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of decades ago, there was a waiting list to become part of the club. Then membership declined The former site of the Oak- and the board opened up the club wood Beach Club in Baldwin is to anyone in the community and going up for auction on Oct. 14. some neighboring towns, like Nassau County Legislator Oceanside. Then, in 2011, the Debra Mulé, a Democrat from facility closed, and the property Freeport, whose sustained damage district includes from Tropical Baldwin, hosted a Storm Irene. The Zoom meeting on f o l l ow i n g ye a r, Sept. 17 at which Hurricane Sandy residents and forbrought more mer Oakwood destruction, and Beach Association t h e s i t e t o d ay board members appears dilapidatdiscussed the fate ed. of the property, a Before closing, once popular and the club offered bustling exclusive members beachbeach club with a dEBRa Mulé side activities and picturesque view Nassau County amenities, includof Baldwin Harbor. legislator ing pools that have The proper ty, since been filled in. Mulé said, at 8 MilAbout 10 years ago, burn Ave., is currently owned by roughly 200 families belonged to a man who bought the tax lien a Oakwood. number of years ago, and who At the meeting, local resicur rently owes more than dents said they would like to see $500,000 in tax liens. The proper- the site turned into green space ty was handed over to Maltz Auc- for the community to use, but tions and is to be auctioned off noted that restrictions present at a minimum of $1.15 million, obstacles. according to the Maltz Auctions Stuart Lang, one of the last website. presidents of the organization, Former board members said that when they joined a couple Continued on page 4

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Community votes ‘no’ on $158 million school bond referendum By BRidgET dowNEs

Baldwin School District residents voted down the district’s $158 million capital improvements bond referendum on Oct. 1. At a school board meeting, trustees accepted the results of the vote: 874 “yes” votes and 1,046 “no” votes. The referendum, titled Innovation 2020, was originally scheduled for March, but the


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coronavirus pandemic caused school officials to postpone it. The bond would have helped fund a multi-year capital improvement plan, for which school officials have been collecting input from the community over the past four years. The proposed projects, which included renovating decades-old facilities, would have also been funded by grants, state funds and the regular school district budget. “The people spoke to a sense

of reality of the current economic condition,” said Jeff Barkan, co-president of the South Baldwin Jewish Center. “We all have wish lists. I know I want to upgrade my house and make it the most attractive on my block, but I also know that it functions perfectly as it is with basic repairs and upgrades to systems as needed. My point is that there is a balance between what you want and what you need, as well Continued on page 3


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Facebook, adding that the downtown business district has seen no progress, and as what you can afford.” The community, he said, could not have property taxes were raised while residents saw no extra benefits. afforded the bond. “So now we had the opportunity to “I believe and speak for quite a few other residents that a scaled-down propos- receive millions of dollars in grants and our community voted no?” al that addressed most of the Jackson wrote. “In the short n e c e s s a r y re p a i r s a n d term, the residents save $500 upgrades and included a few a year. In the long term, you items from the wish lists lose out on a healthy prosperwould have passed overous neighborhood, increased whelmingly,” Barkan said, resale value of your house, adding that the school board attraction of new families, “basically got the communicompanies, new jobs, state-ofty telling them that they’re the-art schools. I’m disapnot getting their way this pointed.” time.” S ch o o l o f f i c i a l s h a d Many residents took to worked with architects and social media to share their consultants to review the reactions and concer ns. assessed values of all the Some were disappointed that homes in Baldwin and deterthe bond referendum was mined that homeowners voted down, and some said would have paid an average they thought the timing of of $27.81 per month, or $333 the vote was inappropriate, per year, for the 20-year bond. given that the Covid-19 pan“I think it was timing why demic has left many strug- letia cooper people voted no,” Letia Coogling financially because petty per Petty wrote on Facebook they have lost work. in response to Jackson. “When our property value Baldwin resident “There are people who have declines because schools are [lost] their jobs due to Covid outdated, old and falling apart, I want everyone to keep this same and are already worried about where their energy. Honestly speaking, what else are next mortgage/tax money is coming from. our tax [dollars] paying for in Baldwin? I honestly believe if this was [the] past Downtown?” Mekale Jackson wrote on year, the vote would’ve been yes.”

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here are people who have [lost] their jobs due to Covid and are already worried about where their next mortgage/tax money is coming from.

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Baldwin School diStrict residents turned out to the voting booths to cast their ballots in support of or opposition to the $158 million Innovation 2020 bond referendum.

‘Baldwin Illuminated’ lit up the walls For the first time, the Baldwin School District hosted “Baldwin Illuminated,” a light projection show that displayed student artwork in a larger-than-life way. Literature “in motion” and student artwork were projected onto the walls of the District Office, located at 960 Hastings Street, on Oct. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. Parents, students and alumni perused the projections, some before or after they voted on the $158 million Innovation 2020

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the School diStrict hosted “Baldwin Illuminated,” a light projection show featuring student artwork. parentS, StudentS and alumni perused the projections.


bond referendum, which took place on the same day and in the same place. The large light installations, otherwise known as projection mapping, created what school officials called a unique experience that was free and open to the whole community. The themes for the first-of-its-kind event were “innovation” and “the future.” The digital displays were set up outside, and social distancing and mask wearing was enforced.


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the onCe popular Oakwood Beach Club site is going up for auction on Oct. 14.

