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CELEBRATE THE TRUE MEANING OF LABOR DAY
To many people, Labor Day means the unofficial end of summer, a day off from work, great sales at the stores and a reason to have a family get-together. While the first proposal for the holiday did include the recommendation for a festival for the recreation and amusement of workers and their families, the focus of the observance was dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country, according to Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone. Those observances were also about improving the quality of life for America’s working men and women. The Councilman and Town Supervisor John Venditto urge residents to remember the true meaning of Labor Day, September 5.
“Sadly, the true meaning of Labor Day has been all but lost, pushed out by its celebration as the end summer and a holiday from work,” Supervisor Venditto said. “Councilman Macagnone and I remind residents that what labor has achieved in this country, and for this country, deserves all the celebrating it can get because were it not for the hard work and sacrifices of the American worker, we would not be enjoying the outstanding quality of life we have today.”
The first Labor Day parade was held in New York City in September 1882. Councilman Macagnone pointed out that there are two views regarding who first proposed the holiday. “Some records show that it was the brainchild of carpenter Peter McGuire, general secretary of the United Federation of Carpenters and Joiners and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, while there are also records that support machinist Matthew Maguire, secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York, as the originator,” the Councilman said. “Regardless of who first had the idea, it caught on. By 1894, 31 states had created the holiday by legislative enactment, and on June 28, 1894, Congress made it a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. The establishment of a special day to honor labor made a statement to the world about how America reveres working men and women and their roles in society.”
“Collectively, the men and women of our labor force is one of the hardest working and highest producing groups to be found anywhere,” Supervisor Venditto said. “Their products and services are an essential part of our everyday lives. In the Town of Oyster Bay, we have always recognized the importance of our labor force. I have often stated publicly that Oyster Bay Town government has a workforce that is second to none. From office personnel to sanitation, parks, highway crews and, the level of competence and dedication is outstanding.”
Councilman Macagnone pointed out that the Town of Oyster Bay has shown its concern for workers on many levels. “I am proud to say that Oyster Bay was the first Town on Long Island to adopt the Living Wage Law and the first Town in Nassau County to require contractors and subcontractors doing business with the Town to have apprenticeship agreements, as well as the first Town in Nassau County to require applicants for building permits for commercial buildings 100,000 square feet or larger apprenticeship programs to provide apprenticeship programs. The Town also has a comprehensive program to help displaced workers through the Town’s Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, Employment and Training Division.”
The Councilman noted that Oyster Bay serves as the administrative agency for the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program in the Towns of Oyster Bay and North Hempstead and the City of Glen Cove. Displaced or unemployed workers who meet certain eligibility guidelines can receive everything from help preparing resumes and honing job seeking skills to on-the-job or classroom training. There is no charge for participants. For further information, contact the Employment and Training Division at 797-4560.
“It is most appropriate that a special day be set aside to pay tribute to the dynamic and vital force of American labor, which has contributed tremendously to the highest standard of living and the greatest production of quality goods and services the world has ever known,” Supervisor Venditto stated. “On Labor Day, I urge everyone to take a few moments on Labor Day to reflect on the contributions of the dedicated working men and women who helped, and those who are continuing to help, make our nation a safer, stronger and better place for everyone.”
“And, let’s show our support for labor by using products and services produced in America by American workers,” added Councilman Macagnone.
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Mangano Joins Nassau BUsiness owners
at Small Business Workshop
Conference Brings Local Opportunities to Long Island Employers
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined the Office of Minority Affairs to host a Small Business Workshop designed to provide valuable resources to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Nassau County. Held on March 23, 2011, the free workshop assisted business owners with registering, obtaining certification and procuring government contracts.
“Our mission is simple: we need to create and keep jobs here in Nassau County, and one of the ways we can do that is by giving businesses the vital information and resources they need in order to succeed,” said County Executive Mangano. “I was pleased to see so many small business owners and representatives from the public and private sectors fostering partnerships and working together.”
