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Friday, March 15, 2019

Vol. 94, No. 11






G.N. school officials outline


$233.6M plan

Preliminary budget benefits from grants, lower retirement contributions BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Great Neck Public Schools administrators pitched a preliminary district budget of $233.64 million Monday night, describing it as a plan that stays well under the tax cap while maintaining the quality of schools districtwide. Overall the proposed budget, if unchanged, would increase 1.65 percent, or just shy of $3.8 million, from the current $229.84 million. Paired with this is increasing the property tax levy by almost $3.95 million, or 1.94 percent, from $203.57 million to $207.52 million. About 82 percent of the budget goes toward programming, with $192.39 million going toward things like teacher salaries, benefits, supervisors, instructional materials and other items. Another 12 percent, or $28.52 million, goes toward capital proj-

ects separate from a $68.3 million bond issue approved in 2017, while administrative costs make up $12.72 million, or 6 percent of the total budget. Superintendent of Schools Teresa Prendergast said the budget is not final and has not been adopted by the Great Neck Board of Education. “I can tell you it is a fluid budget,” Prendergast said. John Powell, the assistant superintendent for business, said the tax levy increase of 1.94 percent theoretically could have been more than double that at 4.09 percent. This is because the $42 million in planned borrowing for capital projects related to the 2017 bond issue, and a higher tax base growth factor would have allowed the schools to issue a larger increase, Powell said. Powell said that right now it Continued on Page 57


Alice Kasten and her daughter Meredith Zolty joke about how Kasten, who received a plaque normally given only to historical landmarks or buildings, is now a “landmark.” See story on page 3.

Great Neck Library debuts $9.65M budget BY M AY L A N L . STUDART

The budget proposal, which is subject to further public meetings and a board vote, The Great Neck Library is essentially flat compared to Board of Trustees held its first the current year’s budget, debudget workshop Tuesday, pro- clining by about $4,000. When posing a $9.65 million budget passed, the budget would be effective from July 1, 2019 to for fiscal 2020.

June 30, 2020. Changes in the new budget include increased interest income, higher rent expenses, a $202,600 increase in salaries and a decrease in library materials and programs. Continued on Page 58

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Kings Point holds on R. Gardens to get park, moves on nodes monitoring wells Board approves ExteNet cell plan, garbage contract Will detect impending groundwater plume BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN


The Village of Kings Point approved a garbage collection contract and a proposal from ExteNet to install cell nodes on Thursday night, but held on awarding a contract to erect a passive park. BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Kings Point trustees delayed awarding a contract to create a passive park on Thursday night but moved to approve a new refuse contract and a proposal to install 31 cell nodes in the village. Kings Point Village Administrator Gomie Persaud said the village opened the bids for creating the passive park off East Shore Road on March 4, with HPC Landscaping being the lowest of two bidders for offering to do the project for $200,700. The other bidder was ADM Landscaping Corp., which sought $272,648.85 to create the park. But the matter was tabled and will most likely be approved at the next meeting on April 18, Persaud said. Stephen Limmer, the village

attorney, said trustees held up on the matter so Kris Torkan, the newest Kings Point trustee, could review the project. Asked about the potential timeline for the project, Limmer said it will likely be decided at the April meeting and that trustees hope to get it done before the end of the year. Trustees did, however, approve a $786,900 refuse contract with Meadow Carting, a Westbury-based garbage collection company, for the fiscal year with an optional two-year extension, Persaud said. This is a $19,150 increase from the previous contract, which was worth $767,650. “It went up a little bit last year, not substantially,” Persaud said. Meadow Carting was the lowest of three bidders, with two other bidders respectively offering $880,784 and $932,500

contracts, Persaud added. In other village business, trustees approved a proposal from ExteNet Systems, which designs, owns and operates distributed networks, to install 31 small cell facilities throughout the village in an effort to improve cell service in the village. Paired with this was the approval of a new village telecommunications law, which aims to accommodate these small facilities and be in compliance with Federal Communications Commission regulations. The village also passed regulations on solar panels, defining them as accessory structures, limiting their size and stating that they cannot be within six feet of a property line or in a front yard, Limmer said. The architectural review board can also permit them as long as they do not adversely impact neighbors.

Lockheed Martin will be installing monitoring wells in Russell Gardens within a month, as a groundwater plume containing harmful chemicals moves northwest toward the village and is expected to pass through sometime in 2020. The underground plume originates from 1111 Marcus Ave., the former location of Unisys, a manufacturing company which dumped degreasers and industrial solvents into underground chambers. This, in turn, leaked carcinogenic chemicals into groundwater, creating a plume. Lockheed ultimately acquired the company in 1996 and sold the property in 2000, but is responsible for managing the groundwater cleanup under the supervision of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the water districts of Manhasset-Lakeville and Great

Neck North. Christine Blumberg, the village administrator, said the installation of the two monitoring wells on the west side of Tain Drive at Northern Boulevard will come at no cost to the village and likely take about a month. “They’re still trying to iron out all the technical stuff,” Blumberg said. Lockheed Martin representatives first told a Russell Gardens Board of Trustees meeting back in September they would install monitoring wells to alert them when contamination reached the area so it could be treated. Eric Weinstock, a scientist contracted by Lockheed, and Glenda Clark, Lockheed’s project leader on cleaning up the contamination, both said at the time that there was “no risk to human health.” This is because the plume is very deep underground and water is treated when it is pulled up, they said.


Representatives from Lockheed Martin address residents of Russell Gardens about concerns of a spreading groundwater plume.

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Kasten honored for service to society BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Dozens of people attended a goodbye party for outgoing Great Neck Historical Society President Alice Kasten at Mediterranean Seafood and Grill on Middle Neck Road last Thursday night, praising her more than decade of leadership and efforts to preserve Great Neck history. Friends and colleagues described Kasten, the group’s president since 2009 and a key figure since 2005, as someone with determination, strength and commitment, who has always stepped up to get something done. They also said she was professional about exerting pressure, as seen in the progress made toward restoring the historic but dilapidated Saddle Rock Grist Mill and Stepping Stones Lighthouse. “Alice is a take-charge individual,” Bob Lincoln, who leads the group’s lighthouse restoration committee, told attendees. “And that’s a compliment.” Kasten’s journey with the historical society began with a collection of postcards and a suggestion from former Great Neck Park Commissioner Evar


Alice Kasten poses with her daughter Meredith for a photo.


“ hey keep saying, ‘It takes a village.’ Well, this organization takes more than a village, it takes nine villages and several unincorporated areas.” Alice Kasten GREAT NECK HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT

Segalowitz, Kasten previously recalled. At the time, Kasten said Segalowitz told her she should attend a historical society meeting because she probably knew more about Great Neck because

of her postcard collection than most people. She has been with the society ever since, forging closer connections with local schools, educational programs

and "preservation campaigns. Kasten said she was retiring so she and her husband, Larry, could move to Orange, Conn., to be closer to their only daughter, Meredith Zolty, who attended the event. The commute from Great Neck, where they have lived for 40 years, is normally about an hour and a half. “It was a really tough decision,” Kasten said. Great Neck Historical Society members also presented her with a plaque, which the group normally gives only to recognize historical landmarks and buildings in Great Neck, outlining her accomplishments. “I’m a landmark,” Kasten joked, to which another member replied, “She’s a monument!” In addition to the plaque, Kasten also received commendations from Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender and state Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso, who could not attend. The Great Neck Historical Society raised $3,083 in the days leading up to the event to go toward the Saddle Rock Grist Mill, with email blasts saying

an anonymous donor planned to match the donations up to $5,000. Kasten was the matcher. Kasten also used the event as a sort of rallying cry, highlighting a rampant “proliferation” of out-of-place homes, the importance of preserving the “wedding cake building” on Middle Neck Road, and stepping up to help the group grow. “They keep saying, ‘It takes a village.’ Well, this organization takes more than a village, it takes nine villages and several unincorporated areas,” Kasten said to laughter. “We really do encompass the whole peninsula, and we need to pull everyone together to preserve our past.” Valerie Feinman, a historical society board member who first met Kasten through an after- school program known as CLASP, said Kasten showed “strength, vision, endurance and perseverance” in her time there. This extended to the historical society, Feinman said, as Kasten has been able to get teens to care about the Saddle Rock Grist Mill. “Quite simply, Alice knew how to get things done,” Feinman said. “She has remained Continued on Page 71


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G.N. incumbents in uncontested races Voters in six villages to cast ballots in contests for mayor, trustee and justice positions BY JA N E LL E


Voters will head to the polls in six Great Neck villages on Tuesday, March 18, casting their ballots in uncontested races with largely familiar faces. The six villages — Great Neck Plaza, ! Great Neck Estates, Thomaston, Russell Gardens, Kensington and Saddle Rock — have a combined population of 15,337 people, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2017. Of these villages, Great Neck Plaza is the only one to pay its trustees, while Great Neck Estates is the only village with four-year terms. Every other elected village official serves two-year terms. In Great Neck Plaza, which is home to more than 7,000 residents, Trustees Gerry Schneiderman and Lawrence Katz are running uncontested for their respective seats. They make $10,000 each in their positions and serve two-year terms. Village Justice Neil Finkston, who has served in that position since April 2010, is also running for re-election. Finkston was a former partner at a prominent Manhattan law firm, he said, before founding his own firm in 2012 in Great Neck Plaza that specializes in appellate litigation. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association and New York State Magistrates Association. “During my time as Village Justice, I have presided over arraignments, plea dispositions and trials, and authored numerous legal opinions on a range of legal issues,” Finkston said. “However, in addition to performing those judicial responsibilities, I am equally proud of the fact that those with business before the court know

attorney who previously served three years on the village’s zoning Board of Appeals, has served since December 2012. Schneiderman said one of his first accomplishments was instituting a five-minute grace period for their parking meters. Additionally, as a liaison to the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District, Schneiderman said he was “instrumental” in organizing the village’s restaurant weeks. “Our summer restaurant programs where we close either Bond Street or Middle Neck Road are highly successful and our residents and their family and friends enjoy eating outside under the stars,” Schneiderman said. Schneiderman also noted efforts to beautify streets and that he is a representative on the Nassau County Village Officials Association. “With your support, I will continue to serve for two more years as a trustee and continue to help provide responsive, effective, local services to the residents of the Plaza, and address local community issues to better your quality of life,” Schneiderman said. Great Neck Estates also has uncontested races for PHOTO COURTESY OF NEIL FINKSTON four-year terms instead of two due a law approved last year. Mayor William Warner, Trustees Jeffrey Farkas and Great Neck Plaza Justice Neil Finkston is one of Ira Ganzfried, and Village Justice Harry Burstein are running uncontested. several incumbent candidates across the Great Warner has served on the Board of Trustees since Neck peninsula seeking re-election. 2001 and began his first full term as mayor in 2017, folthat I am carefully and attentively listening to them and lowing the resignation of former Mayor David Fox. Farkas was appointed in 2015 and serves as the depgiving thoughtful consideration to their case.” uty mayor of the village. Schneiderman has served as trustee since 2000 and Thomaston Mayor Steven Weinberg, whose village is was the chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals from Continued on Page 58 1982 to 2000.! Katz, a certified public accountant and



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Mangano, wife found guilty in retrial Former county executive faces up to 20 years in prison on political corruption conviction

BY J E S S I C A PA R K S Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda Mangano, were both found guilty of corruption charges by a federal jury in a decision released Friday morning. After a seven-week trial in Central Islip, Edward Mangano was convicted on multiple counts of bribery and accepting kickbacks in exchange for governmental action. Linda Mangano received guilty verdicts for obstruction of justice and making false statements to FBI agents about her employment by Harendra Singh, a restaurant owner on Long Island. Both were found guilty of conspiracy to obstruct justice. The Manganos each face a maximum of 20 years in prison. The two will receive their sentencing from United States District Attorney Judge Joan M. Arzack. A date has not been set. Ed Mangano’s bribery conviction is based on a deal he made with Singh, who was a star witness in the trial, in which the restauranteur kicked back money and personal benefits in return for Mangano pushing the Town of Oyster Bay to


Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, as seen leaving the federal courthouse in Central Islip last year. authorize loans for Singh, according to the United State Attorney’s office. The $20-million loan financed Singh’s five vacations, hardwood flooring, a custom-made office chair, a massage chair and a watch he bought for the Manganos, a press release from the United States Attorneys Office states/ Some $450,000 of the loans were allocated to Linda Mangano’s no-show job as director of marketing at Singh’s businesses. She was hired for the position in April 2010.

The trial established that these acts were conducted between January 2010 and February 2015. Mangano served at the county executive from January 2010 until"December 2017. “As found by the jury, Edward Mangano abused his power as a public official by taking bribes and kickbacks from a businessman in exchange for helping him obtain loans worth millions of dollars in taxpayer dollars,” Richard P. Donoghue, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of

New York, said in a statement. He said the defendants then “tried and failed” to cover up their crimes by lying to the FBI and federal prosecutors. The Mangano’s obstructed justice by conspiring with Singh to fabricate work Linda Mangano performed in the bogus position ar Singh’s restaurant, the Water’s Edge in Long Island City, to prevent a grand jury investigation, according to the press release. Linda Mangano then made fabricated statements about her work with Singh to the FBI and federal prosecutors on May 20 and 22, 2015. In a press conference outside of the courthouse, Ed Mangano said that he is now going to go home and take care of his wife “who clearly should not have been charged in the first instance.” He said he is very proud of his service as the county executive. “I would not and could not be bribed by anyone,” Mangano said." “The jury saw that.” His wife said that while there is relief the trial is over, she will not stop fighting for what’s right. The Manganos’ attorney Kevin Keating said the two were “bitterly

disappointed” with the verdict. He said the jury spoke only to the one count over the event with the Town of Oyster Bay and found he had nothing to do with the two cases dealing with Nassau County. Ed Mangano was not found guilty on bribery charges for a contract he gave to Singh to provide bread and rolls to the Nassau County Jail and another contract where Singh provided emergency food to county workers in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. “I remind everyone that Ed Mangano was the county executive of Nassau County, not the Town of Oyster Bay,” he said. “So anticipate a vigorous appeal as it relates that Ed Mangano took official action on behalf of the Oyster Bay matter.” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran issued a press release following the verdict in which she forth changes she made to prevent further corruption in the county. “Today is a sad reminder that for too long, Nassau County’s taxpayers paid a high price for a government that did not work for them,” Curran said. With her anti-corruption measures in place, she said: “Nassau has turned the page.”

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GOP legislators seek elected assessor Seek public referendum to remove appointment authority from county executive BY J E S S I C A PA R K S The 12 Republicans of the Nassau County Legislature proposed Monday a referendum on whether or not to make the county assessor an elected position rather than an appointee of the county executive as is currently the law. Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) said at"a press conference that county residents should have the opportunity to decide if they would like to replace Nassau County Assessor David Moog. Residents would vote on the referendum during the upcoming election in November under the Republican legislators’ plan. If the referendum passes then the assessor will be an elected position in the 2021"election. The candidate would run for a four-year term and will be on the ballot with candidates for other countywide positions. The law would need to be signed into law by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. If she were to veto the GOP legislation, the bill would require a supermajority of 13 votes to pass. That would require one of seven Democratic legislators to join the Republican caucus. The assessor post was changed from an elected position to an appointed one


Republican Nassau County Legislators filed a local law on Monday to establish a referendum for an elected assessor. after a countywide referendum in 2008 when U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) was the county executive. “Laura Curran’s assessor, David Moog, is only answerable to the county executive and has zero-accountability to our residents,” Nicolello said. “Accordingly, the Republican members of the county

Legislature are calling for the position of an elected assessor to be presented to Nassau’s voters for consideration in order to restore trust, transparency and accountability to the assessor’s office.” He said the reassessment process has been riddled with errors and Nassau homeowners is paying the price for those

mistakes. Nicolello said that just last week it was disclosed" that 80 positions for the Department of Assessment were allocated for in the county budget. “These positions remain unfilled,” he said. An elected assessor would be in charge of the office’s budget and would fill those positions if they need to, Nicolello said. Hempstead Tax Receiver Don Clavin, who announced his bid for Hempstead Town Supervisor last month, said that Curran claimed she was going to fix Nassau’s assessment but cannot even fix the broken assessment department. “We need an elected assessor, one who will be accountable to the public, not one who covers-up blunders for the county executive,” he said. Some of the mistakes that the officials pointed out were the posting of the wrong assessment roll in January and a December robocall error in which 400,000 Nassau seniors were worried they were at risk of losing their property tax exemptions. The bill was filed on Monday and will be in front of the legislative committees in April with a full vote from the Nassau County Legislature expected later that month.

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Curran backs opt-out of marijuana sales BY T E R I W EST Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced Tuesday her opposition to the sale of recreational marijuana in the county, debuting her stance at a major public forum: her annual State of the County address.

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The Great Neck Soccer Club, one of Long Island’s premier soccer programs, has been showcasing competitive boys and girls travel soccer teams since 2000. As part of the Club’s programmatic approach to the development of players for our Travel Teams, we are offering Pre-K to 5th grade boys and girls the opportunity to hone their soccer skills through an 8 week intramural program developed and run by our worldclass staff of professional trainers. Our Spring 2019 sessions will begin the weekend of April 13th/14th. All sessions are held after 12:30pm in Great Neck on the weekends. !

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Housing lottery held for 5-9 Grace Ave. More than 70 people sought affordable units at The Galleria; market rate over $3K BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N Great Neck Plaza and the Long Island Housing Partnership hosted a lottery for three affordable housing apartments in the 30-unit Galleria apartment complex at 5-9 Grace Ave. last Wednesday night, with a young family being among the winners. Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender said there were about 20 people in attendance and 73 applications from “all over the place” for three affordable housing units, which included two one-bedroom apartments and one twobedroom apartment. “It was a nice young family with their daughter and they were so excited,” Celender said of the applicant selected for the two-bedroom apartment. “So hopefully they have the right income and qualifications. Hopefully, that two bedroom would be for them.” Celender said that with these lotteries, the first names drawn could be winners and able to move in quickly, but sometimes not everyone is able to meet the qualifications. Other names end up on a waiting list. The Long Island Housing Partnership is working with the developer to ensure compliance with regulations and the


The Galleria, located along Grace Avenue, is home to 30 apartments and two new retail spaces. agreement with Great Neck Plaza over the affordable housing units."The group accepted applications for the units, managed the marketing and then held the lottery. Zoning regulations require that 10 percent of units go toward workforce housing.

Under the agreement, the units can only be rented" only to people with a household income between 50 and 100 percent of the average income on Long Island area as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Hooshang Nematzadeh, the devel-

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oper for 5-9 Grace Ave., said the market rate prices for these apartments tend to be over $3,000 a month. But with the affordable units, the cost is roughly halved, he said. “The one-bedrooms started at $3,300 a month and at the lottery, I believe the affordable or workforce housing, whichever you call it, was $1,585, almost half price,” Nematzadeh said. “And our two bedrooms start at about $4,300 and the two-bedroom unit was $1,890 or $1,880, so less than half price.” Among the building’s features are a gym, rooftop facility, Jacuzzi, balconies and all marble floors, as well as proximity to the train station. Village Clerk Patricia O’Byrne said there are more than 20 affordable housing units in Great Neck Plaza between the 19 at the Maestro at 255 Great Neck Road, which decided to make 20 percent of its units affordable housing, and the three at 5-9 Grace Ave. When the 15 Bond Street development is finished, that will add seven units, while 16 Maple Drive – still going through the approval process – would add two more, O’Byrne said. This number excludes other items in the pipeline, Celender said, as they are in talks with developers.

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Northwell staff rally for Medicaid BY T E R I W EST Health-care workers and politicians rallied in Lake Success Thursday morning against state budget amendments that would lead to more than $1 billion in cuts in Medicaid funding in New York.


“ edicaid cuts threaten our mission and our ability to care for the most vulnerable populations, but nonetheless we will never stray from our mission.” Steve Kramer EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF UNITED HEALTHCARE WORKERS EAST

The rally, one of a handful held throughout the state in recent weeks, attracted many Northwell Health employees, including CEO and President Michael Dowling. Nearly half of the care Northwell provides at Cohen Children’s Medical Center relies on Medicaid funding, said Dr. Jason Naidich, Northwell’s senior vice president and executive director for the central region. Northwell continuously invests in improving community health, he said, through efforts


Northwell Health CEO and President Michael Dowling at the rally that urged for restored Medicaid funding. such as a program that addresses food insecurity. That work is not reimbursed through Medicaid, but would still be dampened by reimbursement cuts, Naidich said. “When you lower reimbursement further, it impairs our ability to continue to make investments for things in which there’s no reimbursement to begin with,” he said. Medicaid is a federal program that operates state-by-

state and supports elderly, lowincome, pregnant, disabled, and child patients. In February, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that since New York would be receiving less income tax revenue than estimated, he was slimming down his proposed budget. Several amendments cut $550 million from the state’s Medicaid program. Since the federal government would have matched those funds, the hit to

the healthcare industry totals over $1 billion. About 200 people attended Thursday’s rally, including union leaders from the eastern chapter of United Health Care Workers, Nassau County Legislators Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) and Carrié Solages (DValley Stream) and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, a Northwell spokesman said. “The energy was great,” Naidich said. “Everyone is united.

