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Belmont arena approved Clears return of Islanders to L.I. BY TOM M CC A RT HY The $1.3 billion arena to house the New York Islanders in Belmont Park was approved last Thursday by the key state agency amid strong calls of support and disapproval. “Today, the Empire State Development board voted to approve a major project which will turn underutilized parking lots at Belmont Park into a world-class destination and the new home of the New York Islanders,” ESD Chairman Howard Zemsky said. He continued, “We are proud of the open, public process this project has gone through over the last two years, strengthened by the input and support of community members who made their voices heard and helped improve the plan, resulting in today’s positive outcome.” The six members of the state board voted to approve the project after hosting two hours of public comments in Continued on Page 51


Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen and state Sen. John Brooks (D-Seaford) are calling on the state to conduct an audit of the town’s building department.

Gillen, Brooks call for Sandy audit Officials say Hempstead dept. withheld info on damages from Hurricane Sandy BY TOM M CC A RT HY State Sen. John Brooks (DSeaford) has joined Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen in calling on the state to conduct an investigation and operational

audit into how the Hempstead Building Department assessed damage after Hurricane Sandy. “We’re still reliving the nightmare seven years later because of inaction and flawed practices by the town’s Building Department throughout the Murray and Santino administrations,” Gillen said about the department’s actions after Sandy. At news conference on

Monday, Gillen said that allegations she has heard about the Building Department include delaying the issuing of select building permits, “looking the other way” on certain code violations and expediting permits for “favored” homeowners and businesses. Gillen said that the agency failed to notify “thousands of homeowners in the town” that they could be living in poten-

tially dangerous homes. Gillen said that homeowners are at risk of flood insurance payments skyrocketing and having to pay “out of pocket” to pay for elevating houses. “The continued inaction on behalf of the Building Department, despite my multiple directives to proactively alert homeowners that still have no clue if they are living in a subContinued on Page 50

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Too few marshals F.P. ‘not done’ on delays biz openings Belmont arena 17 marshals responsible for inspections across Nassau

Village has $50,000 for legal action BY TOM M CC A RT HY


Nassau County Assistant Chief Fire Marshal John Priest. B Y J E S S I C A P A R K S spection, which is currently four Just 17 fire marshals are assigned to review the plans and conduct inspections of hundreds of new businesses across Nassau County, causing a major delay in openings, according to union representatives. Staffing counts obtained from the county identified 57 uniformed marshals and 37 support staff members for a total of 94 full-time employees in the fire marshal’s office. However, union representatives contend that the office only has 56 uniformed marshals and six support staff members. Fire marshals conduct plan reviews and inspections for businesses that are soon to open. A delay in an inspection typically results in a delay in the business’s opening. If the office had higher levels of uniformed marshals and support staff, businesses wouldn’t have to wait as long for an in-

to eight weeks, union representatives said. In a previous statement, Christine Geed, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s director of communications, said that the office has been identified as one that needs more staffing, but the county cannot simply return to “pre-recession levels of staffing.” As staffing levels dwindled over the years – which union representatives described as mostly gradual due to attrition, except for a 2017 buyout when 12 employees left at once – the office’s ability to keep up with inspections and plan reviews has lessened, resulting in longer response times. “It is a constant struggle after we lose people through attrition,” Michael Strong, CSEA Local 830 union president for the fire marshal’s office and division supervisor, said. “We never get that number back.”

Mike Mastrangelo, fire marshal and president of the Fire Marshal Benevolent Association, said that at its worst, the office’s response time was 12 weeks. “Because of the delays, we hear complaints from people who are waiting for plans, waiting for inspections,” Strong said. “There is only so much a person can do in the course of the day.” At a June forum on downtown revitalization hosted by Blank Slate Media, Legislator Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park), presiding officer of the County Legislature, said that many of the delays for Nassau builders rest in the fire marshal’s office. Businesses typically call for multiple inspections: fire alarms, sprinkler systems and extinguisher systems to name a few. Mastrangelo said that no matter which way he tries to do the math, nothing adds up to the 94 employees that the county claims are in the department. Continued on Page 51

Floral Park Mayor Dominick Longobardi thanked the village trustees and the community for all the work they put in to raise concerns over the now state-approved New York Islanders arena in Belmont Park but said “we are not finished.” “We are not done. We have a lot more work to do, “ Longobardi said. “We will continue to do this work.” At the Aug. 13 board meeting, Longobardi and the board were not specific, however, about what the village plans on doing next. He said at the meeting that while the board has $50,000 in the budget available for legal action, suing would cost far more than what the village has. The options, he said, are still being considered. “Given the amount of damage that this can do to us, we are weighing those options,” Longobardi said about pursuing legal action. Deputy Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald said that there are still many questions that the board believes have not been properly addressed bythe state agency Empire State Development (ESD). Concerns have been raised by the board of the project’s impact on traffic, the constant in-

flux of commuters coming into Floral Park for Islander games, Floral Park becoming a “soft target” for terrorism, propane cylinders being installed for the project and the location of a new LIRR station atthe north parking lot of Belmont Park to support the project. The village is continuing to request more time to review the impact of new additions to the project in July. With the project’s construction plans being approved by the state’s Franchise Oversight Board on Aug. 13, ESD spokesman Jack Sterne said now the project will be able to move forward. Just before the deadline for the public comment section for the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement came, the village of Floral Park appealed for a supplemental impact statement to address new additions to the project. The state will not be issuing a supplemental statement at this time. Floral Park received the support of Presiding Officer Rich Nicollelo (R-New Hyde Park)and Legislator Vincent Muscarella (R-West Hempstead) along with Assemblyman Edward Ra (RGarden City South) and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont) for calling for a supplemental impact statement.


The Floral Park village board said that legal options are still available for the village to protest the Belmont Park arena.

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NHP veteran rides for wounded warriors Army veteran Reynaldo Able one of 1,200 in Babylon to bicycle for wounded warriors project BY TOM M CC A RT HY New Hyde Park resident and Army veteran Reynaldo Able said he believes that the “never quit” attitude he developed in the service helped him get through the Town of Babylon’s 12th Annual Soldier Ride to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project July 19. Able, a PSEG Long Island employee, rode with fellow employees at the event. Before maintaining electronic systems, Able served in the U.S. Army for seven years. He said he was assigned to the 1st Armored Division and then the 82nd Airborne Division. He earned the rank of sergeant. “My job in the Army was a cavalry scout, which is basically the commander’s eyes and ears on the battlefield. Our job would be to be out forward of the main units and gather intel,” Able said. After serving in the Army, Able worked at Con Edison for 10 years before he joined PSEG Long Island in 2015. Able said he works in Corporate Security


Reynaldo Able was one of 1,200 to ride in Babylon for the Wounded Warrior Project. as the technical security manager for PSEG. He and his team oversee all of the electronic security systems in PSEG Long Island’s buildings and yards. Able said that his time in the military prepared him for his job as he

learned how to be “mission-oriented.” “The Army teaches you to have the resolve to complete tasks to the best of your ability and not be afraid to take on challenges as they come,” Able said.

About 95 people of the record-breaking 1,200 participants who rode this year were on Team PSEG Long Island. PSEG Long Island said nearly $1,000 was raised at the fund-raiser. Able said it is very important

for veterans to give back to other veterans who may be less fortunate in their lives after serving. “All soldiers share a special bond in the experiences we all went through. Participating in events like this show the wounded veterans that we support them. It was great to applaud them and shake their hands as they rode by,“ Able said. “As a veteran, it’s been amazing to see the PSEG Long Island team grow every year I do the ride.” Soldier Ride is an annual bike ride that begins at Babylon Town Hall, goes through Copiague, Amityville, Lindenhurst and Babylon, and travels over the Robert Moses Causeway before ending at Babylon’s Overlook Beach. “Soldier values have a tendency to stay with you long after you leave the military,” Able said. “We have had a group from PSEG Long Island riding in this event for three years. It has grown exponentially in the amount of money we have raised and riders involved. This year we had nearly 100 riders and next year there likely will be more.”











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Lafazan seeks active-shooter panel Calls on county Legislature to create committee to ensure Nassau’s ability to respond BY R O S E W E L D ON

ous mass-casualty situations in order to look for vulnerabilities in the county’s abilities to deal with such events. “While there’s no solace that can be gained from these atrocities, we should at least gain some knowledge so that we are prepared,” Lafazan said. He serves on five of the 12 committees in the County Legislature, including the Towns, Villages and Cities Committee, where he serves as the ranking member. He would have to propose his committee formally to the other 18 legislators and gain bipartisan support for it to pass. Lafazan acknowledged that the proposed discussions with first responders from mass-casualty situations would be difficult, but ultimately necessary for the county’s safety. “It’s a difficult conversation, but we’re elected officials, and we have to do our best to make Nassau County the safest area possible,” Lafazan said.

Legislator Joshua Lafazan (I-Woodbury) has said that he will propose a permanent committee in the Nassau County Legislature to prepare for active shooter situations in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio this month.


“ t’s a difficult conversation, but we’re elected officials, and we have to do our best to make Nassau County the safest area possible.” Joshua Lafazan LEGISLATOR (I-WOODBURY)

“One of the deadliest weekends in the history of the nation just happened,” Lafazan said in a telephone interview with Blank Slate Media. Lafazan announced his idea to form the committee at a news conference on Aug. 5. He said that the committee would interview crisis managers, hospital administrators, elected officials and others who have been involved in previ-


Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan (I-Syosset) is calling for a new committee for the Nassau County Legislature.

Teens fundraise for kids with cancer BY R O S E W E L D ON After a lengthy fundraising campaign by teens from Roslyn, Old Westbury, Port Washington and elsewhere on Long Island, Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island opened its Laura Rosenberg STEAM Shack last month. Sunrise, a free summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings located in Wheatley Heights, partnered with the Woodbury-based Laura Rosenberg Foundation to build the center, which had over $300,000 of its funds raised by a group of teenage counselors known as the STEAM Team. Roslyn resident David Miller, a board member of the Sunrise Association that oversees the camp, was a supporter from the beginning after his son Max, a counselor, suggested including an activity in the camp for kids who preferred computers. From there, Max Miller created the “STEAM Team” (named for science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and led it in raising funds for equipment for the program. The team created crowdfunding pages on the website GoFundMe, ran bake

sales and even orchestrated a private art show in Glen Cove to earn the money. The money raised by the team paid for features in the center meant to teach basic principles of science, technology, engineering, arts or math to campers. A Gear Wall, a magnetic wall that shows how mechanical gears work with each other, was placed in one of the center’s rooms, and Dash robots, small programmable machines that respond to commands in a coding language for children, are available to teach the basics of coding. Twelve iPads were also purchased, to be paired with each of the 12 robots. “We have 3-year-olds doing it and they love it,” Miller said. “For the past two years, we didn’t have kids younger than 4 in the STEAM activities, and now we have to practically fight them off because they all want to try the robots.” The STEAM Shack also includes several new Acer laptops, on which older campers learn more advanced coding. Luke Boncic, 15, who has been attending the camp for two years, says the Shack has helped him


Counselors assist campers at Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island’s new STEAM Shack. develop his budding interest in computer hardware as well as software. “Because of the STEAM Shack, I’ve really found out how computers work,” Boncic said.

“I’m even building my own operating system.” When the camp’s summer schedule ends on Friday, Miller says, the robots and iPads will be boxed up by the STEAM

Team and sent to another of its programs, Sunrise on Wheels, in which volunteers visit cancerstricken children in hospitals, with games and toys towed in rainbow chests.


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Scaramucci splits from Trump


Manhasset resident hops off Trump train after Twitter fight, comments in the press BY R O S E W E L D ON Manhasset resident and former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has publicly dropped his endorsement of President Donald Trump’s re-election bid after a Twitter feud that raged last weekend. Scaramucci, who was fired 11 days into his White House job in 2017, has both spoken against and for Trump’s subsequent policies since his own time in the administration ended after he made foul remarks about his co-workers to a reporter for The New Yorker. The feud erupted after Scaramucci’s appearance last Friday on the HBO panel discussion show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” one in a line of television programs he has been a guest on since his August 2017 dismissal. Presented as the author of the 2018 book, “Trump: The Blue Collar President,” Scaramucci deflected charges that the president was racist from Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell, but did criticize

On Saturday, the president tweeted in the afternoon: “Got to see, by accident, wacko comedian Bill Maher’s show – So many lies…” Later that day, he tweeted again, this time addressing Scaramucci directly. “Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly terminated (11 days) from a position that he was totally incapable of handling, now seems to do nothing but television as the all-time expert on ‘President Trump.’” the president tweeted. “Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me…..” In a subsequent tweet, Trump commented that Scaramucci, “who would do anything to come back in,” should “remember the only reason he is on TV, and it’s not for being the Mooch!” Scaramucci responded to the second of the three tweets early PHOTO BY STEVEN BLANK in the morning Sunday. “For the last 3 years I have Anthony Scaramucci speaking at the North Hills Country fully supported this president,” Club in June. Scaramucci tweeted. “Recently he has said things that divide the Trump’s response to the mass Toledo, Ohio, on Aug. 3 and country in a way that is unacshootings in El Paso, Texas, and Aug. 4. ceptable. So I didn’t pass the 100

percent litmus test. Eventually he turns on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country.” Later on Sunday, the business news website Axios posted an exclusive interview with Scaramucci in which he compared Trump to the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl and suggested that Republicans might consider finding another 2020 candidate if the president “doesn’t reform his behavior.” “A couple more weeks like this and ‘country over party’ is going to require the Republicans to replace the top of the ticket in 2020,” Scaramucci told reporter Jonathan Swan. Scaramucci later confirmed his comments in a CNN appearance Monday. Asked by reporter John Berman if he was calling for another candidate to head the Republican ticket, Scaramucci saidhe thought it should be weighed. “I think you have to consider a change in the top of the ticket when someone is acting like this,” Scaramucci said. Continued on Page 61

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Local orgs sued in Child Victims Act suits Schools, houses of worship, and individuals named as one year lookback window opens BY J E S S I C A PA R K S Moments after the window for the state Child Victims Act opened, lawsuits across New York poured into the courts including ones filed against several North Shore institutions. Under the legislation, child abuse victims whose cases are barred by the statute of limitations can file a lawsuit over the next year, regardless of when the incident occurred. Jeff Anderson & Associates, a New York City-based law firm, is filing 19 lawsuits within the Diocese of Rockville Center. Institutions implicated include Chaminade High School in Mineola, Our Lady of Fatima in Manorhaven, St. Mary’s in Manhasset and St. Ignatius Retreat House in Manhasset. Of the clergy identified by the firm is Brother James C. Williams, the former president of Chaminade High School; the Rev. Joseph Fitzpatrick who formerly presided at St. Mary’s in Manhasset; the Rev. John Mahoney who briefly served at


Gary Greenberg and State Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-Great Neck) pose for a photo following the signing of the Child Victims Act. North Shore Hospital in Manhasset and the Rev. Kenneth Nee who previously served at both St. Mary in Roslyn and Our Lady of Fatima in Manorhaven. Other accused perpetrators on Long Island revealed by Jeff

Anderson & Associates include the Rev. Edward R. D’Andrea, Sister Maureen Gregory, Brother Harold Harvers, Deacon William Mahoney, the Rev. John Halpin, the Rev. John Murphy, the Rev. Robert Saccacio and the Rev. Al-

fred Soave. The Marsh Law Firm of White Plains and Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala in Seattle, Washington have also been filing lawsuits across the state have also filed suits against the Diocese of Rockville Centre. A statement from the Rev. John O. Barres, bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, said: “Our Church continues to suffer as a result of past sins of sexual abuse of minors. Victim survivors of abuse and their families also continue to carry the terrible effects of that abuse.” State Sen. Anna Kaplan (DGreat Neck), who co-sponsored the legislation signed into law in February, encourages victims of sexual abuse to seek justice. “With this law now in effect and the ‘lookback window’ now open for one year,” she said, “I urge all survivors to consider taking action so that these abusers can be brought to justice, and so that survivors can hopefully find some closure.” Identified lawsuits across Long Island filed by Jeff Ander-

son & Associates, the Marsh Law Firm and Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala are Good Shepherd Parish and Church in Holbrook, Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, St. Andrews Parish and Elementary School in Sag Harbor, St. Barnabas Parish and Church in Bellmore, St. Hyacinth Parish and All Saints Regional Catholic School in Glen Head, St. Josephs Parish and Church in Babylon, St. Lawrence Parochial School in Sayville, St. Patrick’s Parish and School in Bay Shore and St. Philip and St. James Church in St. James, Camp Alvernia in Centerport, Holy Family School in Hicksville, St. Agnes Cathedral High School in Rockville Centre, St. Hugh’s in Huntington Station, St. Ignatius Loyola in Hicksville, St. John of God in Central Islip, St. John’s Hospital in Smithtown and St. Rosalie’s in Hampton Bays. The first lawsuits filed Wednesday morning, just after midnight, were against the Catholic Church of New York City, Rockefeller University and the Boy Scouts of America.

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Post disclosure forms online: Curran County exec introduces bill to require Board of Ethic to make information available on web

BY J E S S I C A PA R K S Nassau County Executive Laura Curran introduced a bill on Monday that would require the county Board of Ethics to post the financial disclosure forms of county elected officials online. In April, Curran and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas unveiled the county’s new financial disclosure platform, which was met with criticism because the database would only be made available to ethics board members and the county inspector general. The ethics board is appointed by the county executive and the inspector general is selected by the County Legislature. In the past, the forms were submitted on paper, which Curran said hindered the anti-corruption purpose of the form. The prior method made it “too easy for vital information about ethical conflicts to be slid into a box, then hidden away in a basement,” she said. But Joye Brown, a Newsday columnist, asked the county ex-

has implemented an aggressive agenda to root out corruption and strengthen ethics rules in County government.” Nassau County Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said the minority is proud to support the executive’s proposed reform. “Nassau County residents deserve full transparency from their elected representatives, and the heightened level of disclosure required under County Executive Curran’s proposal adds another important layer of accountability,” Abrahams said in a statement. Presiding Officer Richard NiPHOTO COURTESY OF THE NASSAU COUNTY EXECUTIVE colello (R-New Hyde Park) said majority Republicans look forward Nassau County Executive Laura Curran introduced legislation Monday that would require the to reviewing the county executive’s proposal and will seek to expand online posting of county elected officials’ financial disclosure forms. the legislation to further “include est in contracts, investments, gifts, every County Commissioner, Depecutive, “What’s the difference be- ture will be posted online. About 700 county employees third-party reimbursements, debts uty County Executive, the County tween the Board of Ethics and the Assessor, and the Chair of the Asbox in the basement if the public who have been designated as poli- and political party involvement. “In the past, we often had pol- sessment Review Commission.” cymakers are required to submit doesn’t have access to it?” “We will continue to do everyIf the introduced bill is imple- the financial disclosure form to the iticians enter public service to do mented, only the disclosure forms county Board of Ethics. The form well for themselves, instead of to thing in our power to protect Nasof the county executive, district at- includes details about personal do good for the people they repre- sau County Taxpayers, and bring torney, comptroller, clerk and all and familial financial interests, sent,” Curran said in a statement. real transparency to government,” 19 members of the County Legisla- income, employment, trusts, inter- “That’s why my Administration he said in an email.

