblies, classroom presentations, community action efforts, and special events. This year the step competi-

tion will showcase eight high school step teams, feature our O.P. Step Off, Strolls, and O.P. Dance Teams. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the Freeport Pride office at 46 Pine Street, Freeport, or at the Main Office of Freeport High School, 50 South Brookside Avenue. For more information you can contact Latoya Lamb or Derrick Dingle at 378-1111 or Latoya.freeportpride@ gmail.com, ddingle@freeportpride.org

Senior events in Freeport The Freeport Recreation Center, 130 East Merrick Road, Freeport, will hold the following upcoming senior events: Wednesday, February 6, listen and dance to the sounds of the “The Golden Tone Orchestra” from 10 a.m.-noon; Wednesday, February 13, swing with your sweetheart at the Valentine’s Dance featuring the sounds of the Golden Tone Orchestra, from 10

a.m.-noon; and Wednesday, February 20, listen and dance to the music of Terry Pearse and Bat Gordon in the Restaurant Lounge, from 10 a.m.-noon.

Concert Dance The Golden Tone Orchestra will present a concert/dance on Wednesday, February 6, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Freeport Recreation Center. This and all performances are open to the public at no charge. Refreshments will be served thanks to sponsors Astoria Federal Savings Bank, Merrick Bagel Café and Love & Quiches. “Golden oldies,” along with show tunes, will be performed for your listening and dancing pleasure. In addition, there will be an additional Valentine’s Day party on Wednesday, February 13. This is a special party hosted, along with all the other performances, by the Freeport Senior Center, also from 10 a.m.


by Arielle Martinez Achievers of New York Tutoring Center, one of the newest businesses to open in Baldwin, held its grand opening on Saturday, January 26. The tutoring center is open to students of all grades from kindergarten through twelfth grade and college. Additionally, the services that are provided by Achievers of New York include foundational skill building, current studies support with homework help, and test prep. The tutoring center is owned by Lori Jones-Dessalines, a Baldwin resident and an adjunct professor at Metropolitan College of New York. She also has had experience as an educational coordinator at Children’s Aid Society. In November of 2003, she founded Achievers of New York, which was originally on Hempstead Turnpike in West Hempstead. “I started looking into the tutoring industry and I saw that there was a need or a niche for math tutoring specifically,” she added. However, because of the economic recession and a drop in the number of enrolled children, the tutoring center was closed down in 2009. Of the reopening in Baldwin, Ms. Jones-Dessalines said, “I decided to face a personal need to open the business back up, and I decided to have it right here in Baldwin.” Ms. Jones-Dessalines is a mother of four, one of whom is autistic. She says that it is her experience with school-aged children, special needs, IEPs, and nonprofit work that allows her to understand the need of the parents who enroll their children in her tutoring programs. “Learning should

really be social and emotional. A person has to look at all the things going on with a student, not just in the classroom, to help them.” According to Ms. Jones-Dessalines, there are several qualities that make Achievers of New York distinctive. “I think that one of the things that is kind of the beauty of the tutoring center is the diversity, the fact that we have students from all over.” At the tutoring center, students are assigned to tutors who hold at minimum a bachelor’s degree and experience in mathematics. The afternoon grand opening started off with a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, which was represented by Co-President Erik Mahler, Secretary Debbie Pugliese, and Director Paul Lizio. Representatives from the offices of Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Legislator Joseph Scannell, and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray were also in attendance. The grand opening had originally been scheduled for November 3, but was postponed due to the aftermath of superstorm Sandy and a fire that damaged Ms. Jones-Dessalines’ house. Achievers of New York is a member of The Education Industry Association, The National Tutoring Association, The American Mathematical Society, The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and The National Council of Teachers of English. Achievers of New York Tutoring Center is at 1082 Grand Avenue in Baldwin. Arielle Martinez is a Baldwin High School senior and an intern at The Leader.

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On Sunday, February 3, 2:30 p.m. come celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birth and enjoy a musical retrospective performed by Dr. Hank Dondero and Professor Wayne Krush.

Art lecture

On Tuesday, February 5, 2 p.m., Evelyn Silver will present a lecture, “Childhood Joy and the Artist.” Throughout various art movements including social realism, cubism, and folk art, artists have depicted children having fun as a common theme. A broad range of artists and movements will be discussed, including African-American and non-Western

artists. Please register for this program at the Reference Desk.

Talking about Literature Talking about Literature is a monthly book discussion series that meets on Friday once a month from noon to 1:30 p.m. You may pick up your copy of the book about four weeks in advance of each program; you must return it on the day of the discussion. Registration is not required; you may attend any or all of the discussions. Bring a brown bag lunch and a friend; dessert and beverage will be served. The book for Friday, February 1 is “Home” by Toni Morrison, led by Caroline Fenyo. It is the story of a Korean War veteran on a quest to save his younger sister.

