Plumbers, Electricians, TOW Car, Taxi Cassidy Democrat Zone Leader
Operators Should Be Licensed: Wachtler
Sol Wachtler, Republican
candidate for County Executive
today proposed that the licensing
plumbers, electricians, tow car
operators and taxi cab operators
be transferred from Nassau's
three Towns to the county to
eliminate what he termed " costliness,
waste and duplication" in
the present system.
Wachtler also proposed that
television repair and home improvements,
two service occupations
currently conducted outside
the pale of licensing regulations,
have a ' public character*
and should be licensed by the
In urging that the home improvement
industry of Nassau
County be licensed, Supervisor
Wachtler pointed to the fact that
the Better Business Bureau of
Nassau County last year received
12,995 inquiries and complaints
concerning this industry.
This amounted to approximately
one- fifth of the workload of the
Better Business Bureau.
Wachtler said the Towns could
relinquish licensing powers
under terms of the Municipal
Home Rule Law, Section 10, which
would clear the way for the County
to exercise licensing powers in
He said he had discussed his
proposal with Ralph G. Caso,
Presiding Supervisor of the Town
of Hempstead, and Edward J.
Poulos, Majority Leader of the
Oyster Bay Town Board, and
could report their response as
Currently plumbers, electricians,
tow car operators and taxi
cab operators must obtain
separate licenses in each of the
Towns in which they work. In the
three Towns in 1967, approximately
3,800 licenses were
issued to electricians and
plumbers. Many of these were
' duplicate' and ' triplicate' licenses.
New applicants paid a
$ 10 filing fee and $ 50 for the
license. Each year the licensee
must pay a $ 10 renewal fee.
This year the three Towns
licensed 170 taxi cab owners,
467 taxi vehicles and 1,253 taxi
drivers; 150 tow car owners,, 216
tow cars and 340 tow car drivers.
Taxi cab owners license fee is
$ 20; taxi cab license fee is $ 10,
taxi cab drivers fee license is
$ 2. Tow car owners license fee
is $ 20, tow car license fee is
$ 50, tow car operators license
fee is $ 2.
The licensing of television r e pairmen
and home improvement
builders, Wachtler said, is a
needed response to the painful
public experience that growing
numbers of self- styled practitioners
are entering these fields
without the required skills and
expertise and without honestmo-tivation.
" Last year, according to reports
from the State Attorney
General's Office and reports
from the Better Business Bureau,
hundreds of homeowners are
being bilked on home improvements.
Likewise, instances of
substandard work in the television
repair business are frequently
Wachtler indicated that he
would be meeting with representatives
of the Village Officials
Association to discuss the matter
of licensing as it affects their
Dan Cassidy of 186 North Manhattan
Avenue, North Massa-pequa,
was elected Democrat
Zone Leader of North Massa-pequa
Cassidy, who has served as
a committeeman since 1950 and
as Fourth Assembly District
Leader from 1956 to 1960, won
by a close 27- 25 margin over Mrs.
Underprivileged Children Enjoy
Summer Cultural Activities
900 Nassau County underprivileged
children enjoyed a new
world of cultural activities this
year, County Executive Eugene
Nickerson reported this week.
They watched puppet shows,
laughed at Circus clowns, attended
children's plays, and
listened to concert and folk music.
One third of them have
spent two weeks at summer
camps in up- state New York,
New Jersey, and Connecticut.
And it was all done without
cost to the taxpayers.
The special children's activities
are part of the Social
Services Department's year- old
Recreational and Cultural Program
and the older Summer Camp
project, both financed through
contributions from individual and
community organizations, Nickerson
In the first full year of the
combined operation, he said, the
children took part in the various
activities, with 256 goingto summer
camp; their stay paid for out
of a $ 6,685 fund donated by civic
minded Long Islanders.
The 1966 camp program was
the most successful in the department's
history, both in the
amount of money donated and the
number of children who went to
camp, Nickerson said. But that
record will be broken this summer
when more than 650 children
are slated to go to camp, with
the first large contingent, 128
children, scheduled to leave for
a camp at Arden Lake, Connecticut,
on July 18. Smaller groups
are already at several other
camps. New contingents leave
every two weeks.
The Department has obtained
free scholarships and reduced-rate
camper ships for needy children,
the County Executive said,
with the average cost about $ 15
a week per child.
In addition to the resident summer
camps, the department will
send 50 more children to county-based
day camps this year. It
also plans to dramatically expand
the cultural part of the program
by more than doubling the
number of children who will participate
in a wide variety of activities
during the project's
second year of operation, which
began early this month.
Join Forces In Project
' Stay Today And Find Tomorrow'
The Nassau County Youth
Board has joined forces with the
Family Service Division of Catholic
Charities, to direct a new
project, entitled " Stay Today and
Find Tomorrow." The program
is directed to the potential dropout.
Based on a one- to- one relationship
of a college student volunteer
working with a boy, age
12 to 14, the volunteer will work
with the youth to help him overcome
academic difficulties by
tutoring him and helping him to
develop a better understanding
and value of school and education.
The program will also involve
the parent and will be conducted
by a social worker and or project
director. These sessions
will include discussions on Preventive
mental hygiene for children.
The " Stay Today and Find
Tomorrow" project is a direct
result of recent Youth Board
research which indicates that
58 per cent of all cases of antisocial
behavior fall within the
adolescent age group of 14 to 17.
The program will be funded by
Nassau County Youth Board and
Catholic Charities of the Diocese
of Rockville Centre which will
assume responsibility for 25 per
cent of the total expenses of the
project in an in cash contribution.
