ROCKVILLE CENTRE

 

Forum to examine Nassau's stability

A half dozen elected officials are expected to participate in a public discussion today at South Side High School in Rockville Centre on planning for the long-term financial sustainability of Nassau County.

The forum, hosted by the Rockville Centre Democratic Club, arises from a November 2014 report by Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, which found the county's population will decline by 3 percent over the next decade, with fewer children and young adults and a growing number of seniors.

The report proposes rebranding Nassau as the "Health Care and Medical Research Capital of the World" and building the county's economy around its top hospitals and universities, which would be connected by light rail.

Jared Kasschau, president of the Democratic Club, said Nassau residents and businesses "demand a viable economic environment if we are to keep our county as their home in the long term."

Among those scheduled to speak at the forum are Assembs. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) and Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook), Nassau legislators Carrié Solages (D-Elmont), Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) and Howard Kopel (R-Lawrence), Rockville Centre Mayor Francis Murray, a member of Maragos' staff and Christopher Wright, a member of the Nassau Interim Finance Commission.

The forum is free and begins at 7:15 p.m.

ELWOOD

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Scholarship fund honors teen who died

The parents of Sean Urda, a 17-year-old Elwood-John H. Glenn High School student who died Jan. 26 in a snow-tubing accident, have started a scholarship in his name.

The Sean Urda Benefit fund will honor Urda's memory as someone with a "work hard, play hard" attitude at school and in soccer, according to the scholarship application, which closed May 1.

The $1,400 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who share the traits that Urda was known for: strong family values, leadership and an active pursuit of education.

The winner will be announced by June.

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Money for the scholarship was raised at a benefit concert in April, where students and staff both volunteered to run the event and play music on stage.

Student Tom Priest, a senior at John Glenn, came up with the idea for the benefit concert. Proceeds from T-shirt sales and tickets raised about $1,500, officials said.

"The outpouring of love and support for our family is beyond words," Gary Urda, Sean's father, said in a statement.

"This community has gone above and beyond, and we are very grateful."