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County OKs tax assessment reforms Resolutions allow release of assessment formulas, return to mail-based grievances BY J E S S I C A PA R K S The Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved the first round of bills last week in an assessment reform package proposed by the majority Republicans in July. One of the two resolutions approved requires the county to release data and formulas used to determine fair market values of Nassau homes. The second bill mandates the county to notify taxpayers of a tentative assessment by mail in addition to email. Under the first bill, the county will have to share the formula used by the county’s modeling software, which was created by a company based in Colorado, with the public. Initially, the county contended the formula was a “trade secret” and therefore was not subject to Freedom of Information Law requests. But eventually it elected to release the algorithm in the wake of the state Committee on Open Government’s advisory opinion suggesting that it do so due to the formula’s use in making “important government decisions.” The second bill institutes a return to the previous practices of the


The Nassau County GOP introduced a slate of reforms for the county assessment process last month. Assessment Review Commission, which used to mail offers to settle grievancesand other important information, but this year decided that all communication with residents would be electronic, according to the county GOP.

The Republican majority created the reform package, coined the “Assessment Bill of Rights,” based on what they had been told by constituents at meetings and hearings across the county, Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde


Park) said at a news conference last month. Other legislation in the package restricts home inspections conducted by the county Department of Assessment, limits the Nassau County executive’s ability

to change the level of assessment without an amendment approved by the county Legislature, requires mailing new tax impact notices that display the homeowner’s property tax burden using the final assessed value and the proposed five-year phase-in, and tasks the county assessor with holding hearings in each town and city in the county. The reforms also include a resolution that would require the county assessor to reside in Nassau County. Currently, Nassau County Assessor David Moog is a New York City resident. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said the county GOP was “late to the game.” “After eight years of ignoring a corrupt assessment system, the GOP Majority has recently filed a flurry of legislation on assessment,” she said. “I can assure you that any legislation that promotes transparency and avoids consumer confusion I will review with an eye towards signing.” The remaining legislation in the reform package will be heard by legislative committees in September.

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LIU reopens after Officials celebrate India Day social media threats

Council Member Veronica Lurvey, Council Member Peter Zuckerman, and Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth in attendance at Hicksville’s India Day Parade. Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth was accompanied by Council Members Peter Zuckerman and Veronica Lurvey at Hicksville’s India Day parade on Aug. 4. The local India Day Parade is organized by the

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Long Island University’s campuses closed last Thursday due to a social media threat, although the FBI and Department of Homeland Security deemed it noncredible. The university administration decided to close the campuses, including the Post campus in Brookville, at least partly because of mass shootings the weekend before. “While there is no specific threat, the safety of our students and employees are of paramount importance,” a message to the Long Island University community said. “Therefore, with an abundance of caution, and in the context of recent tragedies in Dayton OH and El Paso, TX, the University has made the decision to close tomorrow.” Campus housing stayed open and the campuses reopened Friday. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security’s investigation ended by Friday, a message on the university’s website said.


The LIU Post campus was closed Thursday. “There is no viable threat to LIU,” the alert said.

D’Urso attends anti-gun rally Curran launches book club for youth

Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso joined his colleagues in government to attend the Call to Action in order to raise awareness about ending gun violence. Activist groups including Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Make it Stop, Together We Will, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, and many more gathered together at the Haypath Park Community Center in Bethpage, in light of the recent tragic shootings across the country. Mass shooting survivors and faith leaders also attended the event to pro-

test gun violence, and to call for reform. Last year alone, D’Urso sponsored nine bills to curb gun violence, but there is still more to be done. “Organizations like Moms Demand Action and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence must continue to influence lawmakers in creating much needed changes to gun policy in America,” said D’Urso. “Unfortunately mass shootings persist, and the federal government has done nothing to change weapon policy. We in New York approved some of the strongest

gun laws in the country. It is imperative that the United State Senate passes legislation for universal background checks. Now is the time for action and not more prayer.” “Time and time again we gather to oppose gun violence, but our demands are not met by the federal government, so we must speak louder and work harder to oppose gun violence here in America. There are thousands of victims of gun violence every year so we must do right by them,” added the assemblyman.

Assemblyman D’Urso pictured with Moms Demand Action members.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is excited to announce the launch of her book club for young readers, Laura’s Book Club. The book club will include monthly book suggestions for young adults and children. Curran will announce her book pick of the month on her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “My mission is for Laura’s Book Club to encourage young people to disconnect from technology, step away from the screens and enjoy a book,” said

Curran. “I also hope this program encourages residents to visit their public libraries and take advantage of the free services they offer beyond book rentals.” Curran is also participating in the 2019 Nassau County Library Tour. The program encourages residents to visit as many of the 57 library branches in Nassau County as possible in the months of July and August. Each participant of the library tool receives a map to track their progress and can earn prizes along the way. Public libraries offer free membership to residents which comes with services such as book and video rentals, workshops and seminars, access to online research databases and even discounted admission tickets to museums and attractions across New York. For more information on the Nassau County Library Tour visit: Laura’s Book Club selection for August is “Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green. Submitted by the office of Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.

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Winthrop med school seeking donors School officials say ‘tuition-free’ model reliant on ‘half operations, half philanthropy’ BY TOM M CC A RT HY After opening its doors in Mineola July 29, the tuition-free NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s faculty already has 3,000 applications to evaluate for 32 spots for the 2020-2021 class by November, must find donors and do what it can to encourage medical students to pursue primary care in the future. Dr. Steven Shelov, the school’s founding dean and chief academic officer, said the priority now is to locate more donors and philanthropists to maintain the tuitionfree model for the medical school based in NYU Winthrop Hospital’s research center. “It’s got to be half operations and half philanthropy,” Shelov said. He and the other leaders at the school are developing ways of finding and persuading donors to donate to the medical school. The average tuition, Shelov said, is about $55,000 per student. Dr. Gladys Ayala, senior associate dean for medical education, said that the cost of attendance is about $27,000-$28,000 in addition to the tuition and still needs to be covered either by the student or federal loans. Ayala said it is important to “lessen that debt.” The medical school follows the model of the NYU School of Medicine, which allowed all enrolled students to attend the school with their tuition fees covered by scholarships in 2018. School officials say that this model is designed to inspire medical students to pursue primary care “We recognize that students when they do come out of medical school with very high debt, they may not normally choose some of these primary care fields because they don’t pay as much as the more lucrative specialties,” Ayala said.


Dr. Steven Shelov chose running the Mineola med school instead of retiring. Ayala said the funding for the school comes from revenue generated by the NYU Langone health care network as well as philanthropy, or donors, to support tuition scholarships for the students. NYU Winthrop and NYU Langone Health recently announced a fullasset merger, combining the hospital and the medical school it houses as part of the health care center. Shelov said that when Winthrop was purchased by NYU in 2017, New York University decided that instead of being a regional campus for NYU, it would be its own separate medical school with a focus on primary care. Shelov was originally near retirement before taking on the head academic role

at the medical school. After the NYU Medical School students were surprised by the announcement in July 2018 that their tuition would be covered by NYU, Shelov said NYU Langone Health CEO Robert I. Grossman decided that the same model could be used for the medical school at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Unlike the Manhattan school, however, the students for the Long Island facility were aware of the tuition-free model by the announcement in February 2019. Ayala, a trained general internist, said that lessening the debt for medical students is important to ensure a future of family practitioners, pediatricians, general internists, OB/GYN doctors,

and general surgeons. Dr. Steven Abramson, the chief academic officer for NYU Langone Health, said the network has about $500 million available through donations from local philanthropists. Abramson said the money put into the school should be seen as an investment in future doctors in the network. “NYU is committed to do this, but they want to see more money in the pot that can help pay,” Shelov said. Shelov spoke highly of Kenneth Langone, the chairman of NYU Langone Health. Langone spoke at the school’s “white coat” ceremony July 26 and was singled out in the past for his contributions to the NYU Medical School featured in a “60 Minutes” piece. Shelov said, however, that Langone has not personally contributed to the school yet. “He’s a wonderful, wonderful, supportive, incredible, charismatic champion for this school,” Shelov said. The Long Island school had received over 2,400 applications for the 24 available slots this year. Shelov said they already have received about 3,000 applications for next year’s class, which will include 32 students. For the 202122 year, the class size will expand to 40 students and be capped at that number. Shelov and Ayala both said other medical schools will likely follow NYU’s model to make it more affordable for students, especially ones who are interested in primary care. “I think the [future] for medical schools is to try to reduce the debt that medical students accrue,” Ayala said. “We have to generate a capital of dollars to fund this tuition-free status forever,” Shelov said.

Vigil for gun violence held in Glen Cove BY R OB E RT PELAEZ “How many more moments of silence?” Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke rhetorically asked a crowd of Glen Cove residents denouncing the recent, deadly nationwide shootings at Robert M. Finley Middle School last Thursday. The mayor said that it’s time for his colleagues in government to force an end to this ongoing epidemic. While close to 100 fluorescent lights illuminated the North Shore’s darkening sky in honor of those killed in the recent Dayton and El Paso shootings, it was the fiery words and call to action of the local politi-

cian that truly shed light on the issue that’s plagued the nation 278 times this year alone. That grisly statistic only makes up part of the bigger picture at hand according to the mayor; for Tenke and his city’s active residents, it has become apparent that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Make America Safe Pledge,” could be a needed ingredient for national gun violence cure. “How many more candlelight vigils? How many more tears? How many more mass shootings until we as a community say that enough is enough?” Tenke asked about his nation that’s suffered 278 mass shootings since the start of 2019.

Cuomo’s pledge was publicly outlined a day prior to the Glen Cove vigil, containing four main points for policy: extensive background checks, red flag legislation, the outlaw of assault weapons, and a mental health database must be implemented. “Kids, no older than these three right here…,” Tenke said, gesturing towards adolescent Boy Scouts from local Troop 6, “their lives taken with no remorse.” “How many more lives like theirs have to be taken? Their presence on this earth is vital for how our future turns out,” the adamant mayor continued. Mourners let out a raucous cry supporting the legislation

that Tenke was endorsing, many of whom agree that preventing mass shootings is something that should become bipartisan. This is now a public safety issue,” said Rabbi Irwin Huberman of the Congregation Tifereth Israel at 40 Hill Street in Glen Cove, “The divide in this nation is not between religions, or race, or sexual orientation, it is between the morally sound versus the morally corrupt-we must continue the conversation and learn from each other,” he continued saying to the crowd. Huberman then joined Tenke and members other local clergy members in reciting all 31 names of the combined shootings that

occurred on Saturday. August 4th. Each time was followed by a powerful, echoing ring from Boy Scout Troop 6’s commemorative bell. This issue is frightening to more than just community leaders, though. The harrowing fear of being in the crossfire of an unpredictable mass shooting is one on the minds of residents young and old as well. “I saw this statistic,” said Glen Cove resident Tyler Tine, “there’s a 1-2,500 chance of falling victim to any sort of crime in ‘Town A,’ as opposed to a 1-439 chance in that state,” he continued to explain at the vigil. Although, that ‘Town A’ was Newtown, Connecticut.

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NCC athletes learn about cancer

More than 100 football players attending summer camp at Nassau Community College heard an illuminating talk regarding the threat of testicular cancer, which affects teens and younger men, particularly those between the ages of 15 and 35. Anthony Corcoran, an NYU Winthrop Hospital urologic oncologist and expert in testicular cancer, explained to the athletes how this cancer is very curable if caught early, but that few young men are aware of the need for regular self-examination. The talk was orchestrated by Nassau Community College Adjunct Professor Dolores Edwards Sullivan, who recently lost her son, Brian, to testicular cancer. Brian loved football and was also a chef. In efforts to raise awareness about the risks of testicular cancer, Edwards Sullivan has initiated a foundation called Brian’s Kitchen in his memory. Brian’s Kitchen will provide healthy snacks and nourishment to football players during the season, as it did at camp. In turn, with the help of Nassau Community coach Jamel Ramsay, the camp athletes lent willing ears to hear Corcoran’s talk. “We need to raise awareness about testicular cancer, and young men need

Professor Edwards Sullivan holding her son’s poster; Coach Ramsay; and NYU Winthrop’s Ellen Dermody, a nurse navigator, Dr. Anthony Corcoran, and Derrick Adil, social worker. Ellen and Derrick handed out pamphlets on the disease to each player, and Derrick also explained how players could obtain health insurance.

to take ownership of their health,” said Corcoran. “Once a month, in the shower, men need to look for lumps, bumps, and swelling or irregularities.” Close to 10,000 cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed every year, and it is the second most common malignancy in young men 15 to 19 years old (leukemia is number one). For unknown, reasons, the incidence rate of testicular cancer has been increasing in the US and many other countries for several decades. Edwards Sullivan explained that when her son was diagnosed, his cancer had already advanced to stage IV, and it took his life within six months. “Had he known about the signs of cancer, he could have found it, and with treatment his life could have been saved,” said Edwards Sullivan. Now, on her initiatives through Brian’s Kitchen, she says “God is working in the right direction.” Edwards Sullivan plans to reach out to many other Long Island coaches in efforts to team with more to raise awareness. “Coaches are the best possible teachers because they become involved with students’ lives, and they care.”

Landsbergs celebrate again at Parker Herricks In keeping with a long-standing tradition, Jerry and Gloria Landsberg brought birthday cheer this week, to Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation. Celebrating their combined summer birthdays at Parker is an annual event for the couple. Jerry Landsberg is a for-

mer Parker board of trustees chairman and now serves as vice-chairman, and Gloria Landsberg has been instrumental in supporting extracurricular activities, with the Parker League, through her leadership. Both have long supported the Institute’s mission and vision, bringing their unique talents and strength to


From left, Robert Werner, Michael N. Rosenblut, Jerry Landsberg, Gloria Landsberg, Kathleen Keegan, and Tara Buonocore-Rut.

the organization. At Parker, residents, and families, along with the staff, look forward to the birthday party each year. Each year the couple treats everyone at Parker, including residents and staff, to ice-cream and live music. On Tuesday, they spent time on floors three through eight, and depending on what unit they visited, they were accompanied by a pianist, a saxophonist or a guitarist, brightening the day with songs. They mingled with guests, residents and their families, and were met with “Happy Birthday” songs. Some of the residents even made birthday cards, as they do each year. “Jerry and Gloria Landsberg support the mission of Parker, by giving of themselves unconditionally and generously. Celebrating with them is one of the highlights of the summer and looked forward to by all!” said Michael N. Rosenblut, Parker’s president and CEO. Submitted by the Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park

ranked 5th in state

The Herricks Public Schools has been ranked the fifth best school district in New York State on a 2020 list of 677 schools reviewed by Having received an overall Niche grade of A+, Herricks also moved up two spots on the list since last year. The district was ranked No. 4 when looking only at Long Island schools and was additionally ranked by as No. 18 on a list of the 2020 Best School Districts in America. The district achieved these rankings based on factors including state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ ACT scores, teacher quality, and public school district ratings. Herricks also placed at No. 6 on Niche’s list of Safest School Districts in New York out of 692 schools, and No. 2 on the list of Districts with the Best Teachers in New York out of 690 schools.

Legislature obtains funds for Jr. firefighters The Nassau County Legislature recently voted to provide hotel/motel grant funding to our Nassau County Junior Firefighters and Camp Fahrenheit. The grant was sponsored by the

majority at the Legislature. Camp Fahrenheit is the only camp of its kind in the country, and junior firefighters from around the country and other nations come here to learn the skills of providing

emergency response services. The Junior Firefighter program has been a success in providing young people with training and interaction with our volunteer firefighters and first

responders. The program has led many young people to serve our communities as firefighters and EMTs. Submitted by Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello.

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Happening at the Hillside Library You may register for programs at www.hillsidelibrary. info/events. You need to have your library barcode number for registration. Programs and events Movie: “Free Solo” Rated PG-13, 1h 40m. Documentary, Sport. Friday, Aug. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Directed by Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. Starring Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin. Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan. Cards, coloring and coffee: Monday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. The

library will be hosting a social afternoon of cards (bring your friends if you need four players), and perhaps a stimulating game of chess (we have the chess sets, you bring a partner). Celebrate the end of summer With a “Big Bang” Monday, Aug. 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Calling all summer readers for a lively afternoon featuring tasty pizza, great conversation, and the chance to win fabulous raffle prizes! To participate, register online with three titles or authors that you’ve read this summer. Then pick one you would recommend – or not – to

discuss at the party. Career counseling: Tuesday, Aug. 20. Appointment times are: 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m. Email to schedule an appointment. Bring current resume(s) to appointment. “Bubbles Up: Buoyant Adventures in Planet Ocean:” Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. Join diver, author, and photographer Paul Mila for an exciting presentation, above and below the waves. Participate in a shark dive in the Bahamas; witness a barracuda attack in Cozumel, and then dive with Cozumel’s graceful eagle rays. Open to

adults. Students (entering 7th grade or older) are also encouraged to attend. Page Turners – Book Discussion: Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 1 and 7 p.m. The book being discussed is “The Story of a Beautiful Girl” by Rachel Simon. In 1968, Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability and Homan are locked away in an institution. Deeply in love, they escape and find refuge with a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone – Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. Movie: “Poms” PG-13 1h

31m. Comedy, Drama. Friday. Aug. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Starring Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Celia Weston. A group of women form a cheer leading squad at their retirement community, proving that you’re never too old to ‘bring it!’ Children and young adult events Movie at Hillside: “Monsters vs Aliens,” Rated PG. Run Time: 1hr. 42minutes. Friday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. All Ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Come and create a monster or alien craft between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

New NHP-GCP appointees


From left, New Hyde Park Memorial High School Principal Dr. Richard Faccio, Sewanhaka Central High School District Superintendent Dr. James Grossane, and Nassau County Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello.

Nicolello, Faccio meet Superintendent Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) was happy to welcome the new Superintendent of the Sewanhaka Central High School District, Dr. James Grossane, as he visited New Hyde Park High School. Dr. Grossane will be replacing Ralph Ferrie and has experience as a superintendent in the Smithtown Central School District, and the Levittown School District, as well

as an assistant to the superintendent for student support services in the Massapequa School District, and principal of Massapequa High School and Washington Street School in Franklin Square. “I look forward to working with Dr. Grossane as he leads the students, staff and school community.” Presiding Officer Nicolello stated.

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education and district administration would like to welcome Jane Ruthkowski as principal of Manor Oaks School and Diana Weaver as assistant principal, district wide. Both of these strong leaders were appointed at the July 8 meeting of the board of education. Ms. Ruthkowski is joining NHP-GCP with more than eight years of experience as a principal, most recently serving in the Eastport-South Man-

or School District. While there, she had facilitated the implementation of many crucial programs for the students, as well as designed and provided professional development for teachers. Ms. Ruthkowski earned her Bachelor of Arts in social sciences – interdisciplinary from Stony Brook University, her Master of Science in special education, K-12 from Dowling and her educational administration certifications from Hofstra University. Ms. Weaver, a Floral Park

resident, comes from the neighboring Floral Park-Bellerose School District, where she was a special education teacher for the past 10 years. During her time there, she also served as the after-school program co-coordinator and lead staff facilitator for professional development. She holds both her Bachelor of Arts in education and her Master of Arts from St. John’s University. Ms. Weaver earned her school building leadership certificate from The College of Saint Rose.

Herricks students make strides The Herricks Public Schools continued its summer language learning experiences, with a total of 120 students participating in this year’s programs. Students enrolled in the Spanish language immersion program had the opportunity to keep their skills sharp and acquire new knowledge, while a JumpStart program for English as new language learners helped students prepare for the school year ahead by helping them continue to fine-tune the English language. Both programs were held from July 23-30 at Searingtown Elementary School. Each year the Director of World Languages Language Immersion& English as a New Language/ESL, Francesco Fratto, and his team, identifies a theme for the programs in order to enhance the interest in language as it relates to other subjects. The 2019 programs focused on marine life and included a field trip to the Long Island Aquarium as a highlight. Spanish language immersion and English language learner participants broadened their vocabulary related to marine life through conservations, reading, writing, listening and the arts. The JumpStart program prepared incoming kindergarten students, identified as possible English language learners, for the school year; uppergrade attendees had the opportunity to meet peers


This year’s Spanish language immersion summer program and JumpStart program focused on a marine life theme while preparing students for the year ahead. from the other elementary buildings before they begin middle school in the fall. The programs addressed the needs of all students. Teachers developed lessons of their choice, based on the theme, that involved writing exercises, hands-on activities, reading, vocabulary review and conversations in the students’ second languages.