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said, “It’s about 2.9 acres of prime waterfront property that has a deed restriction on it that it can only be used for recreation or for a pool.” Additionally, “I believe a big chunk of

the property — most of the property — is protected wetlands.” The deed restrictions and protected wetlands designation present problems to potential developers who may wish to build on the property. They would be lim-


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ited in their plans and have to seek approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to build. “The deed restrictions will remain in place for the sale,” Mulé said. “There are two ways to bypass or get rid of the deed restrictions: One is by vote of the 600 homeowners in the area, and the other is by the board of the Town of Hempstead.” Lang said he believes the 600 homes fall within the area south of Northern Boulevard to Bertha Drive. “There are a boatload of restrictions on that property,” said local resident Hayden Wool. “From the standpoint of a deed, the ability to build, the likelihood of building, and my thought has been that it would be foolish for someone to bid on it at auction and buy it with all of the restrictions that are on it.” Wool said he hoped Nassau County or the Town of Hempstead would step up and potentially foreclose on it, take it over and “make it a green space and preserve it for the community — that would be the best.”

“None of us as individuals can do anything about it, but the legislative body can do something about it and should, and should have already,” Wool said. “We need the town or county to step up for the people of this community. That land is an albatross.” “I would love to see it turn into green space,” Mulé agreed. “I had been in talks with the town over the past couple of years; they’re really not able to do it. I’ve been in touch with the county; they’re not able to do it. There just is no money to do anything like that.” Mulé said it’s time to get creative when it comes to brainstorming solutions. “It’s going to take some real out-of-thebox thinking to solve this problem, but I completely agree, we need to solve it,” she said. “It is a blight right now, and it shouldn’t be. It’s a beautiful, beautiful piece of property.” To see photos of the site and details, including the original deed, visit the Maltz Auction website at maltzauctions. com/auction/364945/auction-detail/.


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Northwell partners with Islanders on arena The UBs arena is expected to open in time for the 2021-22 hockey season.

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Northwell Health has partnered with the New York Islanders and the UBS Arena to provide more community-based wellness programs and ensure people’s safety and well-being while inside the future live entertainment and sports venue, Northwell and Islanders officials announced on Oct. 6. The 10-year founding sponsorship deal is just the latest extension of Northwell’s 20-year-long relationship with the New York Islanders Hockey Club as the team’s official health care sponsor and title sponsor of its East Meadow practice facility. “We are proud to align ourselves with New York’s newest premiere sports entertainment venue,” Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health, said in a statement. “With 25,000 employees living near UBS Arena alone, this partnership allows us to reinforce our commitment to serving the community, and we look forward to developing future health and wellness programming with UBS Arena and the New York Islanders.” As part of the agreement, Northwell and the Islanders will create community programs focused on health, nutrition and physical activity. Additionally, Dowling said, Northwell — which has dealt with thousands of Covid cases throughout the pandemic — will use its knowledge of the coronavirus to ensure the safety of all patrons. The new arena will feature “top-of-the-line sanitation efforts,” according to Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group and lead developer of the arena project, including a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration system, ultraviolet light systems and disinfecting solutions “that have proven safe and effective in large-scale spaces.” “Our experience with Covid is very instructive here,” Dowling said, calling the partnership a “win for the Islanders, a win for Northwell and a win for the community.”

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The partnership, he explained, will help Northwell expand its outreach efforts and learn more about the community’s needs. “When you have good people do good things,” Dowling said, “that makes all the difference.” The UBS Arena is expected to open in time for the 2021-22 hockey season, and will feature a 17,000-seat arena for the Islanders hockey team. For more information, visit, The project is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs, generating approximately $25 billion in economic activity over the term of the lease. The roof was being installed on July 22, and officials expected it to be fully-enclosed by the end of the year. “New York is our home,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, and leader of the arena project. “We wanted to put New York back on its feet.” The $1.5 billion private investment into the arena and

Nassau’s positivity rate still hovering at 1 percent While New York City saw coronavirus cases spike last week — with an overall Covid-19 positivity rate of 3 percent and clusters where it exceeded 6 percent — Nassau County’s infection rate remained at 1 percent as of Oct. 4, according to County Executive Laura Curran. As of Sunday, 79 residents we r e p o s i t ive out of 7,752 tested. “Despite minor ebbs and flows”, Curran said, “Nassau’s laUra CUrran Covid positivity County executive rate remains low — a testament to the resolve of our residents. This is a serious virus, and we’ll continue to take it seriously.” Nassau hospitals re por ted 47 Covid-19 patients on Sunday, with 12


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Diocese of RVC declares bankruptcy By Scott Brinton and Jill noSSa;

