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Letters to the Editor Week of 5/25


Letter to the Editor – Anagnostakis Challenges Opponent:

“Cut Your Puppet Strings — Speak for Yourself.”

Today, Orange County Legislator Mike Anagnostakis, who is running for the 39th Senate district seat, issued the following statement:

“Today, I issue three challenges to my opponent — an extremist yes-man puppet — Mr. Basile from Rockland County. I forward these challenges so voters can better learn who is seeking the office of State Senator.

Because, a yes-man puppet will never speak for himself — handlers do his thinking and talking — I issue this first challenge to Mr. Basile: Cut your puppet strings and speak for yourself during this campaign! The people deserve to hear from the person on the ballot and not from handlers.

To get meaningful change in Albany, you need a fighter who asks tough questions and demands straight answers — even bucking their own party bosses when they act against the public interest. Unfortunately, a yes-man will only ask one question: How High?
During his over four years as Councilman on a Republican controlled town board — with the public record showing a total of 1,473 votes being taken through April 24th of this year — Mr. Basile only cast 2 “NO” votes, and those were placed to stop changes proposed by others. So, in reality, one can say he has a perfect yes-man voting record for his party bosses — never, ever, ever voting against party wishes. Amazing!
My second challenge to my opponent, Mr. Basile, is for him to tell us if he will ever stop being a yes-man for party bosses?

In comparison, I cast 107 “NO” votes out of about 3,000 votes — bucking party bosses on seven major issues — which included 45 “NO” votes on new spending totaling over $137 million. More “NO” votes on new spending than all the other Republican Orange County Legislators — combined! Mr. Basile may hate that I was once a Democrat, but I wish all Republicans were as fiscally prudent and conservative as I am.

For my last, and most important challenge to my opponent Mr. Basile, I challenge him to denounce his years of affiliation with the vile and hateful extremists — Steve Bannon, Breitbart, and the Mercer family — and offer the good people of Orange County an apology for his active participation with these despicable groups.

Racism, sexism and xenophobia have no place in our State and in our great County of Orange!”


Letter from Dr. Roberto Padilla, Superintendent of NECSD


May 19, 2018
Dear NECSD community,

My sincerest gratitude for your flexibility and patience as we rebound from last week’s unexpected tornado. Our hearts are heavy. The loss of one of our scholars is difficult for everyone. The NECSD community has shown an outpouring of love and support for all of our families who are struggling from the impact of the storm, but especially for the Garzon family. Gina was a sweet and kind young child. The loss of her life will be felt deeply throughout our community. It is truly through the love and work of all that we are able to come together as a community during this difficult time.

Our scholars may experience grief as a result of the untimely passing of a peer. Grief can come in many forms, manifest in different stages, and may not be immediate. Our scholars may have questions or wish to express their emotions about this tragedy. According to the age and level of understanding, answer your child’s question honestly. Try to be sensitive to their desire to communicate, while listening to and accepting their feelings. Counselors will be on hand at Gina’s immediate school, should students need to work through their feelings with someone.

I would also like to express my sincere appreciation for our department of Food Services and Buildings and Grounds. Their team pulled together quickly to ensure a streamlined process to provide nourishment for our scholars and their families, both at GAMS and out to remote locations. I am so appreciative for all of the faculty, staff, and administrators who volunteered to help us feed our scholars both at GAMS and by carloads into our community.

The power has been restored for all of our schools. Many of you have been wondering about the days that we missed school. We will request “extraordinary condition days” from our State Education Department to have the three days waived. Plan on schools being open on Monday. I hope all of you have had your power restored and all trees and debris have been cleared from your streets and yards. We have had abnormal weather this year.

Finally, I would like to thank those who were able to vote throughout the duration of our School Budget and Board election day. We understand the concern that some of our voters were unable to make it to the polls as a result of the storm. Please know, that we, like many other districts followed the guidelines that we were given. Polls were kept open for the length required and many were able to get to the polls throughout the duration of election day.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. We look forward to seeing you again on Monday.
Through the work of all.
Roberto Padilla, Ed.D.




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