NCCA – Privatization of our Sewage Treatment Plant

Public access showings of the Legislative sessions where members of  Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations expressed their concerns about this proposed deal.

*TUES – JULY 10 @ 5 pm on Cablevision Channel 20*
*NCCCA at the Legislature-PRIVATIZATION OF OUR SEWAGE -Part I*

*TUES – JULY 17 @ 5 pm on Cablevision Channel 20*
*NCCCA at the Legislature PRIVATIZATION OF OUR SEWAGE -Part II*

NCCA – Stop the Grumman Plume

Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations
P.O. Box 202, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
www.nccca.us contact@nccca.us

“STOP THE GRUMMAN/NAVY TOXIC PLUME”

Thursday – July 19, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.
Seaford Fire House
2170 Southard Avenue, Seaford
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The Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations (NCCCA), the Seaford Harbor Civic Association and the Massapequa Water District are hosting a Presentation by Massapequa Water Commissioner John Caruso on the status of the Grumman Plume.

At the June 27, 2012, NCCCA meeting in Glen Head, Massapequa Water Commissioner John Caruso spoke about the highly toxic groundwater plume emanating and migrating southward from the Grumman Aerospace Corporation / Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant (Grumman) site in Bethpage.

The NCCCA is planning an informational/action plan meeting in coordination with the Seaford Harbor Civic Association and the Massapequa Water District on July 19, 2012 at the Seaford Fire House. Commissioner Caruso will deliver a presentation.

The plume has closed down wells in Bethpage and last summer, caused Aqua Water to close one of its wells at the Levittown/Seaford border. The U.S. Navy is paying for and installing a massive filtration system at the Levittown/Seaford site to clean contaminants that have reached American Water’s wells. However, this action will not stop the migration of the plume. The contaminated water will continue to migrate south. Local water districts want the cancer causing toxins to be removed before contaminants enter more drinking water supply wells or affect the Great South Bay. If not stopped, the plume will soon contaminate the water supply wells serving all of Seaford, Wantagh, Levittown and Massapequa.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has proposed cleaning a playground in Bethpage, which is a very small area that has been contaminated by the plume. This would be the same as using a piece of gum to stop a leak in the Hoover Dam. It will not stop the migration of the plume. The DEC is accepting comments up until July 30, 2012.

The NCCCA believes this plume has created a severe and urgent problem that requires immediate attention. If the plume is not stopped now, it will reach Long Island’s aquifers and affect the drinking water of 250,000 people. There are solutions, and the Governor can help address the issue-but public participation is needed. Please attend the meeting. Long Island’s drinking water is at risk.

Please visit the Massapequa Water District website  http://massapequawater.com/grumman.shtml to learn more about the Grumman Plume and information about how to contact Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Governor needs to hear from us. We need to stop this plume NOW!

 

Island Park Civic Association Meeting – July 10, 2012

REMINDER:  The next Island Park Civic Association meeting is Tuesday July 10th

 

AGENDA

1)  Update on the June 26 executive Board Meeting with Denise and Howard regarding the Austin  Boulevard study results

2)  Update on the Posillico action Items

3)  Update on the Number of Police cars assigned in Island Park

4)  Update on the Island House progress

5)  New Business

 

All meetings are held at the Island Park Library, 7:00 PM. 

Come join us to make Island Park a better place to live!

Island Park Civic Association – Benefit Dinner

Island Park Civic Association

Hosts an Evening to

L♥ve Y♥ur Tr♥♥ps

Saturday, February 11th

Bridgeview Yacht Club, Island Park 

7:00 pm  – 11:30 pm

 Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres, 3 Course Surf & Turf Sit-Down Dinner, DJ & Dancing, Door Prizes & Raffles

 $70 per person 

IPCA is Teaming Together with Soldiers’ Angels to Collect Donations and Supplies for Our Soldiers Overseas

www.SoldiersAngels.org

 Reserve as a group, as an individual or as a couple…

What better way to spend Valentines Day then sharing it with people you love

 and those who you support?  

