Ginsberg Bill Calls For Anti Petito Opposes Plan That Would
Delinquency Program Abolish Town Government
Assemblyman Martin Ginsberg
said this week that he plans to
pre- file a bill for the next session
of the State Legislature, that
will call upon the state to undertake
a long- range comprehensive
youth anti- delinquency program.
" About one out of every six
teenagers up to the age of 18, gets
into trouble with the law at some
time or another," Ginsberg said.
" Public and private organizations
and agencies on the locil
level have tried but are failingto
make headway against the rising
tide of crime. The only way it can
be reduced to a minimum is for
the state to work in close cooperation
with these local groups
in the fight against crime, especially
Ginsberg said his bill will call
for the state to begin a broad-based
research and demonstration
program aimed at developing
new techniques and practices
for fighting juvenile delinquency.
" My legislation," Ginsberg
declared, " will call for the state
to give special training to anti-crime
perso? inel. This would include
the development of special
programs to train youths and
adults in career occupations. The
state would also construct community-
based rehabilitation and
prevention facilities for this anti-crime
program I envisage."
" The state would establish
special preventive programs for
youths in danger of beginning the
long lonely walk down the path to
delinquency. Special rehabilitation
services would be set up to
diagnose and treat delinquent
youth under state sponsorship
with the guidance and operation
by such local public agencies as
the law enforcement agencies,
the courts and correctional institutions,"
Pequan To Be Featured In
A proposal to abolish Town
government in favor of a series
of incorporated villages and a
larger, c e n t r a l l y controlled
county government has drawn the
strong opposition of Oyster Bay
Town Supervisor Michael N. Petito,
a Democrat. The proposal
was made several days ago by
another Democrat, Nassau County
Executive Eugene H. Nicker-son.
Petito said that the proposal
was ' ' an ominous threat to local
government and a complete abrogation
of the home- rule concept
which has received such wide
acceptance in the suburban areas
of our state." The Supervisor
said he would actively campaign
against such a proposal in the
event efforts are made to present
it in a referendum to county
residents next year.
" There just isn't any sense to
such a plan," Petito continued.
" We are faced here with the suggestion
that highway repairs,
sanitation services and all the
many other services provided by
town government be discarded in
favor of a series of small municipalities
usually not financially
capable of providing them. The
only other conclusion one can a r rive
at is that such a proposal is
really designedto make the County
into a super government which
would surely breed city- style
problems at every level."
The Supervisor said he failed
to see where any significant public
support could be found for the
Nickerson proposal made on September
7th. Petito pointed to the
major problems villages would
face in trying to provide the
myriad of services now given by
the towns, adding that such services
by county government would
present an overbearing burden
on the taxpayers.
The Supervisor also said one
of the major considerations omitted
in Nickerson's proposal concern
the key powers of zoning,
which currently are the province
of Town officials. He said that
abolition of the towns would remove
zoning control completely
from the local community and
eventually pass it on to a higher
central authority, the county government.
Petito also took a dim
view of what would happen to the
area if the Nickerson plan was
pushed. " Our homeowners want
the suburban nature of Nassau
County maintained; we're not
looking for more city type problems,"
he stated. " I also am
certain that the costs of providing
additional county services to
replace town services would be
extremely high, much too costly
for our hard- pressed residents."
On another phase of the argument,
Petito predicted that abolition
of the towns would create a
caretaker- government in Nassau
County, one which would hardly
be receptive to the wishes of the
local residents. " The trend is
t o w a r d s decentralization for
more governmental efficiency,"
Petito concluded. " That is why
the Nickerson suggestion appears
both untimely and ill- conceived."
Beginning their twelfth season,
the Massapequa Symphony
Society will present four noted
guest soloists at four concerts
to be performed by the 70 piece
Massapequa Symphony Orchestra
under the direction of founder and
conductor, H. Dudley Mairs, who
is also Director of Music in the
Massapequa Public Schools.
Massapequa resident, Stanley
Drucker, will perform with the
orchestra on Saturday evening,
October 26, at 8: 30 p. m. Drucker
has been solo clarinetist with
the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
since 1960 and was the
youngest player when he joined
it. in 1948 at the age of nineteen.
All concerts will be held in
the Massapequa High School Auditorium.
Single tickets will be
sold after 8 p. m. if seats are
The second concert on Saturday,
December 7th, will feature
Regis Pasquier, a concert violinist.
