The Lawrence People’s Party Led By Danny Goldstein
By Bruce Backman
The coming election on September 15, 2020 in the Village of Lawrence is a consequential moment for the future of our beloved village. We live in unprecedented times, from an economic, medical, and political perspective. Many of our fellow residents have faced challenges as result of the lockdown and Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. These challenges are calling for new leadership for our community. Our village must have leaders who understand the issues at stake. We need fresh governance that is both responsive and representative to the residents of Lawrence.
Lawrence is a great place to live but it can and should be better. To strengthen our community, we need to focus on three areas.
Hold the line on raising taxes. Besides the toll the virus has taken on the lives and the families of many of our neighbors and friends, Covid-19 has been an economic catastrophe for many of our citizens. Too many of our neighbors and friends are facing stunted and shuttered businesses as well as the ever-present and real prospect of short-term and even long-term unemployment. Time and again Mayor Alex Edelman has stated that he favors raising taxes, by noting that if you can afford to live in Lawrence you can afford to pay more taxes. In these uncertain times such a proposition must be stopped in its tracks.
Debate about what to do with the proceeds from the sale of the old sewer facility near Route-878 and Rock Hall Road. Mayor Edelman is frantically obsessed with building an indoor pool complex, that is geared primarily for country club users. Currently, such a proposition is amongst the silliest and most frivolous proposals possible. We have seen with many of our children and grandchildren being home from school the need to make our community more family friendly. Lawrence is in dire need of real bike lanes, as increasing numbers of our residents are on bikes, especially children, and we need to do our utmost to guarantee their safety, without disrupting traffic. The community is also in need of another park/playground; it is almost shameful that Lawrence is without a genuinely nice place to play that is both spacious and easily accessible on foot to all its residents. Mayor Edelman’s response to the demand for a new park has been brusque and sporadic—placement of a handful of benches sparsely laid out on busy Rock Hall Road.
Repair and upgrade our local infrastructure. In too many parts of the village, our roads are crumbling; we have pushed this off for too long. The more we wait, the more it will cost. We cannot do it all at once, but it must be done. We need a cost effective plan to embark on this vital project.
The cost for these proposals is pennies when compared to the construction cost and upkeep of an unnecessary pool complex that we cannot afford and few really want.
The way forward for our village is an agenda focused on our roads, our kids, and our pocketbooks.
The Lawrence Peoples’ Party led by mayoral candidate Danny Goldstein and his slate of trustee hopefuls Bruce Backman and Dr. Joel Preminger understand what is at stake and will work tirelessly to improve life for the taxpaying residents who live in the Village of Lawrence. n
Back the Blue With Ribbons
Mayor Benjamin Weinstock and trustees Israel Wasser and Daniel Plaut joined Legislator Howard J. Kopel along with other local officials on July 23, 2020 in a countywide Blue Ribbon Campaign to show support for law enforcement.
The Blue Ribbon campaign encourages everyone to place blue ribbons on trees, signs, poles, and in windows to show their support for the brave men and women of the Nassau County Police Department, the local village and city police departments, and the members of the NYPD that live in Nassau County.
RAA, NCYI and NYC OATH Join Fairness in Trials and Hearings Webinar
New Yorkers who receive a summons should not feel overwhelmed by the administrative process. There is an address for help, a way to obtain assistance in navigating the seeming maze of the New York City court system. On July 22, the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim (RAA) and the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) joined NYC’s OATH (Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings) for its first Fairness in Trials and Hearings (F.A.I.T.H.) webinar to learn how to access justice with minimal pain.
Rabbi Yaakov Klass, presidium chairman, RAA, Rabbi Leonard Blank, director of chaplaincy commission and external affairs, RAA, and Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA, together with Rabbi Binyamin Hammer, director of rabbinic services of the NCYI joined OATH Commissioner and Chief Administrative Law Judge Joni Kletter along with OATH staff and discussed ways our community can easily navigate the city’s administrative law court. Chief Judge Kletter discussed remote hearings by phone and that OATH has conducted 14,602 remote hearings through the COVID 19 pandemic.
The webinar provided important information on what the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) can do for New Yorkers who have received a civil summons from a City Enforcement Agency and the Resources available to them at OATH during the COVID-19 outbreak.
OATH is New York City’s independent administrative law tribunal that provides hearings on civil summonses issued by city agencies that includes the Department of Sanitation, Department of Buildings, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Consumer & Worker Protection, Department of Transportation, Fire Department, Police Department, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and the Taxi & Limousine Commission. As a judicial entity, OATH does not issue civil summonses, does not establish enforcement policies, does not employ inspectors or agents, and does not direct, control, or otherwise influence where, when, or to whom civil summonses are issued.
Rabbi Mirocznik said, “We appreciate the city’s Administrative Law Court being so accessible to the public, by reaching out and educating the public. OATH has demonstrated that they care about the residents of New York City and that demonstration of concern is the foundation that builds trust between government and the people who rely upon the government to insure fairness for all.”
“Ensuring access to justice for New Yorkers facing civil summonses has been OATH’s mission throughout the public health crisis,” said Judge Kletter. “It is crucial for us to continue to work with our community partners, including the Rabbinical Alliance of America and the National Council of Young Israel, to get the word out to New Yorkers about their rights and how to respond to these summonses.”
Rabbi Binyamin Hammer remarked, “I am very pleased that we had today’s webinar. The information received is beneficial to the congregations that many of our rabbis serve. Hopefully this vital information will help people navigate the process and achieve a fair resolution.