This is one of those issues where we all stand together.” The proposed cuts in funding would lead to significant layoffs at area hospitals, said Steve Kramer, executive vice president of United Healthcare Workers East. Some hospitals could even close, he said. “We’ve seen that happen before,” Kramer said. “Local hospitals are the mainstay for certain towns and communities. That’s certainly very possible at this point. Some are right on the fringe.” Though the cuts would impair Northwell, Naidich said he wanted to reinsure patients that its hospitals would still be there for them. “Medicaid cuts threaten our mission and our ability to care for the most vulnerable populations, but nonetheless we will never stray from our mission,” he said. “We’re never going to walk away from the people we’re committed to serving.”" The advocacy will culminate in a rally in Albany March 19. The union plans to have more than 100 buses of protesters attend from throughout New York, Kramer said. The union held a similar event in 2018 to push for improved funding. “We were able to set them back last year, and we’re determined to do whatever it takes to make it happen this year,” Kramer said. “It’s too important for patient care, it’s too important for seniors and those who have chronic illnesses.”

Manhasset woman allegedly stole $10M BY T E R I W EST A 74-year-old Manhasset woman was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing more than $10 million over the course of eight years from real estate investors, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York.


“ s alleged in the indictment, Kay devised a real estate scheme built on tall tales to fleece investors out of millions of dollars.” Richard Donoghue UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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skyscrapers, that she had inherited in Japan, according to the federal court’s indictment. Kay, 74, was charged with wire fraud. Kay had not inherited any of the real estate, according to the indictment, but convinced investors to supply more than $10 million for fees and taxes she said were required to sell the properties. Kay pocketed the money, the indictment says. The scheme occurred between Jan. 1, 2010 and April 15, 2018 “As alleged in the indictment, Kay devised a real estate scheme built on tall tales to fleece investors out of millions of dollars,” stated United States Attorney Richard Donoghue in a press release. “With today’s arrest, this office begins the process of bringing justice to the victims.” Kay could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud if convicted, his office said.

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Nassau’s stake in congestion pricing


assau County residents already paid high taxes before President Trump and a Republican Congress capped the deduction for state and local taxes at!10 percent to help pay for tax cuts for large corporations and the very rich. Taxes were raised even further for half the taxpayers when County Executive Laura Curran correctly ordered the reassessment of all properties in Nassau. (We’ll skip, for the moment, the half of taxpayers who will actually see their taxes go down following the reassessment). And now Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have come up with a plan to raise revenues for long overdue subway repairs that includes congestion pricing – a toll to enter the central business district south of 61st Street in Manhattan. Should Nassau County residents and their representatives support this new expense to the many commuters on Long Island who drive to work in the city? Well, yes. In fact, hell yes. The income of many county residents – and all the good things that pays for in Nassau – is tied directly to the economy of New York City. And the economy of New York City is directly tied to a transportation system that carries more than 1.4 million people to work each day. And that transportation system is a mess. State and city officials said the $1.4 billion a year raised by the plan could be used to back bonds of $20 billion to $22 billion over five years. The money, according to a release from the governor and may-

or, would be dedicated to MTA capital needs “with priority given to the subway system.” This, combined with other funding sources, would be a step toward creating a well-funded and well-managed MTA. For Long Island Rail Road riders, this would mean new train cars, upgraded switches, improved stations and modernized technology and communications. That would be in addition to a reduction in traffic on Manhattan streets, cleaner air and a safer place for pedestrians. The tolling plan would feature higher!tolls at peak times – a format that has enjoyed great success across the globe. What the actual cost of tolls would be is still up in the air. A task force created by Cuomo proposed last year that drivers pay $11.52 to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street. The plan drawn up by Cuomo and de Blasio also calls for additional sources of revenue and changes to the MTA. The new sources of revenue proposed so far would come from an internet! sales tax and the planned sales taxes on marijuana, which the Legislature is expected to soon legalize in the state. We assume Nassau residents and legislators who oppose the sale of marijuana for recreational use by adults in the county would accept this money — !as long as it was generated outside of Nassau County. Other revenue ideas include reinstating the 0.45 percent commuter tax on the income of people who live in the New York suburbs. Republican legislators, along with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, succeeded in abolishing the tax in 1999.

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We expect that there would be little appetite among Long Island representatives for the tax, which would cost $450 for a person making $100,000 a year. Although Long Island residents and representatives might want to keep in mind that former MTA Chief Joseph Lhota noted in 2012 that the authority subsidized the Long Island Rail Road by $7 per ride compared with $1 per ride for the subways. Opposition to congestion pricing has generally come from lawmakers who represent the borough outside Manhattan and the suburbs. Long Island lawmakers say they now back congestion pricing, but want LIRR commuters to see some money from the new tolls and for drivers paying bridge tolls not to be double charged. That seems reasonable. These lawmakers could play an even more important role by pressing for changes needed to ensure that the money collected for both the subways and the Long

Island Rail Road is better spent. A New York Times investigation in 2017 found that the estimated cost of the East Side Access project to provide a stop at Grand Central Terminal for Long Island commuters had ballooned to $12 billion, “or nearly $3.5 billion for each new mile of track – seven times the average elsewhere in the world.” This, as the Times noted, was at a time when the MTA had cut back on core subway maintenance. The Times also found that trade unions closely aligned with Cuomo and other politicians have “secured deals requiring underground construction work to be staffed with as many as four times more laborers than elsewhere in the world.” Cuomo’s plan does call for consolidating the MTA’s six entities, which could cut costs and make the authority more efficient. But the biggest savings probably would entail renegotiating union contracts to change work rules and consolidating the work-

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forces of the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. Renegotiating union contracts ought to be easier than it sounds, thanks to the ridiculously wasteful rules that have been in effect for many years. Due to those rules and other mismanagement of capital projects, there is such a backlog of what needs to done in the MTA system that union members could be guaranteed all the work they want – as long as they agree to actually work. The plan put forward by Cuomo and de Blasio also calls for the creation of a six-member oversight board for capital construction and congestion. Long Island’s legislators must ensure that this board must be structured to add accountability, not more bureaucracy. New Yorkers deserve a modern transit system on par with the best around the world. Building one is crucial for the future of the New York Metropolitan area, including Nassau County.


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Immigration reforms — start deciding


ow do you feel about the H1B visas for highskilled foreign workers? What about the H2B visas for seasonal workers? When we move to other considerations of policies and practices, the complexities increase geometrically. How many immigrants should we admit each year? What should be the criteria for admission? How should we address distributions among nations and ethnicities? Last week’s hearings in the House spotlighted real, mounting emergencies on our Southern border, showing them to be humanitarian family crises, not invasions of terrorists. The U.S. chief executive has declared a national emergency to build a wall: Is that the best approach? The large global issue of refugees and asylees is seldom adequately explained or understood. Both the folks granted asylum and those accorded refugee status must prove that they have a “well-founded fear of persecution” if they remain in their own nation, but the

process and places for U.S. acceptance evaluations are hugely different. How should our nation respond to the nearly 11 million unauthorized immigrants (critics refer to them as illegals)? Should DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) initiated by President Obama be sustained to protect undocumented people who were brought to this country as children? How do you feel about such a decision being reached by executive order? Your own views and values on these enumerated issues can be more significant than you may realize. This list for immigrant decisions is far from complete. As indicated in my previous column, Hofstra University plans to be part of national conversations that bring citizens into the immigration deliberation process, using guidelines from the Kettering Foundation for National Issues Forums. It has been more than three decades since President Reagan and Congress agreed on some major actions. Then in

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field 2013, the Senate mustered 68 votes for comprehensive immigration reform, but that bill was blocked by the Republican Freedom Caucus in the House. We currently admit 1million immigrants a year, the majority of them guided by the landmark 1965 Immigration Act, which emphasized family reunification. Donald Trump has derided this as chain migration; he calls for new criteria seeking immigrants who can bring skills needed in the United States. The president also surprised many listeners by saying in his

State of the Union Address that he favors an increased number of legal immigrants. His only elaboration so far is emphasizing that approved immigrants should benefit the United States. Numbers of Americans who are supporters of Trump believe that we already have too much “pluribus” and not enough “unum” in our nation. Any new legislation will need to address their argument that reductions in numbers and in diversity (even pauses in annual immigration) are necessary to reclaim our cultural unity. Reducing numbers, they argue, should be accompanied by more explicit efforts to Americanize newcomers, including emphasis on use of English and ending bilingualism in schools. Do these advocates have a racial subtext in their cultural anxiety? Could they be comforted if standards are set so more immigrants will be white, not people of color? Some immigrant opponents also call on the United States to deport everyone who is here illegally.

They contend that people who operated outside the law should not be advantaged over those who have followed the process of waiting their turn in line. The nationalities of newcomers in recent decades have been determined by their relatives who preceded them (many were refugees and asylees in the 1960s and ’70s). The unanticipated ethnic consequences of the still prevailing 1965 family legislation mean that the overwhelming majority of newcomers are people of color. Congress has the power to legislate annual numbers and criteria for admission. When will our elected officials be inclined to act on issues that have gone unattended for decades? These unsettled matters continue to polarize our politics? The bipartisan 1986 immigration act during Reagan’s presidency sought to resolve the unauthorized problem by granting amnesty and a path to citizenship for three million people. Continued on Page 52


Are you smarter than a microwave?


ccording to a recent article in the New York Times, a stampede of smart appliances is heading toward the homes of America… perhaps even yours! Amazon invited reporters to its Washington state headquarters last September to show off a dazzling array of 70 new devices or services, all “smart” and internet-ready. One such item was a smart plug that automatically connects to WiFi and guarantees that any smart appliance plugged into it will obey your voice commands. That confuses me, though — how was the appliance smart before, if it needed a special plug for that? And just what kind of commands would you be giving an appliance anyway? After “coffee maker on!” and “coffee maker off,” what is there left to say? “Coffee maker, tell the toaster it’s a slacker?” Another smart gizmo was a microwave oven that was powered by Alexa. The Times

reporter was entranced by the possibility of someday avoiding “the fuss of having to push buttons to pop a bag of popcorn.” We might even be able to bark out instructions without ever leaving our sofas… except, who is going to take the box out of the cabinet, carry the popcorn to the microwave oven, open the door and put it in? And as long as you’re up, what’s so hard about pushing the button marked “popcorn?” My problem is that the folks who do the automating never automate the parts I most dislike. Let’s say I buy one of their smart refrigerators, which rats me out to Amazon whenever the flaxseed or kale runs too low. And let’s assume that their drone has found me, and succeeded at leaving the box of groceries on my doorstep. My question is, who’s going to do the tedious work of putting it all away? Not to mention throwing out all the fuzzy blue leftovers, to make room for the new stuff? Who’s washing out


A Look on the Lighter Side all the yucky Tupperware, and taking the garbage bag to the curb? Certainly not the coffee maker! That part doesn’t interest anyone in Silicon Valley, apparently. Amazon said it was working to make Alexa “more opinionated and personal.” That’s great. Just what every home needs: another teenager! A bionic one, to boot — so that not only does it think it’s smarter than you — that’s nothing new — but it can

turn off your lights and your phone if you violate its curfew. Amazon, Google, and Apple are racing each other to be the ones to supply us with smart doorbells, surveillance cameras and front door locks. What could possibly go wrong with that? You might even be able to access the video from your neighbor’s front doorstep. The corporations say it’s so we can see why our packages go astray, but I think we’ll be finding that many more things go astray than just packages. Not content with causing trouble around the neighborhood, the tech giants want to connect every home with the entire grid. That means a pretty big world. What I don’t see, anywhere, is how anyone will help us when that grid goes down. Or worse yet, when it’s been hacked. My own personal computer crashed last week for 36 hours, and my life was difficult enough, trying to type all my emails on my smartphone’s excuse for a key-

board: “PLs excxsuse tyyypos…” I did not look smart. But it could have been so much worse. At least my computer wasn’t running anything truly essential… like the front door lock… or the microwave… Or the toilet! The most amazing smart appliance now on offer is an internet-connected, smart toilet…for a mere $7,000, or thereabouts. I say that for that kind of money, it had better put the seat down itself. It had better clean itself, too. But even if it does all of that, still I have to ask: How smart does a toilet need to be? In fact, let’s just ask the toilet: “If you’re so smart, how come you’re still just a toilet? Don’t you aspire to anything higher in life?” “Like what? A bleeping microwave oven?” OK, toilet’s got a point. If there’s one thing I need less than a bionic teenager, it’s a smart appliance with a potty mouth.

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Can you trust your drinking water?



o you trust your drinking water? If your answer is no, what are you going to do about

There are 2.8 million Long Islanders dependent upon on a sole-source aquifer system for groundwater, which means the water that pours from the tap in our homes is being pumped from beneath the Earth’s surface –" the same surface that is constantly being polluted by us in the form of pesticides, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, roadway runoff, and aging septic systems and sewage treatment plants. Compounding the problem are the 258 state and federal environmental cleanup sites on Long Island, five (four state, one federal) of which are located in Port Washington, per a Newsday report dated March 31, 2017. (Please find this report and click on the interactive map of Long Island to educate yourself on the location and details of these sites. I found it highly informative and noted that sev-

eral of the sites in our area and neighboring areas are due to dry cleaners. Dry cleaners! Maybe we should rethink the use of the dry cleaning chemicals polluting groundwater?) Growing up locally, I can still recall the stench of the Port Washington Landfill, a Superfund* site located across from Bar Beach, which the Town of North Hempstead had closed a decade earlier. Our lacrosse team would cover our noses/faces as our van drove past the landfill on our way to practice at Hempstead Harbor Park each day. The Environmental Protection Agency’s report on the Port Washington Landfill reads: Operation of the landfill resulted in an off-site soil gas plume composed of methane and volatile organic compounds. VOCs are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air. Following immediate actions to protect human health and the environ-

FRANCINE FURTADO Earth Matters ment, the site’s remedy was put in place. During a water program I helped to produce for the League of Women Voters last spring, our keynote speaker, Sarah Meyland, J.D.—a water specialist and professor in the Department of Environmental Technology and Sustainability at New York Institute of Technology—was asked by the audience her opinion of the quality of the drinking water in Port Washington.

Sarah, who is the foremost authority on Long Island’s water and its aquifers, stated that the Port Washington Water District does an excellent job at providing its community with highquality water. She advised the community to read the annual report produced by water districts for information on local drinking water quality, including the water’s source, contaminants found in the water, etc. Additionally, the EPA asks water companies to check drinking water samples for 28 potentially dangerous contaminants that are not now regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. So we know our water district is doing a good job keeping listed contaminants below the standards, but what about our exposure to the contaminants that AREN’T regulated? What other substances were present for which the government has no recommended limit? Or that they aren’t looking for…yet. In December 2018, a state

panel recommended new drinking water standards for maximum levels of three contaminants (PFOS, PFOA and 1,4-dioxane) associated with manufacturing, firefighting foams and household products in what would be some of the most enforceable drinking water standards in the nation. Win for us. Stanley Carey, superintendent of the Massapequa Water District who is also a member of the Drinking Water Quality Council, and the Chairman of Long Island Commission of Aquifer Protection, voted against the standards. Let me remind you that LICAP, according to their website, “was formed to address both quality and quantity issues facing Long Island’s aquifer system.” In an article for Newsday (“New Drinking Water Standards Would Be Toughest In Nation,” December 18, 2018) he is quoted as saying: Continued on Page 53


Trump budget reveals callous priorities


have to admit, Trump’s budget is daring. No other president would dare slash Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, environmental protection, education funding by over $2 trillion and without a care. Here’s what I don’t get: why is it that Republicans claim that raising taxes on the wealthiest won’t address budget deficits, but cutting Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, environmental protection, education funding, will? In fact, the budget that the Trump administration just released doesn’t even pretend that the pain it would cause would address budget deficits, which are expected to run a record $1 trillion a year for the next four years, and, oh yes, the national debt hit $22 trillion. And Trump’s trade wars, which are damaging the economies of allies and hurting U.S. exports, hasn’t actually produced jobs or benefited the economy): the trade deficit hit a record, $891.2 billion last year. It seems that Trump’s budget is just throwing numbers against a wall, with no real expectation that

the Democrats, who control the House, will go along. So in fact, it is more of a political statement: We can punish the vulnerable because we can. “No President has done more in two years to strengthen our military, restart our economy, and reform our government than President Trump — promises he made while running for office,” said OMB Acting Director Russell Vought. (Actually, Trump promised to keep Medicare, Social Security intact and deliver health care that would be cheaper and better.) But, Vought admits, “This great progress is threatened by our unsustainable national stands at more than $22 trillion. Annual deficits are continuing to rise and will exceed a trillion dollars a year. And it’s projected that interest payments on the national debt will exceed military spending by 2024. Washington has a spending problem and it endangers the future prosperity of our nation for generations to come.” Actually, Washington has a revenue problem – the tax cut did not trickle down, did not result in


Pulse of the Peninsula new investment and tax revenues. Trump’s solution? Make the tax cuts permanent. Remember, the mounting deficits at a time of economic prosperity – what happens when the inevitable business cycle turns down? (First thing: blame Democrats). The way the budget is constructed, it assumes that the economy will be strong forever – that jobs will be so plentiful you can require people to have a job in order to get food stamps. The military industrial com-

plex is getting a 5% boost, to a record $750 billion, even more than the Defense Department asked for. And of course, there is $8.6 billion for the border wall, that no one wants. How is the 5% increase in military spending paid for? It cuts $2.7 trillion including $1.9 trillion in “mandatory spending” (otherwise known as “entitlement programs” like Social Security and Medicare) over the next 10 years. It cuts millions out of the Job Corps training program, $600 million out of 85 cultural and exchange programs at the Department of State (no need for cultivating hearts and minds!) On the other hand, you know what is a priority? Not improving public schools, but spending $15 billion for school choice, designed to undermine public education. Some $327 billion in “savings” are extracted from social safety net programs, with a work requirement for SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid and housing programs. “18-55 year olds are expected to work.” It also makes the tax cuts

from 2017 permanent – a bone to Trump’s base. The administration is seeking $200 billion more in infrastructure spending, but guess what is cut out? Not a dollar is being allocated for the Gateway Tunnel, a clear demonstration that Trump intends to use infrastructure funding as a political slush fund, to reward supporters and harm opponents. “Inaction would be catastrophic not just for the region but for the entire national economy,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “The Trump Administration must stop playing political games and holding this funding hostage. If the federal government refuses to fund this project, then the President will have to answer to the travelers and businesses across the Northeast who rely on this critical transit corridor.” “The Trump budget is breathtaking in its degree of cruelty and filled with broken promises,” Senator Bernie Sanders, a declared candidate for president, stated. “At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, Trump’s budget Continued on Page 53

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Fears of anti-Semitism in America?


fter a week mired in controversy surrounding another round of anti-semitic statements from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in which she questioned whether Jewish Americans were truly loyal to the United States, the past few years of GOP leaders blaming America’s ills on shadowy cabals of “globalists” who seem to share the same characteristics inherent in many of the tropes that have been historically used to demonize Jews, the question bears mentioning, should Jewish Americans be worried for our future in the United States? As significant factions on the left and right have been resistant to condemn such rhetoric, Jews have grown increasingly worried with how we are vulnerable to the rise of a politics fueled by emotions and blame rather than facts. Moreover, with hate crimes on the rise across the country, and with the FBI’s 2017 statistics finding that 58 percent of

religiously motivated hate crimes targeted Jews, these concerns have unfortunately manifested themselves in reality. Such fears are furthered by Omar’s latest statement since we know how allegations that Jews were not truly “loyal” members of their nation have served as one of the many reasons for why many of our ancestors left the countries in which they lived before. My family left Eastern Europe for the United States in the early 1900s when pogroms forced Jews to flee the region rather than meet their ruin. After arriving in America, my ancestors enjoyed the wonders of what it is to become an American. My grandparents’ generation fought in WWII, they created family businesses, my parents spent their careers as public school teachers, and I, as a lawyer, have taken an oath to support our Constitution. This trajectory, despite our county’s significant shortcomings at times, is what

America’s civic culture is designed to make possible, and is what has made our country a unique place for the Jewish people as well as so many others. Our culture is one built upon a system of ideals and shared values as opposed to any specific creed, and is, therefore, designed to offer a promise that America will be a uniquely welcoming place. And yet, today many of us have real concerns for our future. Our concerns are not solely because of the words of any individual politician, but also because of the reality that history continues to move and repeat itself. Jews leaving their countries of origin is, unfortunately, not a thing of the past. Tens of thousands of Jews have emigrated from France over the last decade and nearly 40 percent of British Jews stated in a recent poll that they would “seriously consider” emigrating if Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Prime Minister of

the United Kingdom. None of this is to say that hope should be lost. Instead, the adversity the Jewish community faces should serve as a reminder for all of us to hone in on what makes America special. In creating a system where shared values can rise above immutable characteristics, our country has built a home for Jewish Americans where, despite our concerns, we do not feel “othered” in the way we did in so many countries where our ancestors previously resided. It is our hope that our fellow citizens will reject those bigotries that have caused us harm in the past and still do today so that my generation of Jews can tell the generations that follow us that America will always be our home. Peter Fishkind Great Neck

