The Long Island region was awarded $83 million in Regional Economic Development Awards. New York State’s Regional Councils were created by Governor Cuomo in 2011 in an effort to jumpstart the economy and create jobs. The initiative has redesigned the state’s approach to economic development from a top-down model to a community-based, performance-driven approach where community, business and academic leaders develop strategic plans tailored to their region’s unique strengths and resources in order to spur economic development.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano: Candlelight Evenings at Old Bethpage Village Restoration Begin This Weekend
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Candlelight Evenings at Old Bethpage Village Restoration will take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, December 13th, 14th, 15th, and December 20th, 21st, and 22nd from 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
NYS Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook – 21st AD) today urged U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to delay the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) by supporting Senate Bill 1610. Curran said that BW-12, which allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies to make a number of changes to the way the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is run, would increase flood insurance premiums for homeowners, ultimately making flood insurance unaffordable and defeating the goal of the NY Rising Program.
Advocates are using a newly released poll to press for changes in the way voting maps are drawn up in Nassau County. Susan Lerner with Common Cause New York says some public officials have resisted change by arguing that voters don’t understand the redistricting process. But Lerner says the newly released poll shows 81 percent of randomly selected voters are up on the issue, and they want citizens or community leaders to draw the next set of county maps rather than politicians.
December 9th was a nationwide “Day of Action” around issues plaguing public education. Teachers, parents, union leaders and even some school superintendents and board members in New York are expected to sport blue clothing to show their concern for what they see as an overemphasis on testing, an under-emphasis on state education funding, and inequitable spending between districts.
Long Islander are wondering – with mental illness behind many such mass murders — why Sagamore, the only children’s psychiatric hospital serving all of Long Island is being shut down.
The popular YouTube channel Baracksdubs has taken clips from a whole bunch of Barack Obama’s speeches and stitched together a video of Barack Obama “singing” Jingle Bells. Clever – and funny.
December 10th, 2013
Politico is reporting that Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray unveiled a two-year budget agreement late Tuesday night that they say will end years of never-ending budget wars on Capitol Hill.
December 10th, 2013
At a time when the American auto industry was about to collapse, the President made the tough to decision to invest in it, according to WhiteHouse.gov. Today, the White House reports, the United States no longer owns a stake in General Motors, and the auto industry is thriving. Here’s what that looks like:
United States District Court Rules that Village of Garden City Violated the Fair Housing Act By Intentionally Discriminating Against Minorities
December 7th, 2013
In a long awaited and historic decision, Federal District Judge Arthur Spatt ruled today that the Village of Garden City in Long Island, New York violated the federal Fair Housing Act, the United States Constitution, and other civil rights statutes by enacting a discriminatory zoning ordinance in 2004 for the purpose of keeping minority households out of Garden City. The Court found that the Village’s action illegally discriminated on the basis of race and national origin against minorities in Nassau County, Long Island and perpetuated deep-seated segregation that has allowed Garden City to remain an overwhelmingly white enclave surrounded by predominantly minority neighboring towns.
The Common Core State Standards, created by the National Governor’s Association and the Council of State School Officers, purport to make American students globally competitive, with skills that promise college and career readiness, with standardized testing in English Language Arts and math starting at grade three. Its dual purpose is also to hold teachers accountable for students’ achievement, using high-stakes test scores to determine teacher effectiveness. The financial incentive for states to adopt this reform is considerable; New York received $700 million alone.
The President has already taken significant steps to support America’s manufacturers, including by announcing nearly $250 million in funding to support four new manufacturing innovation institutes, aggressive new efforts to enforce trade agreements and open new markets, new investments in community colleges to help workers get the high-demand advanced manufacturing credentials needed by our manufacturers, and launching the first-ever federal effort to bring job-creating foreign investment to the U.S.
HHS released its first monthly report on Medicaid enrollment and enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program – and it’s good news. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and decisions by Democratic and Republican elected officials in 26 states to expand their Medicaid programs, 1.46 million hardworking Americans have applied for and been deemed eligible to enroll in quality, affordable health care.
December 3rd, 2013
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice invite residents to attend a conference – ‘Smart Decisions – Helping Youth Survive in Today’s World’ – being held on December 10th at Hofstra University’s Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, on the North Campus, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The conference and resource event is sponsored by the Long Island Youth Safety Coalition and geared toward groups that work with youth to prevent drug abuse on Long Island.
December 2nd, 2013
Campaign finance law in New York City provides public matching funds for political candidates six times that of private donations. Should Nassau County have similar matching funds?