Thursday, December 22, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
However, I should mention the numbering of Election Districts. When one visits the Results section of the Nassau County Board of Elections, the Election District is specified with a six-digit number. The first number, 2, may represent the Town. The second and third digits represent the Assembly District. The fourth, fifth, and sixth digits represent the Election District. For example, Election District 26 (north of the Seaford Avenue school) is within the 19th Assembly District (Assemblyman McDonough), and the Town of Hempstead. Hence, it is numbered 219026.
Incumbants (except for judges) won reelection: County Legislator Dennis Dunne, Town Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Town Receiver of Taxes Donald Xavier Clavin, Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla.
As for the judges on the ballot, it seems that the ten candidates who won the most votes for the ten State Supreme Court judgeships (with 14-year terms) were all the Republican candidates. The ten-year seat on the Nassau County Court went to Angelo Delligatti, Republican. For the Second District Court (vote for 3 judges, each for a six-year term), the three incumbents won (Bjorneby, Knobel, Paradiso).
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Fourteen columns of judges to be elected. "Vote for any ten." One county legislator. Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead. Town clerk. Member of the Town Council. Receiver of Taxes. Total:19 columns, but 15 votes maximum.
Apparently, if one casts too many or too few votes, the scanner gives further instructions. In the case of too few votes (as, for example, not voting for ten judges), after the warning, you may still cast the ballot. The machine will swallow the paper ballot and declare your vote counted.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
A potential buyer has toured the Seaford Avenue school, with consideration to use the building for the firm's office space. The broker and district continue to market the school, which for decades has not been used as a district school, but has been leased at various times.
In 1961, fifty years ago, ground was broken for the Seaford Harbor school, which welcomed the first students in 1963.
The board received donations to assist the schools in this year of a contingency budget. Save Seaford Sports presented a check for $43,000, to be used to restore winter sports and middle school sports.
The superintendent outlined the much-changed procedure and calendar for determining the 2012-2013 budget. One deadline is Mach 1, 2012, when the district must present to the state the Tax Levy figure. Note that the 2% cap is on the Tax Levy, not directly on the budget. It is said that New York State will provide in January or early February the amount it intends to provide to each district, so that the Tax Levy could be computed. The entire procedure is quite different from other years, and it offers uncharted challenges. Again it has happened that some new State mandates provide no funds to accomplish what is newly required.
The Board discussed the membership and necessary work of the Audit Committee and the Budget Committee. This writer has noticed that the meetings and preparatory work done by volunteers of the Board or for the Board has increased in recent years. Instead of meeting just monthly, they and their helpers have invested much more time in preparation for decision-making. Notice of these additional committee meetings are posted at the Seaford Public Library and on the district website.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Seaford Middle School was offered to the county's Office of Emergency Management as a shelter during Irene. However, the county and the Red Cross did not call for its use, perhaps for lack of air-conditioning (which Wantagh High School gym apparently has).
The status of real estate taxes on the Sunrise Highway Bast Chevrolet property were explained. It is the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Authority which brokered a deal by which (if my notes are correct) the new owner will pay taxes or use PILOTs for three years at the level that Bast was paying, then gradually over the next seven years increase to market-based assessment. (I recognize that this is a bare-bones account of the issue. One must first learn what Payments in Lieu of Taxes are and how they are used. An important point is that school districts to not valuate property. The County does. School districts do not broker a deal with property owners. The Town does that, through the IDA.) If I understood correctly, the Bast property is among the three top commercial properties within the Seaford School District.
The not-yet-signed contract with Greiner-Maltz regarding the Seaford Avenue school was discussed. The school attorney explained the status of various items that may be in the contract. From my view, the goal is to sell the property. I admire the successful construction of homes built near Beach Street and Walters Avenue in Wantagh (1993 construction on the site of a closed elementary school), and I do not know the range of neighborhood objections that arose there during planning. Greiner-Maltz will attempt to find a buyer for the Seaford Avenue school.
Candidates to replace the resigned trustee have been interviewed, and the replacement will be selected soon. Three trustees were present at the 9.1.2011 meeting.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
On Tuesday August 23, 2011, the Seaford Historical Society hosted a fascinating, well-planned, and succinct talk by Nancy Solomon, author of two editions of On The Bay: Bay Houses and Maritime Culture. First published in 1992, the new revised edition is available from Long Island Traditions. The book includes photographs, explanations, history, and personal narratives.
The Seaford Historical Society's museum had a capacity audience of about eighty, many of whom, it was obvius, knew of the bay shacks first-hand. Their presence in Seaford goes back more than 120 years.