How we can relate to Donald Trump “I love Donald Trump!” That’s what Vladimir Putin would say. Trump is great. He should be put into the same category as Abraham Lincoln. He is causing Americans to fight with each other, perhaps eventually to death. Lincoln at least had good cause: an attempt to bring about the end of slavery. For Trump, there is one basic that many people fail to comprehend. He cares only about himself and those at the highest economic levels of our society. Billionaires and millionaires. That’s Trump’s favorite targeted market. How can “we the people” relate to those favored few? Do you really want to comprehend the huge difference between us and them? Let’s compare a wage earner with a

salary of $86,400 per year vs. a millionaire and a billionaire. First, you might ask, what is the significance of that $86,400 number? From a mathematical point of view, if you were to count to 86,400, assuming it would take one second to count for each number, " it would take 86,400 seconds to reach that number. That number is the number of seconds there is in one day or 24 hours. For those who are not sophisticated in math, simply multiply 60 seconds (one minute) x 60 minutes (number of minutes in one hour) x 24 hours (number of hours in one day) and, you have reached 86,400. To summarize, if you earned $86,400, it would take one day of counting to reach that number. To reach 1 million, it would take 1

million seconds or approximately 11 1/2 days. For a billion, just add three zeroes to "11 1/2 days which results in approximately 11,500 days. In terms of years, that’s 31 1/2 years compared to your one day. Yep, you can surely relate to them and you can be assured that this class of people is concerned with your interests and is looking out for you. As for Trump, he would say that the calculation was “fake math,” like “fake news.” Trump is in the class of billionaires and if you think he cares about you, would you be interested in buying a used car or some highly touted fake stock? Don’t you all get it? Trump thinks that most of us not in his economic class are stupid, and since in reality he is a great salesman, he gets

many of us to believe whatever he says. As for Putin, can anyone who calls him a friend be a friend to America? Putin loves when Americans fight with each other. Apparently, Trump does too. It’s OK for us to have differences. It’s part of the American way, but that is no reason to hate the other side. We, as Americans, should have concern for each other. The bottom line: We are all Americans and it is the president’s job to unite us, not divide us, unless his first concern is his financial well-being and for those close to him. If that is the case, may God help us all. Alvin H. Goldberg Great Neck

Vote Haagenson, Comer, Ficalora in Port


n Tuesday, March 19, the village of Baxter Estates will hold nonpartisan elections for mayor as well as two seats on the board of trustees. We hope our fellow Baxter Estates residents will join us in supporting Mayor Nora Haagenson, Trustee Charles Comer, and Trustee Christopher Ficalora for re-election. Since moving to Baxter Estates, we have been impressed by how well the village is governed and, in particular, by the mayor and board’s commit-

ment to environmental responsibility. Mayor Haagenson and the trustees are doing important work with the county and state to stabilize our beach, which is eroding badly, leading to frequent flooding on Shore Road. They participate in a water conservation program with the Port Washington Water District, Residents Forward, and the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee. They have worked to keep our Village green by establishing a three-person Tree Commission that reviews ap-

plications for tree removal and a Tree Re-Leaf Fund to plant new trees. We feel blessed to live in a place of immense natural beauty and are grateful for our mayor’s and Trustees’ efforts to preserve and beautify

our waterfront environment. The polling place for all village residents is Village Hall, 315 Main St., and the polls are open from 12 to 9 p.m. Please take advantage of your right to participate in your village gov-

ernment, and get out and vote for Mayor Haagenson, Trustee Comer, and Trustee Ficalora. John and Kim Keiserman Port Washington

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LIRR upgrade plan at Islanders arena


ith 31 months left before the scheduled opening, “Belmont contract extended 1 year” (Jed Hendrixson, March 1) could also mean that LIRR improvements may not be completed in time to coincide with the promised fall 2021 opening of the Belmont Park Islanders Arena.!! In January 2018, former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota informed the Empire State Development Corporation that there is no current Penn Station capacity to support new Belmont Park service.! He said!that his agency must first perform a planning study.! The study started in July with a promised completion date of September.! Why the six-month delay in making it public?! ! They have yet to even make a presentation to the monthly LIRR or full MTA committee board meetings.! ! The MTA has never committed to a new schedule and date for the release of the study.! A continued delay could imply that both feasibility and costs have been found to be prohibitive.! ! Gov. Cuomo’s current $168.2 billion budget contains no additional funding for this project.! The same is true for his proposed $175 billion new budget.! MTA Long Island board member Mitchell! Pally!said the cost could be several hundred million. Newsday’s “The Point” reported a cost of between $100 to $400 million. The MTA estimated $300 million. A New York

Post editorial predicted a cost of $1 billion. These non-existent dollars would have found and amended into the current MTA $32 billion 2014-2019 Five Year Capital Plan for supporting the design, engineering and construction of future Belmont Park LIRR capital improvements.!!Including any funding in the upcoming MTA 2020-2024 Five Year Capital Plan would be too late for completion of LIRR work to support the promised Fall 2021 Belmont Islanders Arena opening. Cuomo’s promise of significant increases in LIRR service to coincide with the Islanders’ Hockey Team stadium planned opening in 2021 at Belmont Park continues to be unrealistic. Improvements to the Belmont Park LIRR Station and additional track interlockings to provide frequent service could take three to five years.! We may just end up with shuttle service between Jamaica and Belmont Park LIRR stations. The most difficult challenge will be providing full-time rush hour evening service.! This may not be possible until both East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal begins in 2023 and renovations to all four East River Tunnels are completed by 2032.!! There is also the need for a bus terminal to accommodate Nassau InterCounty Express, NYC Transit and private bus operators, who may establish new routes for

serving Belmont Arena.!!Will upgrades to the existing Belmont Park LIRR station include a bus terminal to accommodate Nassau Inter County Express bus, NYC Transit bus, MTA bus and private bus charter operators? Many! future employees at the Belmont Park Islanders arena, hotel, retail, restaurants and conference center will be dependent upon bus service to access job opportunities. Using the Metro Card with a free transfer from the NYC Transit subway to NICE Bus would only cost $2.75.! They could ride the bus vs. more expensive LIRR fares.! How is the Empire State Development Corporation planning for establishment of these future services? !How will taxi, Uber, Lyft and other car services be accommodated? Will any potential future MTA, LIRR, NYC Transit bus, MTA Bus or NICE bus transportation facility, other capital and service transportation improvements be paid for by the developer or MTA?!! The Empire State Development Corporation,! the project’d sponsor, is following the state SEQUA and not!federal National Environmental Protection Act. Following NEPA is necessary to preserve eligibility for potential Federal Transit Administration funding opportunities to pay for any planned transportation improvements.!! Will these funds appear within the future MTA 2020-2024 Five Year Capital

Plan?! The MTA has been working behind closed doors on this document.! They first have to find $4.3 billion to fully fund the $6 billion Second Avenue subway Phase 2, $1 billion more each to complete the $11.8 billion LIRR East Side Access and $2.6 billion for the Main Line Third Track along with NYC Transit President Andy Byford’s proposed $38 billion accelerated NYC capital improvements program.!! He calls it Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize NYC Transit subway and bus system.! ! This is looking for $19 billion under the next Five Year Capital Program.! Some want billions to accelerate bringing more of the 471 subway stations into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.! Others want billions more to increase the numbers of new and rehabilitated subway cars and buses.!!Historically, these plans are adopted one year late.! Funding for the future Belmont Park LIRR capital improvements might not be available until 2021. Larry Penner (Larry Penner is a transportation historian, advocate and writer who previously worked 31 years for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office." This included the development, review, approval and oversight for grants supporting billions in capital projects and programs on behalf of the MTA, LIRR & NYCDOT)."

Who has read mayor of VGN’s plan?


he devil is in the details.! Buried deep within 237 pages in Tables that are often too small to read and critical Footnotes that many ignore is the stuff you need to see for yourself. If you haven’t read it — all of it — please do not criticize the 1 percent of residents who have and therefore can make a sound evaluation and critical assessment.! What the mayor and board do not want you to know is as follows: The current version of the mayor’s revitalization plan gives the mayor and his silent board virtually unlimited, unprecedented power

to bring any type of business activity he wants as long as it is characterized as an incentive. That’s what Great Neck residents, mayors and community leaders need to know. In one example, it was discovered that construction of Millbrook Court is slated for April 2019.! One hundred new apartments will be added — though oddly enough — the mayor and his deputy mayor argued against this fact at the recent public hearing on March 5.! Amy Glass jumped to her feet when she heard what she recognized as false

information coming from the dais. Every resident is entitled to know what is taking place, for fact, in their own community.! The Millbrook Court information is posted in Table 19 of the Draft Generic Environmental Study, line 15, plus Footnote 6 (page 105 of PDF document). ! Keep in mind, the above is but one example.! Like I said, the devil is in the details.! And this mayor and this board are counting on residents not taking the time or possessing the skill set to read — and read thoroughly — what they have envisioned for our future.

A Thomaston resident and engineer shared these remarks when I requested that he read the 200+ pages of Environmental Impact Study plus 107 pages of the actual VHB plan, he said, “It will take several attorneys, multiple architects and multiple engineers to decipher this information.” ! I ask you, does the average Great Neck resident stand a chance in deciphering what the heck is going on in his own community?! You be the judge. Judy Rosenthal Great Neck

Middle Neck Rd. an ‘embarrassment’


’m busy all week, but observe one consistent thing about Great Neck: For over two decades now, Middle Neck Road from Linden all the way to Kings Point, especially in the vicinity of Fairview Avenue and Young Israel, is a disgrace and an embarrassment of emptiness and deterioration. ! Storefronts which are only useful to serve as dumps for periodic local political campaigns predominate. Austin Street in Forest Hills, from whence we came, remains to this day a

thriving mecca. Obviously, in the new marketing economy, there is little hope after 20 years, these scores of empty storefronts in Great Neck will ever bear viable businesses. While these properties remain vacant, our locals who wish to downsize from houses have very few upper-middle or high-end condominium units from which to choose. That North Shore Towers should be the “naturally-occurring retirement community” for Great Neck is absurd. But the selection up north is equally limited for those younger locals who want condos and/or

cannot afford houses. This silliness like the recent war until the North School lot was approved for groundbreaking is why I limit my local involvement. Only local stupidity can be the cause of more than two decades of obfuscation of the obvious. Of course, we don’t want to create Queens Boulevard on Middle Neck Road, but contrary to the hysterics around here of pseudo-intellectuals who oppose everything, another two or three modern-day versions of One Kensington Gate is exactly

what the Middle Neck Road corridor needs. It would appear that people around here with little else to do would like to keep these debates going for the rest of our natural lives. Reminds me of fights amongst faculty in university settings: “The fights are so great because the stakes are so small.” Jeffrey Wiesenfeld Great Neck Letters Continued on Page 51


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The Great Neck Teachers Association presents our second annual...

Join us for a colorful day of family fitness and fun! The Color Fun Run/Walk is an untimed 3K fun run for all ages and fitness abilities. Along the route, participants pass through vibrant color zones and end the course with a celebratory festival, making it an unforgettable and vibrant community event!

When: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 9:45 AM (*Check-in will begin at 9:00 AM!) Where: Great Neck South High School, 341 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, New York 11020 Cost: $15.00 per person (participants pre-registered by May 5th) $20.00 per person (participants pre-registered by May 18th) $25.00 per person (participants registering on race day) (* Price includes registration fee, race bib, color packet, and t-shirt!) Visit by May 5th, 2019 to register early and to learn more! 100% of proceeds will support students in attending the Great Neck Public Schools Summer Programs!


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Buzz shuttle service to get some tweaks Closer drop off to train, improvements possible; subscription-based bus back in spring BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N The buzz of the town is taking a break. The Great Neck Buzz, a subscriptionbased shuttle service for commuters formed in partnership with Transdev – which operates the NICE bus system – and the Great Neck Park District, debuted in January. Buzz featured pickups and drop-off points planned in advance built around subscriber preferences and ferried commuters into 14-person vans to and from the train station at peak hours. It targeted areas with higher concentrations of commuter parking lot users in hopes of easing stress on parking lots and reducing reliance on cars in the Great Neck area. But while shuttle service’s pilot period is over, the program will be coming back after getting some tweaks, the Great Neck Buzz posted on Facebook March 5. “On behalf of Buzz and the Great Neck Park District, we would like to thank you for riding with us during our pilot program,” the group posted. “We are now working to optimize the service thanks to your ridership data and performance feedback. We hope to be back on the road soon!” Great Neck Park District Commis-


When the Great Neck Buzz shuttle service debuted in January, local officials praised the initiative. sioner Bob Lincoln said some of the changes could include dropping people off closer to the train station in Great Neck Plaza and working out issues for getting to trains in the afternoon.

“They’re going to rework it and come back in about a month with a revised plan that’s going to be a little more responsive to what the commuters are looking for,” Lincoln said on Monday.

“We don’t have a specific date yet, but NICE bus and Transdev are already working on making some changes and adjustments,” Lincoln added.

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Swim laps for a worthy cause on April 7 Young children, teens and adults of all ages are invited to make a splash for a worthy cause at NYU Winthrop Hospital’s 18th Annual Swim-a-Thon. This fun-filled, family-friendly event raises vital funds for the hospital’s Child Life Program and will take place on Sunday, April 7, from 7 to 11:30 a.m., at Hofstra University’s Swim Center. The Child Life Program is an essential component to the overall care of pediatric patients and their families at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Through the program, highly trained certified child life specialists utilize play and education to improve a patient’s understanding of medical procedures; teach relaxation techniques to help young patients cope with illness or surgery; and provide emotional support for the patient’s entire family. The program is supported in its entirety by philanthropic contributions. It

relies on support derived from annual events such as the Swim-a-Thon, which has raised more than $450,000 to date for the Child Life Program. The Swim-a-Thon was conceptualized by Ron Marino, associate chairman of pediatrics at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Nearly two decades ago, Marino,

an avid swimmer himself, came up with a unique idea — connect a physical activity with giving back to the young patients he adores. Thanks to his passion, along with the growing support of community members, local businesses, and staff, the event continues to grow in both size and impact.

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“Over the years, the Swim-a-Thon has brought together scores of community members for a healthy activity that is not only fun, but garners vital support for a program that minimizes fears and enhances the hospital experience for so many young patients,” said Marino. Schools are invited to

participate in groups, and community members are welcome to swim, support a swimmer through a sponsorship pledge, or attend just to splash around or view the fun. There is no age requirement for participation — all ages are welcome. What’s more, individuals who do not wish to participate but wish to

make a donation in support of a swimmer can do so. Each year, the Swima-Thon is enhanced by an outpouring of support from community members who donate their time and services to make this a fun, family-centered event. Participants will enjoy swim coaching by Bryan Kurt from Open Water Swim LLC; live music by the Mineola High School Jazz Ensemble and Central Beat rock band; crafts provided by Cathy Grossfeld of All About Kids; yoga by Donna Dragani; photography by Anne Lucas of Moments Captured, and more. The registration fee for adults is $20 and $10 for children ages 4 to 17 or students with a valid school ID. Each swimmer receives a towel and swim cap with registration. For more information, to sponsor a swimmer, or to register, visit or call (516) 663-8275.

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Northwell to sponsor Lustgarten walks The Northwell Health Cancer Institute announced today that it will serve as the presenting sponsor for the five" Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Walks in the New York metropolitan area. Northwell will team with the Lustgarten Foundation in supporting community walks to increase awareness of the disease and promote early detection, treatment advances and innovative research. The shared goal is to cure pancreatic cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of only 9 percent. More than 56,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease this year nationally and almost 46,000 will people will die from it."" The Lustgarten Walks offer patients, survivors and loved ones a day of hope, where everyone in the community can come together in the shared goal of raising awareness and funding for this incredibly challenging disease. The familyfriendly walks, which include food, raffles and prizes from vendors, offer a sense of community to those who are battling this disease and a support

system for survivors." “With such low survival rates, there’s a tremendous need to collaborate with experts in this oncology specialty,” said Dr. Richard Barakat, physician-inchief and director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute, and senior vice president of the health system’s Cancer Service Line. “We can only move toward a cure for pancreatic cancer with increased public awareness and collaboration on innovate research aimed at advancing more clinical trials for patients.” Northwell will sponsor the following walks: March 31, New York City– Pier 62-63 at Hudson River Park April 28, Westchester – Rye Playland Park July 21, Brooklyn – Marine Park at Carmine Carro Community Center Sept. 8, Staten Island – Franklin D. Roosevelt BoardwalkOctober 6, Long Island – Jones Beach State Park “We are delighted to be partnering with Northwell Health for our walks in the New

York metropolitan area,” said Kerri Kaplan, president and CEO of the Lustgarten Foundation." “Not only do our walks raise critical funds, but they provide an opportunity for the pancreatic cancer community to come together for a day of hope and inspiration.” Dr. David Tuveson, Lustgarten’s chief scientist and the director of the Cancer Center and the Lustgarten Foundation Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), and his team are collaborating with Northwell physicians to create pancreatic cancer organoid models from patient tumors. Organoids, which were developed by the Lustgarten Foundation Laboratory at CSHL, are threedimensional cell culture systems which reproduce a patient’s tumor to test it repeatedly with different drugs. Northwell and CSHL have successfully completed their first organoid research study. The next step will be to enroll patients in a nationwide organoid clinical trial in which Northwell will participate and that will be funded by the Lustgarten Foundation.


Participants at the start line for the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk. The Northwell Health Cancer Institute is a presenting sponsor forfive walks in the New York metropolitan area this year. The Northwell Health Cancer Institute is in the early stages of developing a comprehensive pancreatic cancer center. The program’s major components will include surgical, radiation and medical oncology, interventional gastroenterology, pathology, radiology, endocrinology, palliative oncology, cancer genetics, nutritional counseling,

social work and other services. To register for any of the walks, visit: or call 866-789-1000. To learn more about the Lustgarten walk program, view this video: watch?v=kgkXT6mJPTI

Northwell docs remove Lenten Sacrifice ‘glowing’ brain tumor and Serve series In a medical first on Long Island, neurosurgeons at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) have removed a glioblastoma brain tumor using a new imaging tool that transforms the way diseased cells are targeted. Gleolan is an optical imaging agent – or dye – that illuminates a tumor as bright pink hue against a blue background of healthy brain cells. “Glowing” cancer cells makes it easier for neurosurgeons to remove as much of the tumor as possible without affecting the normal brain tissue. The procedure to remove the glioblastoma in Robert Mosley, 83, of Queens Village was performed by Dr." Michael Schulder," director, Northwell Health’s Brain Tumor Center and vice chair of neurosurgery at NSUH and Long Island Jewish Medical Center." “One of the challenges in brain tumor removal is knowing where the cancer cells end,


Dr. Michael Schulder performed the first case on Long Island using new Gleolan imaging dye which illuminates brain cancer cells. and the healthy tissue begins,” said Schulder. “Gleolan is another imaging tool we can now use in the fight against brain tumors. The illuminated colors provide a more precise map of the tumor itself, so we can remove as much of the cancerous

cells as possible, while preserving healthy brain tissue. For patients with gliomas in particular, Gleolan offers real time, high resolution delineation of malignant tissue during the surgery.” A few hours before Mosley’s Feb. 19 surgery, he drank a half cup of Gleolan. The compound turns harmful tumor cells bright pink or magenta, increasing their visibility under a special blue light, so that the neurosurgeon can perform a more thorough tumor removal. As part of the post-surgery recovery, patients using Gleolan must remain in a relatively dark environment for up to three days. In an initial randomized, controlled clinical trial performed in the United States, some patients were given Gleolan before glioma surgery. They had twice the rate of survival without progression after six months compared to those patients who didn’t receive the dye.

Jean Kelly, executive"director of the Interfaith Nutrition Network kicks off the Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran’s Lenten “Sacrifice and Serve” speaker series. As part of the Sunday 10 a.m. worship experience throughout Lent a special guest exemplifies the Lenten call to “Sacrifice and Serve,” providing opportunities to learn of those caring for others, and to lift them up in prayer for their service, and be inspired to consider personal opportunities to serve God in similar means of thanksgiving. Kelly shared touching stories about how their services have positively impacted the lives of the guests the INN serves. The mission of The INN is to address the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing and supportive services in a dignified and respectful manner for those who seek the organiza-

tion’s help. Upcoming guests are: Neela Mukerjee Locke, American Red Cross (emergency response) on March 17; John Durso, Long Island Federation of Labor (labor/workforce) on March 24th; Thomas Suozzi, U.S. congressman (public service) on March 31st; and Drew Scott, Opioid Addiction Task Force Leader and News Broadcaster (addictions) on April 7th. All are welcome. The church is located at 1901 Northern Boulevard (northeast corner of Copley Road), Manhasset.

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Singas touts gun reform measures Nassau County DA reviews state and county laws in place to combat gun violence BY J E S S I C A PA R K S

A pink-clad assault rifle, six pen guns and a TEC-9 were just a few of the firearms obtained by Nassau County officials in a gun buyback program this" month that procured 366 weapons in total, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. At a “Gun Sense” forum hosted by the League of Women Voters at the Port Washington Public Library last Thursday night, Singas provided attendees with a rundown on the state of the county in terms of gun"legislation. The buyback program was implemented by the county to get illegal guns off the streets. In this case,"people brought their guns to a drop-off location in Uniondale and received money in return from the county. No questions were asked about the origins of the gun. She said a number of the firearms they received had a defaced serial number, which is considered a telltale sign of illegal use. Singas said the county had a"decline of 108 violent crimes that involved the use of a firearm from 2016 to 2017. There were 204 crimes recorded for 2017. She said there were 364 gun"crimes in Suffolk County in 2017 and neighboring Queens had 932. Singas created a school safety task force as a result of the 2018" school shooting in Parkland, Fla. She said when she was listening to news" re-

ing events. The county’s fight against gun violence has also been aided by legislation passed on the state level.


