Plans for Willow View Estates on the site of the current Woodmere Club

On June 26, the Nassau County Planning Commission held a Public Scoping Session where multiple requests were made to extend the public scoping period. The applicants consented to extending the public comment period for thirty days. Written comments on the Draft Scope will be accepted by the contact person identified below until the close of business on August 14, 2019. Contact Person: John Perrakis, Planner II; Nassau County Department of Public Works – Planning Division; 1194 Prospect Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590; email willowsegr@nassaucountyny.gov.

The Draft DEIS Scope and other application-related SEQRA files can be viewed on the Nassau County website at: NassauCountyNY.gov/4705/Willow-View-Estates-Subdivision-SEQR.

Comptroller Scott Stringer Holds Staten Island Town Hall

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer greets Mendy Mirocznik.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer held a packed town hall in Tompkinsville Tuesday night and spoke to residents who voiced concerns over topics such as transportation, housing, and resiliency projects, among other issues.

Comptroller Stringer vowed to follow-up with any resident who was unable to receive an answer to a question by 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

“If you have a personal issue, I promise you before 10:30 in the morning one of our staffers here tonight will call you — I guarantee before 10:30,” Stringer said.

“We are never late,” Stringer added, “because when you’re the auditor, you can’t be late.”

The Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island was a cosponsor of the town hall. Mendy Mirocznik, president of COJO-SI, attended the meeting and remarked, “The meeting was most informative and Comptroller Scott Stringer took the time, energy, and patience and together with an attentive ear listened and addressed the issues and concerns presented to him at the Town Hall. The key to good government is communication and a connection between our elected officials and the constituency they represent. Only through dialogue, frank conversation, and engagement between the public and our elected officials can positive change become reality. On behalf of COJO-SI, I thank Comptroller Stringer for showcasing the best of democracy in action.”

OU Leaders in Israel Address Need to Increase Jewish Identity Initiatives in the Diaspora

OU leadership meeting with Netanyahu

Orthodox Union leaders from the United States and Canada met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed the need to increase and expand initiatives focused on Diaspora Jewish education and identity. The prime minister, while agreeing that more should be done, did tell the group of American Jewish leaders that he has had the government of Israel invest tens of millions of dollars in these programs already, but he agreed this priority deserved more funding.

“It is time that instead of Israel receiving from the Diaspora, we are giving now. We are increasing tens of millions of dollars, but it is not enough; we need to do more,” said the prime minister.

“I was very much encouraged by the prime minister’s commitment to Jewish students in the Diaspora. We look forward to continuing to partner with him and the State of Israel to expose all Jews to their heritage,” said OU President Moishe Bane following the meeting.

OU Executive Vice President Allen Fagin said following the meeting, “We were delighted to have the opportunity to explain to the prime minister how youth and adult programming around greater exposure to Israel increases their Jewish identity and their attachment to the State of Israel.”

The OU leadership group was in Israel for an annual celebration with all participants of its summer programs in Israel, a number that this year reaches 3,000. The record summer attendance, and the fact that the OU has become one of the largest operators of first-time group travel to Israel by young adults from North America, validates the need for more funding to support these programs.

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