The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday because of the financial strain of lawsuits by sexual abuse victims under New York’s Child Victims Act, which took effect last year. The CVA allows victims to sue for decades-old cases, whereas before a state statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims often prevented them from doing so (see sidebar). In an 11-minute video on the Catholic Faith Network, Bishop John Barres, spiritual leader of the diocese, which encompasses Nassau and Suffolk counties, announced the bankruptcy filing, which was made in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Rockville Centre is among the nation’s 10 largest dioceses, and is home to 1.4 million Catholics. It is among a growing number of dioceses that are filing bankruptcy because they must defend sexual abuse lawsuits. It is the largest diocese to file to date. Barres spoke directly to Long Island parishioners. “Our goal is to make sure that all clergy sexual abuse survivors are afforded just and equitable compensation,” he said. “It is our hope that this offers survivors the possibility of some measure of healing from these horrific abuses.” The bishop said the diocese had no choice but to file for Chapter 11 reorganization. “This decision was not made lightly,” Barres said. “However, in the year since the passing of the Child’s Victim Act, more than 200 lawsuits alleging abuse have been filed against the Diocese of Rockville Centre.” Barres said the diocese would be able to continue its charitable and educational missions under the Chapter 11 filing because all the lawsuits will be centralized into one litigation pool, saving the diocese in attorney’s fees. Otherwise, he said, the “increasingly heavy burden” of litigation could have begun to affect the work of the diocese, which to date has spent about $3.7 million defending 94 lawsuits filed under the CVA. A settlement, Barres said, will be determined based on the diocese’s assets. The diocese began cutting expenses last October to help cover the cost of the lawsuits, saving $3.5 million annually. Then, the coronavirus pandemic struck, and its weekly offerings by congregants at Masses dropped “precipitously,” according to a diocese news release. Roughly 40 percent of the diocese’s income comes from weekly offerings. In August, the diocese cut 10 percent of its staff at its pastoral center in Rockville Centre, saving $5 million a year. According to Barres, the process of Chapter 11 is the only way to offer a “fair and equitable outcome for everyone involved.” That was also the goal, he said, of the Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program, which was started in 2017 and has paid more than $62 million to roughly 350 survivors, according to the diocese release. The IRCP, a voluntary program, ended with the bankruptcy filing, the release said. Barres said he expects regular operations and ministries to continue during the restructuring process, and that employees and vendors will continue to be paid. Additionally, he said, since parishes and Catholic schools operate as separate legal entities, they are not included in the filing. However, he noted that the filing would affect the diocese’s ability to provide financial support to parishes and schools. “We will work diligently with all survivors, creditors and ministries to maintain open communication while we work toward our goal of completing a settlement and finalizing a restructuring plan that includes a comprehensive and final resolution for suffering survivors,” Barres said. Attorney Jeff Anderson, of Jeff Anderson & Associates in Manhattan, whose firm represents more than 70

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BiShop John BarreS announced and explained the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Chapter 11 filing in an 11-minute video on the Catholic Faith Network.

the child Victims act The Child Victims Act, signed by Governor Cuomo in 2019, temporarily increased the state’s statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases. Previously, cases had to be filed by the time a victim was 23 years old, and victims, at that young age, often did not know they could file or were embarrassed to do so. By the time they did, it was often too late. The Child Victims Act extended the period for a victim to file a case from age 23 to 28 in the case of criminal charges and to age 55 in civil cases. The legislation was to last one year, but in August, Cuomo signed a measure extending the filing period by another year, to Aug. 14, 2021, because of the coronavirus pandemic. “The Child Victims Act,” the governor said this August, “brought a long-needed pathway to justice for people who were abused, and helps right wrongs that went unacknowledged and unpunished for far too long.” sexual abuse survivors, said the decision is “disappointing, yet unsurprising. “Like their recent attacks on the Child Victims Act and their efforts to intimidate survivors from coming forward,” Anderson said, “we see the diocese’s decision to declare bankruptcy as strategic, cowardly and wholly self-serving. “Bishop Barres often states publicly that the diocese is trying to atone for its tremendous sins in its long history of failing to protect children,” he continued, “but in the courtroom, the diocese’s representatives are filing unfounded motions, baseless appeals and resorting to intimidation tactics to keep survivors from coming forward.” Anderson explained that the bankruptcy filing presents an obstacle for survivors as they try to seek justice. “Bankruptcy can limit survivors’ ability to unearth names and information regarding predator priests, expose top officials who covered up for the sexually abusive clergy,” he said, “and bring to light what these officials knew and when they knew it.” He said the filing does not mean the diocese is bank-

rupt and said the diocese is using the bankruptcy code for reorganization as a way to slow the reconciliation process. “It’s not because they can’t pay,” Anderson said. “They want to stop us and the survivors from revealing publicly…the real histories of the practices employed by the Catholic bishops.” He noted that in court documents, the diocese’s liabilities and assets are both listed. “They have underreported their assets,” Anderson said, “and they have insurance to cover these liabilities. In all these cases, they have massive amounts of insurance.” What is not listed, he said, are the “true assets” of the real estate and investment funds under the bishop’s control. “This lack of transparency is a real threat to child safety,” Trusha Goffe, an attorney with Jeff Anderson & Associates, said. “But survivors will still have the power to come forward and seek justice and healing.” Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston-based attorney who represents 23 sexual abuse victims who have filed civil complaints against the Diocese of Rockville Centre, said the Chapter 11 filing would not prevent his clients from moving forward with their lawsuits. “Clergy sexual victims will now seek justice and validation through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court,” Garabedian said. “Legal discovery of secret files, names of perpetrator priests and negligent supervisors and the identity of assets will be sought through the bankruptcy court. Transparency will continue to be pursued in the bankruptcy court so that victims can try to heal.” St. Agnes Cathedral parishioner Ruthanne McCormack, of Rockville Centre, whose children attended St. Agnes Cathedral School and continued on to Catholic high schools, expressed sympathy with the victims and said she hopes the filing would not affect survivors’ reparations. “No amount of money can take away their pain,” she said, adding, “Faith is strength.” She said that since the sexual abuse allegations came to light several years ago, the church has opened discussions within the parish community, and she believes priests have a greater awareness of the impact of abuse. As project coordinator for the Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth, she sees how childhood sexual abuse can lead to substance abuse. “I feel my children are better off for the Catholic education they had,” McCormack said, “and I think the church will be better off from this. Hopefully people will heal, and hopefully they don’t look to other ways to do so.”