“ never want to be in a position of waking up the next day and saying, “Wait a minute. What did we know about this shooter and when did we know it?” Madeline Singas NASSAU COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY


Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas discusses state and county gun control measures. ports and her office was being briefed by law enforcement officials, it was upsetting for her to see that there were a lot of signs that were missed and that people knew information that they thought they couldn’t do anything about. “We have to be prepared,” she said. “I never want to be in

a position of waking up the next day and saying, "“Wait a minute. What did we know about this shooter and when did we know it?” The task force not only focuses on school safety but other locations that are considered soft targets such as shopping malls, movie theaters and sport-

Singas discussed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act that was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn. He calls the measure the toughest gun control law in the nation. Some of the provisions included in the law are the expansion of the definition of an assault rifle, only allowing for the sale of magazines with a capacity of 10 rounds or less; requiring ammunition dealers to conduct background checks before a sale; requiring mental health professionals to report patients they deem likely to harm themselves or others; a univer-

sal background check provision; and requiring gun owners who live with a person convicted of a felony or domestic crime or have been involuntarily committed or under a protection order to lock their guns. “We know that since the SAFE Act was passed the number of violent crimes committed with a firearm dropped by 1 to 2 percent and New York now has the lowest suicide rate of any state,” the district attorney said. Singas said the Legislature has been very productive this year in passing new gun legislation. This includes so-called red flag legislation that permits family members, law enforcement and school officials to seek a court order for a person who is considered likely to harm themselves or others to relinquish their firearms. Other measures recently passed include preventing teachers from carrying a firearm on school property, a time extension on background checks and a bump stock ban. Singas said that this past week the state Legislature also passed a safe storage bill, which requires gun owners to keep their firearms in a locked cabinet if they have children in the home who are 16 years old or younger. She said a large number of these common-sense gun proposals are not drawn on party lines and can make sense “whether you’re in the NRA or not in the NRA.”


Discover the North Shore’s role in aviation Long Island’s North Shore has played a significant role in the development of the nation’s aviation history, and the Great Neck Historical Society will explore the region’s involvement in its next program, which is free and open to the community, next Monday, March 18. Nassau County Cradle of Aviation Museum Academic Coordinator Richard Angler, who has played key education roles at the facility, will discuss “Long Island’s Significant Contributions to the Development of Aviation and Space Flight” at 7:30 p.m. at Great Neck House. “In less that 80 years, aviation has grown, boomed, and declined on Long Island,” according to Joshua Stoff, curator of the Aviation Museum. “However, Long Island has helped transform aviation from a dangerous sport to a viable means of transportation. It has also produced a large portion of the nation’s aerial arsenal in time of war. The many record-setting and historic flights that transpired here, and the many avia-

tion companies that developed here, made aviation the integral part of our world that is today.” Although there are currently no aircraft being built entirely on Long Island today, there are more than 240 companies producing a wide variety of parts for virtually every American aircraft. Angler was the lead educator and point-of-contact with NASA for their “Teaching from Space” program, which allowed students to speak with international space station crewmembers. He also contributed to NASA’s “Museum In a Box” program by developing lessons with aeronautics themes. He had previously worked as an educator in the Rockville Centre public schools. Following his talk, Angler will answer audience questions. For further information about the program and other Historical Society activities, visit or call 516-288-6124.

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Lawyer Francis McQuade to oppose Singas BY T E R I W EST Lawyer Francis “Frank” McQuade has announced his bid for Nassau County district attorney along with a slate of other Republican candidates challenging incumbent Democratic county and town officials. McQuade is one of several Republican candidates entering his first ever bid for political office. Newcomer David Yaudoon Chiang will challenge town Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey for North Hempstead’s District 4 seat and Ragini Srivastava will face District 2’s Peter Zuckerman. David P. Redmond, who challenged Town of North Hempstead Clerk Wayne Wink in 2017, is running for town supervisor. Port Washington’s Ronald Rochester is running for receiver of taxes. He staged an unsuccessful bid for Port Washington police commissioner in 2015, and according to his website, is a retired U.S. Department of Treasury special agent and spent over a quarter century in law enforcement. “They’re excited to be running,” District 6 Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio said of the North Hempstead Republican candidates. “They’re excited to be involved, and I think it’s a really quality ticket.” Dina De Giorgio, a Republican, is seeking re-election and will face challenger Mariann Dalimonte of Port Washington. De Giorgio is currently serving her second term for the district that represents Port Washington, Flower Hill, the Plandomes and Munsey Park. Donald X. Clavin Jr. is challenging Laura Gillen for Hempstead town supervisor. He is currently the town’s receiver of taxes. Though he a member of the Republican Party, McQuade told Blank Slate Media that the district attorney’s office should be more independent as it tackles political corruption. The fact that he has stayed away from political office throughout his career is a testament to his commitment to being that independent voice, he said, in contrast to District Attorney Madeline Singas, who McQuade contended was brought up in the Democratic “appara-


Republican Francis “Frank” McQuade is running for Nassau County District Attorney against incumbent Madeline Singas. tus.” “This office will not be a forum or a luncheonette for a" political corruption witch hunt,” McQuade said. “If the elements of the crime, are there we will prosecute, but I believe political connections can kill the heart and soul of the district attorney’s office.” The Long Beach resident’s other priorities as district attorney would include vigilance in prosecuting gangs and reforming the office’s approach to civil liberties, he said. With a low crime rate in Nassau County, the office has some room to work on reforming procedures like asset forfeiture, which McQuade said is often used as too punitive a measure. McQuade owns a law office in Long Beach and Brentwood. Rochester will run against North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman. He earned a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Southern California and studied accounting at Fordham University, according to his LinkedIn page. He has coached youth football and basketball in Port Washington, where he

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has lived since 1989, and in 2012 was inducted into the Port Washington Youth Activities Hall of Fame, according to his website. Redmond, who is seeking Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth’s seat, has a background in electrical engineering and technology. At the time of a 2017 interview with Blank Slate Media, he had been a volunteer firefighter with the Mineola Fire Department for more than a decade. He was born and raised in Mineola, according to his website and like Rochester graduated from Chaminade High School. Chiang, who lives in Manhasset, was a major advocate for the Town of North Hempstead’s legislation banning the sale of recreational marijuana, De Giorgio said. As for herself, De Giorgio said she is looking forward to focusing on revitalizing Sunset Park in Port Washington as well as Main Street." She spearheaded an effort on the town board to ban the town from working with companies that boycott Israel. The town unanimously passed the legislation in April of 2017. “I think that the issue of anti-Israel sentiment is sort of coming back again,” De Giorgio said. “I think that’s something that the town was sort of ahead of the curve on that, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

De Giorgio has lived in Port Washington for more than 20 years and is an attorney at a family law practice there that she owns.


“ his will be my fourth contested election, and I’m confident on my record and how hard I’ve worked for the community.” Dina De Giorgio DISTRICT 6 COUNCILWOMAN

“This will be my fourth contested election, and I’m confident on my record and how hard I’ve worked for the community,” she said. “I’ve been able to help a lot of people along the way and I think that people will remember that when they go to the voting booth.” Nassau County District 9 Legislator and Presiding Officer Richard Nicollelo is seeking re-election. He has represented the 9th District, which includes parts of Manhasset, Roslyn, the Willistons, Mineola and New Hyde Park, since the county Legislature was formed in 1996. James M. Greenberg is challenging Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (DGlen Cove) for her 11th District seat.



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Coming up at the Great Neck Library Great Neck Library Director Search Committee Community members who are interested in helping the library find a new library director may apply for membership on the Director Search Committee. Two seats are available for members of the public to serve on this committee. To apply, members of the community can send a letter of interest by March 22 to: The Chair of the Director Search Committee, c/o The Director’s Office, Great Neck Library, 159 Bayview Avenue, Great Neck, NY 11023. Committee meetings will take place on weeknights. Availability to attend is required. Board of Trustees Meeting at Station Branch A regular meeting of the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Station Branch Library, 26 Great Neck Road (2nd level), above Best Market, Gardens at Great Neck Plaza. All are welcome. Confirm with the Library at 516466-8055 that there has been no change in meeting date, time, or location.

Author Julie Dobrow at Main — “After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet” Author Julie Dobrow will speak about her book, “After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of

America’s Greatest Poet,” the untold story of the extraordinary mother and daughter who brought Emily Dickinson’s genius to light, on Tuesday, March 19 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave. Dobrow is a professor with appointments in the Department of Child Study and Human Development at the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and serves as director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. She is a Great Neck school alumna. Allies in Wellness with Librarian Mimi Rabizadeh at Main Join librarian Mimi Rabizadeh in a spiritual discussion on living creatively and accessing your higher consciousness on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Large Multipurpose Room, Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave. Registration suggested by calling 516-466-8055 ext. 218/219 or register online. AARP Tax Assistance at Parkville AARP Tax Preparers will assist in

preparing and filing simple Federal tax returns online only on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last appointment at 1 p.m.) and continue every Wednesday through April 10 at the Parkville Branch, 10 Campbell St. (off Lakeville Road), New Hyde Park. You must have an appointment and bring all relevant tax papers, including a copy of last year’s return, photo identification, copies of Social Security cards for all individuals on the tax return, all tax related forms (example: W2, bank statements, real estate statements, etc.) and a canceled check. Call 516-466-8055, ext. 273 for further info or to make an appointment. Matinee Film at Main The next Wednesday Matinee, based on the true story of Forrest Tucker’s escape from San Quentin at the age of 70, will be shown on March 20 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave. The film will also be shown on Thursday, March 21 at 2 p.m. at the Station Branch, 26 Great Neck Road (2nd level), above Best Market.

Great Neck Community Education The Great Neck Public Schools Community Ed program is looking forward to warmer days ahead with the release of our spring and summer course catalog. With the addition of several new courses as well as the return of old favorites, this season is sure to be an exciting one full of learning, growth, and new possibilities. The Community Ed Spring/Summer 2019 Catalog has been mailed out, and registration is in progress. If you haven’t received your catalog, please call (516) 441-4949, or email gncontinuinged@, and we will send one out to you. You can also peruse the catalog online at www.greatneck.k12. We hope you enjoy our newly renovated website as well as a new online registration system. The Community Ed program is located at 30 Cumberland Ave. in Great Neck, one block south of Northern Blvd. and Lakeville Rd. Most classes begin in April. Day Trips Our unique trip offerings are oneof-a-kind experiences. We take care of everything, including luxury coach bus transportation, meals, and private docent-led tours, so participants can relax and enjoy the day. Upcoming trips in and around New York City include: Classical Music Experience at Carnegie Hall (May 1); New York Botanical Garden (June 11); Behind the Scenes at Radio City Music Hall and the New York Public Library (June 20); and Citifield Tour (Sept. 21). Additionally, the following out-ofstate spring trips are scheduled: HillStead Museum/Private Home in Farmington, Connecticut (May 16); Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan,

Connecticut (May 30); and Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey (June 4). All trips depart and return to the Community Ed center on Cumberland Ave. Theater Trips Recent theater trip offerings have included My Fair Lady, Carousel, Three Tall Women, Pretty Woman, Hello Dolly!, The Band’s Visit, Come From Away, Little Foxes, War Paint, and Dear Evan Hansen. Some trips include meals before or after the show; others, with meals on your own. Due to time constraints, theater trips are announced through email only – be sure that we have your email address to stay informed! Creative Arts & Crafts Ready to get your creative juices flowing? Sign up for one of our many art courses, such as calligraphy, fused glass, painting, pottery on the wheel and hand building, printmaking, silversmithing, and sketching. Our building is equipped with jewelry, stone, painting, and pottery facilities. Our newest creative courses include Abstract Painting; Advanced Portraiture: Painting with Models; Figure Drawing; Introduction to Printmaking; Portraiture: All Levels; Sketching Techniques; Crochet and Knit Out of the Box: A Modern Approach; The Art and Science of Aromatherapy: Summer Essentials; and Chakra Balancing and Color Therapy. Fitness and Movement Get moving with activities like aerobics, weight training, water exercise, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Tai Chi, meditation, and dance. We offer courses for all fitness levels, including Gentle Stretching, Movement for those with Parkin-

son’s, Seated Exercise, and Beginner Line Dance. Three new additions in this season’s catalog are Creative Belly Dance, Oh My Aching Back!, and Seated Qi Gong Exercise. Foreign Languages We offer beginner through advanced courses for foreign languages, including Chinese, Farsi, French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish, and Yiddish. Enrichment & Learning New art history courses include A Study of the Impressionists, and PostImpressionists: Variety in Art. New programs with a historical focus include Founding Fathers: The Age of Andrew Jackson…(1828–1836); Presidents of the Jazz Age!; and FDR and the New Deal (1932–1940). We are also offering two exciting new one-session courses titled A Happier You, and Coco Chanel: The Woman, The Legend.

These courses join a popular line-up of book groups, writing workshops, and group discussions about current events, sports, and more. Games We offer Bridge, Canasta, and Mah Jongg, for beginner and advanced levels. Music, Performing Arts & Entertainment Share your musical talents with courses like Singing for Fun, or join the Cumberland Singers! Our instrumental courses can teach beginners to play the piano or the guitar. Personal Development Learn about accident prevention and get savings on car insurance by completing a Defensive Driving course, or join an engaging community with REAP (Retired, Energetic, Active People). Classes for Teens Offerings for teens include exam preparation courses for the ACT, PSAT, and SAT, as well as NYS-approved Driver Education. Additional information is available by calling Community Ed at (516) 4414949 or visiting our website at www. Registration can be completed over the phone, via email at, or though our new online registration at gnpscommunityed. Links and instructions for online registration are also available on the Community Ed website. Join us for another exciting season at Community Ed! Be sure to follow Great Neck Community Ed on Facebook for the latest updates about our classes and trips.

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Comic McHale at The Paramount


oel McHale, one of the most sought-after comedians and actors in the industry, will head to The Paramount as part of their popular comedy series on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. McHale was most recently seen in the film “The Happytime Murders” alongside Melissa McCarthy, as well as in Netflix’s “A Futile & Stupid Gesture” opposite Will Forte in which he played Chevy Chase, his former co-star on the NBC hit comedy “Community.” He recently hosted “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale” on Netflix, a half-hour topical series that took a sharp, absurdist look at pop culture and news from across the globe. In 2015, McHale wrapped the 12th and final season of E!’s “The Soup,” in which he satirized pop culture and current events. He is best known for his starring role on “Community,” which ended its sixth season on Yahoo! after five seasons on NBC. McHale previously starred in “The Great Outdoors” on CBS, where he played a renowned adventure reporter who took a desk job in the digital department of a magazine. He was also seen on Fox’s revival of “The X-Files,” where he played a conservative news anchor. Other starring feature roles include “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas” opposite Robin Williams, the Jerry Bruckheimerproduced supernatural thriller “Deliver Us from Evil,” the Warner Brothers’ romantic comedy “Blended” alongside Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, Seth MacFarlane’s comedy smash “Ted,” David Frankel’s “The Big Year,” Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant,” and “What’s Your Number?” starring Chris Evans and Anna Faris. In 2014, McHale hosted the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, DC. He also hosted the 2015 ESPYS on ABC. In!the fall of 2016, McHale released his first book, “Thanks For The Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be,” which is part memoir, part self-help guide. Born in Rome and raised in Seattle, McHale was a history major at the University of Washington where he also was a member of their championship football team. He received his Master’s of Fine Arts from UW’s actor’s training program.

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The top seven events


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KISS: End of the Road World Tour

Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.



The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, known for their larger-than-life, blistering performances of classic songs like “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” have said that this tour is devoted to their millions of KISS “Army” fans. Where: NYCB Live, Home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale Info & Tickets: 516-231-4848 or 800-745-3000 •

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 3pm TICKETS: $48, $42, $35

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Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. The comedian, actor, writer and television producer known for hosting E!’s “The Soup,” portraying Jeff Winger on the NBC sitcom “Community,” and starring in films such as “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World” and “Ted,” will perform his latest stand-up show. Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: 631-673-7300 •

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Planting Fields Perambulation Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m.


Celebrate the start of spring with a brisk, 4 to 5 mile, moderate-hilly hike along the wooded trails of this Long Island gem, where you can stay to see the greenhouses and Camellia House. Meet in the parking lot closest to the entrance.


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International concert and recording artist Maxine Linehan charts the course of Petula Clark’s extraordinary career by performing her well-known songs, including “I Know a Place,” “Color My World,” “This is My Song,” and her signature hit, “Downtown.” Where: Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City Info & Tickets: 516-877-4000 •

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for the coming week


Sid Jacobson JCC’s Eat. Bid. Laugh!

Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Sid Jacobson JCC will host its annual Eat. Bid. Laugh! An Auction & Epicurean Event. This year’s festivities include a performance by Emmy Award-winning comedian John Mulaney, tastings from top local restaurants, and extensive silent auction prizes. Where: Fresh Meadow Country Club, 255 Lakeville Road, Lake Success Info & Tickets: 516-484-1545 ext. 141 •


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Trial: A Benefit-Staged Reading Presented By WellLife Network

Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m.

Trial tells the provocative, true story of a young woman waiting for judgment in the bureaucratic system of the afterlife where she finds herself in the role of judge and jury to determine the eternal fate of her father, the man responsible for her abuse and death. Where: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville Info & Tickets: 516-299-3100 •

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Experience Hendrix

Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m.

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Its 9th Annual “Oldies Concert” Saturday, March 23, 2019 • 6 PM to 11 PM Starring “ The Rockinghams” “Tina & Vinny Entertainment”


adagascar — A Musical Adventure

Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m., and Sunday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. (ongoing performances through April 28) Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure that is based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture. Where: John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport Info & Tickets: 631-261-2900 or





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Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 12 to 1 p.m.

In honor of Women’s History Month, adults and children 8 years and over are invited on a historic walking tour of Cold Spring Harbor as an educator shares stories of Rosalie Gardiner Jones and other local suffragettes who helped change history. $12 per person; online registration required. Where: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St. (Route 25A), Cold Spring Harbor Info & Registration: 631-367-3418 or


ini Masterpieces

Saturday, March 23, 1 to 3 p.m.

Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about artists Georgia O’Keeffe and Laurel Burch. Children ages 3 and up will learn about their impactful lives and create their own masterpiece of art to honor their legacy. Free with museum admission. Where: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City Info & Registration: 516-224-5800 or


n 80s Arcade and Karaoke Night

Saturday, March 23, 7 to 11 p.m.

Bring the whole family out and relive the glory days of the 1980s while playing classic arcade games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong and singing your hearts out to ‘80s karaoke music. $15 advance tickets, $20 at the door. Where: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City Info & Tickets: 516-572-4111 or


yrical Lemonade presents: Lil Mosey

Thursday, March 28, 8 p.m.

Teen music fans can hear 16-year-old rap prodigy Lil Mosey, who started making music in the eighth grade. Drawing comparisons to Drake and influence from Meek Mill, Mosey is a hip-hop wunderkind. Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: 631-673-7300 or

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SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH | 10:00am


SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH | 1:00pm




Youth Film Day is a free program designed for emerging filmmakers in grades 7-12. Produced by Hofstra University and GCIFF, student filmmakers are invited to participate in a day full of film activities, panels, workshops, and special giveaways. Participants will have the opportunity to submit their own short films for awards and feedback.

Finalists chosen from over 1,000 submissions take the stage in the second round of competition! Help us find Long Island’s next big act and enjoy an evening of the best new local talent! Performances are at the Gold Coast Arts Center theater.

Join us for a FREE screening of the Academy Award winning short film INOCENTE, an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist, the transformative power of art and the new face of homelessness in America: Children.







The Gold Coat Arts Center Gallery will showcase the work of art students from the School For The Arts in the 2018-2019 year. Come marvel at the student’s work and acknowledge all the time and effort they put into their creations.

In 1952, Rose Miller returns to her rural hometown to care for her ailing mother. When Rose decides to embark on a filmmaking project in her local community, she is enchanted by a local man who is deaf, and must decide if she has the courage to follow her heart.

Barry Avrich’s gripping new documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz—the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history.



Choose your own dates and schedule your Pre-K through 8th grade children for a fun, exciting and active day while school is closed! Experience sessions in Art, Music, Chess, and Acting, taught by experienced teachers.



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A tribute to Petula Celtic Woman comes to Long Island Clark on March 23 International concert and recording artist Maxine Linehan brings What Would Petula Do? A Tribute to Petula Clark to the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 23. The acclaimed solo concert is currently performing across the U.S. and will tour Europe and Australia in 2020. A live album of the show that was recorded in Paris will be released this year. Linehan made her professional theatrical debut in Ireland at the age of 17. She has performed for thousands at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including sold-out shows in

New York’s Lincoln Center. In What Would Petula Do?, Linehan and her band take the audience on a musical journey of Clark’s career — from her early, popular recordings in the 1940s, through her megastardom in the 1960s, to her award-winning performances in film and on Broadway right up to the 1990s. Songs in the performance will include “I Know a Place,” “Don’t Sleep in the Subway,” “Color My World,” “Old Devil Moon,” “The Sound of Music,” “This is My Song” and, of course, “Downtown.” Other credits for Linehan include a debut studio

album, Beautiful Songs, which was a top ten pick by USA Today and received a rave in The New York Times. In 2018, in response to gun violence, in support of the students of Parkland, Fla., and in collaboration with over 50 musicians, Linehan co-wrote and performed the original single, “Living Proof.” What Would Petula Do? will begin at 8 p.m. on the Westermann Stage in Adelphi’s PAC Concert Hall. Tickets start at $35, with discounts available to seniors, students, alumni and staff. Information is available at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516-877-4000 or Regular box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 1 to 6 p.m., and the box office is also open for two hours before most scheduled performances. Ticket sales and additional information are available online.