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Editorial Cartoon

The right way to honor Gulotta


n March 1992, then Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta responded to a constituent’s concerns about controlling property taxes by calling for their elimination. “The real property tax is one of the most regressive and burdensome taxes paid by our residents,” said Gulotta, who died last week at age 75. “As property taxes increase, property values decrease,” he continued. “Seniors and those on fixed incomes are forced to move while young couples cannot afford to purchase homes. I am, therefore recommending the elimination of all real property taxes in Nassau County as the basic source for school districts and local government. The elimination of the property tax is essential to the future health and vitality of our region.” Gulotta, a Republican, would serve as Nassau’s leader for 14 years before a financial crisis forced the county to seek a state bailout and drive him out of office. But in terms of property taxes, Guolotta was not wrong. Present-day Republican leaders – some of whom praised Gulotta at his funeral Friday – are currently engaged in a rearguard action against the reassessment of all residential and commercial property in Nassau intended to make the payment of property taxes fair. Newsday recently published an analysisof Nassau County’s property reassessment and found “that the new assessments are well within every major professional standard of accuracy and fairness.” The analysis was supported by the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services, which

concluded that the reassessment eliminated the inaccurate and widely unfair disparities among home values. This followed eight years under Republican County Executive Ed Mangano during which time no reassessments were done and about half the county property owners ended up overpaying their taxes and about half ended up underpaying their taxes. According to a Newsday study, about $2.2 billion in taxes were shifted over seven years from generally more affluent property owners who successfully appealed their property taxes to generally less affluent owners who did not. During which time Republican legislators said nothing. This has not stopped county Republicans from now trying to score cheap political points, by among other things finding instances in which assessments on individual properties appear out of whack under the new assessment system. But here’s the truth. No matter how good the assessment system there are always going to be errors – unless the county is prepared to hire enough people to inspect every property every year. And even then assessments would be challenged. In some cases, with good reason. Homes get improvements or they don’t. Neighborhoods get better or they get worse. School districts, which play a major factor in real estate values, get better or they get worse. Demographics change. Federal tax policy changes. Property values change. That’s why property owners still have a right to challenge their assessments.


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And here’s a second truth. Even if the county hires enough people to inspect every property every year and they all assess the properties the same way, it would change the fact that property taxes are unfair. For the same reasons Republican Tom Gulotta pointed out nearly 20 years ago. Property taxes are based on the value of someone’s property – not their income, which generally speaking is their ability to pay. There is a form of taxation that is based on someone’s ability to pay. It is called an income tax. And it is used by the federal government, the state and — locally — New York City. Why not Nassau as well? A Nassau County income tax could also help fix another source of unfairness in our tax system: the use of property taxes as the primary means of financing school districts. The United States is the only Western nation that uses property taxes as the principal source of revenue to fund its schools and the

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district in Great Neck will spend $34,000 per student – with both districts drawing students from New Hyde Park. If we as American citizens were concerned about giving every child an equal chance to succeed in this country or the value of educating our children to compete in a global economy, there would be an easy answer to this uneven playing field. But in the end, there are too many people who paid to live where they do because of the advantages the area offers them, including the school system. In his letter in 1992, Gulotta pledged to work to freeze property taxes at the county, town and city levels. We believe he was onto something and would like to add our suggestion: Freeze property taxes at all levels of government in New York and make up any differences with an income tax distributed based on fairness. That, more than any eulogies, would be a great way to honor Tom Gulotta.



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result is huge disparities between public school districts. How big a difference? A recent report from the Manhattan-based Citizens Budget Commission concluded that 29 school districts in New York – including Wyandanch and Brentwood – are so underfunded that they will struggle this year to provide a “sound, basic education” required by the state Constitution. On June 28, Wyandanch administrators announced layoffs and pay cuts affecting more than 100 school employees, including teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, bus drivers and security guards. True, some of this may be attributed to flaws in distributing school aid by the state. Critics have pointed out that the state’s system of allocating school aid gives some districts more money than they need, while others are shortchanged. But this does not explain a system in which a school district such as Sewanhaka will spend $24,000 per pupil and an adjacent school


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Liberals failed NYC, now Baltimore


here has been much political blather about the plight of the City of Baltimore. Liberal Democrats, who have managed the city for most of the post-World War II era, have refused to acknowledge that Baltimore is in horrible shape. They are incapable of admitting that the 1960s Great Society social bromides they have been employing have proven to be intellectually and morally bankrupt. Instead of facing reality, they call critics racist. Because many people under 50 have little historical knowledge, they don’t understand that cities collapsing under the weight of leftist ideologies is not new. The greatest example of the cost of flawed liberal intentions was the City of New York in the 1960s and the 1970s. In the second half of the 20th century, the two mayors primarily responsible for the unmaking of Gotham were Robert F. Wagner, Jr. (1954-1965) and John V. Lindsay (1966-1973). Both were committed to the left’s insatiable appetite for expansive government regard-

less of the cost or effectiveness. That guiding philosophy led to policies that wrecked the city socially and economically, and drove it to financial collapse in 1975. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Wagner and Lindsay administrations went on a spending spree. In 1961, the city’s operating budget was $2,734.4 billion; in 1965, it was approximately $3,844.2 billion; $6,329.9 billion in 1969; and when the city went bust in 1975, the operating budget stood at $12,261.3 billion. Between 1961 and 1975, the average increase in the city’s operating budget was 11 percent. In contrast, the average inflation rate between 1960 and 1969 was approximately 2.3 percent, between 1969 and 1975 approximately 6 percent. What drove the spiraling costs? Welfare and public employee wages and benefits. The number of welfare recipients increased from 324,000 in 1961 to 1.2 million in 1973. The share of the city’s budget to meet the costs of welfare rose during that period from 12 percent to

GEORGE J. MARLIN On The Right 22 percent of operating expenditures. As for labor costs, between 1965 and 1975, city operating expenditures increased by $8.3 billion and “43% was attributable to an increase in labor costs.” To fund an exploding operating budget, Wagner and Lindsay imposed 19 taxes, including property and city income taxes. And they employed fiscal abuses and financial and accounting gimmicks to give the appearance of balanced budgets. Meanwhile, city regulations

and taxes were driving out working-class jobs. In 1946, about 40 percent of the city’s labor force were craftsmen, operators and blue-collar workers. By 1970, that number was down to 29 percent. Manufacturing jobs, which totaled 950,000 in 1960, were down to 536,000 by 1975. Welfare became a way of life because leftists believed it was a right without the corresponding obligation to even seek a job. The late New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan condemned the city’s welfare policies. In his judgment, it was not only encouraging the breakdown of families, it was causing widespread problems including an increase in crime. In 1965, the number of reported crimes was 187,795 and in 1973 it hit 475,855. Murders during that period jumped from 734 annually to 1,740. Infected by liberal guilt and the belief that “society,” not individuals, was responsible for all our ills and that minorities were the victims of social injustice, Lindsay denounced cries for “law and order” as racist. In the late 1960s, New Yorkers

were witnessing a city in decline. Staggering welfare rolls, decaying infrastructure, skyrocketing taxes and spending, rampant crime, graffiti-laden subways and filthy streets were taking a toll on the psyche and pocketbooks of the city’s 8 million residents. And, after years of mismanagement, budgetary gimmicks and phantom revenues, the city fell into the fiscal abyss. It took fearless leaders like Gov. Hugh Carey and Mayor Ed Koch to restore fiscal sanity. And it took tough police commissioners like Bill Bratton and Ray Kelly to take back the city’s streets from criminal elements. But sadly, memories are short and liberals continue to impose social policies in Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, and scores of other metropolitan areas that have caused economic and social decline. Will the left ever admit their policies have failed? I doubt it. One can only hope the victims of their policies will rise up sometime soon and evict them from office.


Welcome to Judy’s ‘Believe it or not’


ack when I worked in TV production, I had a great fear of dropping video tapes while carrying them back from shoots in the field. This was because one of the cameramen had taken me aside one day and warned me: “You must never drop them. A sudden jolt like that can de-magnetize an entire tape. It makes the little iron oxide particles on the tape go all random, and there won’t be any signal, and therefore no recording any more.” I was quite terrified. It wasn’t until the man overheard me passing on this wisdom to a new intern, and laughed out loud, that I realized he had made the whole thing up. I suppose you could call me gullible. When you work in the news business, you’re supposed to be cynical and hard-bitten. But I never quite got the knack. Take what happened when I started my new job at PBS’ “Bill Moyers’ Journal.” Perhaps because I was the

newest hire, they gave me the desk closest to the office coffee pot. Or perhaps they had put me there after noticing that I made — and then drank — an entire pot of coffee every afternoon. Sure, it wasn’t the best of habits, but I figured it was better for my career than being found asleep every afternoon at my desk. Whatever the reason, I shared my little alcove with the coffee machine, the cans of Maxwell House, the filters and the cups. One afternoon my boss, Bill Moyers, came by my desk with a quizzical look on his face. “You know, Judy,” he said, chewing on something while holding a cup of coffee, “that granola tastes OK, but it seems a little stale.” Then he walked off down the hall. Granola, I thought? What granola? I didn’t remember there being any. I swiveled around to check. What I found, sitting next to the coffee-maker, was a small bag of stones, left there by someone


A Look on the Lighter Side repotting the office plants. “Bill!” I said, shooting out of my seat. “Don’t eat that! That isn’t granola, it’s gravel!” But he was already out of sight. Horror-stricken by visions of his on-camera career being ended by broken teeth, I dashed after him down the hall. When I finally caught up with him, he didn’t say a word. All I got was an ear-to-ear grin that would have done the Cheshire Cat proud. That’s how I learned that Bill

Moyers liked to pull pranks. How fortunate for him that he had just hired the most gullible girl in America! When I became a parent, my children had my number, too — presenting me with “moldy bread” every April Fool’s Day. And every year, I would screech with horror, “Eew! Get that thing away from me!”… even though I strongly suspected it was perfectly good bread that had been dosed with food coloring. Mold does not generally tint a child’s fingers green and blue. But I think they actually did fool me with the mailbox. It wasn’t until I asked them for stories for this column that I finally had an explanation for a solid month of mysterious “non-deliveries” of mail. My sons apparently took any actual mail out of the box, stashing it somewhere out of sight; then they’d put the little flag back up. Ever the optimist, I was snared by that little flag every time — only to find yet another empty mailbox. They loved to hear me fume. And I fear there are pieces

of mail we still haven’t found. But where would my children get the idea I could be so easily fooled? From their father, I’m afraid. Early in our relationship, he left his address book lying around my apartment, open to a cryptic entry for “orthogonal serration code: assets.” For years, I tried every which way of asking: What on earth was an orthogonal serration code? But he never answered me. It wasn’t until years later, on a visit to the Museum of Broadcasting, that I learned it was simply a fancy way of saying “squaretoothed wave” on an oscilloscope, a piece of video equipment. It meant nothing at all about either assets or codes. In fact, the whole thing was a setup — and I had fallen for it, hook, line and sinker. Worst of all, there were no hidden assets … just the ones we had already spent. Oh, well. There are worse things than having faith in the people in your life — or so I choose to believe.

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Volunteerism can shrink our divide


ow much time do you give for uncompensated service to others and to society? Who are the Americans who are the nation’s pacesetters as volunteers? During this time of extreme political partisanship it is worth revisiting a noble American tradition of folks who collaborate for good causes beyond political activity. I am not dismissive of political engagement. Indeed, we need more of it, particularly with one of the lowest voting participation rates among nations. And, beyond that, we need more folks who will invest the time to become well-informed before they vote. However, many of us can find common ground in our community and in other endeavors where working together as volunteers could also lead to better relationships and perhaps to better political understandings. There are two major reasons why Americans say they don’t volunteer: 1) they don’t have enough time (the claims of “time poverty” are often exaggerated and reveal a good deal about how folks’ set personal priorities); 2) there is a reasonable point that volunteering would be more feasible if there was more flexibility about when and where to do it. One striking piece of data is that folks who volunteer before retirement are most likely to volunteer

after they retire (75 percent). The extent of American volunteerism is, at best, an estimate, and the activities take many different forms. I have seen past estimates of nearly 100 million Americans considered as volunteers, and I have wondered how this civic engagement compares with people in other nations. Having studied history during the 1950s with the extraordinary Henry Steele Commager at Columbia University, I vividly recall his many discussions of Tocquevile’s emphasis on American volunteerism as a distinctive quality of what the French writer saw as the most democratic nation in the world. A survey indicates that 77.3 million adults (30.3 percent of our adult population) in 2018 “volunteered through an organization” (estimating an all-time financial value record of $167 billion). How many more did so in informal arrangements? At what earlier ages should we encourage volunteering? Phyllis Segal, who is a vice president of and co-founder of the Social Citizen Leadership Program, wrote a July 18 essay: “2020 Election: The Candidates’ National Service Plans.” In addition to evaluating views of candidates and incumbents, Segal advocates “An Intergenerational National Service

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field Idea.” The late Theodore Roszak’s “America the Wise” was published in 1998; he would be delighted by this new call for linking of age cohorts. He contended that “the wisdom of a maturing America promises to be our richest resource.” Segal advances this view, particularly underscoring national service. She concludes that “working shoulder-to-shoulder across generations is a way to bridge generational divides. But younger and older people serving together in teams hasn’t been the norm for national service.” As we approach the 2020 election, Segal’s focus on volunteerism as part of a national service programs is worth elaboration. She examines views of several candidates, emphasizing two especially. Although Donald Trump

said he would look into expanding national service “very seriously,” the president’s 2020 budget, “like the two he submitted before it, would eliminate federal funding for all national service programs,” she points out. Segal endorses views powerfully advanced by Wheatley High School alumnus Scott Reich in “The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation.” Among 2020 Democratic candidates, Segal sees Mayor Pete Buttigieg closest to JFK, who urged young people and older adults to join the Peace Corps. Buttigieg’s “New Call to Service” especially highlights intergenerational collaborations. Others share Segal’s conclusion of “national service as one of the best ways to unite people.” Of course, generations can be connected in many kinds of volunteer endeavors, but with this election year we have a propitious time to advance these collaborative associations by considering several of the national service programs that Democratic candidates are proposing. Promoting intergenerational endeavors has much to recommend it. Among other factors, young Americans (Gen Z and Millennials) are said to have the lowest volunteer participation percentage. It is probably unrealistic to

expect them or any group to emulate the old religious goal of “tithing.” In that approach folks were asked to donate 10 percent of their income, but as Thoreau emphasized when you give your time, you are offering a precious portion of your life. Having young folks share endeavors with elders (our most engaged volunteers) can have many benefits beyond the projects they commit to doing. These days, there seems to be little conversation or in-depth exploration of values among older and younger Americans. Volunteering together on projects they support can open opportunities to share views on society, values and aspirations. Elders can draw on their life experiences to help mentor youth in many ways, even as they listen to the concerns and goals of younger generations. The approach to volunteering for anyone should be undertaken with modesty, warmth and humility. People who volunteer, like those who contribute money to good causes, feel good about themselves because they and others recognize that they are doing something that has social value. Sharing time — life— affords everyone the chance to build bonds of affiliation beyond the solitary self.


Clergy warns of dangerous times


t’s all connected: nuclear weapons, climate change, gun violence, racism. Because at the heart is a violence born of self-righteousness, a selfish greed, a zero-sum philosophy and a rejection of humanism and globalism. Indeed, this current corrupt and morally bankrupt Trump administration sees “globalism” as bad and has based its domestic and foreign policy around nationalism (America First!) and the dehumanization of “others.” These themes resounded during the commemoration of the 74th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (this year dedicated to Stan and Shirley Romaine, who as founders of Great Neck

SANE, were inspirational in the anti-nuclear peace movement). Rev. Ned Wight of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, said, “It has been 74 years since this country made the fateful decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, forever changing the scope and scale for human capacity for self- destruction. We seem to inhabit an us-vs.-them world – but those who think bombs make us strong, powerful and, them, our enemies, vulnerable and weak deceive themselves. “In the nuclear era, destructive power has obliterated the line between “us” and “them.” In the nuclear era, there is only us, all of us, together. Now we have added a new threat to human survival – climate change.


Those who think they will be spared (like the ultra-rich) or not responsible, deceive themselves. In an era of climate change spiraling out of control.. There is no us or them, only all of us together.”

Wight said it is up to all of us: “How each consumes resources, how cities, states, nations spend tax dollars (for example, nearly $1 trillion on defense and a new Space Force), corporations spend consumer dollars, the urgency to reduce gun violence and end mass shootings, the urgency to confront, dismantle racist systems, to eliminate the gap between ultra rich and the rest, the urgency to protect vanishing species.” Rev. Mark Lukens, of Bethany Congregational Church in East Rockaway, said: “These are very unsettled, dangerous times – so many things happening I never thought I would see in this country that I love so much, a country that is justly proud of aspirations of liberty,

equality on which its built, but which too long has seen itself as an exception to rules of history, embracing Exceptionalism as a kind of national religion – a belief that we in the United States are immune to the consequences of our actions, such as ones here to commemorate…. a nation that understands as history demonstrated that the road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions… War itself, even for the noblest of causes, is always a blood bath, always a crime against innocents who pay with their lives and always sow seeds for conflicts yet to come. “A nation that thinks it can do no wrong has already laid the groundwork for its own destruction, as it [heaps] destruction on others. Continued on Page 52

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Plant a tree today to save the planet


lant a tree today: small step for you, giant leap for the future of mankind. In July we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo landing on the moon in “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” I enjoy the human spirit of space exploration, but these days there is more urgency for us to keep both feet on Earth. We need to explore inner space for solutions and take steps towards restoration and repair as we meet the consequences of climate change. It may seem like the blue sky above us is limitless, but relative to Earth our atmosphere is a thin film of just about the same thickness as the skin of an apple. Deforestation, urbanization, industrialization of agriculture and burning of fossil fuels emit greenhouse gases that trap heat and contribute to global warming. Human activities since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution have raised the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) from 280 ppm to 411.77 ppm in July 2019 (https:// Earth worked up a major sweat this summer. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

reported that June 2019 was the hottest ever recorded, with Antarctic sea ice coverage shrinking to record lows. Meteorologists now confirm that July 2019 beat June as the hottest month on record. This is an alarming trend that needs to be taken seriously. Modern man has only been on the stage of life for less than 1/100th of 1 percent of Earth’s timeline. In this short time, we’ve altered the composition of the atmosphere, as well as changed the shape and content at land and sea. We remove mountain tops in search of coal, we frack and drill and dig for fuel. We’ve cleared more than half of our world’s tree coverage and polluted most rivers. It doesn’t take a genius to realize this way of living isn’t sustainable. The WWF Living Planet report released in 2014 states that between 1970 and 2010, the planet lost 52 percent of it’s biodiversity. In the same period the human population more than doubled. We’re now loosing species 1,000 times faster than ever before, animals we never even knew. Cradled by cement walls, fed by the shelves at the supermarket, we are losing vital information in


the white noise of technology and modernday comforts. The World Wide Web with increasingly powerful network connectivity has in our cultural consciousness replaced the importance of life-giving networks. If we’d like to remain on Earth as a species, we need to observe the principles of healthy ecosystems. Aerobic respiration very simply depends on the availability of oxygen created by trees and ocean organism. Technology cannot feed us the air we need to breathe. We need to dig deep into our core values and restore the real connections with

the life-giving Wood Wide Web. We are not on top of, but simply a thin thread in the interdependent web of life. We need to re-examine every step we take, if we’d like to take another giant leap in the future. Otherwise, we may sadly end up as the species that self-destroyed in short time, despite making it to the moon. We’ve been living in a disconnected state, driven by consumption, greed, celebrating excesses while exploiting and depleting natural resources. We are called to reconsider all of our habits and reframe our relationship to Earth and each other. We’re living on a blue-green dot in space, perfect distance from the sun. With almost 8 billion mouths to feed, we need to return to more sustainable methods. We need to harness energy that is naturally replenished, collected from renewable resources, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. The mind may be limitless, but our Earth body is limited by available resources. The party is over, it is time to clean up. A light in the dark, youth is leading the way of reason, with

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg declaring climate CRISIS, rather than mildly stating we’re experiencing climate change. The American Sunrise movement holds the torch of truth in shedding light on what matters. We must reframe the way we relate to Earth and each other. We need to clean up our act on Earth — today — so that future generations can thrive to extend their space travels beyond our wildest imagination. It is encouraging to witness how candidates in the Democratic primary debates have stressed environmental and social justice as their hot topics. As the one species driving significant and measurable change on Earth, the good news is we can actively shape it for the better. Reforestation provides natural “carbon sinks” and is our best bet when it comes to mitigating the consequences of climate change. Plant a tree today. “..the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.” Wendell Berry


Swastikas drawn at park Don’t mistake


his past Thursday, Aug. 8, Nassau County Police identified seven swastikas drawn at Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay. This was personal for me.! My grandfather, Boris, is a refugee of the Holocaust. This symbol brings so much pain to my family, and for so many families like mine, who suffered at the hands of its acolytes.! First and foremost, our priority remains identifying those responsible for committing this heinous action, and ensuring that justice is quickly served. That is why I am announcing a $20,000 reward for information that directly leads to the arrest of the individual or individuals who perpetrated these anti-Semitic acts. If you have information, I am imploring you - please come forward and call 1-800-244TIPS. All calls are confidential. And we are so grateful that David Schwartz, Brad Gerst-

man, Brookville Mayor Daniel Serota, Laurel Hollow Mayor Daniel DeVita, Bayville Mayor Robert De Natale, and Bayville Trustee Bob Nigro are among those who have pledged money towards this fund. Secondly, I want to thank the religious and civic leaders who stood with us to condemn this vile incident. What has brought our community solace during a difficult 24 hours has been the outpouring of support we received from leaders of different faiths, and civic leaders of different communities. Amidst the shock and sorrow from Thursday, there is something so special about living in a community where our Christian brothers and sisters, our Muslim brothers and sisters, our Jewish brothers and sisters, and those of no faith at all, all are speaking in a!loud and unified voice to denounce all acts of intolerance and bigotry.