Soprano with the Metropolitan
Opera Company, C a t h e r i ne
Christensen, will be the guest
soloist at the third concert to be
held on Saturday, February 15th.
Susan Starr will be the piano
soloist for the final concert of
the series on Saturday, April
26th. Miss Starr made her debut
with the Philadelphia Orchestra
at the age of six and has had
a distinguished career both at
home and abroad. In 1962 she tied
for second place in the Tschai-kowsky
Competition in Moscow.
The Massapequa orchestra is
composed of professional musicians
as well as talented students
who are carefully selected.
A scholarship of $ 500 is awarded
annually to a local high school
senior who has been a student
member and is enrolled for the
following year in a college to
Season membership is $ 10 and
student membership for the season
is $ 4.
O'Donnell Accepts Debate Challenge
Schechter Combines Art Exhibition With Political Campaign
David Schechter, Democratic
candidate fbr the State Senate,
4th Senatorial District, and who
is opposing incumbent Senator
Edward Speno, will paint politics
with a new brush when he greets
friends and supporters at an art
exhibition and cocktail party on
Sunday, September 29th, starting
at 3 p. m. at Levittown Hall.
Schechter, Nassau Senior Deputy
County Attorney, is County
Executive Nickerson's legislative
representative in Albany. He
is counsel to the Nassau- Suffolk
Regional Planning and Human
Rights Commissions. He resides
William G. O'Donnell, of Massapequa,
for the State Assembly, accepted
the challenge of his opponent,
Francis McCloskey, to debate
on October 24th at die St.
Rose of Lima School.
O'Donnell, in commenting to
a group of Democrats at his
Headquarters at 1019 Park Boulevard,
Massapequa Park said,
" We have been chasing Frank
McCloskey all over Nassau County
attempting to get him to debate
die real issues. To date, he
has refused a local Radio Station
and a local civic group. It will
be a pleasure to really test his
position before die people."
O'Donnell continued, " Mr. McCloskey
would like to limit die
debate to a proposal of County
Executive Eugene Nickerson r e garding
the elimination of towns
by forming smaller units similar
to village government. This is
perhaps academically interesting
but not one of the real issues
in diis campaign."
" I'd like to discuss die more
important issues affecting die
people of our community, such
as improving the operation of
die Long Island Railroad for
which he has done nothing over
die past years. If McCloskey
were a commuter and spent a
Thirteen women who arc calling themselves the ' Bakers Dozen' have organized to work for the
election of Edward A. Baker of Massapequa, candidate for Nassau County Court Judge. Picture 1. to
r. are: Mrs. Clifford F, Baker; Mrsu Harry F. Beatty; Mrs. Morris Albertson; Mrs. William Bruno;
Mrs. Warren C„ Diet/; Mrs. Arthur E. Hauscr; Mrs. Lester C, Horton; Mis. Paul A. lachapelle; Mrs.
Henry A. Meyer; Mrsu Kenneth V. Sakraida; Mrs, John J. Schlick; Mrs. Henry X. Stryker and Mrs.
Sidney M. Teeter, Jr.
Farmingdale OBSERVER, Thursday, September 19, 1968
winter's night in an unheated
train or arrived late each day
at home or work, he would appreciate
the real needs of our
people," continued O'Donnell.
We should discuss a fair and
equitable school tax formula to
relieve our high tax areas. We
should also discuss die necessary
amendments to die Taylor Law
so that we can avoid future trouble
among our teachers and odier
O'Donnell continued by charging
diat " diese last diree issues
are of prime importance to die
voters and not whether Nickerson
is right or wrong regarding some
long term proposal on Town government.
I am personally against
any legislation which would eliminate
the towns and take away
local control from die people."
Meanwhile, independent candidate
Michael E. Goldman, who is %
waging a write- in campaign for
the State Assembly post stated
diat incumbent Francis McCloskey
has proved incapable of keeping
pace widi a changing and
growing constituency. The Democratic
candidate for Assembly
is trying to play liberal- conservative
in a futile effort to hold
togedier a broken, disenchanted
party, but his " something for
everybody" p r o n o u n c e m e n ts
aren't fooling anyone. Just last
week, he combined a plea for
law and order, aimed at pleasing
the party's conservative v » inRv>
with an appeal for dealing with
root problems of poverty and
disorders, which attempted to
appease the liberal wing.
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