Grant winners to perform at Adelphi The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of the prestigious 2019 Jonathan Larson ‘82 grants: Julia Gytri and Avi Amon (book, music and lyrics), Emily Gardner Xu Hall (book, music and lyrics), Andy Roninson (music and lyrics) and Ben Wexler (music and lyrics). All will receive grants of $10,000, as well as additional support in the form of residences, concerts and recording grants, valued at over $50,000. Three of this year’s recipients, Roninson, Gytri and Amon, will be honored at Adelphi’s Performing Arts Center with an evening of performance featuring their works as part of the Larson Legacy Concert Series. The series celebrates the next generation of creative artists

at Larson’s college home to carry on his legacy. On Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m., Jonathan Larson Grant winners Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek will present songs and scenes from their musicals “Afterwords” and “Afloat,” as well as never-before-seen works in process, at Adelphi’s Performing Arts Center. This past fall, another 2018 Larson grant winner, singer and songwriter Jay Adana performed a concert of pieces from the new musical, “The Loophole,” with her original music and lyrics, based on the book by Zeniba Britt. The Jonathan Larson grants are given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers to help continue Tony Award-winning composer Jonathan Larson’s dream of infusing musical

theatre with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality. Past recipients of the Larson Grants include Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“Dear Evan Hansen,” “The Greatest Showman”), Dave Malloy (“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”), Amanda Green (“Hands on a Hardbody”), Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (“Next to Normal”), Joe Iconis (“Be More Chill”), Matt Gould (“Witness Uganda”), Michael Korie (“War Paint,” “Grey Gardens”), Shaina Taub (“Twelfth Night”), Max Vernon (“KPOP,” “The View UpStairs”) and Michael R. Jackson (“A Strange Loop”). See more about Larson on Adelphi’s web. For more information about this year’s Jonathan Larson Grants, see an American Theatre Wing story.

Since its debut, global musical sensation Celtic Woman’s concerts continue to touch the hearts of a huge audience that spans the globe.# Both an accomplished recording ensemble and a world-class performing collective, Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland’s rich musical

and cultural heritage, while continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland’s most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage.# Celtic Woman continues to transcend national and cultural boundaries to celebrate the timeless emotion of Ireland’s centuries-

old heritage. A one-of-akind live act, Celtic Woman combines the country’s finest musical talents with epic stage production to present a uniquely inspiring live experience.# Ancient Land# represents the next chapter of their extraordinary musical journey, with a performance to take place at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available for sale by going to The Tilles Center is located at 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville.

Music’s Hall’s H.S. recognition program The Long Island Music Hall of Fame has announced that it is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 High School Recognition Program. Top-rated participants will be invited to be part of the Hall of Fame’s 2019 Holiday Concert at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. 2018 Holiday Concert participants were the Great Neck Orchestra and Chorus, the Oyster Bay Wind Ensemble, the Herricks Jazz Ensemble, the Uniondale Show Choir and the Northport Touring Choir. The ensembles performed with Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductees and friends, including saxophonist Richie Cannata, an original member of the Billy Joel band, drummer Albert Bouchard, founding member of Blue Oyster Cult, and “America’s Got Tal-

ent” season 11 finalist, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti. The Long Island Music Hall of Fame# School Recognition Program is designed to identify Long Island high school music programs that are creating notable music experiences for their students and incorporating the national and New York state standards for the arts in creative and meaningful ways.# Based on an application submitted by the schools, several high schools will be recognized by the Hall of Fame. Application categories included program details, inclusion of national and state standards for music in curriculum, facility, staffing, and community and board support.# Applications are reviewed by a panel of music educators, some of whom have been recog-

nized as the Long Island Hall of Fame’s Educators of Note. The Recognition Program application is available for download at: The-LIMHoF-HS-Recognition-Program-Application-2019.pdf. “The role of music educators in our society is to nurture and develop the talents of young people through their work in schools. We’re grateful for the commitment these programs have demonstrated on a personal and professional level,” said Tom Needham, a Long Island Music Hall of Fame education committee chair. “In the coming years, we hope to strengthen our ongoing partnership with the music educator community through our High School Recognition#Program, Educator of Note Award and expansion of our scholarship program. We hope that all of Long Island’s music programs will continue to partner with LIMHOF# so that music education will be recognized and the achievements of our students celebrated.”

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Cinema Arts to host Stan & Ollie screening After the recent success of the Sony Pictures biopic “Stan & Ollie,” the Cinema Arts Centre will pay tribute to one of the greatest comedy duos of all time. The Huntington movie theatre will be showing four of Laurel and Hardy’s short comedies, including the Academy Award winning “Music Box,” at a family-friendly screening on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m., a great way to introduce a new generation to the comedic magic of Laurel and Hardy. Laurel & Hardy’s physical comedy is undeniable, and the comedic formula that they developed was simple but enduring: two friends who possessed a combination of utter brainlessness and eternal optimism or, as Laurel himself described it, “two minds without a single thought.” They frequently managed to convert simple everyday situations into hysterically disastrous tangles by acts of incredible naïveté and incompetence. The team had attained enormous popularity by the end of the silent era, which carried over well into the talkyera where their genius and wide array of eccentricities could be fully revealed. The following films will be shown in the

screening:! “Helpmates” (1932): Oliver’s house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophes ensue. Somehow, however, Stanley manages to complete the job by the time Oliver leaves to pick up his wife at the train station. As a finishing touch, Stan decides to start a nice fire in the fireplace, using a can of gasoline to hurry the process along. (USA, 1932, 21 mins., English | Dir. James Parrott) “Their First Mistake” (1932): Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and Stanley can continue to carouse. But upon returning home with the infant, they find Mrs. Hardy missing, a divorce summons waiting, and a sleepless night awaiting them caring for the squalling baby. (USA, 1932, 21 mins., English | Dir. George Marshall) “County Hospital” (1932): Visiting Oliver in the hospital where he’s recovering from a broken leg, Stanley wreaks havoc on both his friend (getting Oliver strung up

from the ceiling by his cast-encased leg), as well as the doctor, who winds up dangling out the window. After they’re ordered out, Stanley tries to drive Oliver home, unaware that he’s just accidentally injected himself with a powerful sedative. (USA, 1932, 19 mins., English | Dir. James Parrott) “Music Box” (1932): “Music Box” is Laurel and Hardy comedic absurdity at its best, and one of Laurel’s personal favorites, winning an Oscar for Best Live-Action Short. The Laurel & Hardy Moving Co. have a challenging job on their hands (and backs) — hauling a player piano up a monumental flight of stairs to Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen’s house. Their task is complicated by a sassy nursemaid and, unbeknownst to them, the impatient von Schwarzenhoffen himself. But the biggest problem is the force of gravity, which repeatedly pulls the piano back down to the bottom of the stairs. (USA, 1932, 29 mins., English | Dir. James Parrott) The program event fees are $11 for Cinema Arts members and $16 for the general public. The Cinema Arts Centre is located at 423 Park Ave. in Huntington. To learn more about the event, go to

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Barry Avrich’s gripping new documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz—the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was 27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today.

Visit or call 516-829-2570 for tickets. Tickets $15/$10 for members when purchased in advance, $20 at the door.

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Funny folk music at Cinema Arts Centre Two New Jersey-based comical singersongwriters – Dennis MC DoNoUgh! And Carla Ulbrich – share the bill during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington,) on Thursday, March 21. The 8:30 p.m. concert in the cinema’s Sky Room will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington members) and will be available at the door. Dennis MC DoNoUgh! writes, sings, and plays a caustic guitar. On occasion, he performs in the guise of “McMonikered” alter-egomaniacs aka Juice Brucesteen, BRUCE FRANKENSTEEN & The Fun Ghouls!, Repeat Seeger, ELFIS! Presley, Johnny Cash Cow, Bovine Diddley, Politicow, Dennis McDOGma, Dennis McJagger & The Rolling Blarney Stones, InSANiTY Claus, and FUNcle D!, among others. MC DoNoUgh! brings his unique brand of “Icono-classic Folk From The Far Side” to the Hard Luck Cafe after impressing folks during a short unplugged song swap at last summer’s Huntington Folk Festival and his February appearance as “Dennis McLennon & Folko Ono” in their “Bed-In For FOLK!” at the 2019 Folk Alliance International conference in Montreal, Canada. He returns to Huntington not merely to entertain, but “to educate, inform, enlighten, incite, and inspire!,” says MC DoNoUgh!. “Dig it yourself.” A Clemson, S.C. native, Carla Ulbrich has performed at the Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, South Florida and Philadelphia Folk Festivals and at such notable venues as Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, Nashville’s Bluebird Café and New York City’s The Bitter End, among others. Ulbrich – who cites Sesame Street, camp songs and cat food commercials as her biggest musical influences – is primarily known for writing humorous songs about such topics as Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had a copyright on the ‘F’ word. On her 2016 release, Totally Average

Woman, she also tiptoes into the social commentary realm with songs that touch on non-smokers’ rights, classroom animal dissection, and low-slung pants. The Funny Music Project honored Ulbrich with the 2016 Logan Award for Outstanding Parody Song for “Cheek To Cheek,” one of the album’s tracks. Set to the tune of Irving Berlin’s song of the same name, this “Cheek To Cheek” is a witty commentary on cosmetic improvements (plastic surgery, botox and steroid injections). Ulbrich is a survivor of catastrophic illness, which resulted in her book How Can You Not Laugh at a Time Like This and a CD of medical parodies entitled Sick Humor that lampoons her frustrating experiences with the U.S. health care system. After a full recovery, Ulbrich is back to doing what she does best — writing and performing funny songs. Her songs are regularly played on, Dr. Demento,, Sirius XM’s Laugh USA Radio, and a number of community and college radio stations. She has toured throughout the US and parts of the UK, once shared the bill with Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel, and was a background actor in Sharknado 2. (www.carlau. com) Established in 1973, Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre (www.cinemaartscentre. org) seeks to bring the best of cinematic artistry to Long Island and use the power of film to expand the awareness and consciousness of our community. LI’s only notfor-profit, viewer-supported independent cinema presents a wide array of films that are often accompanied by discussions and guest speakers. Founded in the late 1960s, the Folk Music Society of Huntington (www.fmsh. org, 631-425-2925) presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam, and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council. Its First Saturday Concerts series at the Congregational Church of Huntington in Centerport continues on April 6 with singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler.

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2nd round of ‘Your Big Break’ contest An exciting and talented slate of aspiring musical artists will take the stage at the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck on Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. for Knockout Round 2 of the “Your Big Break” talent competition, presented by the Gold Coast Arts Center, Love Revolution Org, and the Rick Eberle Agency. Contestants perform before judges and audience members who ultimately select who will advance to the next round to win prizes and recognition that can help take their music careers to the next level. Performing in Knockout Round 2 are: Carol Beyda, a talented 15-year-old Great Neck resident possessing a natural ability to move an audience with her passion for singing, who has recorded and written her original music. She approaches every song she sings as a unique project; consistently and meticulously crafting it into her style. Just hearing her passionate vocal artistry, conveys the belief that she will no doubt enjoy a career successful career as a recording artist. Glorious is a multi-talented powerhouse of a pop singer, livetronica drummer, producer and songwriter. Named after her grandmother Glorious Cooper and graduate of Berklee College of Music, she has been making music since she started playing drums at the age of three. Her alluring, entrancing style combined with a captivating, playful and complex vocal melody lands her in a unique category. Her sound easily fits into a lineup of today’s top hits and remains unique and creative in the same breath. A Band Called Sad is an alternative rock band that performs with an undercurrent of sadness that captures a certain nostalgia for events of what could have been. The band consists of front men Marlon Marcy and Taylor Crawford and some alternating performers, all of whom have been influenced by Radiohead, The Smiths, The Talking Heads, and others. And, while the band might be called “sad,” after giving them a good listen, you might find yourself with a smile on your face. Over the Garden Wall was recently formed by Westbury resident Jonathan Gardyn, along with Ryan Wall of Valley Stream, and Garden City’s Aidan Larenas,

previous performers who play classic rock and are currently experimenting with original music. Actively searching for members of the new band, Wall was put into contact with Grey Wilson and elementary school classmate Sarah Hock, both of Valley Stream. Wall and Gardyn!attended the School of Rock in Rockville Centre with Grey. After the first rehearsal, it was clear that the band had something going, and they are looking to advance in the “Your Big Break” competition. Lydia von Hof is a singer, piano player, and songwriter from Commack, who has performed as a soloist at Madison Square Garden at a New York Knicks half-time show, The Bitter End in NYC, the Hard Rock Café in Boston, and was a finalist in last year’s “Your Big Break.” She is a past winner of Long Island’s Got Talent and recently won best solo artist at a performer’s showcase in Boston. She has performed as a singer/pianist at New York City venues such as the Broadway Comedy Club and The Duplex cabaret club, and performed with the New York Opera Exchange. Her songwriting has won acclaim, as she was recently awarded best singer/ songwriter from Boston’s Young Performer’s Club. Doubble Troubble features identical twins Melanie and Marissa from Staten Island, who have been playing music and singing together for as long as they can remember. They both play acoustic guitar and are heavily influenced by ‘90s rock and credit bands like Mazzy Star and The Jesus and Mary Chain as their biggest influences. Anthony de Ross is an artist based in New York City who strives to develop a career within the music industry through his love for writing music and collaborating with positive people. He plays guitar and sings as a solo act with most of his material emotionally driven with a pop song format to it. de Ross’s first single, “Wrong Reasons,” is out now on multiple music platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon music and Soundcloud. Headlining Knockout Round 2 will be Katie Zimmer & Devinare, college sophomores at LIU Post. Katie and Devinare are an acoustic duo playing across Long Island

and in Manhattan. They have performed at the Jones Beach Bandshell, the Space at Westbury, the iconic Bitter End in Manhattan and many other impressive venues. Katie and Devinare share a love of music and play eclectic sets spanning different genres and decades, which keep their fan base happy and diverse. ! Zimmer! is a previous Your Big Break winner when she was just 15 years old and credited her win to opening new doors for opportunity and exposure. Doors open for Knockout Round 2 at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are on sale online for $15, $10 for students, by visit-

ing Tickets purchased at the door are $20 (subject to availability). Contestants in the “Your Big Break” talent competition vie for the chance to open for national acts at Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville; recording time at The Loft Sound Studio in Syosset; public relations and social media campaign consultation with the Rick Eberle Agency; musical equipment from All Music Inc. and ZOOM North America; a feature on; and a feature article in Good Times Magazine.


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Saddle Rock School supports Life on Land Saddle Rock School recently welcomed representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as part of the school’s year-long commitment to educate and empower students to protect, restore, and promote sustainable ecosystems. In late January, representatives from the DEC led a series of grade-level workshops at Saddle Rock that focused on water, local beach environments, animals, and insects. These presentations tied into the curriculum for each grade level and offered hands-on activities to help students better understand our planet’s delicate ecosystem. The school’s year-long focus on the environment is inspired by the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. The purpose of the Global Goals is to encourage governments, businesses, and the public to work together “to end poverty, fight inequality, and stop climate change.” Each of the 17 Global


DEC representatives presented to students at Saddle Rock School. Goals supports this mission by focusing on one area of improvement, such as ending hunger, supporting quality education, promoting good health, and improving the environment. Earlier this school year, Saddle Rock’s Shared Decision Making Team canvassed students and staff to determine which Global Goal the school should focus on for the 2018–19 school year. Of the 17 Global Goals, the Shared Decision Making Team identi-

fied eight goals that most closely aligned with the school’s curriculum and presented those goals to students and staff in a survey; the Global Goal titled “Life on Land” received the most votes. The Life on Land goal encourages “sustainable use of our ecosystem and preserving biodiversity.” Saddle Rock students are learning how responsible decisions—such as planting trees, conserving water, and protecting species—will help preserve the

During a presentation by the DEC about the water cycle and the importance of water conservation, Saddle Rock fifth graders participate in an activity where they collect beads from different stations, demonstrating the journey of a water molecule from glaciers and bodies of water into clouds, rain, and groundwater, plants, and humans. Earth for generations to come. Students and staff are supporting the Life on Land goal through a variety of service learning activities throughout this school year. These activities are designed to educate students, enhance the local school environment, and benefit the

greater community. In addition to the presentations by the DEC, students are partnering with the Great Neck Historical Society to expand community awareness about the Saddle Rock Grist Mill, and contributing to a schoolwide project that will culminate in an Earth Day celebration.

Celebrating kindness at the JFK School


As part of the school’s Kindness Week activities, the Student Council and the JFK PTA sponsored a toy drive to benefit several children’s hospitals. The John F. Kennedy School celebrated Kindness Week from Feb. 25 through March 1. Spirit days and meaningful activities were scheduled throughout the week to reinforce the concept of kindness and encourage good deeds. Students were encouraged to smile, offer high-fives, say “thank you,” give compliments, and perform small, random acts of kindness. Student Council representatives visited classrooms to teach their peers

the words and choreography for the song, “Kindness is a Muscle.” The catchy tune reminds children and adults that “kindness is a muscle/work it out, gotta hustle/we kids can show you the way/gotta flex it, every day.” The Student Council and the JFK PTA also sponsored a toy drive during Kindness Week to benefit several children’s hospitals. " As a culminating activity, all classes watched a video that featured highlights from the week’s activities. In the video,

Student Council representatives are photographed with Assistant Principal Michelle Bell and fifth-grade teacher Rebecca Schapira during Kindness Week. students and staff explained why kindness matters and they shared suggestions for small acts of kindness. The entire school sang and danced along with the video as Student Council representatives performed “Kindness is a Muscle.” A full-length version of the culminating Kindness Week video is available on the Kennedy School website at The Kindness Week program was sponsored by the Student Council and coordinated by Assistant Principal Michelle Bell and fifth-grade teacher Rebecca Schapira, with support from the entire Kennedy School staff.

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Great Neck Park District news


The winning team from South Middle School holds their Regional Science Bowl trophy.

South Middle wins science bowl A five-member team from South Middle School won the Long Island Regional Middle School Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 2, marking the second consecutive year that a team from South Middle School has won this regional competition. The first-place team of Eric Pei, Tristan Wan, Erin Wong, Samantha Zeltser, and Richard Zhuang competed against 19 other teams representing 12 school districts across Nassau and Suffolk counties. The fast-paced question-andanswer format covered a wide range of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math. The team is coached by Doris Stanick, an Earth science teacher

at South Middle School, and Diane Caplain, a biology teacher at South Middle School. As the winners of the Long Island Regional Middle School Science Bowl, the South Middle team has earned an invitation to the National Middle School Science Bowl hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., putting them against some of the top middle school teams in the nation. The Department of Energy National Science Bowl (NSB), established in 1991, is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. This year, more than 4,500 middle school students will compete in 50 middle school regional tournaments, leading up to the National Middle School Science Bowl competition in April.

Transit registration In accordance with New York State Education Law, free transportation for the 2019–20 school year will be available to children attending non-public schools who meet the following walking distancefrom-school requirements. To be eligible for free transportation, the walking distance from a pupil’s home to a non-public school must exceed 0.5 mile for students in grades K–5; 0.75 mile for students in grades 6–8; and 1"mile for students in grades 9–12. Transportation is limited to a maximum distance of 15"miles. Other rules may apply for children with disabilities; please consult with the Office of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services at (516) 441-4970. Residents of the Great Neck school district who seek free trans-

portation for their children to non-public schools in September 2019, and who meet the walkingdistance requirements above, must submit an application, hand-delivered or postmarked, by April 1, to the Transportation Office, Great Neck Public Schools, 345 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, NY 11020. The April 1 deadline is determined by state law. The Non-Public School Transportation Request Form is available on the district website at under “Important Documents.” For more information, please call the Transportation Office, Great Neck Public Schools, at (516) 441-4060, on school days between the hours of 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Join in at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink for a St. Patrick’s Day Party on Sunday, March 17, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Enjoy both on and off-ice activities. Residents with a current park card, wear green and enter free. Everyone else, wear green and get $1 off the admission price. Movie at Great Neck House: “A Star Is Born” (2018) Directed by Bradley Cooper and starring Lady Gaga, Cooper and Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born” is playing at Great Neck House on Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. It is rated R and runs 2h 16min. Park card required for admission to Great Neck House. Sunday @ 3 at Great Neck House On Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m., Linda Ipanema and Stan Edwards present a tribute to the Great American Songbook at Great Neck House. They have

appeared in numerous TV and radio programs, major club shows, festivals and outdoor concerts, nationwide. Bring your park card for admission to Great Neck House. Nature Program: Just-AHike

On Sunday, March 24 at 11 a.m., join a moderately-paced hike in Kings Point Park. There will be no formal instruction so you will be able to relax and socialize. Meet at the Redbrook Road entrance, in the first lot. Register online or call 516-482-0355. Children under 16 may not attend. “Spiral into Spring” Ice Skating Competition Cheer on ice skaters ages 3 to 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., during the Park District’s “Spiral into Spring” competition at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink on Sunday, March 24. All levels compete — from Snow Plow 1 through Preliminary. Spectators admitted free. Defensive Driving Classes at Great Neck House Great Neck House offers Empire Safety Council Defensive Driving Classes on the first Saturday of every month. There will be a class on Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To sign up for a class or for more information, call Great Neck House at 516-482-0355.