 For More Information and to Reserve Your Seat

or Show Your Support…

Contact Felicia at 516-425-9697 or Laura at 516-432-0762

Deadline: February 3

Picket against the Long Beach Motor Inn

Saturday November 5, the Island Park Civic Association is enlisting member of the community to picket against the Long Beach Motor Inn.    Picketing is scheduled from 11AM until 2PM.  Meet in the Ace parking lot at 10:45. 

The community is encouraged to print this LBMI Petition and signature form and get signatures from your family, friends, and neighbors and bring the form to the picket on Saturday.

Meet the Candidates

Save The Date: October 25 7PM
The Island Park Civic Association will be hosting a meet the candidate’s forum. The evening will afford an opportunity for candidates to speak to the community about their background, followed by a question and answer session.

Candidates invited:

  • Nassau County Legislator (District 4) Denise Ford and opponent Darlene Tangney
  • Nassau County Legislator (District 7) Howard Kopel and opponent Adam Moser
  • Town of Hempstead (District 5) Councilwoman Angie Cullen and opponent Claudia Borecky
  • Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and opponent Gary Port

 

This is a great opportunity to find out more about the candidates representing our area.

The meeting will be held at the Island Park Library, upstairs in the community room, 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 25.

POTENTIAL HOMEOWNER TAX INCREASES

*** Important Notice To All Island Park Property Owners and Taxpayers***

The below letter is from Dr. Bovino, Superintendent of Island Park Schools.   Please take a moment to read it, to inform yourself of Barrett Power Plant’s possible petition for tax reduction, this is a real issue which could impact your taxes.  All are urged to make sure their friends and neighbors are aware of the issue and to contact their elected officials.  
Dear Resident,
 
I am writing to make you aware of a very important matter.  On Monday, October 18th, the Nassau County Legislature is set to vote on legislation called, “The Common Sense Act of 2010,” which would result in a sizable increase in school property taxes across Nassau County.  The Legislature is proposing that each school district, rather than the County, pays all refunds to individual taxpayers who successfully challenge to have their assessments lowered.  Currently, the County performs the assessments, collects the taxes, deals with the individual tax certiorari claims, and pays the refunds.  Should this legislation pass, the property assessments would be completed by each town, but each school district would have to take the legal responsibility for fighting the tax certiorari claims and pay the refunds to individual taxpayers, should they win their cases.   These tax certiorari refunds cost the County about $80,000,000 annually.  When divided among the 56 school districts, this translates to approximately $1 million annually in refunds per district, plus thousands of dollars in legal fees—as we would also have to pay lawyers to fight each individual claim separately.  
 
As a point of information, the District continues to pay the MTA payroll tax imposed on us two years ago by the NYS Legislature.  Last year we were required to pay nearly $42,000.  This year the cost is approximately $60,000. Why should the burden of MTA operations be imposed on local school districts that are trying to reduce costs and contain their tax levy?  Why should an MTA tax be imposed on local communities that are struggling to make ends meet?  The Nassau County Legislature’s move on Monday with this is no different from the burden placed on us by the NYS Legislature with the MTA payroll tax. 
 
Last Tuesday, the Island Park Board of Education passed a resolution urging Local, County, and State Elected Officials to intervene on the District’s behalf by saying “no” to the proposed legislation.  Please contact these individuals yourself (via email or letter) this weekend and say:

 
  • Districts should not be responsible for $80 million per year in adjustments and thousands of dollars to pay attorneys for defense of mistakes on county assessments.
  • Nassau County should not penalize school districts for its own inability to assess taxpayers accurately.
  • Nassau County and its legislature should not be taking action to impose its debt on school district thus forcing school boards to raise property tax levies.
  • Curricular and extra-curricular programs should not cut or eliminated as a result of the County’s fiscal mismanagement.

The list of all Local, County, and State Elected Officials is on the reverse side of this letter.  You can also find this information on the district website (www.ips.k12.ny.us) with hyperlinks that take you to their respective webpages.  
 