This response again showcases that this country faces two divergent paths: to ignore or to engage. In times like these, we must always choose the latter. Lastly, we need to come together here in Nassau County. We need citizens of good conscience to rise up and be cognizant, now more than ever, to the reality that words matter, actions matter, and more importantly, inaction matters. So, if you hear a friend make a derogatory comment about another human being or group, speak up. If you feel that anybody needs help, speak out. And when in doubt, adhere to the words of Dr. King: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Josh Lafazan Nassau County Legislator District 18

who Trump is


ote to Mr. Mark Laytin: when “associates” often tell you that you “have the innate ability to distil long, drawn-out concepts into a few salient points,” they must be profiting from blowing such absurd smoke up your butt and probably at your expense! What follows in your missive

is little more than the usual neofascist Trumplican talking points and spin. “March of socialism,” “deep state,” Yada, Yada, Yada – ALL NONSENSE! Remember, when you see an (R) after someone’s name, today, it stands for racist! Eric Cashdan Port Washington

Believe in the Mets


ear Editor: The amazing Mets are on a roll and had won 14 out of 15 games as of Aug. 9. Those out there who have believed that the Mets were on their way to another losing season are going to be proven wrong. I have been a lifelong Mets fan since 1963. I have worn my

Mets hat even when they were losing. Now I wear it with pride and conviction that this might be the year for the Amazing. You gotta believe in our Amazing New York Mets. Let us also say, “Let’s go Mets!” Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks Village

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Bluff work will enhance Beacon Hill


he front-page article by your reporter about the need for bluff stabilization of Beacon Hill is well-written and accurate, as far as it goes. There is another part of the story, however, unmentioned in the piece. The approximately 200-acre property that was the sand mine for nearly 100 years, ending in the 1980s, formerly owned by Nassau County and transferred to the Town of North Hempstead a few years ago, is now a thriving preserve. There are

wetlands teeming with water birds, beaver, muskrats, frogs and other swamp critters. Deer have been recently sighted. Foxes, raccoons and opossums are regular denizens. Native vegetation including oak and maple trees, native grasses and lots of poison ivy, have taken root on nearly all the open soil. Truly, a great job by Mother Nature. There are amazing geological features including a hoodoo (a clay and rock pinnacle) that is at least 50,000 years old; huge boulders called erratics

deposited by the last glacier covering Long Island about 22,000 years ago; deposits of soils that are from the Cretaceous period, 150-plus million years old; hollowed-out halfround concretions known as Indian paint pots. For several years, our organization, PWGreen, has been working with Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio to establish trails in the preserve. We were fortunate to be able to bring in a partner in this endeavor, C.L.I.M.B. (Concerned Long Is-

land Mountain Bikers – Michael Vitti, president). Mike’s group creates non-motorized bike and walking trails in preserves and public spaces all over the metropolitan area, for free. After a great deal of help from Councilwoman De Giorgio and ultimately approval by the town, trail construction (both biking and walking) is now underway. The contractor, the Galvin Brothers, we are told are very experienced in cliff stabilization (their company stabilized the cliffs near the Harbor Links

Golf Course). The job they will be undertaking to stabilize the remaining cliffs necessarily involves bringing in heavy equipment for several months as well as storing it on site. We hope that the Galvin Brothers have the same level of concern for the uniqueness and fragility of this fantastic preserve in Port’s backyard, as many of us do. Linn Johnson PWGreen, Secretary Port Washington

LIRR’s Elmont station plans questioned


here are good reasons for “Floral Park officials seek more time on Belmont plan” (Aug. 9). What is the potential impact of any remaining Agent Orange in the soil at the proposed Elmont Long Island Rail Road station to be located in Bellerose Terrace for the future Belmont Islanders Arena? During the 1970s, Agent Orange was sprayed on LIRR right of ways. Was it used at this site? How many weeks or months would be needed to complete this research? Did the Empire State Development Corporation look into this issue as part of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act under the Environmental Impact Statement process? If not, will they issue an addendum to the proposed draft Belmont Arena EIS, which was previously released? What role will the federal Environmental Protection Agency, NYS Department of Environ-

mental Conservation and any other regulatory or permitting agencies play? If so, how long will this process take? According to the ESDC spokesman conducting a recent public outreach meeting with residents of Bellerose Terrace on July 31,he stated that “prior to start of construction at the Elmont LIRR station, test soil borings would be performed to check on the status of any Agent Orange.” Why would you not conduct test soil borings as part of the environmental review process, prior to issuing a formal environmental finding documenting no significant adverse project impacts rather than afterwards? Perhaps the spokesman had an incorrect understanding of how a proper state or federal environmental review process is supposed to be conducted and concluded. If Agent Orange is found in the soil at the proposed El-

mont LIRR Station site, there are new questions to deal with. How long will it take to safely remove any contaminated soil? This could take several weeks or months depending upon the levels and amounts of contaminated soil found. Could this impact delay completion for the eastbound south side platform of the station within the next 27 months, as promised by EDC, MTA and LIRR in time to coincide with the Islanders Belmont Arena October 2021 opening? What about the overpass and west bound north side platform by 2023? Was the cost to deal with potential Agent Orange site contamination included within the proposed $105 million dollar budget? Remember neither Gov. Cuomo nor ESDC, MTA or LIRR have yet to make public details of the project budget, procurement strategy, LIRR force account plan (their own employees), track outage plan and

detailed construction schedule to validate both the $105 million cost and project completion plans from start to finish to coincide with the Islanders Belmont Arena opening 27 months away. Who will pay for and how much will the cost be for soil remediation work,including test site soil borings be? 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 by the end of September. Why the 11-month delay in making it public? They have yet to make a presentation to the monthly LIRR or full MTA Committee board meetings. he MTA has never publicly committed to a new schedule and date for release of the study.

What happened to open transparency promised by Gov. Cuomo for all state agencies and public authorities, including ESDC, MTA and LIRR? Is there something within the study contents they want to continue to hide from commuters, taxpayers and elected officials? Cuomo promised to conduct the most transparent and open administration in the history of state government. This should apply to any capital project, environmental review or planning study managed by ESDC, MTA or LIRR. Concerned residents, commuters, taxpayers and local elected officials deserve sufficient answers to these most reasonable concerns before any construction begins on the Belmont Islanders Arena and new Elmont LIRR Station. Larry Penner Great Neck

Ease up on Congressman Ryan


lan Reff is upset that U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, did not place his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem. I have to say that was inexplicable and really mystifying. It was bothersome. I give Mr. Reff that. However, to vow never to vote for the man? That is a bridge too far. Mr. Reff, have you ever run for president or major office? You don’t need to have done

so in order to have an opinion here. I haven’t either. But I have worked for and traveled with major national presidential candidates out on the hustings in New Hampshire, Iowa, New York, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. I saw the endless daily 24/7 pressure to stand here, say that, turn this way, go here, learn Y, recite X, take endless selfies, shake a sea of hands, and always, always, always be ON. The hours bleed into themselves. Guess what? These folks

mess up. I would! Granted, this was a doozie of an error. But I get it. If Ryan was an all-around total dunce, dunderhead or bully, liar and progenitor of the worst human instincts in people like Trump is, then I’d pile on this, and say this guy is not ready, and it shows. But Ryan is one of the good ones. He’s actually one of the better ones running in that vast Democratic field of hopefuls. He’s an independent Democratic moderate to liberal, calls-them-as-he-sees-them

Rust Belt Democrat who won overwhelmingly side-by-side while Trump was also winning his district. He was an early fighter for meaningful reforms in the House that get bills on to the floor faster and easier; he favors term limits for committee chairs; he’s solid on guns and has a lot of guts taking on the gun issue being from Ohio. Is he my first choice in the field? No, but under the right circumstances, he might be just what the Democrats need as a vice presidential candidate to

beat Trump. But I’ve seen what these folks go through. It’s not easy running for a House seat, a statewide race and, of course, a 50-state marathon 24/7 race for the highest office in the land. Trump made it look so easy. It’s not. Been there, seen that. I say: Ease up a bit on the guy. Jon Weinstein Port Washington Letters Continued on Page 46

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he Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games is back for a 59th year, headed for Old Westbury Gardens Saturday, Aug. 24. One of the longest running festivals on Long Island, the Scottish Festival and Highland Games has been a staple on Long Island since it began in a park back in 1960. “It all started with five clans getting together at a small park 59 years ago,” said Andy McInnes, the festival committee’s chairman. “The kids would compete in races and play games in the field and since then it’s only continued to grow. Now, we’ve been at Old Westbury Gardens for the last 30 years.” The annual festival has something for everyone in attendance. It will feature pipe bands all day long, Irish step dancing, a harp player, Scottish-bred dogs, a caber toss for both adults and children, tossing the sheaf and putting the stone children’s races, tug-o-war, shortbread contests, antique British autos featured in car shows and parades, birds of prey and falconry, pony rides, petting zoo, highland and country dancers, Cameron music ensemble,

for each tent this year and we have more than 60 tents, so that would have cost more than double what we actually make from holding the festival,” McInnes said. “Thankfully, we were able to come to an agreement with the village and the festival is able to go on.” The festival is planned each year by Old Westbury Gardens and Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games Inc., both of which are notfor-profit organizations. Any profits made from the festival pay for annual expenses of the gardens and go to local charities, including Disabled Vets, Wounded Warriors, the Salvation Army and Island PHOTOS COURTESY OF LONG ISLAND SCOTTISH CLAN MACDUFF 81 LTD. Harvest, as well as other food banks. The festival will take A pipe band performs during the 2018 Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games. place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. face painting, plenty of Scottish stone competition, which is basi- Long Island will have tents set up 24, and admission costs food and drinks and a raffle at the cally shot put with an oddly shaped at the festival to talk about their are $20 for adults, $18 for end of the day. If that’s not enough stone, and raising the sheaf, which family’s ancestry,” said McInnes. seniors, $8 for children for you, there’s so much more that traditionally consists of raising a “We’ll also have other educational older than 6 years old stuffed burlap bag over a horizontal exhibits scheduled during the day, and $10 for Old Westbury will be going on. “Our most popular attractions bar, which could be higher than the including how bagpipes are made.” members. Children under There was a fear that this year’s 6 are free. are the Highland games,” said Mc- competitor’s head.” Besides competition and festival would be called off due to Innes. “Everyone loves to see the Free parking is availcaber toss, it’s for men and women games, the Scottish Festival can expensive tent fees after the Village able at Westbury High and they have to flip over what’s also be educational for those in of Old Westbury enacted a new levy School, with shuttle bus basically a 20-foot tall, 150-pound attendance. For people who don’t in order to receive a permit, but the services in place to transtelephone pole. There is also a cab- know much about Scottish history festival committee and Old West- port guests to and from er toss for children, too, with the and culture, there will be multiple bury Gardens were able to come to the festival. For more insize of the caber depending on the tents at the festival worth paying a a compromise with the village in formation on the annual size of the kid, but it can go up to visit to if you want to learn as much order to hold this year’s event. event, visit www.liscots. “The Village of Old Westbury org. as you can. being 14 feet high. “Scottish clans from across added a $300 fee to get a permit “We also have a putting the

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Friday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m. Brewer & Shipley were always at their best as live performers. Whether with a small backing band, or more often by themselves with just their two acoustic guitars, the duo was constantly touring from 1969 to 1979. They played all over the country including in such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, The Bottom Line, The Troubadour, The Roxy, Keil Opera House, and of course, My Father’s Place. Where: My Father’s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn Info & Tickets: 516-413-3535 or





A Journey to Africa

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A Journey To Africa will feature African music from Nigeria, and will be exploring the evolution of Nigerian music and culture from the Pre-colonial era till date. Nigeria happens to be a multi-ethnic and linguistically diversified nation with many tribes and cultures as well as languages. Where: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington Info & Tickets: 877-849-5327 or


Saturday Night Summer Fever Festival 2019 Saturday, Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Starring THE NEW YORK BEE GEES performing the Saturday Night Fever Album, 45RPM performing the C’Mon Get Happy Show with Kyle Vincent former lead singer of the Bay City Rollers, That 70’s Band performing a special Donna Summer Tribute, also starring The Legends of Disco, France Joli, The Trammps, Musique, Lime, Evelyn Champagne King, Blue Magic, and Carol Douglas. Where: Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill, 1 Ski Run Ln., Farmingville Info & Tickets: 631-676-7500 or


Classic Albums Live Presents: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” Saturday, Aug 24, doors: 6:30 p.m., show: 8 p.m.


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The band Zebra formed in early 1975 in New Orleans, La. In 2010 Zebra was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and is acknowledged as Louisiana’s #1 Rock and Roll band by the Louisiana Music Commission. On October 18, 2012 Zebra was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

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Wednesday, August 21st thru Sunday, August 25th

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Santana, Doobie Brothers

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Sunday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m.

After finishing as one of the top finalists from “American Idol’s” fifth season, Chris Daughtry has continued to find success following his time on the show. He’s put out five studio albums since his 2006 appearance on the show, with his most recent one, “Cage to Rattle,” released last year. Chris Daughtry’s musical influences include Creed, Bush, Live, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Journey, Bon Jovi, and Fuel.


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Daughtry with special guest Augustana

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Santana has announced the Supernatural Now tour will be heading to Jones Beach on Sunday, Aug. 25 with supporting act, the Doobie Brothers. This year, Santana is celebrating the 20tth anniversary of Grammy Award-winning Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of the band’s performance at the 1969 Woodstock music festival. Where: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre, 895 Bay Pkwy., Wantagh Info & Tickets: 866-558-8468 or




Come Visit

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We are open Sat. & Sun. 10AM-4PM and invite you to our Visitor Center, Theodore Roosevelt's historic train station, display yard with railroad equipment and turntable.

Go aboard the newly acquired DE/DM locomotive and M7 cab simulators.


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Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Who will be crowned Harbes Peach King and Queen? Find out during one of the free peach eating contests. Harbes Family Farm will be hosting two competitions daily in the central courtyard area. All ages are welcome to participate. You can also visit Harbes Barnyard Adventure for hours of family fun. Where: Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave, Mattituck Info: 631-298-0800 or



Mouse on the Move


Saturday, Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Two adventurous mice are ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon because they believe it is made entirely of delicious, mouthwatering cheese. The pair learns to be resourceful, creative, and brave as they discover a beautiful garden, navigate uncharted waters, and travel through space in search of cheese. Created especially for young audience members, this multisensory and fantastically physical experience offers a wonderful introduction to the world of theater. Ongoing through Aug. 30. or 212.239.6200

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Where: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City Info: 516-224-5800 or

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Free Park Day at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Sunday, Aug. 25

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. On Sunday, Aug.25, admission to Sagamore Hill will be free to the public.

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BeachFest returns New prez for Women to Port Washington in Film & Television Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board are proud to announce the sixth annual BeachFeast celebration will be returning to North Hempstead Beach Park. The food and spirits festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. BeachFeast will feature a wide variety of food trucks with: All American Wontons, Crepes and Bakes, Exotic Bowls, Meats Meat, Pizza Company 7, Mr. Smith’s Seafood, Twistee Freeze and Yummy Gyro of Port Washington. A selection of beer and wine will also be for sale with proof of ID. Attendees can enjoy a free classic car show along the boardwalk along with musical entertainment from EJ the DJ, The Mystic at 1 p.m. and Desert Highway

at 3 p.m. New this year is an “Escape the Room” truck. “This summer we are excited for the return of BeachFeast. Residents and their families are invited to enjoy a summer day at the beach while exploring all the culinary delights we have by the boardwalk,” said Bosworth. “Along with musical performances from The Mystic and Desert Highway, it is bound to be an enjoyable afternoon for everyone.” North Hempstead Beach Park is located at 175 West Shore Road in Port Washington. The event is free of charge, with a parking fee of $10 in cash or $7 paid by debit or credit. For more information, please call 311 or 516-869-6311.

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A new president of the New York Women in Film & Television Board of Directors has been named, with the organization naming Jamie Zelermyer its new president. Zelermyer has served on the NYWIFT board for four years, most recently as Vice President of Special Events, through which she oversaw the production of the 2017 and 2018 NYWIFT Muse Awards. She has been a New York-based producer and production executive for over 20 years and is currently producing Independent Feature Project’s signature program, IFP Week. Zelermyer was the VP of Physical Production at Focus Features/Rogue Pictures for six years, where she oversaw films including “Admission,” “One Day,” “Jane Eyre,” “Sin Nombre” and “Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day.” Most recently, she was the Program Manager of the Made In New York: Pilot Competition, a program founded by The Mayor’s Office of Film Media and Entertainment to tackle gender inclusivity in the television industry; she executive produced the two winning half-hour pilots and executive produced season one of the winning show, “Half Life.” “We are thrilled to have Jamie Zelermyer lead NYWIFT into a new era of

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How to help kids make friends at school T he average student likely spends more time at school and participating in extracurricular activities with classmates than he or she does at home. In close proximity to so many peers, it may seem like making friends would be a snap. However, some students have trouble connecting and can use a little push to make friends.