North musician in Honors Band North High School musician Omeed Tartak has been selected play the euphonium in the 2019 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Band. The Eastern Division Honors Ensemble Festival, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), will be held in Pittsburg in April. At North High, Omeed is a member of the Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, and Chamber Music Society. This past November, Omeed played the euphonium as a member of the 2018 NAfME All-National Honor Concert Band. In previous years, Omeed has performed with the NYSSMA All-State Wind Ensemble and the AllCounty Band. The Eastern Division Honors Ensemble Festival will feature the top musicians from Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Europe. With assistance from Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music director at North High, Omeed has been preparing several challenging music se-


Omeed Tartak is photographed with Joseph Rutkowski, his instrumental music teacher at North High School. lections to be performed under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event. The NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble chorus, and jazz ensemble. Each of the state music educators associations in the Eastern Division oversee the selection process in their state during the fall and recommend juniors and seniors

for consideration. NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations and addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Winthrop donation to fight lung disease NYU Winthrop Hospital has received a $50,000 donation from Mother Mary Breathe Easy, a West Hempstead-based non-profit foundation that funds research and is dedicated to raising awareness regarding Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. IPF is a progressive respiratory disease marked by thickening and stiffening of lung tissue, which causes scarring and changes the lung’s ability to function normally. The condition affects 100,000 people in the U.S. with more than 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year. There is no known cure for IPF, the word “idiopathic” meaning “of unknown cause,” and it was just such an unknown cause that prompted a Long Island family to search for a cure when its matriarch, Mary, was diagnosed with IPF several years ago. Since that time the foundation, Mother Mary Breathe Easy, has raised a cumulative $150,000 that has been donated to NYU Winthrop for research into the pulmonary disease. “We’re trying to open a dif-

ferent door into understanding this lung disease,” said lead researcher, Dr. Allison Reiss, head of the inflammation laboratory at NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Biomedical Research Center. “The challenging part was ‘How do we get into the pathology of the lungs without being invasive?’ That’s where NYU Winthrop has innovated, and using a handheld portable device, we are collecting the exhaled breath condensation of patients to then examine cell fragments.” Droplets from exhaled

breath contain a variety of biomolecules from the thin, fluid lining that covers the small and large airways along with the alveoli, the latter tiny air sacs that serve a key role in respiration. Under the guidance of Dr. Reiss, the Inflammation Lab team of Dr. Lora Kasselman and Heather Renna are using leading-edge technologies to analyze the breath samples. Dr. Priya Agarwala, attending physician in the pulmonary division of NYU Winthrop Hospital added, “Our data from the

exhaled breathe condensation has shown a clear difference between patients with and without IPF. We have identified specific molecules, or microRNAs, that may hold the keys to better understanding IPF so that we may develop new therapeutic treatments.” In particular, Agarwala noted that several fibrosis-related microRNAs are “overexpressed” in IPF patients, meaning that those genes have more influence than is usual and could cause lung cells to behave abnormally. Agarwala is set to present NYU Winthrop’s latest study findings and shed light on the hospital’s investigation into the pathophysiology of IPF at the American Federation for Medical Research, Eastern Regional Meeting on March 30 in Philadelphia. The study compares the microRNA composition of patients with IPF to healthy controls in order to detect abnormal microRNA expression that may be leveraged to develop new IPF treatments.

“NYU Winthrop’s research has made very promising progress, and we’re pleased that our foundation — and four generations of our family — are helping to serve as catalysts behind this progress,” said Maryann Harding, president of the Mother Mary Breath Easy foundation. “Still, though sizeable, our donations only go so far, and additional funding is needed to allow this research to continue and proliferate.” To make a contribution to support IPF, go to or call 516-6633398 and dedicate your gift to Mother Mary Breathe Easy. Though the cause of IPF is unknown, possible risk factors include: a history of smoking; age (the majority of patients are 60+ when diagnosed); male gender (IPF affects more men than women); working around dust or fumes such as might occur with farmers, hairdressers, or metal workers; acid reflux; and disease genetics inherited from parents.

Advocates lobby for Alzheimer’s funding About two dozen Alzheimer’s and dementia care advocates headed to Albany this week to lobby for more support in treating the disease. Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day coincided with the release of the Alzheimer’s Association 2019 Facts and Figures Report, which was shared with elected officials to help paint the bleak picture of what New York families are dealing with. Peter Karris, of West Hempstead, was among the volunteer advocates that boarded a six a.m. bus in Lake Success to share his personal Alzheimer’s story with elected officials. Karris’ mother was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease while he was living in San Diego. On a visit home in the fall of 2018, Karris noticed a rapid decline in his mother. “She hit a wall. She stopped walking, talking and eating. Seeing this decline firsthand, I flew back to California, packed up my car and drove back to Long Island,” he said. Karris’ mother is currently living at Parker Jewish Institute in New Hyde Park and he visits with her almost daily. A self-proclaimed momma’s boy growing up, he shared the story of hiding in his mother’s car when she left for work and popped up after the hourlong commute. “I definitely love my mom,” he said. “She was a single mother to me and my siblings and now it’s our turn to take care of her.”

His words did not fall on deaf ears. Joseph Erdman, legislative director for Sen. Anna Kaplan (7th district), detailed his own mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. The two swapped stories and discussed ways that our legislators can support the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association. Karris knows he is not alone in this. An estimated

5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer’s dementia, including 400,000 in New York. Over one million people provide informal, unpaid care in this state alone. “The numbers are staggering,” said Ann Healey, communications manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter. “Alzheimer’s continues to be the most expensive disease in the country and will cost $290 billion this year. In addition, death rates due to Alzheimer’s have risen 145 percent since 2000 while deaths for most other major disease have decreased.” To read the full fact and figures report, go to www. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and as many as 14 million will have the disease by 2050. It’s the nation’s most expensive disease at $290 billion. The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit or call 800-272-3900.


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Kaplan, United Way recognize 2-1-1 L.I.

Limited Engagement March 27th – June 30th

February 11 kicked off 2-1-1 Advocacy Week, a reminder that help is just a phone call away. To recognize 2-1-1 Advocacy Week, state Sen. Anna M. Kaplan met with representatives from 2-1-1 Long Island to discuss the importance of this free and confidential resource, available 24/7, that provides crucial information to Long Islanders in need of assistance. The 2-1-1 Long Island Call Center is staffed by trained information specialists 24 hours a day, sev-

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en days a week who connect callers to critical and available resources such as shelter, food or utilities, as well as non-emergency services including job training, counseling, and education. Call Center services are offered in more than 200 languages and 2-1-1’s searchable online database at www.211LongIsland. org includes detailed information on nearly 10,000 nonprofit and governmental programs. 2-11 Long Island is a partner-

ship between United Way of Long Island and Middle Country Public Library. “From accessing legal services to substance abuse treatment, I support 2-1-1 Long Island because the more resources that can remain in place for my constituents, the more vibrant and healthy is our community,” Kaplan said. “United Way is grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with Senator Kaplan to discuss the importance of 2-1-1 and ensure that this service"continues to be a vital resource for Nassau and Suffolk County residents,” said Elizabeth Eberhardt, United Way of Long Island’s 2-1-1 Long Island Director. “We appreciate her understanding the immense benefit this service provides for the families in her district and we look forward to future conversations on how we can continue to collaborate.” In 2018, the 2-1-1 Call Center received 10,718 calls, in addition to nearly 313,000 visits to For assistance in finding local resources, dial 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit

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HMTC seeks LGBTQ champion gives talk student candidates The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County annually honors middle and high school students on Long Island who confront intolerance, prejudice or other forms of social injustice with the Friedlander Upstander Award. Winners receive a $2,500 scholarship. The 9th Annual Friedlander Upstander Awards will be presented at HMTC’s Annual Tolerance Benefit on Monday, May 6 at Westbury Manor. Due to the rise of hate speech, hate crimes and bullying on Long Island and nationally, those who make a difference in their schools and communities by acting as Upstanders are more important than ever. HMTC defines an Upstander as a person who stands up for others, and does not allow bigotry, hatred or intolerance to happen without intercession. Every year they honor middle and high school students

from across Long Island who have demonstrated the actions of an Upstander. The student’s action could be one of intervention or prevention, big or small. Those who are interested in applying must be enrolled in a middle or high school on Long Island, must have a brief nomination letter from a teacher or guidance counselor, and must write a 500-word essay on what actions they have taken that make them an Upstanders. Applications for the Friedlander Upstander Award are due on Tuesday, April 2. The Friedlander Upstander Award is generously provided by the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County. For more information, contact Helen Turner, director of youth education at HMTC at 516-571-8040 or helenturner@

Team Dalton to walk for St. Mary’s On May 19, the staff of Dalton Funeral Homes (Team Dalton) will be walking in the Walk for St. Mary’s Kids at Crocheron Park in Bayside. St. Mary’s" Healthcare System for Children is a great organization that improves the health and quality of life for 3,000 children with special needs and life-limiting conditions every day — right here in the metro New York area. They welcome any support neighbors can make

to their efforts by making a" donation of any size to St. Mary’s Kids. You can give online (, by mail (St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children , 29-01 216 St., Bayside, N.Y. 11360) or by calling St. Mary’s at 718-281-8890. (Include mention of Team Dalton if donating by mail or phone.) Thank you for helping" these children with special needs.

February’s Reach Out America meeting drew a diverse crowd of members and friends to hear Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum." She is the rabbi of the world’s largest LGBTQ and straight congregation, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, located in New York City. Kleinbaum shared the poignant story of how the synagogue, a grassroots community institution founded during the AIDS crisis, lost large numbers of its founding members to the disease; its present activism includes continued support for a Greenwich Village mosque that was a response to the administration’s attempted travel ban and other anti-Muslim pronouncements. In that vein, she commended ROA for their continued community activism to create changes on the local level, which translates into transfor-

mation on a higher level. Her passion, humor and strong moral compass led an inspiring afternoon for a captivated audience. Her message was clear: Keep organizing and do not let today’s horrible circumstances be depressing. Find joy in what you do. Kleinbaum extended an invitation to ROA to join a Shab-

bat service, which will be organized in the spring. Reach Out America meets the second Wednesday of every month, September through June, at 12:30 p.m., in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 48 Shelter Rock Road in" Manhasset, where informed speakers address timely issues to effect positive change.

Town honors science picks

The Town of North Hempstead continued its tradition of honoring semifinalists from the Regeneron Science Talent Search, during a ceremony before the regular Town Board meeting at Town Hall on Feb. 28. The Regeneron STS is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors and requires

students to present original research to nationally-recognized scientists. Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board honored 16 semifinalists and 2 finalists from six North Hempstead schools. Honorees came from Great Neck North High School, Great Neck South High School, Herricks High School, Manhasset High School, Paul D.

Schreiber High School, Roslyn High School and the Wheatley School. The Town Board room was packed with family members, administration and school faculty who looked on as Supervisor Bosworth and the Town Board presented certificates of recognition to the students who briefly explained their innovative projects.

Schnirman gets Head, neck cancer screenings veterans award At the Museum of American Armor’s 2019 Award Gala on March 1, Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman was presented with the Veterans Advocacy Award. New York state Sen. John Brooks presented Schnirman with the award, recognizing the work the comptroller’s office has done advocating for veterans, including releasing a Veterans Policy Awareness and Advocacy Issue Brief the week of Veterans Day in November 2018.

Northwell Health physicians will provide free head and neck cancer screenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 9 at the health system’s Hearing & Speech Center at 430 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park, 11040 (located on the LIJ Medical Center campus). Parking is free. More than 65,000 Americans develop new cases of head and neck cancers each year. Many types are considered preventable. The best way to

determine your risk is to see a doctor. Head and neck cancers can affect the tongue, mouth, lips, throat, voice box, nose and salivary glands. Early symptoms of these cancers include sores, lumps or red/dark patches inside the mouth. To make an appointment for a 10-minute screening and consultation with a physician, please go online at

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STEM student challenge on water quality A new competition concentrating on science, technology, engineering and math has been launched to challenge middle school students to design projects to reduce nitrogen pollution on their school grounds. On Long Island, excess nitrogen from aging residential septic systems, fertilizer and stormwater runoff, and other sources has led to deteriorated surface and groundwater quality. The Long Island Water Quality Challenge" was created by the Long Island Regional Planning Council, which along with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Nassau and Suffolk counties, is implementing the

Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan." The plan is a multi-year effort to reduce the amount of nitrogen entering Long Island ground and surface waters. Nitrogen is the leading cause of water quality deterioration in Long Island’s estuaries threatening ecosystem health as well as the region’s economic well-being. Excess nitrogen causes toxic algal blooms that lead to low oxygen conditions, fish kills, and degraded wetlands and marine habitats. Nitrogen also contaminates the groundwater which is the sole source of Long Island’s drinking water supply. “Our goal is to connect students, teachers, and their communities with key issues that

are actively being addressed by LINAP to control nitrogen pollution loads impacting our water,” said John Cameron, who chairs the Long Island Regional Planning Council. The council serves as the island’s chief planner and a leading advocate for issues affecting the economic, environmental and social well-being of Long Island. “The council recognizes the need for greater interaction between professionals engaged in STEM pursuits and our schools to generate interest and excitement about project learning and STEM careers,” he said. As part of the STEM challenge, schools will choose one of

two categories to examine: “Low Input Landscaping on School Grounds,” in which students will identify ways to reduce the use of fertilizers, pesticides and overwatering by choosing different landscape designs and plant varieties; and “Stormwater Treatment on School Grounds,” in which students will design projects to collect and treat runoff on their school grounds to help reduce pollutants. At the final competition, teams will be evaluated by a panel of experts on originality, quality of ideas, practicality, technical merit, digital and oral presentation, and team collaboration. There will be an awards ceremony where the top projects

and teams will be honored. Any state accredited educational institution in Nassau and Suffolk counties serving students in grades 6, 7 and 8 is eligible. Each school may submit up to two teams of any size; however, schools should identify a faculty lead for each team or one lead for both teams. Schools are encouraged to create collaborations with other schools in the district or across districts. To receive more information about the Long Island Water Quality Challenge and to submit a Letter of Interest, go to, email or call 516-571-7613. Letters of Interest are due by April 5.

Hofstra hosts Girls in Engineering Day About 40 local Girl Scouts and students from Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead spent a day building bridges, touring labs and learning about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) at the 3rd Annual Girls in Engineering Day hosted by the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. In a hands-on workshop, Saryn Goldberg, associate professor of mechanical engineering and Edward Segal, assistant professor of civil engineering, taught the girls how to build suspension bridges with paperclips and how to measure changes in the forces in the main cable as a function of the shape of the cable and the load distribution. The 9th, 10th and 11th graders then used what they learned to design and build their own suspension bridges out of masking

tape, with the goal of holding the highest load with the least amount of tape. “While I hope that the girls take away a better understanding of the engineering concepts from the workshop, I also hope that the exercise gave the girls a sense for the design process and

the importance of collaboration and communication in solving complex engineering problems,” Goldberg said. The girls were later divided into teams and, with the guidance of female students from Hofstra’s Society of Women Engineers, used what they learned

to design their own bridges. “I really didn’t know a lot about engineering before today,” said Sophia Sapodin, a ninth-grader at Half Hollows Hill High School. “And I never knew that you could build a bridge out of paperclips!” Civil engineering major Tyler Bailey ’22 was one of the Hofstra students who volunteered at the event. “As an aspiring civil engineer and full-time student at Hofstra, I believe that hands-on experience, teamwork, problem solving, networking, and trial and error are the best way to learn,” Bailey said. “I hope that the girls benefited from all of that.” In addition to touring DeMatteis labs, the girls attended a presentation with Shila ShahGavnoudias, vice president of AECOM, a global design, engi-

neering, construction and management firm. Shah-Gavnoudias shared her experience as a civil engineer and discussed the variety of career paths and opportunities available to young women in STEM. “If you’re interested in engineering, take the opportunity to get broad experience,” ShahGavnoudias said. “No job is too small, and each experience will help guide you on your career path.” “Once you’re an engineer, you’re capable of doing anything from teaching and law to careers in computer technology or even finance,” she added. The annual event was organized by Philip Coniglio, director of the DeMatteis co-op program and is designed to help get female high school students excited about opportunities in STEM fields.

Ex NHP resident supports Swim for MS On Saturday, March 9, Julie Lyons and a group of her close friends will swim together at their local pool to raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis through the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s Swim for MS program, a do-it-yourself fundraiser that encourages participants to create swimming-related challenges while recruiting friends and family to donate to MSAA in support of their goals." Lyons, a former resident of New Hyde Park and a current resident of Alameda, Calif., was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009. Despite facing challenges with her mobility on land,

she found that exercising in the pool made her disability disappear and allowed her to get the frequent exercise she needed. Lyons, who has been a physical therapist for nearly 30 years, recognizes the importance of swimming for everyone, especially individuals with multiple sclerosis. “Swimming has been a wonderful way for me to keep moving with MS,” she said. “I have improved my strength, my endurance, my overall health, and perhaps, most importantly, my spirit.” When Lyons found out about MSAA’s Swim for MS initiative, she saw it as the perfect opportunity to support a cause

she cares about while also showing her close friends the importance of swimming, especially for people with MS. “I realized that some of my friends didn’t even know how to swim,” she said. “I wanted my friends to feel confident and safe in the water and to know that they always have an option for water exercise.” Lyons’ “Swim for MS Pool Party” was created to recognize MS Awareness Month, her own birthday, and provide a swim instructor to friends who are still learning how to swim. In preparation for the party, Lyons has reached out to friends and family to ask for donations

in support of MSAA to help other individuals like her receive free, vital resources. Lyons’ original fundraising goal was to raise $1,650 — so far, she has raised more than $2,000 dollars and hopes to collect even more donations on the day of her pool party. “I chose to support MSAA because several years ago when I was suffering from heat-sensitivity, MSAA was able to provide me with a cooling vest at no cost,” Lyons said. “I am very grateful.” To donate to Lyons’ Swim for MS Pool Party fundraiser, visit her Swim fundraising page.

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Benefits of Medical House Calls program For the third consecutive year, Northwell Health’s House Calls program has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its success in caring for chronically ill, frail seniors through home-based primary care as part of a federal demonstration project. In addition to improving health outcomes, Northwell’s clinicians reduced costs during the program’s third year by $8,784 per patient per year for a total savings to Medicare of $2,447,838. This was the third highest savings performance among the demonstration sites. After accounting for Medicare withholds, Northwell earned $1,280,686 in incentive payments, the only such program in New York State to receive incentive payments from CMS. Northwell Health’s House Calls was one of 15 practices around the country participating in the demonstration project known as Independence at Home, which was established as part of the Affordable Care Act. CMS analyzed performance data from practices from June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, the most recent period for which information is available. CMS awarded a total of $7.2 million in incentive payments to the seven of the 15 participating practices that

succeeded in reducing Medicare costs and met quality goals. During the third year of the demonstration project, Northwell’s House Calls practice provided care to 396 patients in Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as Queens in New York City. Independence at Home’s targeted spending for each beneficiary, which is based on a regional formula, was $3,486. Northwell’s practice spent $2,754 delivering care to each patient, a cost savings of 21 percent. “We know our older, chronically ill patients want to receive medical care at home as long as possible,” said Dr."Karen Abrashkin, medical director of Northwell Health House Calls. “Programs like Independence at Home involve a large interdisciplinary team working in concert to deliver individualized patient care. We are dedicated to providing high-quality care and giving patients access to the appropriate health care provided at the right time.” Patients in the House Calls program receive coordinated care, similar to treatment and referrals they would receive from a primary care physician, such as ultrasounds, radiology, electrocardiogram (EKG), sleep studies, lab work, physical exams, occupational and speech therapy, social work services, as

well as intravenous fluids and prescription refills. Physicians, nurse practitioners and other clinicians are available for urgent, same-day visits during the week. The House Calls team also is accessible 24/7 to answer clinical questions from patients and caregivers, or arrange urgent services. Finally, in partnership with our Center for Emergency Medical Services, House Calls developed a nationally recognized community paramedic program capable of brining highly trained clinicians to the home in under 30 minutes. “Our House Calls practice allows us the time to really get to know our patients and their goals for treatment,” Abrashkin said. “We are focused on delivering patient-centered care that improves outcomes, reduces the cost of care, and alleviates pain and suffering for patients in the community by preventing unnecessary emergency department visits or hospitalizations.” Abrashkin noted that House Calls’ strong performance in the demonstration project was achieved through teamwork with other programs across the health system, including partnerships with the system’s nurse Clinical Call Center, Home Health Care Agency, Hospice and Physician Access Services.

Under the Independence at Home Demonstration project, participating practices must meet the performance measures for at least three of the six quality measures in order to qualify for the incentive payment. Abrashkin said Northwell’s House Calls program’s quality performance in the third year was excellent, achieving benchmarks in all six quality measures designated by CMS. The six measures are: Follow up contact within 48 hours of a hospital admission, hospital discharge, and emergency department visit; Medication reconciliation in the home within 48 hours of a hospital discharge and emergency department visit; Annual documentation of patient preferences; All-cause hospital readmissions within 30 days; Hospital admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions; and Emergency department visits for ambulatory care sensitive conditions. Abrashkin said the cost-savings achieved in the federal project will be reinvested to expand House Calls’ services to more patients in need. Independence at Home is now in its sixth year.

Students making news Historical society Colgate University The following students received the" fall 2018 Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence:" Emily Kraus of Port Washington;" DongSheng Liu of Great Neck;" Riona Park and" Yoosol Jung of Roslyn; and" Chelsea Taylor," Madeline Barcia and" Garrity Kuester of Manhasset. New York National Guard Major General Raymond Shields, the adjutant general for the state of New York, announced recent awards and individual recognitions for members of the New York Guard state defense force for their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of New York state’s military forces. 2nd Lt. Andrew McNulty from Manhasset, who is currently serving with the 88th Area Command, received the NY Guard Achievement medal. The New York Guard is a force of 500 uniformed volunteers, organized as a military unit, who augment the New York National Guard during state emergencies. They provide administrative and logistics support to the National Guard.