Participating panelists in the workshop included representatives from the Community Development Corporation of Long Island, Small Business Administration, ProcurementTechnicalAssistanceCenter, NorthEastSmallBusinessTransportationResourceCenter, La Guardia Community College, NassauCounty’s Office of Minority Affairs and Nassau County Purchasing Department.
Mangano Announces New Job Training Program to Put Nassau Residents Back to Work
N.C.Executive Edward P. Mangano announced on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 a new job-training program run by the Office of Housing and Homeless Services that is designed to return the unemployed to the workforce. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the Employment Assistance Resource Network (E.A.R.N.) will feature both one-on-one coaching and weekly group meetings in five phases of classes, workshops and lectures.
“In today’s economy, it is even more important to have updated skills in order to improve their opportunities in the workforce,’ said County Executive Mangano. “The E.A.R.N. program will give people support and training they need to be successful in the changing job market. It is truly an investment in Nassau County’s future.”
E.A.R.N. classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Office of Housing and Homeless Services. Participants will receive assistance with office and computer skills, resume and cover letter writing, and the job search process. Mock interviews and customer service training are also available through the program, along with basic money management classes.
For more information on how to register for E.A.R.N., please contact the Nassau County Office of Housing and Homeless Services at (516) 572-1900.
N.C. First Lady, Linda Mangano
N.C. First Lady Linda Mangano Honored
On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, the Long Island Breakfast Club ("LIBC") honored Nassau County's First Lady Linda Mangano at the Westbury Manor. Mrs. Mangano has significantly distinguished herself in the Italian Community, and continues to inspire and impact individuals by paying it forward on Long Island. Founded in 2006, the LIBC provides advocacy, support, career and employment counseling and referrals to prepare mature individuals for productive employment. For more information, contact the organization on the web: http://www.longislandbreakfastclub.org/ or by telephone: (516) 314.8989.
County Executives Mangano and Levy Announce Landmark
Bi-County Agreement to Cut Spending and Provide
Property Tax Relief
Long Island Purchasing Council Combines Spending Power of Long Island Municipalities to Achieve Millions in Potential Savings for Taxpayers
Nassau and Suffolk County Executives Ed Mangano and Steve Levy, joined by elected officials from the Village of Mineola, the Town of Oyster Bay and BrookhavenTown, announced on October 20, 2010 the implementation of a landmark bi-county agreement forming the Long Island Purchasing Council (LIPC) to achieve spending reductions and eliminate duplicative administrative cost.
“Measures like these are crucial in restoring fiscal health to this County,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. “Through joint purchasing agreements such as this one, my administration will continue to seek out plans to bring relief to the taxpayers.”
“The Long Island Purchasing Council provides local governments an instrument to save taxpayer money,” said Levy. “Because local governments can put out bids that are collectively much larger than a standalone bid vendors can fill a much larger order, and savings can be achieved through economies of scale. It is the sheer size of our purchases that will yield potential savings.”
The population of Nassau and Suffolk counties combined is 2.8 million, or larger than 19 states, and the combination of Suffolk and Nassau County budgets allows the Council to leverage spending associated with a combined budget of $5.3 billion; a combined budget that is larger than at least six states.
The Council issued its first bid this week for 24,000 cases of multi-purpose office paper. Had Suffolk alone issued the bid its potential usage would have been approximately 15,000 cases, Nassau 8,000, Oyster Bay 750 and Brookhaven 700, but because the Council is issuing the bid on behalf of all members the usage will be in excess of 24,000 cases per year.
Both county purchasing departments have recommended additional commodities for consideration in the early stages of this joint purchasing proposal, including: water, wastewater chemicals, lumber, paint and fencing.
Though in its infancy many of Long Island's largest municipalities already recognize the savings achievable from Long Island's most comprehensive combined municipal purchasing effort, as a result BrookhavenTown - Suffolk's largest - the Town of Oyster Bay and the Village of Mineola have already adopted legislation to join the LIPC.
John Venditto, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor, went on to state, “The formation of the LIPC will help the Town keep purchasing costs down and give us more leverage in getting the best possible price for the goods and services we need. I am very excited about the potential of this cost-saving initiative and look forward to working with the other members of the cooperative.”