Below are some of my notes from the meeting, but the notes may contain errors. I will be glad for corrections.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Some Ticket Window Hour Changes in Effect July 20
Labor Agreement Helps Retain Ticket Offices
As of July 20 ticket office hours at seven LIRR stations will be revised as follows:
|Station||Open (Effective July 20)||Hours|
|Amityville||Mondays & Thursdays only||6:10 AM-1:45 PM|
|Bayside||Monday-Friday only||6:10 AM-1:45 PM|
|Flushing-Main Street||Mondays & Fridays only||6:15 AM-1:55 PM|
|Long Beach||Monday-Friday |
Saturday & Sunday
|6:10 AM-1:45 PM |
10 AM-6 PM
|Lynbrook||Mondays & Thursdays only||5:45 AM-1:45 PM|
|Massapequa||Mondays & Wednesdays only||6:10 AM-1:45 PM|
|Wantagh||Mondays & Wednesdays only||6:10 AM-1:45 PM|
Ticket office hours will change or be reduced at seven LIRR stations as part of an effort to prevent some ticket windows from closing and to retain the current level of cleaning services. LIRR management and leaders of the LIRR’s Transportation Communications Union agreed to temporary changes in contract rules, providing savings sufficient to avert the planned layoff of 17 ticket clerks, closure of ticket offices and a reduction of ticket window hours at over 18 stations. The LIRR hopes to discuss extension of this temporary nine-month agreement to avoid shutting ticket windows and laying off employees in 2012. The revised ticket office hours at seven LIRR stations take effect July 20, as shown in the above chart.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The "2006 cohort" is those students who began ninth grade in 2005-6 and ordinarily would have graduated by August 2010 after four years of high school. I have not yet found an explanation of how transfers-out and transfers-in are counted, and whether the cohort includes the same students at the start and at the finish. Not in Newsday but rather in the file linked above is the size of the 2006 cohort. Seaford's 2006 cohort is 193 students, 88% of whom graduated by August, 2010. Wantagh's numbers are 285 students and 99%. Massapequa: 636 and 96%. Plainedge: 279 and 94%. Bellmore-Merrick: 1,015 and 94%. Island Trees: 231 and 90%. Levittown: 648 and 93%.
I have not located NY State figures for non-public schools, where again I feel that the size of the beginning cohort and the transfers are important information.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Two hours of rain stopped ten minutes before the 2011 Memorial Day parade began its path north on Washington Avenue, Seaford. Above, the color guard of the Seaford American Legion post leads the parade. I had better luck with photography last year, linked here.
Decoration Day had its beginning honoring those who lost their lives in the American Civil War of 1861-1865 and those who were veterans of that conflict. This year, the day after Memorial Day, the newspaper USA Today gave the names of eleven more service personnel who paid with their lives in Afghanistan. Three of the eleven called Ohio home, and one each from Arizona, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Kansas, Washington, North Carolina, Iowa, California.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The proposed budget failed: No: 1881; Yes: 1448. Votes cast: 3329.
The Harbor roadway proposal lost: 1604 to 1366. Votes cast: 2970.
The increased transportation proposal lost: 1810 to 1098. Votes cast: 2908.
Two trustees were elected: Richard DiBlasio with 2278 votes, and Brian Fagan with 2157 votes. Laura Philips received 957 votes. Each voter could vote for two candidates.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I use the word "almost" above, because I have heard that school district residents residing in Wantagh zip 11793 have not been getting some mailings. That's the neighborhood north of Merrick Road and west of Willoughby Avenue, almost to Cedar Creek.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Below, I list some results from previous years:
In April, 2010, the Seaford library budget passed, 103-29. Eileen Montalbano was reelected as trustee, with 119 votes.
In April, 2009, the Seaford Library budget passed, 98-30. John Rall was reelected as trustee with 115 votes.
In April, 2008, the Seaford Library budget passed, 110-52. Peter Ruffner was reelected trustee for a five-year term.
The 2007-8 budget of the Seaford Public Library passed, with a vote of 78 "Yes" to 45 "No." Maybe the drenching rain kept the turnout low. Possessing a valid library card is different from registering to vote in a library district or school district, and I do not know the number of registered or eligible voters. About 10,400 Seafordites have Seaford Library cards in a district of approximately 16,000 residents. As library cards must be renewed every three years, the number of card holders may be a little inflated by people moving out of the district. The voting register for school district and library district (a combined list) totals about 10,000 to 12,000 names.