Eglevsky To Direct Ballet Evening
The Long Island Festival wrl
present an International Ballet
Evening directed by the renowned
dancer and choreographer, Andre
Eglevsky, ofMassapequa, on Sunday
evening, July 30, on the
campus of C. W. Post College
in Brookville. Stars of the Royal
Danish Ballet and the Ballet of
the Paris Opera will be featured
at the performance with the Andre
Eglevsky Ballet Company. The
program will be sponsored by
the New York Institue of Technology.
Jean Pierre Bonnesfous, the
young dancer from the Paris
Opera Ballet will make his debut
in the United States on the program.
Partnered by Claire Motte,
he will dance " Grand Pas Clas-sique
Auber" with m u s i c by
Auber. They will also do the
adagio from Gluck's " Orpheus
Niels Kehletand SolveigOster-gaard
of the Royal Danish Ballet
will dance •• Spectre of the Rose,"
a performance for which they are
famous. Eglevsky himself will
appear briefly in the ballet. They
will also appear in " F l o w er
Festival in Genzano."
Susan Whelan and Helgi
Tomasson of the Harkness Ballet
will appear in " Grand Pas Pa-quita."
The program will also
include the world premiere of
" S t r a v i n s k y Suites" choreographed
by John Clifford of the
New York City Ballet.
C. W. Post College and the
New York Institute of Technology
contribute to the financial support
of the Long Island Festival.
Tickets for the Festival are
available at the box offices on
the campus of C. W. Post College.
Contest For Local Beauties
The Town of Oyster Bay Recreation
Department will sponsor
a Beauty Contest for single girls
in the 13 to 19 age group at the
Marjorie R. Post Community
Park this Friday between the
hours of 7: 30 p. m. to 9: 30 p. m.
Three finalists will be chosen
and will compete with other Town
of Oyster Bay Community Park
Harriett Scarpino. Mrs. Scar-pino
was the choice of former
Leader Joseph Curtis, who is r e ported
to be in line for the post-mastership
Cassidy told The OBSERVER
that there will be a ' Reconstruction
Period' taking place in North
Massapequa Democrat circles.
finalists at Bethpage Community
Park on Friday, August 4.
The winner will receive a host
of prizes, including a free modeling
Bathing suits will be provided
and registration will be held up
to 6: 00 p. m. this Friday at the
Marjorie R. Post Community
Three Robberies Reported
George Koecher 45, a clerk
at Olsen's Motel, reported to
Seventh Precinct police that three
male negroes, brandishing a gun
and a knife held him up on Sunday
evening and escaped with a
watch valued at $ 50.
Koecher was struck on the head
with a knife and suffered contusions.
Broadway Pharmacy, located
at 597 Broadway, Massapequa,
was the scene of a holdup by
an unknown person who escaped
with $ 100 in currency.
The burglar was armed with a
Sing Horn, owner of Fong's
Laundry located at 530 Broadway,
Massapequa, reported a burglary
of $ 5 in currency.
Town issues Summonses
To Unlicensed Dog Owners
The Town of Oyster Bay is i s suing
summonses to owners of
Summonses were issued to
about 900 delinquents on July 17th
and additional summonses will be
issued periodically until the ent
i re list of 3231 delinquents have
been notified. The dog population
in the town numbers 26,000.
A note from Town Clerk
William B. O'Keefe was attached
with each summons stating that
the court action will be discontinued
if the required fees of $ 5.25
for female dogs and $ 2.25 for
male or spayed females is paid
at his office before the return day
of the summons. A penalty of $ 10
and costs is prescribed in the law
for keepers of unlicensed dogs.
Fourth In Concert Series At
M. H. S. On Wednesday
The Massapequa Community
Band will present a fourth in a
series of summer concerts on
Wednesday evening July 26 at.
8: 30 p. m. The Band is conducted
by Robert F. Martin of
the Massapequa High School music
The program will include selections
from the ballet Pineapple
Poll, Toccatta Marziale of
Vaughn Williams, Overture to the
show Oklahoma, and the dramatic
March To The Scaffold of Berlioz
Milford Robinson, a former
member of the Berner High
School Band, will be trombone soloist.
The program will begin
with the Sousa march Sabre and
Spurs and will conclude with die
circus march Robinson's Grand
The Band preforms on the lawn
of the Massapequa High School.
The concerts are free to the public.
In the event of rain the Band
will play in the school auditorium.
Receive Police Dept. Promotions
Nassau County Police Commissioner
Francis B. Looney announced
he will promote members
of the force in a ceremony at police
headquarters, Mineola on
Thursday, July 20, at 11 a. m.
Among those promoted will be
William H. Syrett, J r . of Massapequa
Park, from sergeant to
Promoted to new sergeants are:
Patrolmen Curtis C. Heine of
Massapequa Park^ Martin W.
Lindblad of South Farmingdale,
Robert G. Ledford of Farmingdale,
John G. Deppert of Massapequa
Park, Walter F. Jones of
Massapequa, Harry R. Norris of
South Farmingdale, and Joseph J.
Omeis of Massapequa Park.
Farmipgdpl^ 93S^ VER; iTh.! jrsday, July 20,, 1967 . . . . .
11FADS FOR NAVY CAREER: Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Mike
Petito ( right), congratulates Arthur Griffo of 4 Meadow Road,
Massapequa, upon youth's acceptance to the class of 1971 at the
United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Petito holds a certificate
of Merit citing Griffo's outstanding scholastic and athletic
record at Berner High School from which he graduated last month.
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