Members of the New York Guard have been involved in flood control efforts along the Lake Ontario shoreline this summer. New York Institute of Technology The New York Institute of Technology wishes to congratulate the following local graduates during the fall 2018 semester:" Vijay Bhakri of New Hyde Park and"Manider Kaur of Roslyn received MBAs in management;" Salvatore Carollo of Manhasset received an MA in communication arts;" Kristin Cantele of Sands Point received a DO in medicine; and"Kimberly Cahill of Great Neck received an Advanced Diploma in School Leadership and Technology. Several local students were among the 139 New York Institute of Technology studentathletes named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the fall 2018 semester,"achieving a GPA of 3.2 or higher. These students included:" Andrew Pereira of Mineola;" Martin Sundell," Ivana Andric and"Antonella Lopez Alcerro of Old Westbury; and"Anisha Singla and"Brian Hoerter of New Hyde Park. New York Institute of Tech-

nology welcomed the Girl Scouts of Nassau County to its Long Island campus recently to celebrate Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day."Old Westbury resident Sara Zulfiqar, representing the Girl Up club, was one of more than 20 NYIT students who volunteered at this event. Western New England University Mallory Donelan of Mineola was named to the President’s List for the fall 2018 semester. Donelan is working toward a BSBA in accounting. Le Moyne College Thomas McCune, a sophomore accounting major from Mineola, was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. To make the list, students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or above. Seton Hall University The following students were named to the Dean’s list for the fall 2018 semester:" Kevin Johnson and"Sarah Rudolph of Mineola; and" Amrita Abraham of New Hyde Park. University of the Sciences Riya Varma and" Christian Hong of New Hyde Park were" named to the fall 2018 Dean’s List.

exploring aviation

Long Island’s North Shore has played a significant role in the development of the nation’s aviation history, and the Great Neck Historical Society will explore the region’s involvement in its next program, free and open to the community next Monday, March 18. Nassau County Cradle of Aviation Museum Academic Coordinator Richard Angler, who has played key education roles at the facility, will discuss “Long Island’s Significant Contributions to the Development of Aviation and Space Flight” at the discussion, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Great Neck House. “In less that 80 years aviation has grown, boomed, and declined on Long Island,” according to Joshua Stoff, curator of the Aviation Museum. “However, Long Island has helped transform aviation from a dangerous sport to a viable means of transportation. It has also produced a large portion of the nation’s aerial arsenal in time of war. The many recordsetting and historic flights that

transpired here, and the many aviation companies that developed here, made aviation the integral part of our world that is today.” Although there are currently no aircraft being built entirely on Long Island today, there are more than 240 companies producing a wide variety of parts for virtually every American aircraft. Angler was the lead educator and point-of-contact with NASA for their “Teaching From Space” program, which allowed students to speak with international space station crewmembers. He also contributed to NASA’s “Museum In a Box” program by developing lessons with aeronautics themes. He had previously worked as an educator in the Rockville Centre public schools. Following his talk, Angler will answer audience questions. For further information about the program and other Historical Society activities, visit www.GreatNeckHistorical. org or call (516) 288-6124.

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Grants not ‘rotten pork barrel promises’


was stunned to see the lack of understanding of our state government and its support to our local communities exhibited by Adam Haber in his recent column, “Rotten Pork-Barrel Promises” (Feb. 26). State grants are an integral part of the funding model for local infrastructure projects and other initiatives that benefit local residents. The state collects taxpayer money that is intended to be returned to the community. The individual state senators are critical to the initial screening and evaluation of projects and organizations in their communities. Grant applications are subject to extensive review and approvals by state agencies, government leaders and the

governor. I am proud to have recommended many local projects and organizations for state grants. Grant applicants in the 7th District"are non-political (they serve all residents), diverse (throughout the district) and deserving (already doing great work or with substantial needs). All provide needed services to our local residents and, in my judgment, will invest taxpayer funds in"thoughtful and impactful ways. To suggest a sinister motive for the recommendation of grants indicates a lack of understanding of the process and, further, an indifference to the financial needs of important projects and organizations here in our community. It is a long-established responsibil-

ity of sitting state senators to follow up on the grant recommendations inherited from their predecessors. After all, the grant applicants are providing services to residents, and the grants are an important part of their funding. Further, failure to support the existing grant recommendations effectively makes the grants contingent upon the election of the incumbent. This is clearly bad government. When I was elected state senator, my constituents asked me to follow up on the grant recommendations of my predecessors — Sen. Jack Martins, a Republican, and Sen. Craig Johnson, a Democrat. I worked hard to identify and support all existing grant recommendations and to keep the promises of government

made by Sens. Martins and Johnson. In most cases, the grants were issued and local projects and organizations received valuable funding. My successor, Sen. Anna Kaplan, has a duty to make good on government promises to her constituents, just as I did before her and just as her successor will do after her. I trust that Sen. Kaplan is not being influenced by Mr. Haber’s faulty understanding of her role and instead is focused upon helping to secure financial support for projects and organizations that enhance the lives of her constituents. Elaine R. Phillips Flower Hill

Socialism, communism very different


nce again, Walter Jaworski has decided to challenge my arguments in letters I have written about Democratic socialism. In “Readers Write,” he made fatuous statements on Feb. 15, Feb. 22 and, again, on March 8. My major point has been that Democratic socialism and communism are two very distinct and different things. I explained that Democratic socialists believe in free and unfettered elections and when they lose, they peacefully turn over power to the victorious party. This has been the case in France, England, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Israel and the Scandinavian countries. Here’s the proof.

Following World War II, Clement Atlee’s Labor Party defeated Winston Churchill’s Conservative Party, but later the Conservatives returned… no fighting, no bloodbath, just a peaceful transition. In France, Leon Blum was prime minister from 1936-37 and Pierre Mendes-France from 1954-55. Both of these gentlemen were socialists and both relinquished power when defeated — again, no rioting in the streets. In Israel, there were a string of prime ministers including Golda Meir, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, Ehud Barak… all Democratic socialists who peacefully surrendered power to the Likud Party under Bibi Netanyahu’s leadership. And he, in spite of charges of corruption, has re-

mained prime minister longer than any other person in that nation’s history. So what does Mr. Jaworski take away from this? On March 9, he quotes Lenin and Solzhenitsyn and writes about Venezuela and the horrors which occurred under Stalin. Agreed! I don’t defend the Gulags or the “purge trials,” but I blame them on the criminals who distorted much of what Marx and Engels wrote. I should not fault Jaworski too harshly because last week Katy Tur of MSNBC was interviewing Rick Tyler, a Republican strategist. He made statements similar to Jaworski, which were fallacious and even the progressive host of the show didn’t correct him.

This leads to the sad conclusion that many, if not most, Americans are unaware of the difference I have painstakingly spelled out here. One lesson we should all learn is that “communism ain’t socialism.” We have a presidential election coming up in 2020 and socialism will be on the agenda. President Trump will try to confuse the electorate — he will not make nuanced historical distinctions. There will be an attack upon Bernie Sanders, and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortes. They will be called socialists. Our job is to refute the Republican “noise machine.” Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

Lynching in America not limited to blacks


frican-American lynching will forever be a stain on America’s soul." However, others have been treated just as badly. Who knew? This in The New York Times on March 3: “Latinos Were Lynched in West. Descendants Want It Known.”" The article continued: “The lynching of thousands of men, women and" children of Mexican descent from the mid-19 century until well into the"20th century… some victims were burned alive… in 1880 a man, his wife" and teenage daughter were accused of bewitching their neighbors and were" burned to death… on Jan. 28, 1918, 15 men and boys were

seized and" marched them to a bluff over looking the river and fatally shot them at"close range…” " And there is more. "I repeat: who knew? " No wonder the" descendants want this info known to many more Americans. Another “who knew” example: Google “Italian lynching”: “The Grisly Story of America’s Largest Lynching.”" The article continued…”A mob of" tens of thousands of angry men surrounded a New Orleans jail… by the" time they were done, 11 men would be shot dead and mutilated… it was" 1891… nearly 5,000 lynchings were recorded between 1892 and" 1968… those killed in New Or-

leans were Italian Americans. “Also, Sicilians were viewed by many Americans as culturally backward and" racially suspect… because of their dark skin they were often treated" with the same contempt as black people… (there is so much more info on"how the Italians and Sicilians were treated it will blow your mind). And what about the Chinese? Google “Chinese lynchings”: " “Chinese Massacre of 1871” —" The Chinese massacre of 1871 was a race riot that" occurred on October 24, 1871, in Los Angeles, Calif., when a mob of" around 500 white and mestizo persons entered Chinatown and attacked," robbed and murdered Chi-

nese residents… an estimated 17 to 20 Chinese" immigrants were hanged by the mob in the course of the riot, but most" had already been shot to death… Based on all the above, I would hope that the African-American community" would join forces with prominent Hispanic, Italian/Sicilian, Chinese" and other interested parties to call for a memorial the size of the" Vietnam Memorial be constructed and located in Arlington National"Cemetery. Agree?

John Messina ! East Williston

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Know the enemy in state politics “Know The Enemy” was a slogan that appeared on a U.S. government poster in 1944, when I was 10 years old and WW II was still raging. The Battle of the Bulge hadn’t happened yet, and we were beginning to prepare for an invasion of the Japanese home islands, sometime in 1945, or maybe it would have to be in 1946. The poster showed the face of a Japanese soldier, our avowed enemy, and also the face of a Chinese soldier, our vaunted ally. The poster explained how we, Americans unfamiliar with “Orientals,” could determine who was Japanese and who was Chinese, by the different shapes of their eyes, noses, mouths, ears, chins, etc. The poster was pure jingoistic propaganda, and I learned after the war was over that the purported facial differences were all false. While I’ve long forgotten the details of that poster, I’ve never for-

gotten its powerful slogan, “Know The Enemy.” I can use it now. In a short message like this one, I cannot begin to give you even a concise history of the decline and fall of New York State, which began about 1960, with the election of John F. Kennedy to the presidency. Suffice it to say that since that date, great technological, economic and demographic changes have been taking place that have wrecked an unprepared New York State for those changes. As businesses fled the state over the years, so did its population. No other state has lost more population every year, over the years, than New York State has. The Empire State is no more. In 2011, a very liberal/progressive Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, and a very liberal/progressive Democratic speaker of the state assembly, Sheldon Silver, both had to admit that New York state was in peril because of the very

high costs of doing business here and the very high costs of living here. These high costs were being generated, to a great extent, by the highest local property tax burdens in the nation. The governor and the assembly speaker conceived a way to not reduce property taxes but to at least slow down their growth. They proposed a “tax levy cap” law, which would limit the annual growth in property taxes to the lower of the rate of inflation, or 2 percent. Everyone in the state approved that initiative, except some school administrators and our teachers and their powerful unions. However, in spite of vigorous and threatening opposition from the teachers’ unions, Gov. Cuomo and Speaker Silver found a way around that powerful opposition. They coupled their proposed tax levy cap law with a renewal of the New York City rent control law. No politician in the state Legislature would ever dare to vote

“no” on a law that renews the New York City rent control law, no matter what that law was attached to. Currently, both the city rent control law and the tax levy cap law have to be renewed together, in Albany, about every three years. To show you what an implacable enemy the teachers and their unions are since 2011 the teachers’ unions have been pressuring New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to bring as much pressure as he can on Albany to decouple the city’s rent control law from the tax levy cap law, which primarily benefits suburban homeowners. Why? So that a renewal of a separated tax levy cap law could be defeated in the state Legislature by the teachers, without affecting the city’s rent control law. Joel Katz Port Washington

Bral, let GN residents solve conflicts


ear Mayor Bral and Village Trustees: We attended the three public hearings at the Village of Great Neck Hall where many residents of our village offered comments on the VHB revitalization proposal to build luxury apartments along Middle Neck Road and East Shore Road. It was striking that there were so many talented, concerned citizens in our village from different ethnic groups who want to actively take part in solving the problem of empty stores

along Middle Neck Road.# Among the speakers were numerous young homeowners who were against the VHB proposal. They included lawyers, architects, and real estate professionals.# These people offered some excellent ideas about how to improve our village without rezoning. We have seen a great deal of confrontation, which does not solve any problems and causes bad feelings. #Let’s try to work together. Instead of amending the flawed

VHB plan, we would ask you to scrap it altogether and start fresh. As one of the March 5 hearing speakers suggested to you, this means organizing, publicizing and conducting a series of community-wide forums to listen to all of our residents. These forums could take place at various gathering places in the village.# You could help to set up committees to share ideas about planning for the future of our village. You could also invite other villages because what happens here affects everyone in Great Neck.

In other words, drop the bad VHB plan and use the talent we have right here to solve our problems. Our citizens want to be engaged, so get more of them to participate in the process. Chris and Fred Knauer Great Neck We would also like to say to readers of the Great Neck!News that if you live in Great Neck Village we need you to show up and speak up at the next Village Hall meeting on March 19. #


Immigration reforms — start deciding Continued from Page 15 It seems more likely now that 11 million, currently here unauthorized, are likely to experience a two-step process (with lots of debate and efforts to place restrictions): first, legal permission to stay and work in the United States but with no guarantee of citizenship (the key early trade-off). More than 60 percent of those who entered without legal authorization have been living in the United States longer than 10 years. They have children born here, now U.S. citizens. Empathetic advocates say those migrant families should not be blamed for U.S. immigra-

tion policy failures. If they have obeyed laws in the United States, paid taxes, not committed crimes, it makes no sense to disrupt their lives and those of their children. Several surveys indicate that most of the unauthorized will welcome the chance to be more secure by accepting legal status in the United States even if there is an explicit declaration that they will not be granted citizenship. Immigrant leaders and American elected officials are sophisticated enough to recognize that major direction shifts need to be accomplished in gradual stages in order to minimize resistance. The second step will be granting citizenship

that follows legal status; the big question is how long it will take, especially as politicians calculate what voting directions newcomers are likely to take. Another compelling factor in acceptance of the undocumented is recognition of nearly 1 million youngsters who were brought to the United States by their parents while they were under age 18 (the DACA Obama and Trump executive orders are proceeding through the courts). It is worth noting that President Obama took executive action, granting temporary protected status, only after years of expressing his public frustration with a Republican-controlled Con-

gress that did nothing on immigration. Significantly, Obama made his DACA announcement on June 15, 2012, the 30th anniversary of Phyler v Doe, the Supreme Court decision barring schools from charging illegal immigrant children tuition. Considerations such as those in this column quickly illustrate complexities of our immigration challenges. We need to reflect on directions for our nation, but we must also be ready to examine tradeoffs when we seek comprehensive legislation, especially because many others in our large, pluralistic society will weigh in with their goals and values.

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AOC hypocritical Legislator almost gets it to use a van right on county veterans


ep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/ Queens) is not so green whereas she was seen using a gas-guzzling van near a Queens subway station. According to the department of energy, this discontinued Chrysler Town and County car gets only 17 mpg in the city. Added to that, as reported that her campaign shelled out nearly $30,000 on more than 1,050 rides in Ubers, taxis and other for-hire vehicle. The Green

Deal seeks to end the need for fossil fuels in 10 years with a cost as high as $93 trillion. Now if she wants American to go green she should practice what she preaches. And that would be by taking subways, buses, biking, walking and maybe traveling in a smart car. Ocasio-Cortez is telling Americans to do as I say but not as I do. Well, how about that! Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola


ow in her third term as a Nassau County Legislator, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton is relatively well informed regarding services for veterans in our county. Unfortunately, one of our best agencies assisting veterans was not mentioned in her article. Is she aware that

Nassau County boasts one of the best agencies in New York State, and I would bet, in the entire country? I’m speaking of the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency located in the rear section of Nassau University Medical Center, 2201 Hempstead Turnpike- Building Q, East Meadow, NY 11554. They have counselors for

every veteran’s needs, and a food pantry for veterans who have a need for assistance with food supplies. I hope our legislator will add this information to her directory. The list is woefully incomplete without it. Eric Spinner New Hyde Park

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Can you trust the water you are drinking? Continued from Page 16 “I’m not sure everyone understands the implications to the public water suppliers,” said Carey… Besides the cost, he said, the standard used to prevent one-in-a-million cancer risks with 1,4-dioxane is stricter than what’s used for other chemicals, like volatile organic compounds.” I’m guessing those scientists probably had a good reason as to why they wanted to put stricter standards on 1,4-dioxane, no? But you would like us to consider the side of the people who are selling us the water? Hmmmm. That leads me back to the

trust question. Can we trust that those things that are not regulated are OK for us to drink, cook with, bathe in, and use to grow crops? Not with the 258 environmental cleanup sites that surround us. And so a small group of concerned citizens (Water For Long Island and Grass Roots Environmental Education, to name a couple of organizations) continues to lobby for the protection of Long Island’s aquifers. The quality and availability of drinking water will continue to decrease unless we manage our drinking water supply better. We need a regional aquifer

management entity dedicated to Long Island. This I’ve made clear in past columns. So what can you do? At a private meeting last week, a local elected official stated that Long Island’s groundwater is of concern to many local politicians. In fact, earlier that week there was a discussion between them about what can be done. We were told the issue lacks “critical mass.” And so we need more citizens on board who are willing to speak up, and show up, and demand better from our government. Without more of the community joining this fight,

we will not generate sufficient force to halt the destruction of our aquifers. Contact every elected official you know. Call Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Congressman Tom Suozzi, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Chuck Schumer, state Sen. Anna Kaplan, and state Assemblyman Tony D’Urso. Call Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, and Councilwoman Dina DiGiorgio. Call to remind them that we have a responsibility to the planet and future generations.

Call and demand to know what role they are willing to play to achieve the goal of getting us a regional groundwater management agency. * Created in 1980 by Congress, Superfund is a United States federal government program designed to fund the cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous substances and pollutants. Of note: tax-payers fund the cleanup of hazardous waste sites, not the offender who did the polluting. Go to for an excellent history of Superfund.


Trump budget reveals callous priorities Continued from Page 16 pays for his huge tax break to the top one percent by cutting $1.5 trillion from Medicaid, $845 billion from Medicare and $25 billion from Social Security. Make no mistake about it: Trump’s budget is a massive transfer of wealth from working-class families to the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations in America.

The United States already spends more on the military than the next 10 countries combined (including China and Russia), but Trump is proposing $861 billion increase in defense spending over 10 years, paid for by cutting over $1 trillion from education, affordable housing, nutrition assistance and the needs of working families – without any justification for spending that amount.

Trump’s budget: Cuts environmental protection by over 31 percent next year. Cuts affordable housing by over 16 percent next year including the elimination of the HOME program and Community Development Block Grants. Cuts transportation by over 22 percent next year. Cuts health and human services by over 12 percent next year.

Cuts $207 billion from college affordability programs over 10 years including the elimination of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and subsidized student loans. Cuts $220 billion over 10 years from the Food Stamp program. “This is a budget for the military-industrial complex, for corporate CEOs, for Wall Street and

for the billionaire class,” Sanders stated. “It is dead on arrival. We don’t need billions of dollars for a wall that no one wants. We need a budget that works for all Americans, not just Donald Trump and his billionaire friends at Mar-ALago.” The commentary is that this was supposed to be Trump’s 2020 campaign document; you would think it is a gift to Democrats.

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Why social movements fail Have you ever wondered what happened to the Occupy Wall Street movement? That seemed to be a big deal at the time but the last I heard the only people occupying Wall Street today are stockbrokers and hedge fund guys. How about the 2017 Woman’s March where 5,246,620 protestors filled the streets of every major city in America on the day after the Trump inauguration to demand women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, LGBTQ rights, environmental reform, racial equality and worker’s rights? This was the largest singleday protest in US history with fully 1.6 percent of the population involved, including nearly every major celebrity in the nation. It is hard to see how anything has changed with anything on their agenda over the last two years with the exception of getting more Democrats voted in during the midterms. A cursory look at this newspaper’s Letters to the Editors section reveals that many of our readers are alarmed about the way things are going in Nassau County and in the nation. Our politics are divisive, our weather borders on the bizarre and our mood is both sour and anxious. So what is to be done? As luck would have it, I was able to attend a special meeting in Manhattan which addressed the problem of social inertia and the notable failure of progressive movements to have much impact. The meeting was held at

Fordham University and was organized by one of the worldleading psychohistorians, Dr. Paul Elovitz. Participants included luminaries such as Dr. Brian D’Agostino, who recently published the book, “The Middle Class Fights Back,” Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler, author and psychoanalyst who runs the Object Relations Institute in New York, and Bill Blakemore, the Emmy award-winning ABC news correspondent spearheading their news divisions coverage of global warming. D’Agostino remarked that the last social movement that had any sway was the cultural changes of the 1960s, which ushered in the sexual revolution, new forms of music, the women’s movement, the civil rights movement and the end of the draft. Since then, and especially since the 1980s, there have been increases in income disparity, evidence of global warming, the steady rise in American corporate power globally, the increased





power of the ‘military/industrial complex‘ and a growing social divide which has marked the death of the American Dream and the hopes of the increasingly stressed and overworked middle class. In the face of all of these serious social problems, there has been a stunning lack of leadership and an astonishing lack of solutions. D’Agostino states that over the last four decades, stress and anger are rising but no progressive movement seems to have any ability to make a

change. All this reminds me of many films including “Falling Down,” which came out in 1993, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Michael Douglas as an unemployed, frustrated and demeaned defense worker who unravels and becomes psychotically violent. Or better yet, the Academy Award-winning 1976 film “Network,” which gave birth to the line “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” These artistic efforts were popular partly because they channeled the ongoing American angst that is still with us. But now we are greeted with a virtual landslide of films about zombies and the walking dead, all of which symbolize America’s current dissatisfaction, emptiness, hunger, paranoia and rage all rolled into one. Artists and filmmakers are able to express this winter of our discontent, but as D’Asgotino asked, why can’t anyone come up with some solution? Here is what I think. One of the best thinkers of recent years was the French intellectual Jean Baudrillard, who was a key figure in post-modern thinking. Don’t let that word confuse you because all it means is that some writers try to understand our brave new world and how the television, advertising and electronic media in general have impacted human life. They have concluded what Huxley, Orwell and McLuhan hinted many years ago. These post-modernists state that the amount of information we have

been bombarded with over the last 75 years has totally overwhelmed our human capacity to digest it and the result is that we have basically become passive and zombie-like. And this means that civil movements, or even dialogue in general, is no longer possible. They point out that 1980 was the basic tipping point and they refer to this as the end point of history. All that may seem a little dramatic, but actually I believe them. At present we are addicted to a variety of forms of entertainment and now we have gone so far as to elect a man to run the free world who may be the most entertaining form of entertainment possible. As Bill Blakemore told me, Trump has garnered more free media publicity than any man in history. A nation addicted to entertainment is not a nation all that interested in social movements. TV and all the other forms of entertainment we have access to have a way of soothing us and putting us in a quiescent state. And we will undoubtedly grow more passive and tame when marijuana is made legal and recreational. Huxley gave us Soma in which to obtain blind-eyed bliss and now we have a large choice in which to obtain the same state of mind. So when one posits the question, “why social progressive movements fail,” all you have to do is look at your television to understand why. Just turn it on, sit back and enjoy. “Hey honey, when are the Simpsons on?”