Disaster recovery center Within in a week of the storm surge FEMA set up a Disaster Recovery Center at the Freeport Recreation Center, and has been there since. Jose Lucca, DRC manager, received this newspaper warmly and spoke of still averaging about 60 residents per day coming to get assistance in filling out the forms. FEMA representatives were acting as residents’ eyes and ears in navigating the seemingly endless procedures necessary to acquire insurance, a place to stay, funds to rebuild. “Fifteen have registered this week already” for individual assistance, he said. He added that many residents return for a second or third time to see what other assistance they are entitled to. “Many of these people still need help,” Mr. Lucca said. “You can see it in their faces.” When asked if residents believe they are

being helped when going through the processes of getting aid, Mr. Lucca said that “they often come in looking down, but once they learn they will get the aid offered, it is a great sense of relief to them.” None of the 10 or so residents waiting to talk with FEMA representatives agreed to talk with The Leader. Mr. Lucca concluded that the recovery center also features counselors on staff to help residents who still feel overwhelmed emotionally about their losses and sudden changes in their lives. FEMA figures ending for last week revealed that 5,160 residents in Freeport had received $24.3 million in individual assistance, while 2,584 residents in Baldwin had received $16 million in individual assistance. In Nassau County, 74,000 registered for individual assistance had received $239.7 million in funding. FEMA has extended the deadline for registering for individual assistance to February 27. Ray Perez, a FEMA community relations specialist, told The Leader that residents are still coming in, and that FEMA officials believe they still haven’t reached everyone they needed to reach yet. FEMA also extended hotel stays up until February 17, so “no one has to check out yet.”

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by Laura Schofer Cold dark water invaded many homes along the South Shore of Long Island, that terrible night last October when superstorm Sandy hit landfall on Long Island. While most of those who live north of Sunrise Highway have moved on, many residents in the more southerly parts of town, are still struggling, not just with the business of rebuilding their homes but with the psychological impacts of a storm that wreaked havoc with their view of the world as a comfortable and safe place. The dream of living on the water had suddenly turned into a nightmare. At the Seaford Library last week, residents gathered to listen to Dr. Robert Motta, a professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Program in School-Community Psychology at Hofstra University, speak about PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), classified as an anxiety disorder that commonly manifests itself after experiencing life threatening events, such as superstorm Sandy. “These life altering events may cause a person to react with fear and anxiety,” explained Dr. Motta. “Many people can put the experience behind them but others get stuck and the images of this event play over and over again.” These images may also show up in nightmares, added Dr Motta. People with PTSD may also suffer from anxiety and depression. “Often they can’t concentrate and are withdrawn; others are jumpy and irritable or

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“I don’t want to talk to anyone about this, if they didn’t live through this,” said another woman. Dr. Motta nodded. “It’s important to talk with people who understand and to share your experiences. You have a place to speak about how unfair it has all been.” “The first two weeks you are in survival mode and then all the other nonsense starts. Every day I am retraumatized. I’m fighting with insurance,” said another resident who is trying to rebuild her home and her life. “The governor [Andrew Cuomo] said he would stand for no nonsense from the insurance companies but it has been very hard,” said one woman. “I paid my flood insurance. I played by the rules and I need that money, now,” said a third woman. “We hear this a lot,” said Rob. “After a trauma your system of beliefs has been shaken,” said Dr. Motta. “The world seems to be an unfair place and no one is playing fair,” he sympathized. “Reach out to your neighbors. Human beings are programmed to help each other. This happened to the community; the community must heal together.”

this, it reduces and takes the sting out of the memories.” Rob Cavera, a doctoral student in psychology who also works at the SchoolCommunity Psychology Center at Hofstra University, spoke about the trauma clinic at the university where individuals are being treated for PTSD brought on by superstorm Sandy. “We have been inundated with cases. We are trying to help people get their lives back on track and help them return to a sense of normalcy,” he said. The service is free for Sandy victims, thanks to a federal grant. Dr. Motta added that “exercise, especially aerobic exercise, is effective in

I hear many people ask: ‘What’s the big deal?’ The John Wayne ideal of being strong and silent in the face of danger may work in Hollywood, but for real folk pushing aside one’s feelings is unhealthy. “Abuse of drugs and alcohol is five times higher than the norm [for those suffering from PTSD],” said Dr. Motta. “People will use these things [drugs and alcohol] to dull their fears; the suicide rate is also very high.”

Any treatment for PTSD? “You must confront the experience,” said Dr. Motta. “Talk to people and share your experience. When you do

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reducing anxiety and depression. There is research that shows exercise causes a growth of nerve cells in the brain,” he said. In a question-and-answer period that followed the presentation, residents briefly spoke about their feelings after the storm. One woman said she not only has to deal with the effects of the storm, but the callousness of people who have not experienced the storm in the same way. “I hear people who live north of Sunrise Highway say, ‘What’s the big deal?’ ” said one woman.