Experiencing the first virtual Relay for Life Baldwin residents, Sheree Lindsay and Grace Nazario, provided their renditions of the Star Spangled Banner. That was followed by the Survivor Speaker, Jennifer Scarduzio, who shared her experiences as a recent breast cancer survivor. Yvonne Salerno provided a rendition of “Fight Song” as a montage of survivor and caregiver photos were shown. Then the Melendezes provided a mission statement and shared their involvement with ACS over the years, as well as their own cancer stories. They have volunteered with ACS, worked as spokespeople and Miguel helps with the Road to Re c ove r y p ro g r a m , wh i ch works to provide transportation to and from treatment for people who are unable to drive themselves or need a ride. The sponsors were then thanked, including Apex Adjustment, Kitty O’Haras, R i d g ewo o d S av i n g s B a n k , C o s t e l l o ’s A c e H a r dw a r e, Grandview Auto Body, Sonny’s Canal House and Painting with a Twist! A slideshow showing the Baldwin Relay throughout the years was followed by acknowl-

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The coronavirus pandemic wasn’t stopping a group of people set out to make a difference. The Relay for Life of Baldwin took place on Aug. 22, but this time, virtually. The Baldwin community raised a total of $12,708.53. Baldwin residents Abby and Miguel Melendez, who are both cancer survivors and volunteers for the American Cancer Society, put together the event with Chelsea Whitney, their American Cancer Society community development manager. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser. Relay For Life events have raised almost $5 billion to date, according to Gannett, and almost 4 million people take part in Relay events in more than 5,000 communities across the country. Teams are typically formed by individuals in local communities who walk around a track to raise funds to support the organization’s mission, including increasing cancer survival and improving the quality of life for cancer patients. The virtual Relay for Life opened with Whitney giving a rundown of what to expect. Two



Baldwin residents aBBy and Miguel Melendez, who are both cancer survivors and volunteers for the American Cancer Society, helped organize this year’s virtual Relay for Life of Baldwin. edging caregivers, organizers said. Lastly, a video and photo montage of the Remembrance/ Luminaria Ceremony was featured. This was accompanied

by a performance of a string piece by Baldwin High Schoolers Gabby Dones and Sierra Wojtczack. Scarduzio was acknowledged as the “Top Participant.”

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william Harrison, left, with his father, Kevin, joined the cleanup effort alongside State Assembly woman Judy Griffin, County Legislator Debra Mulé, Bill and Lynda Stevenson, and his sister, Cailyn.

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Locals, officials clean up Lofts Pond Park By Bridget downes

Baldwin residents and volunteers, joined by Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé and State Assemblywoman Judy Griffin, rolled up their sleeves on Sept. 26 to clean up and improve public spaces in Baldwin’s Lofts Pond Park. The cleanup involved the efforts of at least a dozen volunteers who helped clear seven full bags of trash and debris from the park. “During the Covid-19 pandemic, more residents have found a renewed appreciation for Nassau County’s beautiful parks, beaches, ponds and community outdoor spaces,” Mulé said in a statement. “This weekend’s community cleanup offered Baldwin residents an opportunity to beautify these cherished outdoor spaces so that they can be enjoyed throughout the year. I’m thankful for everyone who joined in this effort and look forward to continue our efforts throughout the Fifth Legislative District.” “We are so fortunate to have Lofts Pond in our community and we must do our part by keeping it beautiful,” Griffin said in a statement. “Today’s cleanup is a step forward in ensuring that our waterways are maintained and kept clean, so that they will remain a place of enjoyment for many generations to come. Thank you to the volunteers who joined us.”

Baldwinites isaBella and Edwin Urgiles joined the effort to clean up the pond. erika Hill, owner and principal consultant at Vision Street Research, far left, also helped out at the cleanup. County legislator deBra Mulé removed trash from the plants. Jude oge removed pieces of garbage.


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Herald ScHoolS Baldwin teacher receives MENTOR New York award MENTOR New York has named Pat York. “This year’s Mentor of the Year Banhazl, school to career coordinator for award recipients have impressed us with Baldwin High School, one of the five out- their dedication to maintain their relastanding mentors from across New York tionships with their mentees during State to be recognized with 2020 Mentor extraordinary times and lifting up their voices. Each mentor has demonstrated of the Year Award. they value the brilliance Award recipients were and uniqueness of their selected by a volunteer mentee and built a relacommittee comprised of tionship centered on joy.” JPMorgan Chase employFor more than 25 years, ees based on their unique MENTOR New York has and powerful mentoring been the go-to resource for relationships. building sustainable and Banhazl was specifically mutually beneficial menchosen because of her toring programs. MENwork with the Baldwin TOR New York partners Union Free School Diswith nearly 850 mentoring trict’s mentoring program, p r o g r a m s t h a t s e r ve which she initiated more approximately 80,000 than 20 years ago. young people throughout A mentor herself, the PAt BAnhAzL the state. MENTOR NY is program has grown to an Affiliate of MENTOR: include more than 400 yearly pairs of mentors and their mentees The National Mentoring Partnership, the under her supervision. This year, due to national nonprofit unifying and elevating the pandemic, she interacted with her the mentoring movement. The Baldwin School District and MENmentee, Gordon, virtually. It was the special relationship she TOR New York have worked closely for developed with the mentee, and the over- the last two decades and celebrated this whelming impact she has had on this stu- special partnership at the high school’s dents’ life that Banhazl is also being hon- annual Mentoring Dinner, organized by Banhazl. ored. Last year, Plaza Elementary School’s In addition to her work with MENTOR New York, Banhazl has been instrumen- mentoring program was hand-picked to tal in the success of the school-to-career be highlighted at MENTOR New York’s program at Baldwin High School, particu- annual benefit, where a video of the larly her involvement with Northwell school’s fifth-graders discussing their posHealth’s Shadow Days and Spark! Chal- itive experiences as a mentee was viewed by guests and posted online. lenges. All five award recipients and their “As New York navigated a global pandemic with physical distancing and a mentees were recognized during a virtual transformation of our daily routines, awards ceremony and fundraiser on Sept. mentors became the front-line support for 24. For more information about MENTOR young people throughout the state,” said Brenda Jimenez, CEO of MENTOR New NY, visit

