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It's a distinction without a difference Jack!

jackmartinsWhen Martins’ spokesman E. O’Brien Murray told Newsday “Jack Martins, the Republican candidate running to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Steve Israel, will vote for Donald Trump, his party’s presidential candidate, but has not endorsed him”, he is stating a distinction without a difference. This demonstration of mental gymnastics “is a type of logical fallacy where an author or speaker attempts to describe a distinction between two things although no difference exists.”

Sometime it's not clever or sophisticated language that matters, it's the simple truth and wisdom passed down by our Caribbean parents, “Child, dat man is giving ya a six for a nine”

Jack Martins, where is your moral courage? What is the difference between voting for someone and their ideas and not endorsing them?

My Mom

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 August 2016 09:21 )

The Elmont community has been patiently waiting

The Elmont community has been patiently waiting. Year after year we wonder what, if anything, will come of the requests for proposals for the redevelopment of the south parking lot of Belmont Racetrack. With no other large area of land available to build anything of any significance, this area has become the one that, depending on what goes there, can make or break our town.
The proposals have ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. On one end, we have the plan put forth by the Engle Burman Group. They clearly listened to the community and developed a plan that includes a full size supermarket (which presently does not exist in Elmont), three restaurants, a bank, a large box store, a business Costco, an athletic field, a playground for children and a community center with the entire area patrolled by on-site security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their commitment to incorporating green technology and making sure there will be no negative impact on our water and sewer systems, along with addressing the potential impact on traffic within a ten-mile radius further reinforces their commitment to not only giving the town what it so desperately needs but doing so in a way that enhances our community both practically and aesthetically. Recognizing that residential homes line the perimeter of the current parking lot, they have made sure those homeowners will see nothing but full, lovely trees. If brought to reality, this plan would not only bring our area solid, well-paying jobs with growth potential but would be a huge selling point to home buyers.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 August 2016 11:05 )

The American Dream

whitepicketfenceWhen families move to Elmont, many move with the American Dream in mind. They move to live in fully detached houses with a one or two car garage, 2.5 children, a dog and a white picket fence.

It appears to the recently gerrymandered community of Elmont that local politicians and some misguided community activists have added, “and a casino in the backyard” to the American dream.

Let’s be clear, casinos appeal to vice – to human frailty! What would suggest to politicians like Martins, Ambrosino, Mangano and others, that unlike them, the average Elmont resident embraces the newly defined American dream as one that includes “a casino in the backyard?”

Let’s be clear, a casino in Elmont is a precursor to prostitution, the occasional murder and dramatic riots, as are evident at Aqueduct’s Resort World Casino a mere 9 miles away.

Like the ill-conceived “Cosmos Soccer Field of Dreams” the Elmont casino must not stand!

It is true that when well trained horses are ridden around an oval and spectators bet on the outcome that that is indeed gambling. But horse racing is seasonal and episodic, and a casino is not. It will likely be open for unrest 24/7/365.

Say NO to the casino by calling Elmont Online at 516.325.1599. Voice YOUR concerns and leave your name and a contact number.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 January 2016 10:35 )

And The Conflicts of Interest are ongoing

“The difference between a “need” and a “felt need” is the difference between a group of people bothered by conditions in the world and a group [of people] acting on the world to make it a better place for themselves and others" Dr. Steve Burghardt

Economic Development talk filled the air during Nassau County’s 2015 election campaigns.  Here in the Town of Hempstead’s 2nd District, the location of Belmont Park and the closed five platform LIRR Transit Center, it was a topic to behold.  Incumbent Councilman Ed Ambrosino went on record in opposition to “affordable housing projects” which was an an artful, deceptive and easy appeal to the lesser angels of voters in the surrounding communities.

Was he ignorant of the facts?  No!  He made a politically expedient calculation.  He amplified the innate fear of the “other” in some voters.  In classic doublespeak Ambrosino was simultaneously championing a project with State Senator Jack Martins for a “275 apartment rental community situated within 2 blocks of the Mineola Long Island Rail road (LIRR) station”, reports Vision Long Island.  Elmont residents have been advocating for “transit-oriented housing” among other things as part of the redevelopment of the two lots at Belmont Park.  Indeed Ambrosino understood Elmont’s outcry but chose instead to frame his opposition around the pejorative “affordable housing.”  (

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 November 2015 09:57 )
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