Crossing The Aisle

Last year, I was selected as a Nassau County Senior Citizen of the Year. When I was in in Albany receiving my award, I was told that Jack Martins, my state senator, wanted to meet me in the Senate chamber. He was very courteous, gave me a tour of the room, and told me the history of the chamber. In all fairness, Michelle Schimel did the same in the Assembly, but she already had my vote; Jack Martins didn’t. The extreme partisan politics in both Albany and Washington make it very difficult for any of us, voters as well as legislators, to cross party lines. [Read more...]

Fresh Ideas & Leadership

I have lived in Roslyn for 29 years. I have been very impressed with the fresh ideas Adam Haber has brought to our School Board. He pushed us to refinance our debt, consolidate our bus routes, and renegotiate our broadcast rights with Cablevision. These ideas were all unique to Roslyn, and they started with Adam Haber. I voted to put him on the Board of Education five years ago because he promised he would find new ways to save money, and he delivered. We haven’t cut teachers, we’ve preserved and added programs, and our district has boasted the lowest budgetary increases in Nassau each year he’s been on our Board. [Read more...]

Haber Will Make A Great Senator

I am looking forward to this November 4, Election Day, and the opportunity to vote for one of my best friends, Adam Haber, for New York State Senate, District 7.
We live in the Roslyn School District, where Adam has been on the school board for the past five years, and have benefited from what Adam has been able to accomplish. [Read more...]

From School Board To Senate

I am looking forward to this Nov. 4th Election Day, and the opportunity to vote for one of my best friends, Adam Haber, for New York State Senate, District 7.
We live in the Roslyn School District, where Adam has been on the school board for the past five years, and have benefitted from what Adam has been able to accomplish.
About eight years ago we were known as the district with the largest school theft in national history. Adam has tremendous business skills, and ran for our school board to help us recover. Not only did we recover, we have risen to be one of the best school districts in Nassau. [Read more...]

Plumegate

On June 26, I attended a hearing at Great Neck South Middle School, held by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) regarding a Superfund site near my home. For years, the Sperry Company used toxic chemicals in their manufacturing operations on a large site at the intersection of Lakeville Road and Marcus Blvd. The chemicals have seeped into the ground and infected the water table. The pollution has been labeled “the Plume” because it is expanding, mostly north and west. According to the map, it seems to be under my street, and is slowly commuting to Queens. [Read more...]

Praise For Haber

It has been my distinct pleasure to have known and worked with Adam Haber over these past several years as trustees of the Roslyn Board of Education. Adam has a positive energy with visionary ideas and practical solutions. Our school district has benefited from his perspectives and tenacity for striving for what is best and beneficial to all in our community. To say the least, he gets things done.
Adam has a proven record of success in his professional career. But to me, it is his sense and sensitivity to critical issues facing Nassau County that make him uniquely qualified to serve as our next state senator of the 7th district. He brings people along for a productive and meaningful journey. As an example, immediately following the devastation of Sandy, he, along with his friends from All Hands (an international disaster relief organization) swiftly mobilized our community to collect food, clothing, medical, school and cleaning supplies for those suffering on our south shore. Together, with his direction so much was accomplished, and those of us that participated gained a higher level of appreciation for what we have. He has helped to make me a better citizen, school board member and community volunteer. [Read more...]

A Real Court Jester

Is Kimba Woods a Judge — or a joke? Queen Kimba recently gave a convicted 60-year-old thief 39 years to pay back the $300,567 in disability pension benefits that he virtually stole by faking a Long Island Rail Road disability. It’s bad enough that she’s only asking him to pay back $700 a month; but this is on top of her recent sentencing of another LIRR fraudster to pay back the $300,000 he stole at a mere $25 a month — meaning that it would theoretically take him 982(!) years (even though, according to the Bible, Methusaleh himself only made it to 969-years-old). This “sentence” would be funny if it wasn’t so sad for society and the rule of law. I’d like to point out to Judge Woods (whom I’d like to sentence for judicial malpractice in my own Court of Common Sense) that the dictionary defines a “judge” as “someone capable of making rational and wise decisions.” These recent decisions of hers could make even the famous iron statue of Lady Justice cry tears of shame underneath her blindfold.

Richard Siegelman

Our Veterans Deserve Better

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has come under fire for delays with veterans’ benefits and care at their facilities. While I have already called for a criminal investigation into wrongdoing at the VA, I am writing to inform readers of my bill that would enact a common-sense solution to ensure veterans aren’t left waiting for claims.
Currently, New York veterans wait an average of 297 days to receive disability compensation and benefits, a time table that falls far short of the 125-day goal the VA has set for filling these claims. This is unacceptable. [Read more...]

Dorian Gray Runs For Office

“A picture does [not] say a thousand words” unless you are looking at Dorian Gray. The politicians have started early this year due to the primary season. Noted advertising guru Marshall McLuhan once wrote that “the medium is the message.” That being the case, what is the medium deployed by our politicians and what is the message?
Currently blighting our environment are political signs, illegally posted on both public and private lands. These signs tell us the name of the candidate, the office they are seeking and their political party — but that is all. The point is that candidates pray that signs will increase their name recognition causing voters to cast their ballots for them irrespective of their otherwise lackluster records. [Read more...]

Blame Billionaires At A Cost

It is unfortunate that almost every opinion on any issue is guided by the ideology of the speaker and/or author. In the letter of Mr. Biggin (Billionaires vs. Our Kids, May 21-27) it is obvious.
Quite frankly, I agree with Mr. Biggin and his opposition to Common Core. However, not in the manner he presents his objection.
Simply to blame President Obama, DOE Secretary Duncan, Governor Cuomo and Billionaire [Bill] Gates does not in any way outline the fallibilities of the Common Core program and its supporters.
What Mr. Biggin’s letter does is bring greater support for Common Core by those who do not agree with his ideology. [Read more...]