The family and parenting resource Parenting Science notes that research indicates that the most popular children are those who exemplify certain traits. These traits include being caring; a willingness to share; a willingness to offer help; and strong verbal skills. Children who embrace these traits may prove better at making friends. Parents may find that youngsters need some encouragement to build their social circles, and the following are some ways parents can offer that encouragement. Encourage kids to seek out someone on their own. It may be challenging to walk up to a group and introduce yourself. Encourage students to seek out someone who is alone and then strike

up a conversation, which can be less intimidating than approaching a group. Emphasize to kids that other students may also be a little shy and looking to make friends.

Help children be active listeners. An active listener is someone who makes it clear that he or she is paying attention. Making eye contact, orienting the body toward the speaker and making relevant verbal responses are some active listening strategies that can help kids more fully engage with their peers. Feeling valued and listened to may encourage other children to be more friendly and engaging.

Teach kids approachable body language. Wearing earbuds or exhibiting negative body language, such as crossed arms or avoiding eye contact, can make a person seem less approachable. Smiling, engaging in conversation and being friendly can make it easier to make friends.

Ask open questions. The social networking advisement site Young Scot suggests having students ask open questions, such as: “How was your summer?” or “What sports do you like to play?” These types of questions can kickstart in-depth conversations.

Practice conversation starters at home. Children can work with their parents to come up with topics that can help foster communication. These can include ice breakers and common interests, such as favorite television shows or video games.

Ask teachers to help. The education resource Understood says teachers can give children responsibilities, such as the opportunity to hand out snacks or papers, which can build confidence and provide opportunities for kids to converse with their peers.

Join a team or club. Students often make friends in social or extracurricular settings, such as on a sports team. With a shared interest, it’s easy to find topics to discuss. Making friends in school can make time spent in the classroom more enjoyable for youngsters.

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Building a strong parent-teacher relationship Developing a strong relationship with a child’s teacher can help parents ensure their kids are doing their best in the classroom. Once a school year begins, many students spend more time in the classroom with their teachers than they do at home with their parents. That’s especially true in dual-income households where both parents work outside of the home. Though many parents would love to spend more time with their children, doing so can be difficult when both parents must go to work every day. Because kids spend so much time with their teachers, it’s important for parents to work toward building a strong parent-teacher relationship. Such a relationship fosters communication, which can help a young student do his or her best in and out of the classroom, something that’s a goal for parents and teachers alike. Parents interested in developing a strong relationship with their kids’ teachers can take several steps to make that happen.

Meet your child’s teacher at the beginning of the year. Teachers have many students come in and out of their classroom on any given day, so it can be hard for teachers to initiate a relationship with parents. Parents have significantly fewer children to look after, so they should take the first step toward building a relationship with teachers. Introduce yourself at the onset of the school year, providing phone numbers and e-mail addresses where you can be reached. Let the teacher know you’re available for discussion any time during the school year and that you look forward to the coming school year and working with the teacher as the year progresses. Attend “Back to School Night.” School events like an open house or a “Back to School Night” are a great way to help kids grow acclimated to their school. But such events also make great opportunities for parents to learn more about their kids’ teachers than they might have learned during their introductory meeting. Such events may allow teachers to explain the curriculum for the upcoming year, and teachers may feel encouraged when parents show an active interest in such events. Prioritize parent-teacher conferences. Parentteacher conferences are a great opportunity for parents to speak to their children’s teacher one-

on-one. Unlike an introductory meeting or an open house at the beginning of the school year, a parent-teacher conference allows parents and teachers to specifically discuss students in private. Teachers may provide insight into how a child is performing and behaving in the classroom, offering advice as to how to improve that performance or suggestions as to how to encourage kids to keep up the good work. Such conferences may be your only opportunity for a one-on-one, in-person discussion about your child, so make sure you’re on time and that you don’t miss these conferences. Your child’s teacher will appreciate it, and you can use this as an opportunity to ask any questions you have about your child. Keep the channels of communication open. If it’s been awhile since you’ve spoken to your child’s teacher, don’t be afraid to e-mail the teacher to check in or see if you can lend a helping hand. In addition, if your child really enjoys a teacher’s class, don’t be hesitant to share that with the teacher. Teachers appreciate compliments just like other professionals, and parents should express their gratitude to those teachers who are working hard to make learning fun for their youngsters. Establishing a strong relationship with a child’s teacher can help parents ensure students are making the most of their time in the classroom.

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The Hannah Kroner School offers a unique educational opportunity

The Hannah Kroner school offers a unique educational opportunity to dancers and non dancers alike. Dance makes us aware of ourselves, helps us develop a sense of security, and the desire to achieve. It can be better than other educational means because it combines both the physical and the mental. The goal can be performing, it can be teaching, or functioning in any profession. Dance offers students an opportunity to develop a sense of accomplishment in a joyful environment. The Hannah Kroner School of Dance was established in 1947. The school’s philosophy, then and now, is to educate students in all dance forms, to prepare them to be successful in the varied experiences they will face and demands they will encounter in their lives. Many students find fulfillment in non- performing as well as performing careers because of the extensive dance training they have received through the school. This training has also enabled many graduate students to pass auditions for High School of Performing Arts, summer stock, Broadway shows, television, ballet companies such as Alvin Ailey, San Francisco, Joffrey, and others. The current owner/director of the school, Carol Kaufman-Riley, was a former professional dancer, lifetime member of Dance Educators of America, member AGVA and was a Rockette. Over the past 40 plus years, Ms. Riley and the staff have continued to be innovators of programs unique to dance education on Long Island. Some of these include “Dance and Exercise for Children and Adults with Special Needs,” a recipient of several community service awards, the “Toddler/Mom,” “Tots Two,” dance birthday parties, modern, musical

theater, contemporary, lyrical and the ballroom classes for kids. Much of the current staff has been with the school throughout the years on Long Island. Through its distinctive dance teacher-training program, the school has produced many graduates who have become teachers in the studio and fine educators throughout the country. Most schools focus mainly on the end of the year recital. Since its inception, the Hannah Kroner School has offered an open house right in the studio twice a year so parents can observe their child’s progress in a relaxed atmosphere. This year younger students will be given the opportunity to perform on stage. The School is proud of their community events, Street Fairs, and will be performing at the Williston Park Street Fair On September 16th. Throughout the years, advanced students have consistently won awards at regional and national competitions on Long Island. The competition team is comprised of students as young as 8 to teens, ages 17. Students interested must pass an audition in order to be on the team. The HKSD COMPANY has received from the Directors of Beyond The Stars and Elite Dance Challenge prestigious ADCC AWARD for dance studio excellence and integrity, two years in a row.. At the Hannah Kroner School the emphasis is on the enjoyment of dance, learning good technique, knowing dance vocabulary and achieving all around fitness. With every age group taking a part, beginning at toddlers-walking to seniors at the young age of 90, the goals have remained consistent. If you can walk, you can dance, and with over 70 years of positive affirmation, the School continues to flourish

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t is impossible to ignore the immense popularity of digital learning tools in today’s schools. Teachers routinely turn to online tools and available applications to offer students all the resources they need to become well-rounded individuals. According to research from Grunwald Associates, LLC, 71 percent of parents embrace mobile devices and feel they open up learning opportunities for kids that didn’t previously exist. The research also suggests that a similar percentage of parents would like teachers to recommend apps for students.

Navigating learning apps can be daunting due to the sheer volume of apps available. According to Apps for Education, there are more than 500,000 educational apps currently available for download. Apps can be stimulating and fun, but finding quality resources may involve sorting through those that aren’t necessarily valuable. The following are some apps parents way want to consider.

Memrise: Learning a second or third

language can be a boon to students of any age. Some schools may be limited in the number of languages they offer. Therefore, an app may be a great resource for students looking to learn a new language. Memrise drills students on vocabulary, phrases, aural recognition, and more.

Kahoot: Kahoot is a platform to create games and review content. Players answer questions on their individual devices, while games are displayed on a shared screen. Kahoot can be an ideal way for several students to prepare for a test in a digital study session.

Reading Eggs: This comprehensive learning system covers essential

components of reading: awareness, vocabulary, phonics, fluency, and comprehension. Parents can see progress reports and know if and where extra attention may be necessary.

Edmodo: This app is designed to

streamline workloads for teachers and help make it easier for them to stay connected with the classroom and their students. Parents can set up accounts and stay abreast of their children’s activities, grades, messages, and progress. Though it’s not a learning app, Edmodo can be a valuable tool for classroom management.

Epic: This online children’s subscription book service offers immediate, ondemand access to high-quality reading materials for children ages 12 and under. Voracious readers will always have content they can access, in addition to audio books, educational videos, and educational quizzes.

Photomath: This app enables students to snap pictures of complicated math problems and get step-by-step directions on how to answer them. Instead of simply giving the answer, Photomath provides students with the tools to answer the problems on their own. StudyBlue: Students can create and share mobile flash cards, study guides, quizzes, and choose from other study materials to help reinforce lessons. Educational apps play a vital role in educating today’s students.

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Exterior renovations N that improve your home’s curb appeal

eglecting a home’s exterior can be a disservice to homeowners, particularly those looking to increase the value of their homes. Curb appeal is important, as a home’s appearance can greatly affect prospective buyers’ perceptions.

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A wooden deck on the rear or side of a home enhances homeowners’ ability to enjoy the outdoors year-round. A

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Knowing which projects can offer the most bang for their remodeling buck can help homeowners make the right choices when improving the exterior of their homes. The following are some areas where homeowners can direct their focus if their end goal is a great-looking home with added value, as determined by the 2019 “Cost vs. Value Report” from Remodeling magazine. This report compares the average cost of 22 remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale across 136 markets.

Siding replacement

Not only does old or weathered siding look unsightly, it can impact the energy efficiency of a home. Even though a siding replacement project is costly — at roughly $16,000 — it offers a 75 percent return and peace of mind that the home is being well-protected from the elements.

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Replacing an existing door with a 20gauge steel door complete with clear dual-pane half-glass panel, jambs and an aluminum threshold with composite stop gets homeowners 75 percent of their initial investment back at resale. Improving the door isn’t all about good looks, either. A door that isn’t well-insulated or secure can be problematic.

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owerwashing, also known as pressure-washing, utilizes a highvelocity water spray to remove dirt and residue from the exterior surfaces of a home. It is frequently used on vinyl siding, concrete and sometimes wood decks to treat mildew and other growth that accumulates over time. Powerwashing can be a great way to remove grime without having to scrub by hand. But it requires a delicate touch to get it right. Sometimes it is best to leave the job to professionals. But homeowners willing to give it a go can try powerwashing themselves, as various stores rent power washers. The home improvement website ImproveNet says that, until very recently, pressure washers were almost exclusively commercial machines sold to professionals or rented to do-ityourselfers. Lately manufacturers have targeted homeowners looking to buy with lightweight options. For those who see powerwashing as a routine venture, purchasing a unit may be worth the investment. It is important to exercise caution when operating a powerwashing machine. The high-velocity spray can tear through skin. It is key to get a feel for the washer, and try less pressure first to get a handle on the magnitude of the tool. Don safety gear prior to using a pressure

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wood paneling elicit a retro vibe. But unlike their fake predecessors, today’s paneled walls are being outfitted in real wood, making them more eco-friendly and stylish than ever before.

Wood paneling is back and better than ever, advise many design professionals. It’s the formerly ugly duckling that filled homes starting in the 1950s, creating drab dens and faux-wood family rooms.

Many people no longer use paneling to cover an entire space. Paneling is used sparingly as an accent wall or another feature for character. Wood walls can be stained in a rich mahogany to look upscale or be weathered and rustic.

Paneling had long been an element of choice because it is relatively easy to install and can camouflage problem walls in a home, like those covered in boisterous wallpaper prints. Wood paneling reach the peak of its popularity in the 1970s, and since then homeowners have been tearing down these faux offenders for years or masking them in paint to brighten up spaces. However, the experts at Apartment Therapy report that wood paneling in shades of brown are making a comeback in cozy spots such as dens or studies. The warm tones of

Designers have flocked to reclaimed wood and veneer panelings to incorporate them into design elements. And while wood paneling used to be hung vertically, designers now experiment with hanging paneling.

Homeowners ready to re-embrace wood paneling can choose to enhance one wall in a room. Think about the space above a fireplace or a strip of wall behind a sitting chair and side table. Paneling also can serve as a headboard behind a bed in a master suite. Painted horizontally, paneling can add dimension and texture to walls, even in a bathroom. Wood paneling is slowly making a comeback, proving that no design trend every truly goes away.

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Why homeowners should add more exterior light to their properties Did you know? Carpet can add warmth and texture to a room and also provide a little bit of soundproofing. Underfoot, carpeting can be more comfortable than other types of flooring, even though it may require more upkeep. Carpet comes in various forms, but here are the main material components.

Nylon: This is one of the most durable and stain-resistant carpet fibers available and a popular choice among many homeowners. Polyester: Carpeting can be made from polyester, which is fashioned to feel and look luxurious.

Olefin: Olefin is made from polypropylene or polyethylene. It is

prized for its strength, resistance to staining and colorfastness. It is often suited well to loop pile or high, dense cut piles.

Wool: Wool is durable, albeit less resistant to soiling than some other materials. However, because it is an allnatural material, it is prized by people who want natural beauty.


omeowners are increasingly realizing the benefits of improving the exteriors of their home, which can be just as valuable as improving the interior spaces. As individuals design picturesque garden beds and cultivate lavish lawns or revamp exteriors with architectural features, they probably want to spotlight these improvements. This is where exterior lighting can be put to great use.

Exterior illumination can cast a glow on various features, but there are many other reasons to increase lighting around the exterior of a home. Safety: Trips and falls can occur at night when trying to traverse walkways and landscapes in the dark, as it can be difficult to see rocks, stairs and uneven pavement. Outdoor lighting can illuminate pathways, entryways and other areas for safer access for homeowners and their guests. Extend outdoor entertaining: Ample lighting can increase the amount of time one can use outdoor spaces and make them the perfect gathering spot. As autumn arrives, days become shorter. However, patios, porches and more can get extended use with lighting.

Safeguard security: A well-lit home may be less likely to be targeted by burglars than one swathed in darkness and shadows. Lights can remain on all evening or be motion-triggered. Setting lights on timers also ensures that the home is illuminated whether residents are home or not. Create drama: Landscape lighting designers can establish focal points around the landscape and highlight the best features of a property. Uplighting in trees, silhouetting techniques to showcase plants and spotlights to show off architectural features are all options for homeowners to consider. Add value: The experts at Parker Homescape, a landscape design service, say that exterior lighting can add roughly 30 percent to the value of a home. They also indicate that 50 percent of all home buyers say that outdoor lighting is important when buying a home. If current residents are thinking about selling, now may be the time to invest in exterior lighting. Improving a homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior may be as simple as adding more lighting to improve functionality and beauty.

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Getting kids the homework help they need A recent survey of teachers conducted by the University of Phoenix College of Education found that high school teachers assign about 17.5 hours of homework each week (3.5 hours per class), middle school teachers assign about 3.2, and elementary school teachers assign about 2.9 hours per week.

Strategies parents can use to motivate students


tudents may need some time to adjust at the beginning of a new school year. Summer vacations typically lack the structure of the school year, and it might be unfair to expect kids to seamlessly slip back into their more regimented lives as students. While some early school year sluggishness might be normal, that should wear off pretty quickly. If not, and students appear to be struggling to get motivated for their schoolwork, parents can try various strategies that should help reignite youngsters’ passions for learning. Make your home more schoolfriendly. Summer is a relaxing time of year when parents have a tendency to relax rules around the house. But come the school year, parents must make sure their homes are as conducive to studying as possible. Resist the urge to turn the television on each night so students are not distracted from their studies. Keep the home quiet so students are motivated to focus on their studies. Encourage participation in extracurricular activities. Various studies have examined the relationship between extracurricular activities and academic performance. A 2002 study published in the journal Sociology of Education found that participation in extracurricular activities is associated with improved grade point average, increased college attendance and reduced absenteeism. The link between participation in extracurricular activities and improved academic

performance is still in need of study, but such participation may help children acclimate to the structure of the school year more quickly than they might if they do not participate in such activities. Encourage curious youngsters. Kids are curious, and fostering that curiosity can be a great way for parents to get their kids excited about learning. Whether it’s during the school year and part of their curriculum or on summer break, encourage kids to engage in subjects that interest them. As kids learn more about the topics and subjects that interest them, they may develop a passion for learning that they can then take with them to the classroom. Express an interest in the subjects children are studying. Another way to motivate students at the dawn of a new school year is to express an interest in the subjects they’re studying. Ask questions about their studies and encourage them to share their thoughts and opinions. Engaging students about the subjects they’re studying can motivate them to explore those subjects more deeply than they otherwise might. Motivating kids to be excited about their schoolwork at the dawn of a new school year can sometimes be difficult. But parents can employ various strategies that can help their children readjust to life in the classroom and motivate them to perform to the best of their abilities.


omework has long been a way to reinforce lessons learned in the classroom and ensure that the learning process continues when students leave school each day. A recent survey of teachers conducted by the University of Phoenix College of Education found that high school teachers assign about 17.5 hours of homework each week (3.5 hours per class), middle school teachers assign about 3.2, and elementary school teachers assign about 2.9 hours per week. Thanks to ever-evolving curriculums and new problem-solving methodologies — particularly in mathematics — parents may no longer have the expertise to help their children with their homework, leading to confusion and frustration. So where does a parent and student turn when homework has become challenging? Students who are struggling should not feel embarrassed about the fact that homework has become an issue. Such students should speak with their parents, teachers or school counselors if they are having difficulty with their homework. Such discussions alert teachers that there are potential issues. Teachers can be important

resources because they can give specific advice on assignments or strategies for tackling complex processes. Next up, students and parents can consult with older students who have already “been there, done that” in terms of assignments. Oftentimes high school and college students volunteer their time for community service hours. Ask at the local library or at schools in town if older students offer homework help. Families also can do their best to make the environment at home conducive to homework. Scholastic suggests setting up a schedule that includes a time indicating when assignments must be completed. In addition, setting up a quiet, distraction-free zone for doing homework can help kids concentrate on their assignments. Students can tackle harder assignments first, as they will likely take the bulk of the time, and then move on to the easier assignments. If homework is taking a long time to complete, parents can speak to teachers about when it might be alright to offer youngsters some extra help. If these homework helpers are ineffective, families can hire private tutors who can work on homework with the student and reinforce classroom lessons.

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How to encourage kids to read


hile many parents recognize the impact reading can have on their children, it’s no secret that getting kids to embrace reading can be difficult. Distractions such as video games, social media and even the great outdoors are all there to draw kids away from reading. But parents who want to instill a love of reading in their children can still take steps to ensure their kids don’t miss out on the benefits of a good book. Read to your children. Numerous studies have discovered various benefits of reading to children when they are young. The National Center for Education Statistics notes that children whose parents read to them typically become better readers and perform better in school. Reading to children early on is the first step toward fostering a love of reading kids will develop and continue throughout their lives. Many parents read to their children at night before bedtime, but any time of day will suffice. Don’t be discouraged if kids are not interested in books. While reading fiction can help develop a

library cards. Kids with their own library cards tend to look at visits to the library as shopping trips where they get to make their own choices about what they’re taking home with them. And once kids reach a certain age, they can visit the library on their own.

youngster’s imagination, parents should not be discouraged if kids don’t want to read books. Reading the newspaper, magazines and even comic books can help kids develop strong reading skills and an extensive vocabulary and, in the case of comic books, inspire their imaginations. Young sports fans might be more inclined to read the sports page than a novel, so let them do so. Kids are more likely to embrace reading if what


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they’re reading interests them, so encourage kids to read up on those interests, even if that reading does not involve picking up a book. Get your youngster his or her own library card. Thanks to the popularity of e-readers, many adults would be hard pressed to locate their local library if asked to do so. But visiting the library is a great way to encourage kids to read, especially if kids have their own

Share your own reading experiences with children. Kids look up to their parents and often want to mimic their behavior. So parents can set a good example by reading as well. On trips to the library, check out your own book. While you might not want to discuss every book you read with your children, discuss the books they’re reading. Chances are you read many of those same books yourself when you were a child, and discussing books with your child is a great way to improve his or her reading comprehension. Distractions abound for today’s youngsters, who might not embrace reading as readily as they do video games or social networking. But parents can take many steps to instill a love of reading in their kids that will last a lifetime.


