Articles Tagged ‘New York State Legislature’

Cyberbullying on Long Island

For Jamie Isaacs, the torment began in second grade at Wenonah Elementary School. A group of girls would repeatedly yank her hair and stab her with sharpened pencils. Sachem Central School District officials did nothing to stop the abuse, her family alleges.



Top 10 Long Island News Stories of 2009

There have been countless news stories impacting Long Island this year, but only a few that stand out as the defining moments of 2009. We…



Paterson Calls Legislature Back to Session

By Michael Gormley, Associated Press Writer New York Gov. David Paterson on Sunday called for a special session of the Legislature to deal with the…



Strawberry Fields For-Never

Philip Tavella had big plans for Cedar Creek Park.

The financial consultant-turned-developer from Massapequa envisioned new athletic fields, a miniature golf course, driving range, an indoor recreational “sportsplex” center and go-cart tracks, among other new facilities at the 259-acre county park that borders Wantagh and Seaford.

For the past four years, Tavella says, he’s been the director of the nonprofit Darryl Strawberry Foundation. The project at Cedar Creek would feature continuous programs for children like his son, who has special needs.

The total price tag for his dream: $26 million, he tells the Press, all to be financed by himself and four private companies, whom he declines to name. The cost to taxpayers, he says: zero. And it wouldn’t affect operations at the park for regular users one bit, he says.

“We don’t take away 1 percent of any public usage on that park,” says Tavella. “We would be increasing public usage of the park.”

But not everyone shares Tavella’s vision.

Although already shelved by the Suozzi administration due to lack of public input, Tavella’s plans have ignited a firestorm of controversy among environmentalists, residents, civic leaders and lawmakers from the area not quick to be extinguished, with its recent culmination a public meeting held at Wantagh High School on Oct. 21 in which participants called for a permanent moratorium on development projects within the park.



Nassau’s Balancing Act

When Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, a Democrat, took office as the county’s chief financial manager in 2002, the Certified Public Accountant and former mayor of Glen Cove had his work cut out for him. Years of fiscal mismanagement under the previous administration of Republican Tom Gulotta had left the county in a state of economic collapse and on the brink of bankruptcy.