Giving the ‘gift of life’ Many residents, including Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé, rolled up their sleeves to donate blood in support of New York Blood Center’s coordinated campaign to replenish blood supplies at local hospitals. Mulé, a Democrat from Freeport whose district includes Baldwin, partnered with the Coral House in Baldwin to host the autumn blood drive on Thursday, Sept. 24. Sixty pints of blood were donated during the drive. “Now that Nassau County has emerged from the hardest days of the Covid-19 pandemic, I am happy to see that more residents are heeding the urgent call and doing their part to replenish our regional blood supply,” Mulé said in a statement. “I’m proud to continue my partnership with the Coral House and the New York Blood Center to ensure that the gift of life is available for anybody in need.”

Courtesy Office of County Legislator Debra Mulé

LocAL residents, incLuding Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé, donated blood at the Coral House last month.

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A First Precinct police officer was injured in a collision on Sept. 30. the oFFicer wAs transported to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition, police said.

the crAsh hAPPened at around 7:20 p.m.

First Precinct officer injured in Baldwin car crash A Nassau County police officer was injured in a collision involving a patrol car on Sept. 30 at around 7:20 p.m. in Baldwin. The officer, of the First Precinct, was in stable condition at a local hospital, police said the next morning. The crash occurred near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Church Street, according to police. The officer was the only person in the car. Baldwin Fire Department Truck 1, Hose 1, Hose 2 and the First Aid Company responded to the scene. Truck 1 and the Nassau County Police Department

worked in tandem to extricate the officer. Soon after, at around 8:20 p.m., the Fire Department was called to respond to stand by for the Merrick Fire Department to cover their town while they worked at a house fire. Truck Co. 1 responded to that alarm, too. Police said the crash is under investigation. No other details were immediately provided. A source with knowledge of the incident said the officer was released from the hospital. Compiled by Bridget Downes

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MSSN scores big with golf outing by bRiAnA bonfiGlio

Mount Sinai South Nassau raised more than $280,000 for the Oceanside hospital’s Covid-19 relief fund at its 36th annual golf outing. The sold-out event was a socially distanced affair and honored MSSN’s entire 3,565-person staff who worked and cared for patients during the worst of the coronavirus outbreak in the spring. “It was truly a great day in recognition and celebration of our dedicated and courageous health-care professionals,” said Richard Murphy, president and CEO of Mount Sinai South Nassau. “I commend our golf committee for organizing an outstanding event and thank our sponsors for their generous and steadfast support.” The golf outing’s co-chairmen, Rockville Centre residents Tony Cancellieri and Jeff Greenfield, led a 40-person committee of volunteers to organize the event, which was more challenging than the past 35 years. “We wanted to try to make people feel comfortable coming to the outing,” Cancellieri said. “And boy, did we hit a home run. It was a wonderful outing.” The event attracted 280 golfers with strict health and safety protocols in place. There was no barbecue like in past years, but instead, a grab-and-go breakfast and a grilled lunch. Four separate golf sessions were held at the Seawane Club in Hewlett Harbor and the Rockaway Hunting Club in Lawrence — a morning and afternoon session at each location. “We were very pleased with the turnout and the community’s continued support for the hospital, especially during this challenging time,” Cancellieri said. “After the long lockdown, many of our players were eager to get out on the course, and we demonstrated that you can have a safe outing if you put in place the proper procedures.” Cancellieri also noted that it was only fitting to honor the hospital staff this year. Long Island’s South Shore was among the areas hardest hit by Covid-19. MSSN has treated more than 1,400 Covid-19 patients. Hospital beds surged to more than 500 during the pandemic’s peak in April. Now, the hospital has transitioned back to near-normal operations, with cleaning and safety measures in place. The golf outing served to celebrate MSSN workers and raise money for the hospital’s Covid-19 fund, as the pandemic has brought on numerous extra expenses. In the past eight to 10 years, the golf outing had raised money for the hospital’s upgraded emergency department and exceeded the goal of $10 million. The event’s major sponsors were L.E.B. Electric, Ltd., Signature Bank, Jeffrey Frisch, Long Beach Nursing & Rehabilitation, Neurological Surgery PC, Parking Systems, Park Strategies LLC, Professional Maintenance of LI, Ropes & Gray LLP and Squad Security Inc. Joe Calderone, MSSN’s senior vice president of corporate communications, said that beyond raising money, the show of support at the event was encouraging. “We didn’t really know how many people would participate,” he said. “It helps the morale of everybody here to know that the community supports them.”

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timothy s. dRiscoll, justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York; Anthony Cancellieri, vice chairman of MSSN’s Board of Directors; Joe Calderone, MSSN’s senior vice president of corporate communications; and Michael Sapraicone, president and CEO of Squad Security, enjoyed the pleasant weather.

AdAm GlAss, of Advance2000, hit the green. RobeRt timpeRio, of EW Howell, golfed at the event. tim mAtejkA, executive director of development at MSSN, left, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Adhi Sharma attended the golf outing.