Editor’s note: Residents informally spoke about forming their own group to speak about their experiences, perhaps with the guidance of the trauma clinic at Hofstra. Additionally, the Seaford Public Library will hold another program on PTSD, most likely in March. Call the library for more information at 221-1334.

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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU, CENTRAL MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. AGUSTIN SAENZ, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on July 06, 2012, I the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the CCP (Calendar Control Par t Courtroom) in the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY on February 19, 2013 at 11:30 a.m., premises known as 117 Smith Street, Roosevelt, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, Section 50, Block 311 and Lots 24, 25, 123, 226. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #15378/08. Karen C. Grant, Esq., Referee Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, P.C., 100 Garden City Plaza, Garden City, NY 11530, Attorneys for Plaintiff FL 241 4T 1/17, 24, 31, 2/7 Notice of Sale Supreme Court Nassau PHH Mortgage Corporation vs. Alexander Bienenstock, Sandra Bienenstock; et al Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s): The Law Office of Shapiro, Dicaro & Barak. 250 Mile Crossing Boulevard Suite one Rochester, NY 14624. Pursuant to Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale granted herein on October 26th, 2012, I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Cour troom, 100 Supreme Cour t Drive, Mineola NY, 11501. On Tuesday February 19th, 2013 at 11:30am Premises known as 766 West Broadway Woodmere NY, 11598 SEC: 39 BI: 197 Lots: 73 All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being at Woodmere Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York. Approximate amount of Judgment $313,556.43 Plus interest and cost. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No. 10/006374 Kimberly Lerner Esq., REFEREE The Law Office of Shapiro, Dicaro & Barak. 250 Mile Crossing Boulevard Suite one Rochester, NY 14624 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff FL 243 4T 1/17, 24, 31, 2/7 NOTICE OF SALE

SUPREME COURT: NASSAU COUNTY. BOARD OF MANAGERS OF WHARFSIDE CONDOMINIUM, Pltf. vs. STEPHANIE DORMEVILLE, et al, Defts. Index #11-7063. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale dated Sept. 13, 2012, I will sell at public auction in the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Nassau County Courthouse, 100 Supreme Cour t Dr., Mineola, NY on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:30 a.m., prem. k/a 725 Miller Avenue, Unit 126, Freeport, NY, All that certain piece or parcel or real property, with the improvements therein contained, situate and being a part of a Condominium in the Incorporated Village of Freeport, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, known and designated as Tax Unit No. 126 together with a .4709% undivided interest in the Common Elements of the Condominium hereinafter described as the same as defined in the Declaration of Condominium hereinafter referred to. The real property above described is a Unit shown on the plans of a Condominium prepared and cer tified by Baldwin & Cornelius, P.C. and filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Nassau on the 12th day of Dec. 1985, as Map No. CA 113 defined in the Declaration of Condominium entitled Whar fside Condominium made by Freepor t Nautical Development Company, under Article 9-B of the New York Real Property Law dated May 14, 1985 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Nassau on the 12th day of Dec. 1985 in Liber 9889 of Conveyances at page 313 covering the proper ty therein described. The land area of the proper ty is described as follows. Parcel 1: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and Improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Incorporated Village of Freeport, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, State of New York known and designated as and by Lot Nos. 173-244, both inclusive, on a certain map entitled, “Map of Freeport Beach, Section 1 at Freeport, Long Island, Property of John J. Randall Co., First National Bank Building, 47-51 Railroad Avenue Freeport, Long Island, New York, surveyed October 1924, by Smith & Malcolmson, Freeport, Long Island” and filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of

Nassau on Aug. 27, 1925 as Map No. 572, Case No. 569. Parcel II: All those certain lots, piece or parcels of land, situate, lying and being in the Incorporated Village of Freeport, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, known and designated on a certain map entitled, “Map of Freepor t Beach, Section 1, at Freeport, L.I., property of John J. Randall Company, first National Bank Building, 47-51 Railroad Avenue, Freeport, L.I., New York, surveyed October, 1924 by Smith and Malcolmsori, Inc., Civil Engineer, Freeport, L.I.,” and filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Nassau on Aug. 27, 1925 under the file #572, as and by the Lots No. 283 to 287. Approx. amt. of judgment is $12,460.69 plus costs and interest. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale. JOHN BOKLAK, Referee. JAY L. YACKOW, Attys. for Pltf., 1400 Old Countr y Rd., Westbury, NY. #82222 FL 244 4T 1/17, 24, 31, 2/7 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF NASSAU JOSEPH EHRENREICH, Plaintiff, -againstLINDA MIDDLETON, Defendants. Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly entered 9/14/12, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction IN THE CALENDAR CONTROL PART (CCP) COURTROOM OF THE SUPREME COURT, 100 SUPREME COURT DRIVE, MINEOLA, NY 11501 on FEBRUARY 26, 2013 at 11:30AM, premises known as 491 NEW YORK AVENUE, BALDWIN, NEW YORK 11510. ALL that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, COUNTY OF NASSAU and State of New York. Section 54, Block 010, Lot 171. Approximate amount of lien $68,579.26 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment. Index No. 12003144. BEVERLY BENJAMIN-GEORGE, ESQ., REFEREE. JOSEPH EHRENREICH, ESQ. ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF 366 NORTH BROADWAY, SUITE 410 JERICHO, NY 11753 DATED JANUARY 8, 2013 FL 248 4T 1/24, 31, 2/7, 14 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: NASSAU COUNTY. L&L ASSOCIATES HOLDING CORP., Pltf. vs.