Friday, March 11, 2011
There are five trains that serve Massapequa and Bellmore but not Seaford and Wantagh. These express trains from Babylon stop only at Amityville, Massapequa, Bellmore, Freeport, and Jamaica.
One of the upcoming weekends (date not yet disclosed), service will be interrupted to replace and test new signals near Oakland Avenue, Wantagh, an installation that has taken years already.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
In this view south from Sunrise Highway, youngsters cross NY 135.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
To sample the ancestry of the residents of Washington Avenue, I noted the birthplace given for each resident's mother. Admittedly, large families tilt this count. Of the 176 residents, about 135 had mothers born in New York State. Also: 12 whose mother was born in England, 6 in South Carolina, 4 in English Canada, 4 in Germany, 3 in Ireland, 2 in Massachusetts, 2 in Scotland, one in the West Indies, and one in Illinois.
As for occupations of the residents of Washington Avenue: 3 retail dealers of groceries, 3 retail dealers of fish, one of ice, a laundress, 4 laborers at odd jobs, a nurse, an Episcopal priest, 2 painters, a house builder, 3 servants, 2 adjusters for the railroad, a cashier for a steamship, a Methodist minister, 2 farmers, a patrolman for the railroad, a driver of coal and wood, 2 authors, a repairer of bicycles, 2 baymen, a life saver for the U.S.S.S., a worker in a railroad roundhouse, 2 gardeners, 4 carpenters, a coppersmith, an electrician for the railroad, a concert singer, a broker at a custom house, a restaurant worker, a teacher in the district school, the manager of a bakery office, a bookkeeper, an insurance agent, a produce salesman, and a dentist.
I have probably made errors of transcription. The enumerator's penmanship on this census was quite clear. Many of these family names show up on other streets in Seaford. Please also see my previous posts linked by the label below, "Census of 1910."
The census is available on libraryancestry.com at the Central Avenue Library. For 1910, Seaford is included in Town of Hempstead District 1. enumeration district 1103.
In August, 2014, I went looking at the 1910 census and discovered that the people are grouped by enumeration district, without street names. Several family names and occupations were tip-offs that I was looking at the part of the Town of Hempstead that we call Seaford. The 1900 occupation of Ansel Raynor was Postmaster.
Friday, January 28, 2011
These are the family names listed for West Broadway, wherever in Seaford that street was:
Smith, Mongomery, Mack, Seaman, Condit, Jung, Eldert, Verity, Albro, Rhodes, Stable, Custis, Ketcham, James, Wilson, Duryea, Weiner. Many of these family names are repeated on other streets of Seaford.
A count of the occupations listed in the census of West Broadway shows six farmers, two painters, two pond keepers at the city works, two carpenters, two laborers, one foreman at the railroad station, one machinist (locomotive), one grocery clerk, one bayman, one author, one chicken raiser, one retail dealer of fish. This catalog of one street's inhabitants could be misleading, as the Seaford population topped six hundred, and other streets had more baymen. I would have to do a full analysis of the census.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
75 residents of Seamans Neck Road
Some of the Merrick Road families in 1910 were Verity, Pettit, Updike, Bryant, Mahon, Baldwin, Van Nostrand, Wilson, Smith, Valentine, Morgan (William 28, wife 26), Southard (John, retired wheelwright, Catherine, Mary, 32, law clerk, perhaps the 1930 proprietor of the funeral home), Rhineslat, Magnus, Baxter, Radloff, Einstein, Norman, Hewitt, Rohr, Morgan (another William), Powell, Reigle, McHugh. (Again, corrections are welcome.)
Seaford alumni have put together in guestbook format a series of posts, memories of growing up in Seaford. Much of it describes the stores on Merrick Road and their proprietors. The link is broken. There are forty pages of marvelous posts. Is there another such memory collection with photographs about Seaford?
The main page for Seaford alumni is here. It is a great presentation!
Often house numbers were introduced simultaneously with house-to-house delivery of mail. However, the four-digit numbers prevalent in Seaford, I suspect, were introduced by the Town of Hempstead in the late 1940's. They march along at the rate of 2 numbers every 20 feet. Maybe they are based on the eastward progress of numbers from the center of Hempstead on the Hempstead-Bethpage Turnpike (NY 24). Would anyone know in what year these four-digit numbers were introduced in Seaford?
An aside: In Bellmore, on Oak Street one can observe the mingling of westward three-digit numbers (presumably the original ones) and eastward four-digit house numbers.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
The main page for Seaford alumni is here. It is a great presentation!