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Help students choose the right major

Picking a college major is a big step for young students. Though many adults eventually find themselves working in fields that have little to do with their college majors, many more spend their entire careers in the same field they chose to major in way back in their college days. Choosing a major is a decision that ultimately rests on the shoulders of the students who must consider a host of factors before committing to a specific field of study. But parents can still help their children, whether those kids are already enrolled in college or college-bound, as they make such an important decision that could very well affect the rest of their lives. Encourage patience. Today’s college students and college-bound youngsters are living in a world that’s significantly different than the one their parents or even older siblings might have encountered. Global and domestic unemployment rates remain high, and technology is changing the way many industries conduct business. But students trying to pick a major should avoid picking one too quickly. Just because a certain field is experiencing job growth does not mean that field is ideal for all students. Encourage kids to be patient when choosing a major so they can find the field that’s right for them, and not just the major they feel will produce the best job prospects. Suggest a double major. Many of today’s students are fully aware of the difficult job market and the cost of a college education. As a result, such students want to choose a major they feel will put them in the best position to land a well-paying job after college. That’s a smart strategy, but it’s also one that overlooks the joy of studying a subject you are passionate about. Parents can simultaneously encourage kids to be smart about their job prospects and pursue their passions by suggesting a double major. For example, if your child has a love of art but understands the difficulty in earning a living as an artist, suggest a double major in art and graphic design. This way he or she has more career options upon graduation but still has the chance to pursue a subject he or she is passionate about while in school. Encourage students to apply for internships. An internship is another great way parents can help kids

as they decide on a college major. Internships are rarely easy to get, but some firms hire interns who are still in high school. Parents should encourage kids to pursue internships as early as possible. Internships can provide young students with some real-world experience and give them an accurate glimpse into what their professional lives might be like if they choose a particular field of study. Some kids might be encouraged by an internship, while others might realize a given field is not really for them. Either way, the internship can help narrow down the field of prospective majors for young students. Let kids know a major isn’t the same thing as a career. The pressure to choose the right major can be overwhelming for some young students. But parents should let kids know that a major is not the same thing as a career, and many graduates end up working in fields that had little or nothing to do with their majors. For instance, just because a student earns a degree in finance does not mean he or she will end up working on Wall Street. While parents should emphasize the importance of choosing the right major when speaking to their children, they should also let kids know that nothing is ever set in stone. That can help take some of the pressure off students as they make such an important decision. Today’s college students have more to consider when choosing a college major than many of their predecessors. But parents can still take steps to help kids choose the right major without succumbing to the stress that comes with making such a significant decision.

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Tips for Make school day mornings easier studying abroad S

Parents can take several steps to make sure school day mornings go more smoothly.


chool day mornings can be hectic, as getting kids ready for school and out the door on time is not always easy. Working parents may find school day mornings especially difficult, as their own work schedules can make mornings feel even more rushed. Fortunately, parents can employ several strategies to free up time in the morning so everyone starts their days off in a more relaxing atmosphere. Wake up earlier. Sleep might seem like a precious commodity, but waking up just 10 to 15 minutes earlier can remove some of the stress from weekday mornings without costing you a lot of sack time. Let kids sleep in until their normal wakeup time, using your extra 10 or 15 minutes to shower or enjoy your morning cup of coffee before the house is abuzz with activity. Tackle certain chores the night before. Delaying certain chores until you wake up makes for a hectic morning, so tackle as many morning chores as possible before you go to bed for the night. Prepare school lunches, lay clothes out for yourself and your children, and make sure kids have their backpacks packed and ready to go before they go to bed. Each of these things may only take a few minutes, but when left for the morning, they can add up to a substantial amount of time. Encourage youngsters to pick up the pace. Some people are morning people, while others dread setting their

alarms for early morning hours. Kids who fall into the latter group may drag their feet in the morning, but parents should offer encouragement when kids are moving slowly in the morning. Allowing your frustration to show may only make kids less fond of mornings, so remind them as nicely as possible that everyone has a schedule to stick to if they seem to be dragging their feet. Keep the television off. If watching the television is ingrained in your morning routine, try going a few days without it to see if this makes it easier to get out the door on time. Kids might grow distracted by morning cartoons, and even adults may get caught up in morning news shows or other forecasts. Eliminating television from your morning routine can save time and also may help your family grow closer, as you will have more distraction-free time to speak to one another. In addition to turning off the television, resist the urge to turn on your devices or scan work emails when getting ready in the morning. Parents know that school day mornings can be hectic. But there are several ways to make such mornings go more smoothly so everyone gets where they need to be on time.

tudy abroad programs can change students’ lives, opening their eyes to other cultures and helping them to make memories that last a lifetime. Study abroad programs also may inspire a love of travel that students will foster for the rest of their lives. Students who have enrolled in or are considering enrolling in study abroad programs can make their experiences overseas more memorable if they take some time to prepare for life abroad before boarding the plane. Learn about your host country. Students who can successfully assimilate into their host countries may get more from their time overseas than those who do not. Studying a host country’s customs and history is a great way to learn about life there before your plane touches down. If the native language in your host country is different than your own, do your best to learn the language. While you won’t become fluent overnight, learning some basic words and phrases can make your time overseas go more smoothly and increase the chances that you develop meaningful relationships with locals. Enthusiastically leave your comfort zone. Daily life might be vastly different in your host country than it is at home. Rather than dwelling on the differences between life overseas and life at home, embrace this chance to leave your comfort zone. Approach cultural differences with enthusiasm instead of skepticism, even trying local cuisine you might otherwise not experience

back home.

Get out of the dorm. Study abroad programs include the word “study” in their titles, so students should recognize they will still need to devote time to their schoolwork. But during your down time, embrace chances to get out of your dorm room or apartment to soak in your host city. If your host country is in Europe, where traveling between countries tends to be simpler than in other regions of the world, learn about neighboring countries and do your best to visit some during your time overseas. Disconnect from your devices. Whether or not life at home is dominated by devices, use your time overseas to disconnect so you can fully experience your host city and country. Don’t miss out on the sights and sounds of your host country by spending too much time using your tablet or smartphone.

Keep a journal. One of the best ways to commemorate your time abroad is to keep a daily journal. You will no doubt enjoy many unique experiences while overseas, and keeping a daily journal is a great way to ensure you remember each of those experiences and all the people you meet along the way. Study abroad programs can benefit students in myriad ways, and a few simple strategies can ensure young men and women make the most of their time overseas.

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Arts Centre to host 2 new exhibits at the mental health event Heckscher Museum On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington will host the inaugural event of for the “SEA of Visibility” movement. The mission of the “SEA of Visibility” movement (Support Expression through the Arts) is dispel the stigma surrounding mental health diagnoses, and to turn that stigma into support by advocating for introspection, compassion and visibility through the creation and sharing of visual and performing art. During this event the Cinema will present the documentary film, “Kusama: Infinity,” detailing the life of artist Yayoi Kusama. The screening will be followed by a discussion with a range of mental health experts and art teachers. An inspiring art installation, music, and comic entertainment will also be featured at the event. The film will be followed by an art teacherled “happening” by Anu Annam, Margaret Minardi and Caitlyn Shea and presentation by a Kusama expert in the Cinema

Arts Centre’s Sky Room. There will be an ephemeral creation of a “Balancing Room”, inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s “Obliterion Room” and other dot installations. Participants will balance a dot composition spatially, visually through color theory, and emotionally through the Cognitive Behavior Therapy tenets of Dr. Aaron T. Beck. Comedy by the talented Mo Diggs and musical performance by Jane Olivia Remauro will be included in this creative afternoon. An art exhibit by “SEA of Visibility” visual artists will be on display, as well as work from Muñeca Arthouse artists. The event costs $17 for the public to attend, or $12 for Cinema Arts Centre members and begins at noon on Saturday, Aug. 24.!! To learn more about the Cinema Arts Centre visit website, or the centre’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Film Screening: “Kusama: Infinity” - For decades, the work of Yayoi Kusama

pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful - and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art as she approaches her 90s. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day. (USA, 2018, 76 Mins, NR, English & Japanese | Dir. Heather Lenz)

Yayoi Kusama in “Kusama: Infinity,” 2018. Still courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

The Heckscher Museum of Art has two new exhibits coming later this month for you to check out, with two different themes accompanying them. The first is a collection of work from Long Island resident Mort Künstler, which features exciting pieces from the 91-year-old artist that previously appeared in magazines throughout the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The second are paintings from Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso, a native New Yorker of Cuban and Ecuadorian descent whose artwork celebrate female artists dating all the way back to the Renaissance. Mort Künstler Long before blockbuster superhero movies, those looking for an adrenaline rush turned to adventure magazines, featuring exciting stories and thrilling illustrations. As the go-to artist and illustrator, Künstler’s work graced hundreds of magazine covers, stories, and books, firmly establishing his prominence in the pulp fiction genre. For the first time, more than 80 of these remarkable original artworks are shown together in The Heckscher Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Mort Künstler: ‘The Godfather’ of Pulp Fiction Illustrators.” The exhibit will be on display starting Aug. 24 and will be there until Nov. 17. Originally featured in magazines such as “Stag,” “Male,” and “For Men Only,” the illustrations brought to life headlines that screamed adventure. The images of men in combat, women in distress, and nature threatening man immediately caught the reader’s attention. “You try to pick a moment that will entice the reader and catch their attention and make them want to read the whole text,” explains Künstler. “The whole goal is to make them stop and go, ‘what’s going on here?’” Künstler was so good, that there were instances when his carefully detailed illustrations actually inspired a story, rather than the other way around. During his long career, Künstler illustrated stories for many authors, in-

From the original painting by Mort Kunstler, “JetSled Raid.” cluding Mario Puzo, author of “The Godfather,” who wrote in the same magazines under the pen name Mario Cleri. Künstler illustrated Puzo’s “The Godfather,” long before the movie franchise. His vision comes amazingly close to how the characters eventually appeared in the movies. Künstler is perhaps best known as a painter of history. He has exhibited his Civil War art widely. In fact, his painting “The High Water Mark” was unveiled at Gettysburg National Military Park on the 125th anniversary of the battle Some of the illustrations in the exhibition are based on real events: for instance, the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II. Künstler drew real and imagined scenes from WW II, and illustrated stories about daring escapes and bold bank heists, creating a large portfolio “Nobody captured hard-boiled action better than Mort Künstler. His fullthrottle, action-packed, inyour-face images represent the very essence of the pulp era,” said Michael Schantz, executive director of the Heckscher Museum of Art. The museum will also be producing a catalogue to accompany the exhibit and a traveling exhibition, collaborated between the museum and International Arts & Artists has been organized as well. Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso Inspiring stories of historical women are at the center of “A Brush with HerStory: Paintings by Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso” at The Heckscher Museum of Art.

A contemporary painter with extensive art historical knowledge, Dellosso pays tribute to great female painters from the Renaissance through the modern era. Often melding her own image with other artists, Dellosso creates unique selfportraits that tell fascinating stories. She closely studies the paintings and self-portraits of the featured artists, as well as their histories, and recreates costumes and poses that enhance the story. Though they may not be household names, her subjects have compelling stories about being a female artist throughout the ages. Among the artists portrayed by Dellosso is Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (17491803), whose monumental work was destroyed during the French Revolution. Dellossso depicts herself as the historic painter, down to the blue dress featured in Labille-Guiard’s own self-portrait. Dellosso had the dress recreated by a seamstress, and it will also be featured in the gallery. Another artist, Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625), was the “first great woman artist of the Renaissance,” according to Dellosso, and attained international fame. She was even praised by renowned artist Michelangelo. To compose her painting, Dellosso looked at both Anguissola’s self-portrait and her own reflection in threequarter view. The exhibition includes paintings from Dellosso’s most recent series, “Homage Ode,” which takes the form of illuminated manuscripts featuring poetry inspired by select historical artists. Continued on Page 45

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New prez for Women in Film & Television Continued from Page 24 “I am humbled and honored to take over the presidency of New York Women in Film & Television and to collaborate with the other distinguished women on our board,” said Zelermyer. “The organization’s mission of equity and advocacy are as important as ever and I look forward to working with Cynthia Lopez and the entire NYWIFT team as we continue to support women at every level throughout the industry.” Zelermyer succeeds former president Simone Pero, the founder of For Impact Productions. Pero’s championing of women is a hallmark of her work as a producer of social impact film including Jennifer Fox’s Emmy-nominated “The Tale” on HBO and as executive producer of Tom Donahue’s documentary “This Changes Everything,” about gender discrimination in media. Pero’s two-year tenure as NYWIFT President began just before the #MeToo and #TimesUp initiatives came into prominence. She testified on behalf of NYWIFT and women in the industry before the NYC Human Rights Commission about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry in December 2017. Pero also oversaw the completion and implementation of a multi-year strategic plan to increase NYWIFT’s membership outreach and advocacy initiatives, culminating in the NYWIFT 2019 Summit on Inclusion, Equality and Safety in June. Throughout the last year of her presidency, Pero also led the organization’s transition into the leadership of new Executive Director Cynthia Lopez. Pero will continue her involvement with NYWIFT as chair of its Advisory Board, where she will further support NYWIFT’s strategic plan. “We are infinitely grateful to Simone Pero for her leadership, insight and unparalleled dedication to advancing women across all levels and facets of the industry,” said NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez. “I look forward to collaborating with her in a new capacity through NYWIFT’s Advisory Board.” NYWIFT is also pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Board of Directors

election. Seven spots on the board have been filled, with four new members and three returning members: New Members: Alex Cirillo: Alex Cirillo is a producer and the co-founder of Big Vision Empty Wallet, an inclusion-focused incubator that feeds projects into her production company, Big Vision Creative. She develops unexpected content with women, POC, LGBTQ and differently-abled creators. Kerry Fulton: Kerry Fultonis co-founder of Evenfield Entertainment, which puts women at the creative and decision-making center; she previously produced the awardwinning films 3D animated “Justin and the Knights of Valor” and documentary “Ana and I.” Gretchen McGowan: Gretchen McGowan is an award-winning producer and the head of production for Goldcrest Features in New York City, where she has overseen titles such as “Carol,” “Mojave,” “Slumber,” “Restrepo,” “Carrie Pilby” and “Danger, Close.” Zenaida Mendez: Zenaida Mendez is the director of the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center and has over 20 years of experience working on issues affecting women, and African descendant people. Returning Members: Christine Bragan: Christine Bragan is Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications for AMC Networks, including AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and IFC Films. Kathryn O’Kane: Kathryn O’Kane is adirector/producer with over 15 years of experience in television, advertising, and web media; recent credits include as a director and producer for an episode of HLN’s “Death Row Stories” and as showrunner for the hit Netflix series “Salt Fat Acid Heat.” S. Casper Wong: S.Casper Wong is an award-winning New York-based filmmaker, technology lawyer, and social entrepreneur. Her documentary feature, “The LuLu Sessions” has won 10 international awards and nominations.

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Film fest to preview 2 new exhibits at the Heckscher Museum Mike Wallace doc Journalism in America has never been such a hot topic. At a time when it seems like the hard-hitting question is fighting for its right to be asked, the 2019 documentary “Mike Wallace Is Here” turns the tough question loose to understand how we got here and what’s really at stake. Legendary newsman Mike Wallace unflinchingly interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in over 50 years on the air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-beforeseen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, this documentary portrait explores what drove and plagued this restless reporter, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself. The Gold Coast International Film Festival is pleased to present the Long Island premiere of “Mike Wallace Is Here” on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Neck Squire Cinemas, located at 115 Middle Neck Road. Following the screening will be a discussion featuring veteran producer, journalist, and media executive Mark Lukasiewicz, who is also Dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University. Ticket prices are $15 per person ($10 for Gold Coast Film Society members). “We’re at a very precarious tipping point for broadcast journalism, where the different corridors of power are getting the upper hand,” says the film’s

director, Avi Belkin, who had unlimited access to CBS News’ archives for the making of the documentary, including never-before-seen raw materials and outtakes from 60 Minutes’ earliest days. “A crucial moment in the film is when Mike says, ‘the first thing that totalitarians do is attack the free press.’ I wanted this film to show how the free press is imperative for a democracy, and how asking hard questions is the core of what journalism is about. Audiences today don’t want journalists to confront them with uncomfortable truths or tell them something that runs against their beliefs, and people with power take advantage of that and are fighting against the public’s right to know.” “We are excited to present “Mike Wallace Is Here” along with a wide range of films throughout the year that are educational, entertaining, and in some cases, thought-provoking,” said Caroline Sorokoff, festival director of the Gold Coast International Film Festival and associate director of the Gold Coast Arts Center. “’Mike Wallace Is Here’ looks at a legendary career and examines how Mike Wallace’s work truly defined the standards of broadcast journalism.” Proceeds from this event help fund the Gold Coast International Film Festival’s year-round programming, including Youth Film Day and Young Filmmakers Program, free programs that help inspire and mentor aspiring filmmakers in grades K through 12.

Continued from Page 41 Dellosso’s artistic roots can be found on both sides of her Cuban and Ecuadorian family. Her maternal grandmother and great-grandfather were well respected and published poets in South America. Dellosso’s father studied painting and drawing in Cuba during the pre-Castro era. As a child, she remembers trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her father, where they used to study paintings together. Dellosso’s themes usually involve the human figure and storytelling. This combination offers viewers a unique cultural statement and interpretation. Dellosso received a

BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Delloss’s exhibit, “A Brush with HerStory: Paintings by Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso” will be on view at the Heckscher Museum of Art starting Aug. 31 and can be viewed until Nov. 10. The Heckscher Museum of Art is located at 2 Prime Avenue in Huntington and is open Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information on both exhibits and the museum can be found online at www.Heckscher. org or by calling 631-351-3250.