CHARLES F. MOORE, et al, Defts. Index #10-013787. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale dated Mar. 18, 2011, I will sell at public auction on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. in the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Dr., Mineola, NY, prem. k/a District 8, Section 55, Block 336, Lots 60-61. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale. LISA SEGAL POCZIK, Referee. LEVY & LEVY, Attys. for Pltf., 12 Tulip Dr., Great Neck, NY. #82193 FL 249 4T 1/24, 31, 2/7, 14 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: NASSAU COUNTY Wells Fargo Bank, NA as Trustee Under Pooling and Servicing Agreement Dated as of October 1, 2006 Securitized Asset Back Receivables LLC Trust 2006-WM2 Mor tgage Cer tificates, Pass-Through Series 2006-WM2; Plaintiff(s) vs. MICHAEL O’NEAL; KAY POWELL; et al; Defendant(s) Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s): ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 2 Summit Court, Suite 301, Fishkill, New York, 12524, 845.897.1600 Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale granted herein on or about December 11, 2008, I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY 11501. On Februar y 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM Premises known as 3426 Steven Road, Baldwin, NY 11510 Section: 54 Block: 581 Lot: 3 ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being at Baldwin Harbor, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, known and designated as and by Lot No. 3 in Block No. 501 on a certain map entitled, "Map of Oakwood, at Baldwin, Section No. 9, situated at Baldwin Harbor, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, owned by Beverly Manor, In., P.O. Box 225, Baldwin, New York, surveyed by Teas and Steinbrenner, Engineers and Surveyors, 125 Church Street, Malverne, N.Y., and Route 111, Bethpage, N.Y., March 14, 1960", and filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Nassau on November 27, 1961 as Map No. 7516. As more particularly described in the judgment of foreclosure and sale. Sold subject to all of the terms

and conditions contained in said judgment and terms of sale. Approximate amount of judgment $541,046.97 plus interest and costs. INDEX NO. 001044/07 Graham W. Kistler, Esq., REFEREE FL 250 4T 1/24, 31, 2/7, 14 PUBLIC NOTICE OF COUNTY TREASURER’S SALE OF TAX LIENS ON REAL ESTATE Notice is hereby given that I shall on the 19th day of February, 2013 through the 22nd day of February, 2013, beginning at 10:00 o’clock in the morning each day, in the Legislative Chambers, First Floor, Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, New York, sell at public auction the tax liens on certain real estate, unless the owner, mortgagee, occupant of or any other party in interest in such real estate shall have paid to the County Treasurer by February 15th, 2013 the total amount of such unpaid taxes or assessments with the interest, penalties and other expenses and charges against the property. Such tax liens will be sold at the lowest rate of interest, not exceeding 10 percent per six month period, for which any person or persons shall offer to take the total amount of such unpaid taxes as defined in Section 537.0 of the Nassau County Administrative Code. As required by Section 5-44.0 of the Nassau County Administrative Code, the County Treasurer shall charge a registration fee of $100.00 per day to each person who shall seek to bid at the public auction as defined above. A list of all real estate in Nassau County on which tax liens are to be sold is available at the website of the Nassau County Treasurer at HYPERLINK "http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Tre asurer/Annual_Tax_Lien_Sale/ tax_sale_listing.html" http://www.nassaucountyny.g ov/agencies/Treasurer/Annua l_Tax_Lien_Sale/tax_sale_listing.html A list of local properties upon which tax liens are to be sold will be advertised in this publication on or after February 14th, 2013. Nassau County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, accommodations such as those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act