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ave you ever had anything stolen from you? A car? Hubcaps? A laptop? A baseball glove? A bike? Those are minuscule compared to the things that President Trump is trying to steal from you behind your back. Let’s start with the census. Every 10 years, by law, every state is required to conduct a survey of the number of people living there for purposes of determining how many representatives they will have in Congress. In addition, census figures are used to determine JerrY how many federal kremer dollars will flow to the states for health, mass transit and public-safety programs. No one in our nation’s history has ever tried to sabotage the census until this year. The fixed date for the census to be completed is Oct. 31. But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross tried to end the census count earlier. This was his fifth attempt to disrupt the effort. Was it because the census workers were

exhausted? No, it was to stop the count for pure political reasons. When the count is ended early, it means that those states that have a high rate of response will receive a greater share of federal funds. Some of those states are Idaho, Mississippi, Montana and North and South Dakota. What they have in common is that they favor the Republican Party. More populous, Democratic-leaning states like New York have a lower response rate because we have many more people to count, and an earlier census halt would cost us billions of dollars in aid. Another piece of the census puzzle is exactly how many members of Congress New York will get. At this point, it’s estimated that we will lose two representatives. If there’s an undercount in the census, the state could lose even more, and seats would go to places like Florida and North and South Carolina, where the population is rising. There are multiple other ways that the president is taking dollars out of your pockets. The Affordable Care Act provides health insurance for over 20 million people. Approximately 6.3 million New


Yorkers benefit from Obamacare. Many of them are your friends and neighbors who can’t get employer coverage. At this moment, Trump is asking the Supreme Court to throw out the ACA. What happens if the act is invalidated? Those 6.3 million New Yorkers will lose their coverage, and you will be asked to pay for it. Will the anti-New York Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, rush to save us? Don’t hold your breath. And with Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, about to be confirmed by the Senate, it’s a good bet that Obamacare will be scrapped. That will likely mean no coverage for pre-existing conditions and the loss of many other current benefits. The country is waiting with great anxiety for the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine for Covid-19. Numerous pharmaceutical companies are competing to be the first to have a vaccine approved. Congress promised to help us get free testing, and that was a failure. The president has assured us that the vaccine will be affordable, and has given companies billions of dollars to

f the Supreme Court tosses the Affordable Care Act, millions of New Yorkers will suffer.

Letters can’t wait for the federal government. We have a president who, after spending months downplaying the pandemic and telling states that they were on their own, is now infected with the virus. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been more interested in playing to the QAnon supporters than acting like a patriot and working in the best interests of the country. We can’t expect support from the dysfunctional federal government. Nationally, we have been attacking the fallout from the pandemic with a piecemeal approach. Clearly, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had to initially focus on containment. Based on President Trump’s abject failures, Cuomo had to step up and be our national voice. He rose to the occasion. But now we must move forward with a postCovid plan. Unfortunately, every advocacy group seems to think solely of its constituency, and doesn’t see how each piece of our economy relates to and relies on the other pieces. For example, the movement to extend the moratorium on evictions is laudable, and I support it. The landlords who are not being paid, however, have their own expenses. They have to pay their mortgages, taxes, utilities, employees’ wages, and other fixed and unexpected expenses. If we don’t support them, their tenants may not have livable buildings. The failure of small businesses also has a cascading effect. When they go under, landlords lose rent checks, employees lose jobs and vendors lose clients, and so on down the chain. Each loss occasions further losses through the economy. We must come together to create a strong, comprehensive and viable plan to support the various sectors of the economy. Or, pull on a thread and the entire fabric will unravel.

speed up their research. But you can expect to pay a hefty premium for your Covid shot. The biggest presidential theft of all is Trump’s continuous efforts to keep you from voting on Nov. 3. Day after day, he has told voters that mail ballots are part of some fraudulent scheme. He has promoted lawsuits around the nation to stop voting by mail, despite the fact that there is no proof of any fraud in the system. In his latest scam, he asked his supporters to go to the polling places to “police” the voting process. In Vladimir Putin’s Russia and in Venezuela, Poland, Hungary and Syria, dictators have for countless years successfully poisoned the voting system to suit their political needs. Trump’s assault on the process is designed to steal your most priceless possession, the right to vote. And I haven’t even touched on the plan to blow up the U.S. Postal Service, which you also pay for. Petty theft? No. Grand larceny by the White House. Jerry Kremer was a state assemblyman for 23 years, and chaired the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee for 12 years. He now heads Empire Government Strategies, a business development and legislative strategy firm. Comments about this column?

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What I predict is that there will be pressure to raise taxes, never a popular solution. If various state and local governments act on this pressure, it could result in a very uneven tax structure across the nation, which I am worried could hinder the recovery. The uneven nature of various tax plans would also mean an uneven distribution of support to those in need. Further, smaller businesses may take further financial hits. The press has reported that billionaires have increased their wealth by almost $845 billion. Last month in New Jersey, people started to agitate for a “millionaires tax.” In New York, there is a movement to tax the New York Stock Exchange. The easy political solution, for both political parties, would be to implement a structured new tax system for the wealthy. New York passed a temporary millionaires tax during the 2008-09 recession. It was extended once, and if I am elected to the State Assembly, I would support extending it again. We need consumers to buy and businesses to sell. There has to be a real national plan to balance the ledgers, but I am not confident that will happen. At the federal level, I’m afraid that a sense of unreality pervades. But Cuomo, as well as the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut, demonstrated during the pandemic that regional cooperation can work effectively. Perhaps he can again show us the way by working, both informally and formally, with other governors on an economic recovery plan. This must include a uniform approach to taxes. GARY PORT West Hempstead Port is a candidate for the State Assembly in the 21st District.