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Some politicians exploit gay pride


his year my friends and I attended the 49th annual World Pride Parade in New York City, 50 years after the Stonewall Riots. Clad in rainbow colors from head to toe, we soon felt underdressed as we walked along Fifth Avenue taking count of all the body glitter, rainbow boas and outrageous costumes that people proudly wore in the 80-degree heat. Since 1970, the LGBTQ+ communities have come together to celebrate their culture and remember their past and recent oppression. The first march took place on June 28, 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots when the NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn for hosting gay patrons. Covering 51 miles of Manhattan, a new tradition was born and soon

followed globally. As counterculture and civil rights movements of the 1960s and ’70s continued to evolve, the gay community was also seen to gain national attention seeking equality. Once the Stonewall Riots were publicized, nationwide awareness of the gay community spiked and moved to the front pages of the news. Despite being confronted with negative or shameful biases, this coverage enabled LGBTQ+ organizations to flourish, centering their focuses on normalizing the social climate to the sexuality spectrum. It is simple to say that we have made enormous strides to combat the extreme prejudices against the LBGTQ+ community: in 2000, June was named “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month,” nine years later June was re-

named “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month,” in 2015, gay marriage was legalized nationally in Obergefell vs. Hodges, and the Stonewall Inn was made a national monument in 2016. Today, we dedicate 30 days of June to the LGBTQ+ community, sharing support by walking in parades, posting on social media and learning about their history. However, even with these progressive steps, it is important to recognize the work that still needs to be done. In this age of digital culture and social media consumption, I have seen companies and labels use Pride Month as a ploy to generate a greater profit. In June, various companies add a rainbow to their profile pictures or mention Pride in their posts, but once July begins, there is rarely

any more public support of the community. At the Pride Parade, I witnessed a wave of politicians marching and handing out campaign paraphernalia with rainbows, which essentially translated to “vote for me and I will support you.” The crowds grew tired and screams became softer as the parade turned from a celebration to a campaign rally. It was mind-blowing to see that type of self-seeking intention take center stage. One would assume that after years of urgent calls for acceptance, groups would act sensitively, trying to avoid as many misconstrued assumptions as possible. Yet, sadly, this is not the only current case in need of correction. At World Pride NYC, over 20 countries participated in march-

ing, some of which do not get the opportunity to celebrate in their own cities. From Brazilian to Russian organizations, men and women marched with pride and urgency, carrying signs that said “Restricted but still marching.” This year’s Pride Parade brought together over three million people– the event’s greatest record since its genesis. From Midtown to the West Village, members and allies of the community gathered with jubilance, shouting calls for remembrance and continuity. In preparation for the 50th Pride Parade, we should acknowledge the mission is not complete and work together for a more prideful and colorful future. Emily Levine Port Washington

Liquid biopsies may slow cancer deaths “Not every cancer is aggressive or lethal. Some cancers may be so slow growing that they would never need treatment. We need better methods to differentiate which ones can be left alone and which ones need to be treated.” Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. Certain cancer therapies provide better patient outcomes and fewer side effects than broad-based chemotherapy, but an individual’s response to a given treatment often depends on the tumors “genomic profile.” A liquid biopsy is an advanced form of treatment procedure for cancer wherein bodily fluids like blood or urine are collected for disease detection. A liquid biopsy helps in planning a treatment regime along with finding out effective treatment options for the patient. A biopsy as defined by Zion Market Research is a tissue or cell sample taken from any part of the human body, which

is sent to the lab for examining various disease types The trick with liquid biopsies is to find trace amounts of DNA that have broken off from tumor cells. These circulating tumor DNAs are tiny fragments of DNA in the blood that break away from tumors. After treatment, according to Lichtenfeld, these DNA levels decrease because either the tumor is smaller or has been removed. Now the researchers monitor the DNA levels in the blood to watch for increases over time. This oncology “pipe dream,” so described by Maxx Chatsko in TMFBlack Gold, really might live up to the hype and reduce the need for risky and invasive tissue biopsies. A genomic profile is a laboratory method that is used to learn about all the genes in a person or in a specific cell type, and the way those genes interact with each other and with the environment. Genomic profiling may be used to find out why some people get certain diseases while others do not or why people react in dif-

ferent ways to the same drug. It may also be used to develop new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases such as cancer. Now the discussion is what do we use liquids biopsies for at this early stage of development. Advanced stage cancer patients have significantly more circulating DNA compared to early stage cancer patients, and so the data extracted from a simple blood draw could be used to fine-tune treatments for individuals with cancer, detect recurrence, and even find cancer in individuals during routine checkups and blood draws when it is the easiest to treat and cure. At present, there is a patient population in the United States of approximately 700,000 advanced cancer patients and about 15 million early cancer patients and survivors. The DNA “garbage” circulating in the blood in advanced cancer patients can help patients match up with the best treatment options. Results would be

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more easily demonstrated and treatment better targeted. It will also provide expansive genomics data to bio pharma companies developing immuno oncology drugs. It is expected that as we learn more about liquid biopsies and the use of DNA and gene data, we will be able to monitor early stage patients and measure drug resistance in recurrent disease. A new study written about in “Targeted Oncology” shows the compatibility between liquid biopsy and tissue biopsy in both diagnostics and the monitoring of non-small cell cancer, NSCLC. The results seem to show it may be preferable to help oncologists make swifter decisions that help manage the disease. A sample from sticking a needle into a tumor doesn’t reflect all the genetic changes of that cancer or all the places that cancer may be, Lichtenfeld says. But the DNA “garbage” circulating in the blood sort of acts like a vacuum cleaner, bringing together all the DNA fragments and finding other mutations that may be elsewhere, so the two tests — a biopsy of the solid tumor and a liquid biopsy — are definitely complementary. A goal of the liquid biopsy is to use the DNA in the blood to learn that a person may have cancer somewhere in the

body before it is easily visible by current techniques, such as colonoscopy, mammography, X-rays or CT-Scans. The very fact that the cancer is not yet visible means doctors need a screening tool that gives them some guidance about where to look, Lichtenfeld says. Nicole Tucker, writing in “Targeted Oncology” says that liquid biopsy, in general, is faster than tissue biopsy because the processing and characterization of the tissue biopsy is not required for blood. The turnaround time of six days for liquid biopsy and 10 days for tissue biopsy from sample reception to the delivery of the report was four days less for liquid. This may not seem like a big time difference unless you are the patient waiting to hear if you do or do not show positive results for cancer. Their ability to pin down the cancer’s location varied between where it started in the body. The best results were with colorectal and ovarian cancers. The least accurate results were with liver and lung cancers. Most important, the sooner the physician received the results, the sooner the patient could begin receiving treatment. Bertram Drachtman Great Neck

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Metered parking hurts Roslyn merchants


read your story about the parking problems in Roslyn and found the situation to be a typical political screw-up. What a good idea, we will put in metered parking and the motorist will make up the town’s money shortfall. The reality of this is people have had it with fees, fines and government overreach.

You will notice that the revenue has dropped precipitously and I predict that the trend will continue. If a store goes under, and that is a likelihood, there will be fewer people trying to park. The big draws like the deli have a competitor, Kitchen Kabaret with free parking, no tickets, no

meters, no refunds, only a mile away. Need a bank, a drugstore – right next door, along with a hair dresser. There are no goods or services that aren’t available elsewhere without the parking hassle. The restaurants aren’t to die for, which leaves the ice cream spot and a few other small draws.

The town bought the meters and paid for them. They just paid for a maintenance contract and don’t want to declare this a loss. So the small merchants are left to work for less, move, or go out of business. This is a bad decision since the town itself has little to offer and the tickets, refunds and fines makes this a non-start-

er. The town should change its name from the Village of Roslyn to the Roslyn Ghost Town. It should also be remembered that in this town, our children, when they grow up, can’t afford to live here because of the taxes. Good work! Cary Ratner East Hills

A bad week for Donald J. Trump


lmost two weeks ago, we experienced the 21st and 22nd mass shootings of the year. They occurred in El Paso, Texas, where 22 died and in Dayton, Ohio, where nine were killed. The question, which inevitably arises, is who is responsible? For this writer, the answer is simple. It is the National Rifle Association, the gun manufacturers and the president of the United States. (One might also wish to include Sen. McConnell, who will not allow the Senate to vote upon two anti-gun bills passed by the House.) Trump contends the problem is with persons who are mentally disturbed and play grisly electronic games. Proof of Trump’s culpability is that a posting by the El Paso killer

replicates the words of the president when they both talk of an “invasion” from south of the border. Trump has also repeatedly uttered anti-Hispanic screeds. Philip Rucker, writing in the Washington Post, says: “He has demonized undocumented immigrants as ‘thugs’ and ‘animals.’ He has defended the detention of migrant children, hundreds of whom have been held in squalor.” This rhetoric goes back to his descending the escalator in Trump Tower when he mentioned that illegal immigrants were rapists. At a rally, Trump raised the rhetorical question about how can we stop these people from coming? Someone in the audience shouted “shoot them.” Trump smiled and re-

sponded “Only in the Panhandle can you get away with that statement.” Several of the Democratic candidates for president have called Trump a “racist” and a “white nationalist.” Even Joe Biden joined the chorus in a blistering refutation of everything Trump stands for. Former President Obama excoriated Trump in a speech without ever mentioning him by name. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, found that there are 1,020 in the United States today. This is a record high, but equally shocking is the 30 percent rise in the past four years that began with Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump acolytes may say that this is a coincidence, but given Trump’s

history, it is safe to say that he has “enabled” the haters. The Southern Poverty Law Center put it this way: “Trump’s racist rhetoric and bigoted policies not only fueled the resurgent white supremacist movement but validated their paranoid fears that brownskinned immigrants are coming to replace them.” There is an entire “replacement theory” that the white majority will be replaced by black and brownskinned people. We heard something similar to this in Charleston, when neo-Nazis marched and chanted “The Jews will not replace us.” To be honest, population experts point out that people of color will soon constitute a majority in America and given voting patterns of the past they are likely to be Demo-

cratic voters. This is great news for progressives. Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash wrote that “love is better than hate.” This is a lesson lost on our president. He visited a hospital in El Paso where the wounded were expecting to be comforted and Trump talked about the “crowd size” he drew on a previous visit. We have a president who gives new meaning to the word narcissism. But there is a fresh breeze blowing on the political landscape. It augers well for a Democratic victory in 2020 and an end to the long nightmare of the Trump presidency. Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

Immigrants should not go D’Urso moved office back to broken countries for better rent, space


n a recent Readers Write letter titled “President Trump welcomes legal immigrants,” the content of that letter describes exactly the opposite. The reader wrote that Trump was right when he stated that immigrants “should go back to the places where they came from and fix what’s broken, then come back to fix what they think is broken in our country.” Let’s assume that this letter writer was an immigrant and decided to follow that suggestion and return to his country, perhaps Guatemala, El Salvador or Honduras, to fix what’s broken in his country. If the reader was lucky, he would last maybe an hour in such country. Lib-

erty or death? Which would the reader prefer? The reader also speaks about Trump being committed to supporting the Constitution. Despite the reader saying that “Donald Trump is more aware of American history than most of our citizenry,” I seriously doubt whether Trump or the reader have actually read the Constitution or if they did understood it. Legal scholars continually debate its meaning. As far as reading goes, I’ll bet the reader hasn’t even read the Mueller Report or could cite the 10 instances where President Trump potentially committed obstruction of justice. Thousands in the legal

community agree that if these violations were committed by someone other than the president, they would face criminal charges. Speaking of, thousands, or more appropriately, in excess of 10,000, I agree with the reader that “free speech continues to ring,” but people should not believe the thousands of fake facts or lies that are committed near daily by Mr. Trump. Ignorance is not a good reason to believe some or all of his rantings. Free speech means to question such rantings. Alvin Goldberg Great Neck


am writing to clarify representations made regarding why I am moving my office from one location to another. While the published article combines different ideas and thoughts in a manner that was completely out of context, on the issue of my office I am simply moving to another location in my district because doing so allows me to utilize more space at a lower rent. I am saddened that this article perpetuates such characterization of my comments and I have al-

ways been and always will be honored to represent the Great Neck community. Rest assured, I have always and will always celebrate and applaud the diversity within Great Neck and I will continue to represent everyone in Great Neck and my entire Assembly district to the best of my ability regardless of where my office is located. Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso Port Washington Letters Continued on Page 52

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Consider moving up as market softens You’ve thought about it, but aren’t really sure. You’re comfortable where you are, but the responsibilities and the daily routine of keeping your home in order are starting to wear on you. Plus the financial responsibility of whatever goes wrong, repairs and updating — oh boy, so much to deal with. If you have already updated and your home is in spectacular mint or excellent condition, now might be the time to sell, while prices are still where they are. But as I mentioned in a previous column, the market has been softening, as more families and millennials leave New York state and other high-priced and taxed states, because I believe that the saturation point has been approached. Prices will go up maybe by the rate of inflation or not all and probably will soften further on the higher-priced and taxed homes. The tariffs that have been imposed by both the United States and China have also put a damper on both economies, which are intrinsically connected from head to toe. If you do your own research and look back over a hundred years, they never accomplished anything but to make the consumer and the industries supply-

ing them, pay more for goods and some services. It’s similar to a lawsuit between two large companies to see who will survive the longest, without coming to the table and negotiating a fair and equitable settlement. Nothing will be accomplished unless one party realizes that the outcome will be more costly in continuing the battle, no matter who may be right or wrong. Of course, we know China has consistently taxed our goods unfairly, as well as absconded with some of our intellectual and industrial secrets. But coming to an equitable and fair compromise has eluded us and so all we are doing is a “tit for tat” battle, with most likely no winner and only losers, just us the American consumer. These types of events will only make the real estate market more volatile and put pressure on prices, since we are in the longest expansion of our economy since 1854. As they say, what goes up will eventually come down and I see the evidence already. So if you don’t want to lose equity, although you may be happy where you are, consider downsizing as a viable choice. This may be your best financial decision today, even though you were considering moving maybe within five years.

PHILIP A. RAICES Real Estate Watch

While purchasers are still active and able to buy, you might want to “strike while the coals are still warm” by putting your home up for sale. Of course, there is a lot of planning, so start doing it. Now, if you are in a rental, but really want to buy and have the necessary down payment and can afford the monthly “nut,” then now is a good time to also begin thinking about it, while rates are very low. If you have young children or plan to have some, then your longterm plan will be to pretty much stay put in whatever home you may buy, let’s say 20 years. I believe at that point, all things being equal, the market will have come back

from what we may experience in the near future, as markets go up and then recede, looking back at past history. So you weather the storm and sit tight and all should be OK. Also, if you are in a co-op, depending on what you paid for it, getting into a home, with the interest rates being less than 4 percent now (lower now than they were last December), would be a great opportunity, even if you lose some money. Because some home prices have softened enough to make the difference worth looking at and what you may potentially gain, maybe a wash or possibly a benefit if the home price has been adjusted down enough to gain more than what one might lose in selling now. Renting, as has generally been shown, is a dead-end street and the lower-priced rentals have been escalating, especially in the excellent school districts, due to those deciding not to take the plunge and purchase. Renting, due to affordability and other reasons, may have been your only choice now or for the foreseeable future, but building equity and future wealth has generally worked through ownership. No one can guarantee the future, but based on the past it’s a stronger and more secure bet

than staying in a rental. Even if your present home is too small and you cannot expand it properly or don’t want to bother dealing with the construction, moving up in the market, as long as you will be staying in place five to 10 years or longer, is an excellent time to consider moving on, especially when financing your next place. Philip A. Raices is the owner/ Broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 3 Grace Ave Suite 180 Great Neck. He has earned designations as a Graduate of the Realtor Institute and a Certified International Property Specialist. Receive regular “free” updates of sold homes in your area and a “free” Comparative Market Analysis” of what your home would sell for in today’s market or search on: WWW.Li-RealEstate.Com If you would like to receive a digital copy or a printed copy of “Unlocking the Secrets of Real Estate’s New Market Reality Or “Our Seller’s Guide for “Things to Consider When Selling Your Home” just email or snail me (regular mail) with your name, email and cell number. He can be reached by email, at:Phil@TurnKeyRealEstate.Com, or by cell: (516) 647-4289.

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Recent Real Estate

Sales in New Hyde Park New Hyde Park Real Estate Market Conditions MEDIAN SALES PRICE $665,000 Demographics near New Hyde Park, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 9,811 11,367 41.2 3.2 99,469 35,118

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


56 2nd Avenue, New Hyde Park Sold Price: $645,000 Date: 04/12/2019 5 beds, 3 Full baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 60x100 Schools: New Hyde ParkGarden City Park Total Taxes: $13,443 MLS# 3090570

30 2nd Avenue, New Hyde Park Sold Price: $440,000 Date: 07/23/2019 3 beds, 1 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 40x100 Schools: New Hyde ParkGarden City Park Total Taxes: $9,374 MLS# 3084357

81 4th Avenue, Garden City Park Sold Price: $550,000 Date: 06/11/2019 3 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Cape # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 50x100 Schools: New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Total Taxes: $6,896 MLS# 3104833

5 Old Stewart Avenue, Garden City Park Sold Price: $500,000 Date: 04/09/2019 2 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Duplex # of Families: 2 Lot Size: 50x100 Schools: New Hyde ParkGarden City Park Total Taxes: $12,540 MLS# 3081843

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Gillen, Brooks call for Sandy audit Continued from Page 1 stantially damaged home, has left us no other choice but to hand this department over to the state,” Gillen said. As a result of “mounting concerns,” Gillen along with Brooks called for the New York Department of State to investigate the Building Department. Brooks’ office sent the Department of State an Aug. 5 report on code enforcement in New York by the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations. According to the report, “The Town of Hempstead was among the communities most significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy.” The report states that the Federal Emergency Management Agency requires municipalities to issue what are known as preliminary damage assessments, or PDAs, to measure monetary damage in a community and see what structures may need immediate action. The report says that the Building Department performed damage assessments, but they were “allegedly filed away” rather than being shared with property owners. The investigative team said in the report that Town of Hempstead representatives and the supervisor’s office reached out with concerns about the Building Department. Gillen said that in July she put for-


Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen said that the town building department favored certain homeowners and businesses when issuing permits. ward a contract for an operational audit into the department. Gillen said that the auditing firm had been selected by a bipartisan committee of town officials. Gillen said that the goal of the audit was to help the Building Department “correct its deficiencies and restore faith among many homeowners and small businesses.” Gillen said she has been at-

tempting to audit the department since she was sworn into office in 2018. “Unfortunately, the proposed audit was defeated by the town Republican majority. I have been trying to get this audit done for a year and a half now,” Gillen said. The issue widens the rift between Gillen, a Democrat, and the Republican-

led Town Board. Gillen said she does not have the support of the Building Department and the Town Board in her office’s reaching out to residents in flood zones about how their homes were assessed after Hurricane Sandy. Some council members have issued responses on the issue. “Neither party should be engaging in pre-election stunts that do not benefit the taxpayer,” Councilman Bruce Blakeman said in a statement. Blakeman said that the board has already initiated changes in the Building Department. “We recognize that the building department has room for improvement and we are addressing those issues,” Blakeman said. “I welcome any review that will yield a positive outcome for our residents and consumers. We need to improve efficiency and service delivery, and that’s why Council members are working to implement our outside review panel and 5-point reform plan that we recently announced,” Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney said. Brooks’ spokesman Joe Agovino said the Department of State told Brooks’ office that it had received the Senate report and was reviewing it to see if an operational audit was necessary. Susan Trenkle-Polasky, the spokeswoman for Hempstead council members, said that the Building Department has not issued any comments or responded to Gillen’s and Brooks’ call for a state audit.


Town introduces civil rights doc

(Front row, left to right): Habib Ahmed, President of the Islamic Center of Long Island NY; New York State Senator Anna Kaplan; North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth; Council Member Viviana Russell; Leslie Davis, President of the NAACP Westbury Branch; Peter Cavallaro, Mayor of the Village of Westbury and Nassau County Legislator Siela Bynoe at the screening of Defining Moments: The Civil Rights Movement in North Hempstead.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Council Member Viviana Russell were proud to introduce the town’s civil rights documentary “Defining Moments: The Civil Rights Movement in North Hempstead” at a screening hosted by the Westbury Branch of the NAACP and the Village of Westbury on Aug. 3. The film was part of A Taste of Westbury, an event hosted by the NAACP and the village which included numerous food vendors throughout the village’s piazza. New York State Senator Anna Kaplan; Nassau County Legislator Siela Bynoe; Peter Cavallaro, mayor of the Village of Westbury; Leslie Davis, president of the NAACP Westbury Branch and Habib Ahmed, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island were also in attendance

Town partners with center for free screenings The Town of North Hempstead has announced a partnership with the Center for Hearing Health at Mill Neck for use of the center’s audiology van. The center will be providing free hearing screenings on dates provided below, with certain dates featuring the St. Francis Cardiac Van in addition. The screenings will be free, and appointments are not necessary. The mobile unit is fully equipped, handicapped accessible. The mobile audiology van will pro-

vide health screenings for many people as possible in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. “The town is proud to be partnering with the Center for Hearing Health at Mill Neck to provide these free hearing screenings at no cost for our residents,” said Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “With multiple locations throughout the Town we hope to help provide easy access to high quality healthcare.” This year, health screenings will be held on the fol-

lowing dates: Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fuschillo Park, Carle Road at Broadmoor Ln., Carle Place. Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. at Clinton G Martin Park, 1601 Marcus Ave, New Hyde Park. Thursday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Port Washington Senior Center, 80 Manorhaven Blvd, Port Washington.