(ADA) will be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in all services, programs, activities and public hearings and events conducted by the Treasurer’s Office. Upon request, information can be made available in Braille, large print, audio-tape or other alternative formats. For additional information, please call (516) 571-2090 Ext. 13715. Dated: January 17th, 2013 THE NASSAU COUNTY TREASURER Mineola, New York TERMS OF SALE Such tax liens shall be sold subject to any and all superior tax liens of sovereignties and other municipalities and to all claims of record which the County may have thereon and subject to the provisions of the Federal and State Soldiers’ and Sailors' Civil Relief Acts. However, such tax liens shall have priority over the County's Differential Interest Lien, representing the excess, if any, of the interest and penalty borne at the maximum rate over the interest and penalty borne at the rate at which the lien is purchased. The Purchaser acknowledges that the tax lien(s) sold pursuant to these Terms of Sale may be subject to pending bankruptcy proceedings and/or may become subject to such proceedings which may be commenced during the period in which a tax lien is held by a successful bidder or the assignee of same, which may modify a Purchaser's rights with respect to the lien(s) and the property securing same. Such bankruptcy proceedings shall not affect the validity of the tax lien. In addition to being subject to pending bankruptcy proceedings and/or the Federal and State Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Acts, said purchaser's right of foreclosure may be affected by the Financial Institutions Reform, Recover y and Enforcement Act(FIRREA),12 U.S.C. ss 1811 et.seq., with regard to real property under Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation(FDIC) receivership. The County Treasurer reserves the right, without further notice and at any time, to withdraw from sale any of the parcels of land or premises herein listed. The Nassau County Treasurer reserves the right to intervene in any bankruptcy case/litigation where the property affected by the tax liens sold by the Treasurer is part of the bankruptcy estate. However, it is the sole responsibility of all tax lien purchasers to protect their

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The Jewish Early Learning Center of Merrick-Bellmore enables its young children to grow academiand socially cally through the SPICES approach to education. That is, they address the children’s Social, Physical, Intellectual, Creative, Emotional and Spiritual development. Licensed by NYS, small classes and warm, certified teachers guarantee individualized attention and the highest commitment to the students. Children are recognized for their uniqueness and the Jewish ELC does its best to cultivate their individuality through learning and playing. Jewish traditions and values along with an array of subjects like math, literacy readiness and dramatic play are incorporated into the classroom curricula. Programs focus on areas like sensory and perception development, self-help, motor skills and emotional growth. Children are encouraged to grow through learning and creative expression during indoor and outdoor playtime. Facilities include a beautiful indoor, air conditioned classroom with many windows and skylights, and a beautiful outdoor shaded playing space with 3 play sets to accommodate all ages, along with a wide variety of outdoor toys. Kosher breakfast, hot lunch, and snacks are served daily to ease the burden on parents. Flexible schedule of half days, full days and extended hours are available for children aged 12 months to 4 years old. The Jewish ELC also offers a great first camp experience for your very young child, with water play, sports, baking and specialist instruction in gymnastics, music, karate, drumming and more. Special discounts for early registration! For a preschool or summer experience ‘where every child counts’, choose the Jewish Early Learning Center of Merrick-Bellmore!

Situated in a spacious, wooded area, Maplewood's activities include a serene blend of athletic fields, sunny playgrounds, shaded lawns and two in-ground, heated pools. A non-sectarian, private school, Maplewood is chartered by the New York State Board of Education for Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten. Our Nursery School, Pre-K and Kindergarten curriculum encourage freedom of expression, and development of self confidence. A spectacular Summer program is offered for ages 3-12. Visit us at www.maplewoodschool.com. Camp Iconic 2600 Regent Place, North Bellmore T: (516) 781-8800; www.campiconic.com Wee Friends Day Camp 1865 Beech Street, Wantagh T: (516) 783-0600; www.weefriendsnurseryschool.com Wee Friends Day Camp and Camp Iconic are sister camps, owned and operated by the people who established the well-respected nursery schools/camps over 35 years ago. The camps offer the benefit of two separate campuses to accommodate the needs of both older and younger campers. Wee Friends in Wantagh allows for the nurturing an development of young campers, while Camp Iconic provides the step-up to individualized programs, focusing on the interests of an experienced camper. Both camps are set on park-like grounds, and offer beautiful, in-ground swimming pools. The camp-day includes both swim instruction, and the fun of free-swim. Well-trained athletic coaches are present to instruct, advise and delight your child in sports that include soccer, tennis, basketball, t-ball, gaga, and more! Creative specialists are scheduled in ceramics, drama, musical arts, woodworking, movement, cooking, and nature. Weekly special events and themes encourage participation and just plain fun! Well-trained and experienced adults comprise the staff at both Wee Friends and Camp Iconic, where camp groups are kept small, with excellent supervision. Tuition includes daily lunch and snack. We invite you to arrange a campus tour, or call or visit our websites for additional information.