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Pay down your mortgage early or not? A question that my subscribers have asked lately is, should they prepay their mortgage, eg. make extra principal payments every other month? As an example, if you had a $500,000 mortgage at 4.5 percent interest and made payments of $2533.43 per month and made an additional principal payment every other month, you would save 32 percent or $286,450 of the normal interest of $912,032, over a 30year payout and also reduce the amount of time by 19 years and 8 months. This is a very substantial savings of interest and time, which substantially ramps up your equity and wealth factor for a potentially more rewarding and comfortable retirement. As you can observe from the previous example, the savings on interest is quite amazing and absolutely enables you to keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket. The critical and crucial question will be, do you have the mental attitude and discipline to stick with this beneficial payment option and keep it on a schedule year after year? Only you can determine if you have what it takes to do it! Now, you don’t necessarily have to be as strict and disciplined as to have to pay an exact principle payment every other month; but you can choose whatever amount of principle you can comfortably pay, every other month and ask your lender what the effect it will have on your total interest payments and years saved over the life of your mortgage. This will take a bit of planning and again, discipline and consistency, as well as reducing available funds for other discretionary spending; but, I can assure you, that it will be worth it, when you look back and realize and know what you have accomplished in paying off your mortgage earlier than most! One must, as they say, “bite the bullet” in building and creating your wealth, for a brighter future. I am not saying this will be easy, but if you put your mind to it, you will succeed! Most importantly, as you build equity over the years, this will enable you to tap into it, if need be, for upgrading and renovating or possibly using the funds for a vacation or retirement home or condo down in the warmer climates. The savings will also be a hedge against reductions in social security benefits, which I fear, the way the country is proceeding in their outlandish spending and

deficits, it will potentially be an inevitable outcome, if a solution isn’t strategized and dealt with in the near term. Real Estate is a limited commodity and as long as they aren’t growing anymore, it isn’t replaceable. So, values should continue to increase over the long run. Whoever thought years ago that prices would be where they are today? So, owning your own home, as well as any other real estate investments (and maybe taking classes and learning how to invest in the stock market long term), will provide the necessary security for one’s retirement. If you are not in a position to pre-pay your mortgage as explained in the previous example had shown; the next best thing to do is try to make some type of principal payments when you have the extra money and are able to do it. However, not to change the subject, but there could be an adverse effect on our deductions, if our income taxes increase and/ or income tax brackets radically change and deductions reduced; due to our very serious national and international deficits; which somewhere along the line, must be paid; or do we consider bankruptcy or insolvency as a nation? I dare not think so, but, our government must very, very soon start putting their foot down and

PHILIP A. RAICES Real Estate Watch

begin figuring out how to decrease spending. Looking back, it has been a “pork barrel” for 242 years. However, with the new 4.5 trillion dollar budget that President Trump has proposed (that’s four thousand five hundred billion dollars!!!), we are just adding to the burden that our grandchildren and future generations, will have to deal with when we are gone. What may have worked in the past, to reduce deficits aren’t necessarily going to work today in solving our current fiscal problems or those going forward; and my fear is that we are running out of time. A few weeks ago, I sat in the office of a very important and wealthy client of mine and discussed the state of our state and country and the loss of Amazon and the billions of dollars and

hundreds of thousands direct and indirect jobs that could have been created, but were lost; that would have been a benefit to New York City, its five boroughs, as well as the side benefits that would have been derived by Long Island and its local towns and our real estate values. Yes, some would wonder why did Mayor Bill Di Blasio and Gov. Cuomo, and others offer $3.1+ billion in tax credits and incentives to such a wealthy company and Jeff Bezos (worth approximately $150 billion+). The answer was and is the near and long term benefit that would have pumped our city economy with, as per Gov. Cuomo was quoted In the Washington Post on November 13, 2018, nine times the incentives provided in the tune of 27.5 billion and I am quite sure, Long Island would have had some side benefits too. We might be heading into a recession down the road and those much needed jobs would have truly bolstered our economy and the side benefits would have been humongous and trickled down to many businesses and individuals (hotels, doorman, restaurants, vendors, cultural venues, etc.). The displacement of tenants in rentals, which would have increased in price, created a grassroots effort by Congresswoman,

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez with Congressman Michael Gianaris and City council member Jimmy Van Bramer, to create and grow a mass opposition against having Amazon in Long Island City. But one possible solution could have been to have the city use some of their windfall and construct or at least have renovated a few of their idle and empty buildings to house those people. Maryland offered $8.5 billion and New Jersey offered $7 billion to attract Amazon; so our incentives paled in comparison. My professional opinion is the benefits surely outweighed the detriments of the New York incentives. Your thoughts? Philip A. Raices is the owner of Turn Key Real Estate in Great Neck. He is a Graduate of the Realtor Institute (G.R.I.) and also a Certified International Property Specialist (C.I.P.S.) He can be reached by email: Phil@TurnKeyRealEstate. Com or by Cell, (516) 647-4289 to answer any of your questions. To search for property, see what your home is worth or homes that have sold in your area, go to: WWW. Li-RealEstate.Com or we can provide you a free CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) absolutely “free” without obligation and no strings attached!

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Recent Real Estate Sales in Great Neck Great Neck Real Estate Market Conditions MEDIAN SALES PRICE $800,000 Demographics near Great Neck, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 10,143 7,535 38 3 81,778 39,915

County 1,361,350 4,744 41.3 3 98,401 42,949

2 School House Lane, Great Neck Sold Price: $1,255,000 Date: 11/02/2018 5 beds, 2 Full/2 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 135x112 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $25,642 MLS# 3014823

26 Shadow Lane, Great Neck Sold Price: $1,400,000 Date: 11/13/2018 5 beds, 3 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 75x130 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $21,343 MLS# 3037316

2 Fox Hunt Lane, Great Neck Sold Price: $1,875,000 Date: 09/20/2018 5 beds, 4 Full/2 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 141x132 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $32,887 MLS# 3043915

11 Saint George Road, Great Neck Sold Price: $1,030,000 Date: 09/07/2018 4 beds, 3 Full/1 Half baths Style: Exp Ranch # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 148x140 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $23,465 MLS# 3011167

Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: Homes shown here were recently sold in Great Neck by a variety of real estate agencies. The information about the homes and the photos were obtained through the Multiple Listing Services of Long Island. The homes are presented based solely on the fact that they were recently sold in Great Neck and are believed by Blank Slate Media to be of interest to our readers.

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School officials outline $233.64M budget Continued from Page 1 was unclear how much state aid the district would get because state revenue projections were off by about $2.3 billion. “We’re getting mixed signals,” Powell said. The district also pursues grants to help defray costs, Powell said. In total the district expects to get $4.25 million worth of assistance. There are also other alternative revenue streams like payments in lieu of taxes, expected to be about $7.54 million, $2 million from tuition from other school districts, $500,000 from interest on deposits, which is double what they projected last year, and $765,000 from adult education programs – a projection revised downward by $215,000 from last year. The district also expects to take in $706,134 from rental of facilities, up from $467,342 last year, due to the district renting out a vacant property to Helms Brothers for about $20,000 a month, Powell said. As for revenue on interest, Powell said this projection was

in light of increasing interest rates. Powell said that this year the district will have to pay 8.86 percent toward teacher retirement costs, down nearly 2 percentage points from 10.63 percent in 2018-19 and down more than 4 percentage points from 13.26 percent in 2015-16. This translates to a considerable $2 million decrease in costs, Powell said. “This is a big help in the proposed 2019-20 budget,” Powell said. The next budget discussion will take place on Saturday, March 23, at 9:30 a.m. at South High School, where there will be a line-by-line budget review. After that, there will be an informal hearing Monday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at South High School. The official hearing and adoption of the budget will take place Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in North Middle School, before administrators discuss the official budget on#Monday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. In unrelated business, about

half a dozen people also raised concerns about the proposed parking lot for North High School, which would add 97 parking stalls and was approved as part of the $68.3 million

bond issue in 2017. Among their concerns were a lack of transparency from the Board of Education, too little hard data on why this parking lot is necessary, the message it

would send to students and a belief that there are possible educational uses for the green space.

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Great Neck Library debuts $9.65M plan Continued from Page 1 Interest income is expected to grow by $26,000 due to a higher money market rate the library system obtained from HSBC Bank. “This year we were able to get a higher rate through HSBC,” said Great Neck Library Business Manager Steve Kashkin. “They have since increased in again to closer to 1 percent, so we’re going to get revenue from our interest, from the money that we have in our money market accounts.” Kashkin said Chase Bank, another bank where the library parks money, has not been helpful in increasing interest rates for the library system. Hence, he said, he may propose to move library money to other banks who would give more advantageous terms in the future. Total building and occupancy expenses increased by over $20,000 mostly due to higher gas expenses and a 3 to 4 percent annual increase in rental costs for the library’s systems three locations. Total salary expenses are expected to rise by over $200,000 to $4.4 million due to an increase in open positions. Kashkin said new full-time positions added to the 2020 budget proposal are a new webmaster marketing designer, a librarian at the Station location and a head clerk for circulation. Part-time positions added are a new STEM librarian for reference and a librarian for the Station location. Total employee benefits expenses decreased slightly by $45,146 to $2.1 million due to salaried positions being filled late or unfilled in the prior year’s budget and lower health insurance costs, Kashkin said.

justments,” said Great Neck Library Director Denise Corcoran. Library materials and programs expenses are somewhat flat year-overyear, declining by $9,700 to $1.04 million. A board member and a member of the public were concerned about the lack of spending in materials and expenses, but Kashkin said the apparent disparity in the budget document which shows a flat total amount, is due to money being moved around for specific items. The expenses decline was offset by an expansion of books funding by $23,000, newspapers by $10,000 and children’s programming increased by $19,000 due to more STEM-related programs. Administrative expenses declined PHOTO BY MAYLAN L. STUDART by nearly $7,000 to $393,000, with the decline coming from a nearly The proposed $9.65 million Great Neck Library budget is about $4,000 less biggest 40 percent savings in telephone serthan the current year’s budget. vices expenses. Furniture and equipment expensMarietta DiCamillo, former Great 2020 budget proposes an additional es declined by nearly 40 percent to Neck Library trustee, treasurer and $202,600. $25,600 and debt services was mostly “On your salary line, I’m estimating flat at $746,241. board president attended the meeting as part of the public and had several about half a million in unspent moneys Separate from the budget, the concerns regarding budgeted salaries in the line item,” said DiCamillo. Great Neck Library has $1.1 million “Through February, it’s about surplus in capital funds from 2018 that and unfilled positions. She asked why there was a budget $270,000 overall,” said Kashkin. could be allocated in the future. “If you take it and aggregate it over increase of over $200,000 in salaries Tax increases were discussed, but for positions that were unfilled the the full year, it comes out to about half the board said it did not seem necesprior year. She said it is a library policy a million dollars.” sary to do so. “Right,” he said. that if a position goes unfilled for over “We are not asking for an increase DiCamillo said she was concerned in taxes,” said Trustee Josie Pizer. “If one year, it means the position is not that unnecessary library positions there is an increase, it will go to the necessary for operations. DiCamillo, who is accustomed might be budgeted for 2020 when public for a vote.” to creating budgets, noted there is there is enough money that will roll The next meeting of the library more than $500,000 left in the cur- over from the prior year’s budget. board will be March 20 at 7 p.m. “We can look at that and make adrent budget that ends June 30, yet the

Elections on March 18 Continued from Page 4 home to roughly 2,735 people, is running uncontested, as are Trustees Jill Monoson and Burton Weston. The positions are unpaid and their respective terms are two years each. Weinberg, an attorney, became acting mayor in September 2014 after Mayor Bob Stern resigned, and became mayor about a month later. He has been serving as mayor since. Jill Monoson, an attorney with the Great Neck firm Kestenbaum & Mark, began serving as a trustee in January 2015. Prior to that, she was a village justice from 1999 to 2009. Weston, meanwhile, was elected in 2017 after Trustee Gary Noren decided not to seek re-election. In Russell Gardens, population 878, David Miller, currently the acting mayor, is uncontested in his bid for mayor. This follows Steven Kirschner, the longtime mayor, retiring because he moved out of the village. Russell Gardens Trustees Jane Krakauer, who has served since 2009 and Martin Adickman, who has served since

2003, are also seeking two-year terms uncontested. Meanwhile in Kensington, home to about 1,131 people, Deputy Mayor Darren Kaplan and Trustee Alina Hendler are both running uncontested for two-year terms. In Saddle Rock, with an estimated 728 residents, Mayor Dan Levy and Trustees Mark Collins and David Schwartz, currently serving as the deputy mayor, are uncontested in their respective bids. Levy, an ophthalmologist in private practice, was elected to be the mayor of Saddle Rock after the death of Leonard Samansky in 2011. He also served on the Board of Zoning and Appeals, on the Board of Trustees and as the village’s commissioner of parks and recreation, according to his biography on the village website. Schwartz has served as a trustee since 2011, while Collins has been on the Board of Trustees since 2005. The villages of Great Neck, Kings Point and Lake Success, hold their respective elections in June.




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Name of Owner as it Appears on Assessment Roll Silverstein, Robert Torah Ohr Hebrew Academy Soleiman Zadeh, Joseph Nir Leemor Global Vision Developme LLC Desai Ninad/Mala Rabbanifar Saadat & Soosan Woodhill Development Corp. JJJ Assets LLC Alacbro Associates LLC King Developers Group LLC Chanchalashvili, Michael & Marg Zarifpour, Morris Nagers LLC Nazmiyal,Yaara Raship V M 100 Croyden FN LLC LI Vision Development LLC Haghnazari Shahrouz Kashani, Mordechai Bell Gerta/Jones Aline Eldadzz LCC Kashani, Mordechai Livian, Kourosh Bartco Holding MJM Development GN LLC Molla Parvis Mary M Livian, Lawrence & Angela 7 Ellard Avenue LLC Wykowski, Henry, T Banilivy, Mansour Hematian, Rami and Angela Bruce R Lieberan & Co Sung Eun Kim Kenny Development Corp JM Pine Hollow RealtyLLC

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Dated: March 12, 2019 Joe Gill, Village Clerk-Treasurer,Village of Great Neck

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OWNER Benhour Mahfar W.H.W. Property Inc. Chin, Harry & Julia Xie, Huiyu Friedner, Howard & Amy Wang, Wenfen

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LIU Post men’s soccer reads, runs Team visits Huntington Montessori School to hit the ball and the books for kids 3-8 The LIU Post men’s soccer team visited Huntington Montessori School to read books and lead soccer sessions for students between the ages 3 to 8 on Friday morning, March 8. The visit, which is the team’s second during the 2019 spring semester, is part of a program called Read, Run and Fun. “It’s a mentoring program that is designed to get the players out in the community and to get them to interact with its youth,” head LIU Post men’s soccer coach Michael Mordocco said. Arriving at the school, the players split up into two groups. One group visited the students in their classrooms, where they read to them. The other group brought students to the school gym for a soccer session where the kids ran around and played soccer related games. In the classrooms, the reading mostly consisted of Dr. Seuss books, as March is Dr. Seuss month, but the students also listened to stories about dinosaurs and Pete the Cat. Ajani, 6, was es-

pecially interested in the dinosaur books and their pictures. There was one particular thing he liked in one of the books the players read. “There was a big dinosaur head,” Ajani said. The program, Coach Mordocco said, is a great opportunity for his players to build character, mature and prepare for the future. “It’s healthy for them to communicate with people, whether it is children or adults, in

different environments and different fields,” he said. “To be able to build relationships will benefit them and this program will kind of help facilitate that.” Six out of the seven players who visited Huntington Montessori School are international student athletes from Argentina, Australia, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and Trinidad and Tobago. Even though some of them have distinct

accents, the communication with the kids ran smoothly. “It’s a great interaction! The kids love them,” Jeff Rodriguez, head teacher for a mixed group with 3 to 6 year olds, said. Rodriguez sees the culture differences between the players and the children as a great experience for his students. Last month they talked about diversity in his class. “We were touching on how we are all different, but how we should celebrate that and be appreciative of each individual, that we can all learn something from one another,” he said. “I think, by the team coming in and having everyone being from some place different, the kids can learn something from them. It’s nice for them to get a perspective from someone else.” Rodriguez also thinks is nice for the students to listen to other voices, especially male voices. “I think it’s nice for them to interact with other men. There aren’t that many male teachers, especially kindergarten teachers, so to have the guys come in gives

them a chance to experience somebody else and not just me or their dads,” he said. The students aren’t the only ones who gain perspective during the experience. By visiting the school, Paul Hein, freshman defender and broadcasting major from Germany, had the chance to learn about the American education system. “It’s very interesting to get to know the American school system and what it looks like,” he said. “It’s interesting to see how they use the Montessori method.” Junior physical education major Kyle Parish, a midfielder and defender, also thinks the experience has been valuable. “I’m trying to do physical education and coaching, so personally it’s a very good experience for me to see what I can use and improve on to further my education,” he said. He also likes the change of pace from the university. “To have a little bit of youth is very refreshing and joyful,” Parish said. Rodriguez would love to see the team come back and he also

thinks that more schools should invite university teams to interact with children. “I think this is a really nice experience not only for kids but for the team as well. I would really recommend this to other schools,” he said. Parish is also in favor of more visits as he thinks the program creates a good relationship between the men’s soccer program and the community. “It provides a bond between the two, which I think can be very healthy for the years to come,” he said. Coach Mordocco plans to continue the program. Although there are no future visits planned for the team, Huntington Montessori is hosting an international festival night on April 12 that members of the team will hopefully attend. This article was originally published in the Pioneer, LIU Post’s awardwinning student newspaper, www.liupostpioneer. com. The article is republished by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.

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LIU Post football goes big in recruiting class

In October 2018, Long Island University announced that the LIU Post and the LIU Brooklyn athletic teams were merging, becoming ONE LIU and a Division I sports program. Some of the LIU Post athletic programs would be discontinued, but not the football program. The football program will remain on the Brookville campus. The football team ended its fall 2018 season with a Northeast-10 Championship, a 10-1 record, and a firstround loss to Slippery Rock. With the program changing from Division II to Division I and a move to the Northeast Conference, head coach Bryan Collins and his staff have now been busy getting ready for their inaugural Division I season. They have signed more than 31 recruits. This is the biggest recruiting class the LIU program has had, regardless of level of play. Coach Collins and his staff recruited players in nine different states this year

including Virginia, Florida, Illinois, and Maryland. “The competition is elevated now. With where LIU is located, it makes it very attractive place to come to for the next four, five years,” Collins said. “We wanted to become a more national brand than a regional brand.” The football team will have 15 starting seniors graduating this May, including Chris Coles, Jake Carlock, Malik Pierre and Mike Richardson, who were all three-year starters. “I believe every single position has been filled with this recruiting class,” Collins said. He and his staff changed their recruiting tactics for the Division I level. “Many of the players we recruited are receiving academic scholarships. I think it’s important nationally that we recruit that kind of player that the university projects as increasing our national brand,” Collins added. In the past four years, the football team has had

three starting transfer quarterbacks: Jeff Kidd (20152016), Yianni Gavalas (2017), Chris Laviano (2018), and for 2019, according to Collins, junior transfer quarterback Clay Bethard from Iowa Western College has the potential to start. The team has recruited two quarterbacks including Camden Orth from Florida and Luke Sprague from Pennsylvania. “We’re very happy with our incoming quarterbacks. It’s going to be a very good competition this season,” Collins said. This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post, www., and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.

Historical society honors ex prez Kasten Continued from Page 3 true to the needs of the historical society, developed many programs, attended related meetings and hustled many local people into important committees.” Leila Mattson, a Great Neck Historical Society historian and board member who worked with Kasten to author “Images of America: Great Neck,” said that Kasten quickly showed herself to be a hardworking person of many talents. Now, she said, the best thing others

can do is help keep the group strong. “There have been at least two historical societies that have preceded this one — I think the second one ended around 1995,” Mattson said. “And so I would like to say that I think the best way that we can say ‘thank you’ to Alice is to really keep working for this society and let our community know that it has a really fascinating history, and not just several nail salons.” Jay Mancus, a longtime resident who

is succeeding Kasten as president, said that not long after retiring, he discovered the historical society. “I remember taking my kids to the Saddle Rock Grist Mill – we actually had grist, it was great – and I’ve always enjoyed history,” Mancus said. “And then I watched Alice in action and I said, ‘Wow, this is someone who I’d love to help, if I could be useful.’” Mancus said that a definite “hallmark” of Kasten’s leadership style has

been “if you don’t do it, I’ll do it.” Going forward, though, Mancus said people may have to step up and that he hopes to see productive committees and increased membership. Meredith Zolty, Kasten’s daughter and a non-profit grant writer, said she believes her mother is relieved people plan to do their part. “This was really great,” Zolty said. “I’m glad she’s getting recognized for all the stuff that she does.”

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