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State OKs Islanders’ Belmont arena Continued from Page 1 Manhattan. The New York Arena Partners’ proposal includes a 19,000-square-foot arena, 350,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, a hotel containing 250 rooms and parking on 43 acres of vacant state-owned property at Belmont Park. ESD spokesman Jack Sterne said that now with the state’s Franchise Oversight Board approval of the project’s environmental review that construction can move forward. The state’s Public Authorities Control Board approved the state’s acquisition of the property from the Franchise Oversight Board July 31. “We are committed to continuing to work with New York Arena Partners, community members and local leaders to deliver on the thousands of jobs and billions in economic activity this project will create,” Zemsky said. Many of the speakers, representing the New York Islanders or Elmont were positive about the opportunities the project will bring to the community, except for the two speakers representing Floral Park. Floral Park Deputy Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald and


The approved Islanders arena in Belmont Park is not without its critics. On Aug. 5, local leaders and residents held a news conference to ask for more time reviewing the specifics of the Belmont project. Trustee Lynn Pombonyo reiterated Floral Park’s call for more time to review the project.

In a letter, former Floral Park Mayor Thomas Tweedey congratulated the developers for the project’s approval

in a letter. “One of the noblest in sports is hockey’s handshake line after the Stanley Cup is decided,” Tweedey said. “So it is in that spirit, that as a member of the Floral Park Belmont Task Force I congratulate the N.Y. Islanders for being able to receive the unanimous approval from the NY ESD Board of Directors.” Just before the deadline for the public comment section for the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement, the Village of Floral Park appealed for a supplemental impact statement to address additions to the project, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of a train station in the north parking lot of Belmont Park. The board does not plan on issuing a supplemental environmental impact statement. The village has been ambiguous in the past about legal actions, with Mayor Dominick Longobardi saying at an Aug. 5 news conference that the village has “options” that it is pursuing if the project moves forward, which could include legal action. In a Newsday interview, Fitzgerald said “all options are still on the table.”

Too few marshals delay biz inspections Continued from Page 2 “There is nothing that I can do to come up to that 94,” he said. “I don’t even get to 90 employees.” Of the 56 uniformed fire marshals, 14 are in supervising positions and do not conduct inspections. This includes the chief fire marshal, three assistant chief fire marshals, five division supervisors and five supervising fire marshals — two of whom are assigned administrative duties. Another 14 fire marshal trainees, all of whom have been hired in the past two years, cannot conduct inspections on their own until receiving at least two years of training. Five investigators handle only fire investigations and another six hazmat personnel also do not conduct inspections or plan reviews, leaving 17 fire marshals to the task, the union representatives said. Mastrangelo said he does not think there is a lack of applicants for fire marshal but a lack of budgeted positions. John Aloisio, CSEA Local 830 vice president, said, “It’s a matter of putting the money back in the budget to create room to have positions.” He said once the money is in the budget, the department can begin hiring from civil service lists almost immediately. But he also pointed out that the job of a fire marshal is a competitive position, meaning applicants are required to take a test that takes about nine months

to create. Of the department’s six supporting staff members — one is a laborer, another serves as the personal assistant to the fire marshal and a third handles human resources — three staff members actually enter the data that triggers the inspection process, according to Strong and Mastrangelo. “The support staff that we have who actually processes the paperwork,” Mastrangelo said. “Saying there is 37 is an insult to the six.” Strong said fire marshals are left doing administrative tasks instead of conducting inspections and reviewing plans for accuracy. “He had to basically answer phones and greet people at the window to accept new submissions,” Strong said of Mastrangelo. “I sat at the front desk welcoming people today,” Mastrangelo said. Strong said that over his 13-year tenure with the fire marshal’s office, there has never been enough supporting staff to operate efficiently. Mastrangelo said that at the peak, there were 12 support staff membrs about 20 years ago when there were more than 100 fire marshals responding to about one-third of the volume of plan reviews and inspections that the office is responding to now. Applicants were given the option to expedite plan review under the adminis-

tration of U.S. Rep. Thomas Suozzi (DGlen Cove) when he served as the county executive, according to Mastrangelo. He said that in order to expedite, applicants would have to pay a $300 administrative fee and the overtime rate for the assigned fire marshal.


“ he support staff that we have who actually processes the paperwork. Saying there is 37 is an insult to the six.” Mike Mastrangelo FIRE MARSHAL AND PRESIDENT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION

The program is still in effect, but the fee was increased to $400 in 2016 and now includes the current overtime rate, he said. “So today, to date if you were going to accelerate a set of plans, it’s $740,” he said. Mastrangelo said despite the increase in fees, the office receives an overabundance of accelerated plan review and inspection requests. As a result, it became required under former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s administration to submit a hardship request that must be reviewed

to determine whether the applicant was qualified to accelerate. This allowed the county to keep up with the inflow of acceleration requests, Strong said, by implementing an automatic delay. Therefore, applicants have to bring their plans to the office, submit a request to be expedited and then wait up to five days for the request to be approved. If the request is approved, the applicant has to come in and pay the fees before the 10-day accelerated process begins, Mastrangelo said. Strong said “every plan made it through” the hardship threshold. With none of the requests being denied, Mastrangelo said, the hardship request only adds another step for the contractor and the department’s small support staff. If the hardship threshold from Mangano’s tenure was removed, the county executive would be “really accelerating things and fixing the problems,” Mastrangelo said. He said one fire marshal is primarily assigned to each plan. Last month, the county had 195 outstanding applications, more than 11 times the number of fire marshals handling plan reviews. CSEA Local 830 President Jerry Laricchiuta said, “The fire marshals provide essential services to our community, yet they remain understaffed as do most of Nassau County departments.”

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ach summer annual reminders of our region’s water quality crisis, including fish kills, toxic algal blooms, and others, reappear. While there are a number of causes for the poor quality of many of our coastal and inland waterways, “nitrogen loading” has been a main culprit. Nitrogen from fertilizer and human waste that enters our waterways causes the excessive growth of algae that use up dissolved oxygen and block sunlight. These are essential to maintaining the health of cherished water bodies, such as the Long Island Sound, the Great South Bay, the Peconic Estuary and other local embayments.

While nitrogen pollution can significantly affect our quality of life, the good news is that the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan, or LINAP, is fighting back with a range of management, technical, regulatory and policy actions. Numerous multi-year initiatives are currently underway – some starting this summer – to decrease the amount of nitrogen entering our surface and ground waters. This LINAP partnership, headed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Long Island Regional Planning Council, also includes Suffolk and Nassau Counties, local governments, area scientists, engi-

neers, environmentalists and non-governmental organizations, and a cadre of supporting professionals. A few examples include expanded water quality monitoring in Nassau’s western bays, new recommendations on proper fertilizer use, a wastewater reuse initiative, expansion of Suffolk’s sewer infrastructure, and relocation of sewer plant outflows to limit treated effluent from entering inland waterways. Others include a nutrient bio-extraction program to identify ways to remove nitrogen through the cultivation and harvesting of seaweed and shellfish, action plans to limit algal

blooms, initiatives to study and manage sub-watersheds, “roadmaps” to help guide nitrogen mitigation projects through the application process, and biological nutrient removal during wastewater treatment. Another vitally important goal of LINAP is protecting and restoring coastal wetlands, a critical line of defense against potential storms and natural disasters (such as Superstorm Sandy), which in a degraded condition leave coastal communities more vulnerable to wave action and storm surge. Wetlands are also essential components of our marine habitat that help to reduce the amount of our environment’s nitrogen and

carbon contaminants. LINAP has been described as one of the most significant environmental initiatives in this region since the preservation of the Long Island Pine Barrens. Like that successful initiative, LINAP has also become an important model of how a complex issue of regional importance can be addressed through a comprehensive collaboration of the municipal and private sectors working together to improve the Island’s water quality for the benefit of generations to come. John D. Cameron, Jr. Chairman Long Island Regional Planning Council

Politics no Congratulations Islanders for arena OK place for houses of worship



espite Mr. Steven Markowitz’s own admission and taking responsibility for sending a 2015 campaign e-mail using scare tactics and hate language against the Orthodox Jews, a support letter undersigned by “The Officers and Members of the Board of Trustees of Temple Israel of Great Neck” appeared in the Great Neck News in support of Steven Markowitz who reportedly is the former president of Temple Israel. The letter endeavors to give the impression that Mr. Markowitz is pro-Orthodox Jews and he did not write such e-mail. Mr. Markowitz is the chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County and his 2015 email is at odds with the mission of a “Tolerance Center.” Houses of worship should maintain total objectivity and stay away from politics. If anything, as a general rule they should condemn hate language against any group. That would contribute to preventing future acts genocides. Leon Manoucheri Great Neck

ne of the noblest traditions in sports is hockey’s handshake line after the Stanley Cup is decided. After a long season and an intense and grueling postseason, the two opponents put aside their sometimes acrimonious relations to embrace each other for bringing out the best in each other. Everyone from the vanquished team then surrenders the ice to the victorious team,

reluctantly yet gracefully. So it is in that spirit, that as a member of the Floral Park Belmont Task Force I congratulate the NY Islanders for being able to receive the unanimous approval from the NY ESD Board of Directors. The resident volunteer members fought the good fight with the support of their 16,000 neighbors, many making tremendous sacrifices and they left it all out on the ice. Surely the

NY Islanders must admit that their project is a much better one because of the passionate involvement of the hosting communities. So like the greatest generation who gave us the example of lifting and rebuilding eastern Europe, it is hoped that the hosting communities and the Islanders will put down their sticks and gloves and embrace each other in the goal of being the best of neighbors and

friends rather than worst of bitter enemies. If the Islanders and Rangers can live in the same neighborhood surely the hosting communities can too. So as someone who proudly wore the captain’s jersey as Floral Park mayor for six seasons, let me be the first in line to start the handshake line for us all. Thomas Tweedy Floral Park

Clergy warns of dangerous times Continued from Page 16 “It is so important especially now, when those who have no sense for history, let alone critical thought, have seized the reins of government, control courts, seeded bigotry, xenophobia …Led by a man with uncanny resemblance in style, substance to some of the worst despots in history and a Congress that lacks courage or will other than to stand in approval of dismantling of the republic. “Let us remember and bear witness, remind those with ears to hear that on this day in 1945 in what was no doubt the most noble of causes – the freeing of fellow human beings from genocide that began in a manner very much like this nation today – this nation dropped atomic bombs, vaporizing in an instant 250,000 fellow human

beings- this nation opened up the very gates of hell – hanging upon the human race the very Sword of Damocles that threatens us today. “We have failed to learn the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This was a crime against humanity – opening up avenues for new wars, new atrocities, genocides yet to come. “Let us bear witness to what is going on today – institutions we once thought rock solid invincible protectors of democracy and human rights are systematically (being torn down by the same methods as those of the) despots who created wars of past generations.” A total of 122 nations have signed onto to a United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The nations that actually possess nuclear weap-

ons – the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel – refused. The theory behind nuclear armament was the notion that “mutually assured destruction” would dissuade any rational leader from initiating a nuclear attack. But we now must live with the terror that too many despots with the ability to launch attack are not rationale, and have little interest in preserving life, the planet, let alone humanity. Just this week, the Trump administration decided that profits were more important that saving endangered species like the Bald Eagle or whales and to impose new obstacles to legal immigration, while unleashing unimaginable terror on those for whom legal immigration was long ago cut

off. Instead, Trump has gleefully launched a new arms race, reversed course intended to mitigate climate change, exacerbated the forces driving migration, and fanned the flames of racism, bigotry and gun violence. “We are running out of time as we face catastrophe with the dual threats of nuclear weapons use and the global climate crisis,” said LI Alliance Director Margaret Melkonian. “The time is now to make peace with people and to make peace with the planet. The fate of the Earth and humanity hangs in the balance and depends on our taking bold and immediate action. The time is now to ban nuclear weapons and to ban fossil fuels.” To which I would add: and ban the weapons of war from our neighborhoods.

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How Freud would have analyzed golfers


he best golfers on Earth have once again found themselves in the New York metropolitan area as they play for large money in the year-ending FedEx playoffs at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City. Liberty National is the brain child of Paul Fireman with course design by Tom Kite and clubhouse design by the award-winning Lindsay Newman. It offers the golfers some of the best views on the globe. It was built along the Hudson River across from Lower Manhattan with clear views of the Statue of Liberty and the new Freedom Tower. But with a $15 million first prize on the line who has time to enjoy the views? Sunday’s pressure-packed finals unfolded with the world’s best in contention. Patrick Reed was on top in the morning as play began with Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, John Rahm and Dustin Johnson in hot pursuit. Golf, with its slow pace and long walks between shots, is by far the most revealing study of human character ever invented. If Freud were alive today, he would have a field day analyzing the ups and downs of a big PGA event like the FedEx playoffs. So let’s pretend we’re Freud and take a shot at what the pros reveal about their hidden secrets. There are essentially four obvious points he would see right away. 1) The most common character trait of all great golf champions is a tendency to isolate, have flat affect and be an island onto oneself. The clearest example of this trait was Ben Hogan, but more recently we see the same tendency in major champions like Brooks Kopeka, Gary Woodland, Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk and Kevin Kisner. The development of golf skills requires endless hours of soli-

tary play and Freud might say only a person who is comfortable with this level of isolation would be able to withstand that much loneliness. Boxers have deep-rooted rage, jockeys have a deep fondness for animals and golfers love to be alone and commune with nature. 2) Oral greed: The motive to compete and win stems from a desire to fill up what is empty. This is the narcissistic character trait in action. Writers, teachers, actors, dancers, politicians and athletes all tend to seek out audiences in order to find the love that they were deprived of. Athletes strive for love in an impersonal manner through applause because more direct personal contact tends to be too much of a threat for them. A good example of this need for applause was Michael Jackson, the most famous pop star in history. He would remark that he was only at ease on stage and would have


liked even to sleep on stage at night. In golf there are notable examples of oral hunger with some of the golfer’s use of chewing tobacco or chewing gum with caffeine, CBD oil or other neuro enhancers. Freud also would have noticed that most trophies are shaped like cups, chalices or jugs, which are objects people drink from. Winning a trophy in sports is tantamount to finding

the Holy Grail, that mythic object that will bring eternal happiness. But filling this oral need only provides the athlete with even greater hunger next week. 3) Freud would also notice that anger, harshness, self-criticism and despair are commonplace on tour. Self-attack is seen with cursing which was amply displayed by John Rahm, who cursed his way out of victory. Self-criticism comes from the super ego, which is the athlete’s inner critic. An overly harsh super ego will inevitably spell defeat in golf no matter how talented the golfer since mistakes are inevitable and must be accepted as part of the game. The treatment for the overly harsh super ego is one which provides a pleasant working alliance, acceptance, understanding and love. The angry golfer seeks treatment due to a demonic sense of rage and self-defeat, akin to having Charles Manson

Patrick Reed showed the world why he was given the nickname Captain America by displaying courage and poise to win the Northern Trust in Jersey City.

inside your head. But when treatment proceeds well, we see the harsh super ego convert into a benign conscience similar to the Jiminy Cricket character in “Pinocchio” who guides you in a benevolent softer manner. 4) Anxiety and the Big Choke: Freud would say that the final developmental challenge the golfer must overcome is anxiety. Spectators are drawn to observe sports in order to learn how an athlete manages anxiety. Golfers choke because they are unable to cope with the overwhelming emotion they feel at the end of a round. Self-attack tends to undo any real inner confidence. Inner turmoil, doubt, guilt, emptiness or shame all come out during the last few holes. Banal guidance such as ”stay in the moment” and “hit one shot at a time” prove to be ineffective under extreme pressure. Freud would say the real issue is whether the athlete has enough ego strength, self-love, support and patience to withstand the crucible of pressure. Ego strength, true independence, a kinder self and general sense of happiness take time to develop. You either get it as a child or you get in in the analyst’s office. Freud was the first to say that the past must be conquered before the future is achieved. He also understood that psychoanalysis arouses opposition and resistance. And on this Sunday the man who rose to the top with an astounding display of talent, focus, courage, poise, resilience and mental health was the one and only Patrick Reed. Reed was given the moniker Captain America for his ability to win Ryder Cup matches and it was fitting indeed to see him hoist the trophy with the Statue of Liberty in the background.

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LGBT and Mets celebrate Pride Night LGBT Network President and CEO David Kilmnick, along with thousands of LGBT advocates celebrated the fourth annual LGBT Pride Night with the New York Mets and Major League Baseball on Saturday, Aug. 10, where the Mets defeated the rival Washington Nationals by a score of 4-3. Proceeds from Pride Night at Citi Field supports the LGBT Network’s anti-bullying programs in over 300 Long Island and NYC schools. Kilmnick was joined on the field by Mets legend Mookie Wilson and Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field. The following statement was released by LGBT Network President and CEO David Kilmnick: “LGBT Network’s Pride Night with the Mets is more than just one night at the ballpark. The annual event displays

LGBT Pride outside the ballpark with entertainment and inside the ballpark with special pregame ceremonies and scoreboard lit up in rainbow throughout the game,” said Kilmnick. “It sends a message to all baseball fans that the Mets are committed to making sure Citi Field is safe place for LGBT fans and the ongoing partnership with the LGBT Network ensures more youth in our schools will be safe throughout the year. With thousands turning out to support the LGBT Network and our anti-bullying initiatives, we are proud of the support we received from the Mets organization and Major League Baseball. We thank all those who turned out to the amazin’ Mets win against the Nationals and will be cheering the team on this season as we continue the march to the playoffs.” Submitted by the LGBT Network.

LGBT Network President/CEO David Kilmnick and Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman at Citi Field.

Town offering free health screenings Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board are proud to announce that Project Independence, the town’s innovative “agingin-place” initiative, is once again partnering with St. Francis Hospital’s Community Outreach Program to provide residents with free health screenings. “Project Independence is proud to partner with the St. Francis Hospital Community Outreach Program to hold free health screenings for our residents throughout the Town of North Hempstead,” said Bosworth. “Our goal is to help provide access to high quality healthcare to all in our community.” The screenings include a brief cardiac history, blood pressure, simple blood test for cholesterol, and diabetes screenings with appropriate patient education and referrals as needed for clients above the age of 18. Registration is not required. The free health screenings are available on the following dates: Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fuschillo Park, Carle Road at Broadmoor Ln., Carle Place. Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clinton G. Martin Park, 1601 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park. Thursday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Magnolia Gardens, 899 Broadway, Westbury. Thursday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Port Washington Senior Center, 80 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington. Monday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Hempstead “Yes We Can” Community Center, 141 Garden St., Westbury.

St. Francis Hospital’s Community Outreach Bus will be offering free health screenings to seniors throughout North Hempstead. Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. Thursday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Great Neck Social Center, 80 Grace Ave., Great Neck. Thursday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at

Manhasset Valley Residence, 155 East Shore Rd., Manhasset Dates are subject to change. To confirm or for more information, call 311 or 516-869-6311.


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