If available, on Monday morning (October 18 at 10:00 a.m.), I encourage you to join other property owners at the Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola to express your displeasure concerning this matter.
 
Thank you for your concern, support, and action.

 
Yours sincerely,

 
Rosmarie T. Bovino, Ed.D.
 
 
List of Elected Officals:

County Legislator Denise Ford
4th District
1550 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, NY  11501
http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/legis/LD/04/contact.html
 
County Legislator Howard Kopel
7th District
1550 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, NY  11501
http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/legis/LD/07/contact2.html
 
State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg
20th District
20 West Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY  11561
http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=020&sh=contact
 
State Senator Dean Skelos
9th District
55 Front Street
Rockville Centre, NY  11570
http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/dean-g-skelos/contact
 
Mr. Edward P. Mangano
Nassau County Executive
1550 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, NY  11501 http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/countyexecutive/email.html
 
Mr. Thaddeus J. Jankowski, Jr.
Nassau County Assessor
240 Old County Road
Mineola, NY 11501
http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/assessor/contact.html
 
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate P. Murray
Town Hall
One Washington Street
Hempstead, NY  11550
http://townofhempstead.org/content/home/contact.html
 
Mr. Donald X. Clavin, Jr., Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes
200 North Franklin Street, First Floor

Hempstead, NY  11550
(516) 538-1500
 

Civic Association Board Positions

Congratulations to the new executive board members of the Island Park Civic Association.  Responsibilities are to attend regular Island Park Civic Association Board Meetings and vote on policy for the organization.

Voting took place at the scheduled meeting on September 14.

Kathleen McDonough

Richard Schurin

Dana Feminella

Island Park residents call for motel’s closure

Civic association rallies against sex offenders, crime at motor inn

Island Park resident Michelle Baratta held up a blue and red sign that read, “Close the Long Beach Motor Inn,” while others toted placards reading, “Sex Offenders & Criminals Out.” For Baratta and the other protesters gathered outside the Motor Inn on May 22, the effort to attract attention to their cause was working.

On a busy Saturday morning on Austin Boulevard, cars whizzed by the crowded sidewalk, some honking in support, others slowing down to see what the fuss was about. Tenants of the motel milled about near the lobby, not sure what to make of the demonstration — suburban mothers with baby carriages and strollers, and fathers in T-shirts and jeans, protesting what has become a sore spot in the community.

“I’m concerned for my children,” said Baratta, who had her two young kids with her. “This motel is in walking distance of the middle school, of a nursery school and of local parks. I worry about my kids all the time, mainly because of this place.”

Baratta was one of 60 or so residents who turned out for the rally, organized by the Island Park Civic Association. The motel, at 3915 Austin Blvd., is home, they claim, to sex offenders and other criminals — not far from the Lincoln Orens Middle School and a children’s park, and 650 feet from the Little Village Nursery School on Broadway. For two years the civic association has been trying to move lawmakers to action and spur the motel’s owner to address the issue.

“I think this protest is bringing a lot of attention to the issue and will get more people involved,” said association Vice President Laura Hassett. “I feel, for our first protest, that the turnout was great, and we intend to do it throughout the summer months. Our goal is to bring awareness and to get people to come out.”

The issue of sex offenders at the motel took on added urgency in January with the arrest of Alphonso Barnes, who was charged with raping and violently beating a woman in Long Beach. Barnes had been staying at the motel, and although he was not a registered sex offender, he had previously been arrested for manslaughter, rape, burglary and robbery.

Full story at this link.

Island Park Clean Up

Island Park residents came out to do their part to keep the village clean during the first annual Community Cleanup Day, held on Saturday, May 15. The event was organized by the Island Park Civic Association in an effort to help keep the community trash and litter-free.

Residents toted shovels and brooms and worked at various locations around the village, sweeping sidewalks and working to clean areas in town. Members of the group said the initiative promotes a cleaner village and staves off littering in the community.