Future Stars Summer Camps offer the finest weekly specialty day camps at two convenient locations, SUNY College at Old Westbury and Farmingdale State College. Summer 2013 camps run from June 24 – August 16. Programs are directed by experienced and qualified teachers and coaches who share a passion for working with children. At Future Stars Summer Camps we play with confidence, enthusiasm, and a genuine love of the game! Stop by our on campus Open House events on Saturday 3/9 & 5/4 from 10am-2pm to view the facilities, meet the directors, and get enrollment savings. Future Stars at The College at Old Westbury Conveniently located on Rt.107 minutes from the LI Expressway in Nassau County. A picturesque 500 acre campus offering programs in Baseball, Basketball, Circus Arts, Dance, Drama, Lacrosse, Magic, Multi-Sports, Soccer, Swim, Tennis, and Volleyball. Call 516-876-3490 for more information. Visit www.fscamps.com for details. Future Stars at Farmingdale State College Conveniently located on the Rt.110 corridor on the Nassau/Suffolk border. A beautiful 300 acre campus offering programs in Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Multi-Sports, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball. Call 631-609-0438 for more information. Visit www.fscamps.com for details.

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Hofstra Summer Camps 250 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 11549 (516) 463-CAMP (2267) Hofstra.edu/camp Treat your child to the best summer ever! Hofstra Summer Camps, the largest university-based camp on the East Coast, offers outstanding resources and facilities and two exciting summer choices: Hofstra Specialty Camps and Hofstra Sports Academy Camps. Specialty campers spend half the day in one of more than 20 specialty areas—like musical theater, fine arts, science, video game development, baseball, tennis, and more—and the other half in recreational activities, including instructional swim in our Olympic-sized pool. For campers whose interests are strictly athletic, Hofstra Sports Academy Camps are the perfect choice. Hofstra offers soccer, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, softball, pep band, dance and cheerleading camps, and new this year, wrestling. Supervised by Hofstra’s NCAA head coaches, these popular camps will teach your child the skills and techniques they need to succeed.

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Injunction application against mayor withdrawn An injunction application to keep Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick from using the village’s Robo-Call system was withdrawn yesterday in Nassau Supreme Court. Freeport Village Trustee Robert T. Kennedy had charged that Mayor Hardwick had improperly placed Freeport residents at risk by using the village’s emergency phone notification system for political purposes. But on Wednesday, the application brought by village Trustees Kennedy, Jorge Martinez, Carmen Pineryo and William White, was withdrawn. According to a news release issued by attorney Ronald J. Rosenberg, who represented Mayor Hardwick, Justice Thomas Feinman strongly questioned the merit of the application, and noted during colloquy with the attorneys that the legal costs exceeded the small amount in controversy generated by the action, said Mr. Rosenberg. The mayor’s messages were sent on January 15 in response to Trustee Kennedy’s telephone notification in opposition to Mayor Hardwick’s [then] proposed 9% tax increase. (Village taxes will increase by 4.84%. See related story on page one.) Mr. Kennedy said he paid for his telephone notification with campaign funds, not

public funds. “Freeport contracts for a limited number of minutes for its Code Red system, which is used strictly to inform residents about important public safety matters such as storm-related warnings and updates, missing person alerts and other critical notifications,” said Mr. Kennedy in a news release. “By using up those minutes, Mr. Hardwick has wantonly and recklessly used up the village’s time bank in the system, thus placing residents at risk by not having enough minutes for future, vital updates to our residents.” But Mr. Rosenberg asserted that “village Trustee Kennedy, who is running for mayor against Mayor Hardwick in March, threw away taxpayers’ money by bringing a flawed, frivolous court application. He and his colleagues cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees solely in an effort to further Kennedy’s political campaign against Mayor Hardwick. He did so even though the amount of attorney’s fees the village will have to pay, even if the trustees’ frivolous lawsuit had been successful, will greatly exceed the small amount they are wrongfully complaining about.” Mr. Rosenberg added: “What is particularly shocking is the waste of

the taxpayers’ money just after Freeport was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Even more shocking is the fact that Trustee Kennedy and the other trustees are illegally having the village pay for their legal fees even though there is no legal authority that would permit it.

“On behalf of the village and Mayor Hardwick, we are referring Trustee Kennedy’s and the other trustees’ wrongful actions to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for their review and appropriate action because they effectively picked the pockets of the taxpayers.”

Freeporter sentenced in homicide Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Tuesday that Ramiek Smalls has been sentenced to 47 years to life in prison for shooting a rival gang member to death in the parking lot outside a Hempstead bar. Mr. Smalls, 24, of Freeport, was convicted of Murder, Assault and Criminal Possession of a Weapon last December. He was sentenced by Nassau County Judge Norman St. George. DA Rice said that at approximately 12:35 a.m. on May 31, 2011, Mr. Smalls and two other men, Michael Toney, 33, of Uniondale, and Richard Paul, 24, of Floral Park, were at the Rumba Sky nightclub to confront rival gang member Lawrence Hartman, 28, of Freeport, over a yearlong feud. A fight broke out in the bar’s parking

lot shortly before Mr. Hartman was set to perform in a hip-hop show at the bar. Mr. Smalls shot Mr. Hartman in his abdomen and left thigh. Mr. Hartman died from his wounds two hours later at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. Assailants Smalls, Toney, and Paul fled the scene immediately, but were arrested in late June 2011 after an investigation by the Nassau County Police Department’s Homicide Squad and Bureau of Special Operations, and the Freeport Police Department. Mr. Toney pleaded guilty to Gang Assault and Attempted Assault and was sentenced to a year in jail. Mr. Paul pleaded guilty to Manslaughter and is awaiting sentencing. uuu

