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Liquor and soccer for All

The mention of the word soccer in Elmont is enough to ignite firestorms.  Not because Elmont residents don’t like soccer but because it is being used as a political weapon against children, adults and even entities like school and library districts.  Apparently funding from state officials like Jack Martins is tied to “support for the Cosmos”.  After repeatedly noting “soccer” as a key component of the Sewanhaka Bond rollout, residents from New Hyde Park – Garden City Park to Elmont voted “NO”.

In contrast, several years ago, the Elmont community was asked to vote on a 23% school budget increase and they passed it.  Why, because it corrected a shortfall that adversely affected the delivery of academic instruction.

Senator Martins (R) and County Executive Ed Mangano (R), received accolades from the Cosmos on December 4, 2013, at a ceremony at the Nassau County Legislative Office Building.  During the ceremony, Martins (R) took the opportunity to blast Governor Cuomo and the NY Economic Development Corp, for what he believes are uncalled for delays in approving his plan for Cosmos at Belmont.  “The RFP is being reviewed since January 2013, which is approaching a year.  Personally, I think they have had enough time to review.  It’s time for them to make a decision”, said Martins.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 December 2013 18:27 )
 

A BITTER ‘KOMPA’ DANCE for a NOVICE

Photo Credit: Vimeocdn.comThe results of the 2013 3rd LD election amidst efforts by Republican ‘poll watchers’ in Elmont and North Valley Stream to contest a number of voters exercising their right to vote as legal citizens of the United States, were not a surprise for the local residents, especially those who are familiar with the electoral process and in touch with the community.

The Republican (Tea Party) candidate typifies an emerging and disturbing phenomenon, faces analogous to mushrooms sprouting up amongst a population of wary but unconditionally vigilant and smart voters in Elmont and Nassau County as a whole.

In retrospect, we the voters of the 3rd LD faced an undeniable challenge in attempting to meet and talk to the ‘Republican selectee’ that ran in the legislative election.  Her ‘handlers’ totally calculated the roots and personality of their choice and thought victory was guaranteed if they split the Haitian constituency.   Their handpicked candidate, as a public servant, will act according to their mandates - in other words she would be given directives and orders.  Simply put the selectee:

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 November 2013 12:26 )
 

How do you apologize almost 35 years later?

Leslie Wagner-WilsonDear Editor,

How do you apologize almost 35 years later? This is my humble attempt to do just that.

November 18, 2013 marks 35 years since the Jonestown, Guyana massacre/suicide occurred. As one of the 33 escapees out of Jonestown the day of this tragedy, I have spent years reflecting on not only the tragedy but how this affected the Guyanese citizens, I apologize that it took me this long to write.  I apologize that your beautiful country was placed on the map by this horrible tragedy…you deserved so much more than that.

Although I did not have the opportunity to see much of Georgetown, my memories are fond. When I first arrived at the airport and stepped outside I was amazed by the people; I saw a vehicle with the Guyanese army on board. I had never seen people of colour in this capacity.

It was amazing to me.  Another time was my first attempt to lie about needing to get glasses in order to get out of Jonestown to go to Georgetown and reach the American Embassy to tell them what was going on in Jones-town. That failed, but during my stay I was able to go to the open marketplace and mingle with those selling their wares and foods. What I found was a people who were willing to help a young woman procuring foods by placing something in my basket.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 October 2013 05:28 )
 

Martins Library Grant Game

Mr. Madera, you raise an important point (see "Lessons from Brazil") about the $100,000 grant though your characterization is inconsistent with the facts as we at Elmont Online know them.

Early 2009 the library after designing, estimating and writing a grant for the Early Childhood Learning Room and a Young Adult Gaming Room filed for a grant with then State Senator Craig Johnson.  The Library subsequently received a letter confirming that the Library would receive the grant, and appropriate paper work was filed with DASNY and confirmation was noted in a communiqué on September 14, 2009. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:00 )
 
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