Mayor Jack Martins, Village of Mineola, was also on hand to support the efforts of the LIPC, “In this tough economy, any time we can bring various levels of government together to provide real savings to our taxpayers; we're doing the right thing.”
Representing BrookhavenTown, and a sponsor of Brookhaven's resolution to join the Council, Councilwoman Jane Bonner noted, “The Long Island Purchasing Council lends its member buying power that cannot be achieved on a standalone basis. We believe this will translate into potential savings for all members of the Council and their local taxpayers.”
Brookhaven Town Deputy Supervisor Kathleen Walsh seconded the notion that “by acting as a region to buy in bulk the Council's efforts will save taxpayers money.”
The Long Island Purchasing Council is open to all Long Island municipalities who adopt a resolution approving membership and agree to the organizations by-laws. The Council will be managed by a seven member Board of Directors consisting of two purchasing directors from the organizing local governments (Nassau and Suffolk), one Nassau County representative, one Suffolk County representative, and three purchasing managers from other member municipalities.
Operationally, the Board of the Purchasing Council will compile the purchasing needs of the members, decide which items to bid, collect usage data, draft and review bid documents, and then solicit and evaluate the bids received before approving a bid award.
The LIPC created a website for vendors to see the bids and for other municipalities to possibly join in on bids: www.LIPurchasingCoucil.org.
To welcome other municipalities into the Council a formal invitation will be extended to every local government on Long Island (in Nassau and SuffolkCounties), and presentations will be made available upon request.
National Debt Grows: July Deficit $165.04 Billion
McCain and Coburn Release Numbers from Stimulus Package Small Businesses are Key to Paying Off Debt
Lynbrook, New York, August 17, 2010- The Wall Street Journal recently released July's deficit explaining, "The U.S. government spent itself deeper into the red last month, paying nearly $20 billion in interest on debt and an additional $9.8 billion to help unemployed Americans."
Fran Becker says, "It's time to stop unnecessary spending in Washington."
Another contributing factor to the national debt is the stimulus bill passed last year. In February 2009, President Obama said the stimulus bill had to be passed immediately in order to keep the unemployment rate from getting higher than 8%, yet it has been 9.5% or higher for the past year. The bill was passed "with assurances that it would stem the loss of American jobs and keep the economy from floundering," said Sen. McCain and Sen. Coburn in their recent release of "Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers the Blues."
The stimulus bill has done the opposite and left taxpayers wondering where their money has gone. Thanks to Sen. McCain and Sen. Coburn, taxpayers can be informed on where there money went. For example, "The California Academy of Sciences is receiving nearly $2 million to send researchers to the Southwest Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa, to capture, photograph, and analyze thousands of exotic ants." The reason behind the study is that "ants give us back the most data on the environment." It's time to stop unnecessary spending and invest in programs that will help our economy.
Through the support of small businesses in America, the government can start to pay off its debt and decrease spending for unemployed Americans. Fran Becker states, "The growth of our economy depends upon the growth of small businesses and the creation of new ones-they are the primary source of job creation in the United States."
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses with less than 500 employees accounted for 14.5 million of the 22.5 million of "the net new jobs between 1993 and the third quarter of 1998." Neglecting this fact, Obama's $1 trillion "Stimulus" only bailed out large firms causing America's main job creators to look elsewhere for work. Those small businesses that survived the bailout had no room to expand because of the new healthcare and energy policies.
As a business owner, Becker has experienced first hand the struggles of operating a small business. Becker states, "I have had many sleepless nights, not only worried about the well being of my family, but the well being of my employees who depend on the survival of my business just as much as I do." He understands the necessity of small businesses to create jobs and expand the economy and what is needed for them to survive.
"Due to my experience, I know what small businesses need to start and to survive." Fran Becker has created a Five Point Plan to Create Jobs and Restore the American Dream. You can view Becker's plan by visiting his website, www.beckerforcongress.com.
Fran Becker is the Repubican candidate for New York's 4th Congressional District. Fran is a business owner, an employer and certified financial planner. Fran has the background, experience and qualifications to get the job done in Congress.
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