PUBLIC NOTICES legal interests in any bankruptcy case affecting their purchased tax lien, including but not limited to the filing of a proof of claim on their behalf, covering their investment in said tax lien. The Nassau County Treasurer and Nassau County and its agencies, assumes no responsibility for any legal representation of any tax lien purchaser in any legal proceeding including but not limited to a bankruptcy case where the purchased tax lien is at risk. The rate of interest and penalty at which any person purchases the tax lien shall be established by his bid. Each purchaser, immediately after the sale thereof, shall pay to the County Treasurer ten per cent of the amount for which the tax liens have been sold and the remaining ninety per cent within thirty days after such sale. If the purchaser at the tax sale shall fail to pay the remaining ninety per cent within ten days after he has been notified by the County Treasurer that the certificates of sale are ready for delivery, then all amounts deposited with the County Treasurer including but not limited to the ten per cent theretofore paid by him shall, without further notice or demand, be irrevocably forfeited by the purchaser and shall be retained by the County Treasurer as liquidated damages and the agreement to purchase shall be of no further effect. Time is of the essence in this sale. This sale is held pursuant to the Nassau County Administrative Code and interested parties are referred to such Code for additional information as to terms of the sale, rights of purchasers, maximum rates of interest and other legal incidents of the sale. Dated: January 17, 2013 THE NASSAU COUNTY TREASURER Mineola, New York FL 253 2T 1/31, 2/7 Notice is given that articles of incorporation which incorporate Social Palestra eCircle, LLC have been delivered to the secretary of state for filing in accordance with New York State business corporation

code. The initial registerd corporation on 12/17/1012 is located at 76 Decatur Street Roosevelt, NY 11575. FL 254 6T 1/31, 2/7, 14, 21, 28, 3/7 NOTICE TO BIDDERS FIREMEN’S EXEMPT HALL GARAGE EXTENSION PROJECT FOR THE INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF FREEPORT NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK Notice is hereby given that the Purchasing Agent of the Incorporated Village of Freeport, New York will receive sealed proposals for “FIREMEN’S EXEMPT HALL GARAGE EXTENSION PROJECT" until 11:00 A.M. on February 20, 2013 in the Main Conference Room of the Municipal Building, 46 Nor th Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York, 11520, at which time and place they will be opened publicly and read aloud. Plans, Specifications and forms of proposal may be seen and obtained at the Office of Agent, the Purchasing Municipal Building, 1st Floor, 46 Nor th Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York, 11520, from 9:00 A.M. on Monday, February 4, 2013 until 4:00 P.M. Friday, Februar y 15, 2013. Documents may be obtained by prospective bidders upon depositing ($50.00) which sum will be refunded to Contractors who submit bids, on return of the plans within ten (10) days after the contract has been awarded, if the same are returned in good condition. Each bid must be accompanied by a bidder's bond in the amount of not less than five (5%) percent of the bid insuring to the benefit of the Village of Freeport, or a certified check of not less than five (5%) percent of the bid, made payable to the Village of Freeport, to assure the entering of the successful bidder into an acceptable contract. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bid proposals received and subject to these reservations, shall award the contract to the lowest qualified and responsible bidder. Bids, which, in the opinion of the Board, are unbalanced, shall

be rejected. In submitting a bid, bidders agree not to withdraw their bid within forty-five (45) days after the date for the opening thereof. Kim Weltner Purchasing Agent Village of Freeport VILLAGE OF FREEPORT Issue Date – January 31, 2013 Freeport Leader FL 255 1T 1/31 NOTICE TO BIDDERS 2013 - EMERGENCY BOARDUPS IN THE INC. VILLAGE OF FREEPORT FOR THE INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF FREEPORT NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK Notice is hereby given that the Purchasing Department of the Incorporated Village of Freeport, New York will receive sealed proposals for “2013 EMERGENCY BOARD-UPS IN THE INC. VILLAGE OF FREEPORT" until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, in the Main Conference Room of the Municipal Building, 46 Nor th Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York, 11520, at which time and place they will be opened publicly and read aloud. Specifications, proposal and proposed contracts may be seen and obtained at the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Municipal Building, 1st Floor, 46 Nor th Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York, 11520, from 9:00 A.M. on Monday, February 4, 2013 until 4:00 P.M. Friday, Februar y 15, 2013. Each bid must be accompanied by a certified check in the amount of $2,500.00 made payable to the Village of Freeport, to assure the entering of the successful bidder into an acceptable contract. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bid proposals received and subject to these reservations, shall award the contract to the lowest qualified and responsible bidder. Bids, which, in the opinion of the Board, are unbalanced, shall be rejected. In submitting a bid, bidders agree not to withdraw their bid within forty-five (45) days after