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et us begin by wishing President Trump and those around him well. He, First Lady Melania Trump and several top federal officials and campaign workers were diagnosed last week with the coronavirus. At press time, the president appeared to be on the mend, though we received conflicting reports from his doctors and press aides, so deciphering with certainty how he was faring was impossible. We hope for the best. That said, let us be clear: Trump brought the illness on himself and those around him with his cavalier approach to disease prevention. From the start, he eschewed masks, mocking former Vice President Joe Biden for wearing them. He has not practiced social distancing, as was clear at the Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. And he has held large indoor and outdoor rallies, at which masks have been optional, contradicting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. On Sunday, Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and rode in a SUV among his supporters. Inside that hermetically sealed vehicle were Secret Service agents who were potentially exposed, despite their wearing personal protective equipment. The president’s short trip flouted CDC guidelines on social isolation recommended after a positive Covid-19 test — the patient, the agency states, should stay away from others for 10

letters New York needs a ‘millionaires tax’ To the Editor: New York is facing an economic apocalypse as the result of the coronavirus pandemic. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The necessity of shutting down the state means shutting down economic activity. Today the state Covid-19 infection rate is hovering around 1 percent. This has allowed many businesses to reopen and economic activity to restart. We have a long way to go, however, before we’re safe. Just as the fire marshal warns that the fire may be out, but lingering embers can restart the blaze, so, too, a lack of vigilance can restart New York’s nightmare. That would result in yet another shutdown. Even now, there are communities that are refusing to comport themselves responsibly. Beyond the human loss, which all New Yorkers are deeply aware of and touched by, the economic devastation will continue, and perhaps worsen, if we allow Covid-19 to reestablish a foothold. Moving forward, we must develop a comprehensive recovery plan. We

days, and should be fever-free for at least 24 hours without medication before venturing out. This is the period during which the patient can spread the disease. It is clear that the president’s behavior, which many have described as reckless, has sown confusion across the nation, leaving people wondering how, exactly, to protect themselves. So we thought it would be useful to pause a moment and lay out what precisely the CDC says. The CDC, and not the president, should be your guide. First, it’s important to understand the difference between quarantine and isolation. Those were two terms thrown around a lot last week, and they were often confused. The CDC states that people who suspect they may have been in “close contact” with someone who was infected with the coronavirus should self-quarantine for 14 days. Close contact is defined as exposure for 15 minutes or more within six feet of someone. You also might have shared eating utensils, or hugged or shook hands. Or that person might have sneezed or coughed on you or in your direction. When you quarantine, you remove yourself from the world, even though you may not have tested positive for the coronavirus, to ensure that you do not infect others if, in fact, you have contracted it. It is possible to show no signs of the illness and yet carry it and spread it to others, so the only way to be sure you don’t is to keep to yourself.

Even if you feel healthy, you should stay home for two weeks, the CDC states. That’s because you may not show any symptoms or test positive for two to 14 days after contact. Isolation, as noted, is required for patients who have tested positive, and it is a must for at least 10 days, according to the CDC. Disease prevention should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, though, and that begins with social distancing — staying at least six feet from others — and mask wearing. The CDC states that masks should fit tightly, but should also allow you to breathe easily. You should avoid wearing your mask on you forehead or chin, and you should not touch your mask, only its straps. Finally, you should be sure it fits over your mouth and nose. By order of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, masks are required in public spaces everywhere in New York state. We believe there should be a national mask mandate, but thus far the president has not called for one. Perhaps his illness might change his mind. We urge readers to visit to read for themselves the coronavirus guidelines the agency has laid out. More than 200,000 people have died of Covid-19 across the United States. That grim statistic is only projected to continue climbing. The question is, how fast will it rise? By following CDC protocols, we can slow the advance of the disease until a vaccine is at last ready for widespread use.



ith all the hullabaloo about the Supreme Court vacancy, the election and President Trump’s contracting Covid19, the national media has largely overlooked a pressing matter before Congress that needs immediate attention. Whether the coronavirus epidemic surges or wanes, its ongoing economic and social effects are unquestionable. The U.S. bought precious time with earlier actions by Congress, the president and the Federal Reserve to provide considerable stimulus for alfonse our economy. d’amaTo In the first half of this year, those emergency spending measures — over $3 trillion in all — basically replaced most of the nation’s economic output lost to the epidemic. But even as Covid-19 continues to ravage the economy, negotiations in Congress to provide more economic aid to families and businesses are stalled. Some observers fear that this political impasse could continue beyond next month’s election, possibly even until a new Congress takes office in January. Economists of nearly all political stripes — who rarely see eye to eye on anything

