$23G spent on snow removal overtime
The Village of Northport spent $22,724 in overtime for workers involved in snow removal during the first two big storms of 2015, officials said.
That includes workers using plows and salt or sand trucks.
At a village board of trustees meeting Tuesday night, Mayor George Doll said the nearly back-to-back storms left the village with $4,000 in its overtime fund.
He said that won't be a problem because the village can move money from its $30,000 sand and salt fund if additional snowfall requires more overtime before winter ends.
Doll declared a state of emergency in advance of heavy snowfall, which reached two feet in some parts of Long Island the last week of January. The measure gave the village authority to order cars off the road while workers cleared the streets. - VALERIE BAUMAN
Electronics will be taken for recycling
Supervisor Kate Murray on Monday announced the town's E-Cycle recycling program will be in Levittown on March 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Parking Field L2 on Division Avenue, off Hempstead Turnpike.
"Our E-Cycle program offers residents a convenient venue to remove old electronics in an environmentally sound way," Murray said.
According to a New York State law that went into effect Jan. 1, electronic waste cannot be disposed with everyday trash. The town's E-Cycle program offers residents an opportunity to safely dispose of all of their old electronics at once. It also allows residents to bring old paper records for shredding while they wait.
Residents can dispose of electronic items including: computers, computer components, monitors, televisions, printers, VCRs, DVD players, portable digital music players, cable or satellite receivers, electronic or video game consoles, fax machines, and document scanners.
In addition residents can safely dispose of unused and expired medications.
The event is only open to town residents. No businesses or commercial vehicles are permitted.
For more information about E-Cycle, call 516-378-4210, or visit toh.li.
"Safely remove your e-waste at one location, while helping to save our planet at the same time," Murray said.- SID CASSESE
Forum on preventing substance abuse
Hauppauge High School will host a forum on March 30 for teens and their parents about substance abuse prevention.
The Unite for the Fight: Communities Against Substance Abuse forum, is to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the high school at 500 Lincoln Blvd. It is presented by the Islip Cluster of School District Superintendents.
Speakers include John Venza, vice president of Outreach Project's Adolescent Residential Services, and Susan Laveglia, community liaison officer of the Suffolk County Police Department's Fourth Precinct.
An agent from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is scheduled to speak, as is a family sharing its story of overcoming drug addiction. The Hauppauge High School Stage the Change Players will perform vignettes.
Parents will have an opportunity to speak with representatives and pick up drug testing kits, organizers said. - SOPHIA CHANG
Affordable Care Act for businesses
A panel of experts are to inform the public about the federal Affordable Care Act and detail requirements for businesses and employees.
The seminar is titled "Part II -- The Affordable Health Care Act, Its Tax Implications & Health Benefits -- One Year Later." It is scheduled for March 20 at the Harbor Links Club House in Port Washington and will be hosted by the Town of North Hempstead's Business and Tourism Development Corp., a quasi-governmental agency.
Panelists include: Kenneth Laks, a tax principal at Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Co., and Kyle Sloan, the senior vice president of insurance for Newtek Insurance Agency LLC. Both will be on hand to advise local merchants how to lower costs and take advantage of a small business tax credit, development corporation executive director Kim Kaiman said.
"Business owners must now provide coverage for their workers or pay penalties. Unfortunately, very few business owners know exactly what the new ACA is going to mean to them, or who qualifies as a 'small business,' and this lack of understanding has sparked a lot of debate," Kaiman said.
The event is free and any business owner is invited to attend. Merchants must preregister at 516-869-7614 or at www.btdc.biz/onlineregistration.asp.
Washington lobbying trip postponed
Town of North Hempstead officials have postponed a trip to lobby federal officials in Washington until April. Town officials were to depart yesterday, but federal officials canceled the trip citing expected snowfall, town spokeswoman Carole Trottere said.
Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and staff were to meet with Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), as well as Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington). Officials were also to meet with representatives of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other agencies. - SCOTT EIDLER
Preliminary budget to be released
The village of Brightwaters will begin its budget season this month, with the preliminary budget to be released to the village board at its work session March 16.
The preliminary budget will then be made available to the public March 20 at Village Hall, 40 Seneca Dr., Brightwaters.
The board plans to hold a public hearing on the budget on April 15 at 8 p.m. at Village Hall, with the final vote scheduled for April 27.
The current $2.89 million budget included a 7.5 percent tax increase.
Village clerk Donna Barnett said at Monday's board meeting that Brightwaters is no longer on the state comptroller's list of municipalities that are considered susceptible to fiscal stress. The comptroller's list was updated in February. - SOPHIA CHANG
Kindergarten teacher nominated for award
Amityville kindergarten teacher Tina Smith has been nominated for a national teaching award that carries a $10,000 prize.
Smith, who teaches at Northeast Elementary School, was nominated in part for work on "family learning nights" that for the past six years have brought children and parents together for learning activities.
Smith "pioneered family learning nights, where families and their children participate in learning and fun," said Principal Pauline Collins, who nominated her. "She is truly a caring teacher who has created a wonderful and unique learning environment for her students."
The prize, known as LifeChanger of the Year, is sponsored by financial service company National Life Group. Half goes to the winner and half to the school.
Winners are announced in the spring. - NICHOLAS SPANGLER
Vote on settlement for child's injury
Glen Cove city officials are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to borrow $435,000 to pay for a lawsuit settlement.
The City Council will consider a resolution at its meeting on Tuesday to bond up to $1,134,000 to pay the settlement, tax refunds and pay separation to the former deputy police chief.
The lawsuit arose from injuries an 11-year-old boy sustained when the swing he was on broke in 2011.
City officials agreed in December to pay the child's mother, Ruth Brown-Richardson, for medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Her child broke two bones in his ankle, requiring multiple surgeries and physical therapy, according to the lawsuit filed in 2012 in state Supreme Court in Mineola.
The suit alleged that the accident at Connolly Elementary School resulted from negligence in properly maintaining and repairing defective and worn equipment.
City officials said the bond would also cover about $290,000 in tax refunds and $409,000 in separation pay for Robert MacDonald, who retired as the deputy police chief in January. - MACKENZIE RIGG