the date for the opening thereof. Kim Weltner Purchasing Agent Village of Freeport VILLAGE OF FREEPORT Issue Date – January 31, 2013 Freeport Leader FL 256 1T 1/31 NOTICE TO BIDDERS 2013 LOT CLEARANCES IN THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT (DEBRIS REMOVAL) FOR THE INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF FREEPORT NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK Notice is hereby given that the Purchasing Department of the of Incorporated Village Freeport, New York will receive sealed proposals for 2013 LOT CLEARANCES IN THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT (DEBRIS REMOVAL) until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, Februar y 20, 2013, in the Main Conference Room of the Municipal Building, 46 Nor th Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York, 11520, at which time and place they will be opened publicly and read aloud. Specifications, proposal and proposed contracts may be seen and obtained at the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Municipal Building, 1st Floor, 46 Nor th Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York, 11520, from 9:00 A.M. on Monday, February 4, 2013 until 4:00 P.M. Friday, Februar y 15, 2013. Each bid must be accompanied by a certified check in the amount of $2,500.00 made payable to the Village of Freeport, to assure the entering of the successful bidder into an acceptable contract. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bid proposals received and subject to these reservations, shall award the contract to the lowest qualified and responsible bidder. Bids, which, in the opinion of the Board, are unbalanced, shall be rejected. In submitting a bid, bidders agree not to withdraw their bid within forty-five (45) days after the date for the opening thereof. Kim Weltner Purchasing Agent

Village of Freeport VILLAGE OF FREEPORT Issue Date – Januar y 31, 2013 Freeport Leader FL 257 1T 1/31 NOTICE TO BIDDERS 2013 - LOT CLEARANCES IN THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT (ORGANIC MATERIAL) FOR THE INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF FREEPORT NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK Notice is hereby given that the Purchasing Department of the Incorporated Village of Freeport, New York will receive sealed proposals for 2013 LOT CLEARANCES IN THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT (ORGANIC MATERIAL) until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, Februar y 20, 2013, in the Main Conference Room of the Municipal Building, 46 Nor th Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York, 11520, at which time and place they will be opened publicly and read aloud. Specifications, proposal and proposed contracts may be seen and obtained at the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Municipal Building, 1st Floor, 46 Nor th Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York, 11520, from 9:00 A.M. on Monday, February 4, 2013 until 4:00 P.M. Friday, Februar y 15, 2013. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bid proposals received and subject to these reservations, shall award the contract to the lowest qualified and responsible bidder. Bids, which, in the opinion of the Board, are unbalanced, shall be rejected. In submitting a bid, bidders agree not to withdraw their bid within forty-five (45) days after the date for the opening thereof. Kim Weltner Purchasing Agent Village of Freeport VILLAGE OF FREEPORT Issue Date – Januar y 31, 2013 Freeport Leader FL 258 1T 1/31 NOTICE OF ADOPTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that in accordance with §5508 of the Village Law of the State of New York, after a pub-

lic hearing on January 28, 2013, with due notice, a budget showing revenue and expenditures for the fiscal year 2013-2014 has been duly adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Freeport, New York, on January 29, 2013. A copy of the budget is available at the office of the Village Clerk, where it may be inspected by interested persons during office hours. Incorporated Village of Freeport Summary of Budget Fiscal Year Ending February 28, 2014 Function 2013/2014 Legislative $82,000.00 Judicial $634,563.00 Executive $261,515.00 Finance $1,368,719.00 Staff $2,905,749.00 Shared Services $2,513,007.00 Special Items $3,764,500.00 Public Safety $19,454,920.00 Health $2,800.00 Transportation $2,430,325.00 Economic Assistance $153,600.00 Culture & Recreation $3,294,847.00 Home & Community Services $26,600.00 Sanitation $3,529,359.00 Other Comm Svs Stormwater $121,656.00 Other Home & Community $6,300.00 Employee Benefits $16,600,660.00 Debt Service $12,014,796.00 Transfer to Other Funds $0.00 Refunding Bonds Exp $0.00 Total Appropriations $69,165,916.00 Estimated Revenues $26,655,425.00 To be raised by Taxation $42,510,491.00 Taxable Assessed Valuation $68,239,520.00 Tax Rate per Hundred Dollars $62.296 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES of the Incorporated Village of Freeport, New York. Pamela Walsh Boening Village Clerk FL 259 1T 1/31


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