— generally agree that the deadlock threatens the nation’s fragile economic recovery. Millions of Americans who were able to make rent payments and buy essentials like food and medicine with the extra money Washington sent through state unemployment systems are especially vulnerable. They’ve seen their supplemental federal benefit drop from $600 per week to $300, and even that funding has ended. With this stream of money dried up, more people will be unable to pay rent, buy enough food, or afford their families’ medical bills. Many will have to resort to welfare programs, food stamps and Medicaid. In a vicious circle, they’ll become dependent on other federal and state programs to make ends meet without the help they received under the emergency federal stimulus program. Likewise, many hundreds of thousands of small businesses that have been hanging on for dear life now face the distinct possibility of closing for good. With their demise would go millions of decent jobs held primarily by hardworking middle-class people who live just a paycheck or two away from financial disaster. The Payroll Protection Program, passed as part of the earlier compromise


between Congress and the administration, gave these businesses a lifeline. Now they’ll drown with the dead weight of an economy still in severe distress. And more workers who were kept on payrolls under the PPP will sink into unemployment. Unfortunately, political leaders in Washington have resorted to the usual foot-stomping and name-calling rather than action on this critical issue. First, the Democratic leadership in the House passed a massive $3.4 trillion bill that some Republicans likened to a Christmas wish list, loaded up with expensive presents for the Democrats’ special-interest friends. Then Republicans in the Senate dithered while they negotiated with themselves over the size of another federal stimulus bill, or whether to pass one at all. This impasse should have been broken weeks ago. The Senate finally did pass a $500 billion emergency bill that would have pumped a considerable amount of money into the economy. When a bipartisan group of House members took the politically risky step of breaking with their leaders to urge passage of the compromise bill, they were beaten back by the leadership. Instead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made the magnanimous (to her) offer

n Washington there’s footstomping and name-calling rather than action.

of a $2.2 trillion bill. In response, the Trump administration has signaled support for a $1.5 trillion bill, which meets Pelosi’s proposal more than halfway. Clearly, there’s room to reach an agreement. Since Congress is thankfully still a bicameral body, with a Senate and not just a House, the deadlock can be broken by serious good-faith negotiations. Trump has said he’ll sign whatever compromise legislation Congress sends to him. And compromise is the key word here. If Congressional leaders have calculated that they can gain more short-term political advantage by fighting rather than settling this dispute, they will have committed gross misfeasance. There was a time not too long ago when $500 billion proposed by the Senate would have been considered huge, and when $3 trillion proposed by the House would have been considered fiscally reckless. But these aren’t ordinary times. The nation is at war with an invisible enemy. There is a number, between restraint and excess, that must be found. If it isn’t, and soon, the number that should be cut is the number of years members of Congress can serve. Maybe it’s time to pass term limits. Al D’Amato, a former U.S. senator from New York, is the founder of Park Strategies LLC, a public policy and business development firm. Comments about this column?

Covid-19 stalks America, unchecked and deadly


hen the coronavirus jumped from bats to humans in a wet market in Wuhan, China, last year, a unique and deadly bug went viral. Viruses are respected and feared by epidemiologists for their ability to spread quickly and mindlessly through unprotected populations. As if to prove how vulnerable every single one of us is, President Trump and his wife tested positive last week. On every level, Randi the pandemic is a kReiss national tragedy, but the greatest heartbreak is that it never had to be this bad. We need and want our president to be healthy and robust. He might have remained so if he had followed the guidelines from his medical experts. They urged him to be more self-protective and more protective of the people around him. Week after week, month after month, epidemiologists and other scientists have been warning us and cajoling us and sometimes begging us to take basic precautions against Covid-19, which got a foothold in America in Janu-

ary and never quit. The doctors told us, and they told the president, that easy, protective measures could be taken to mitigate the fierce death toll that was predicted. Trump chose to play down the warnings, to defy medical advice, to challenge common sense and common knowledge. All this time, leading up to his infection, he refused to wear a mask and keep a social distance from others. He insisted on bringing thousands of people together for political rallies, without requiring them to mask up. He held events at the White House, including his nomination for a second term, with no rules about wearing masks or staying six feet apart. The week before last, at the Rose Garden nominating ceremony for the president’s choice for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, the Trumps mingled with guests and White House staff, with the president leading the mask-free contingent. There was hugging and back-slapping. Within days, Senators Mike Lee and Thom Tillis; the Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University; former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and several other attendees announced that they


had tested positive for Covid-19. We will never know whether it was bravado or fear or defiance that motivated his choices, but Trump’s insistence on encouraging others to throw away their masks with their common sense has resulted in more deaths and more pain than we can bear. He so easily could have saved lives. He could have led the country by example, bringing Americans together in a united effort to wear protective gear and respect social distancing. Every day on the campaign trail, he exposed his staff and the people at his rallies to the rampaging virus. By deriding those who wore masks, he contributed mightily to the problem. We are now beyond 200,000 deaths in the U.S. Psychologists tell us the number is difficult to conceptualize. Human beings can understand one death, in its sad and intimate details. But 200,000? It short-circuits our imagination. The Washington Post ran a story to help readers visualize and appreciate the immensity of the human loss we have suffered. You click on a website and put in your Zip code, and you see a map with your location as ground zero for the dis-

he president so easily could have saved lives if he had just led by example.

ease, and then 200,000 dots, representing Covid-19 victims, on the map surrounding your home. When I did it, my entire hometown of Woodmere was wiped out, along with villages and towns north, south, east and west. Looking at that map with no living souls within miles made the loss very real. It looked as if a nuclear weapon had detonated, with my home as the target. It is sad to contemplate the enormity of our national tragedy, especially now with our president at risk. The coronavirus has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans, in part because leadership chose not to listen to advice from experts who train all their lives to combat rogue epidemics. The president’s choices have been costly, to himself and his family, but mostly to the people of the United States. Now that he is sick, he is getting state-of-the-art care and treatment that should be, but isn’t, available to every American who gets sick with the virus. The Secret Service spends millions of our tax dollars to keep the president and his family safe. Yet he has put himself, his wife and countless others in mortal danger by refusing to wear a cheap mask. Copyright 2020 Randi Kreiss. Randi can be reached at

BALDWIN HERALD — October 8, 2020


Congress is AWOL on coronavirus aid

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