“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”– Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980)
When I went to my daughter Laurie’s outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia’s Italian Steakhouse in Seaford last weekend, it was the first social event I attended since February 2020.
One of the guests I met for the first time was ADA CEA, a registered nurse at North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health.
Last May, my post Happy Birthday Ada, Thank you for being our hero! shared how JOEY CESTARE – who was Laurie’s boyfriend then – helped his close friend Ada celebrate her birthday while she was staying at a hotel to avoid exposing her parents to COVID-19.
That long year ago, while capturing photos of the poster and truck Joey decorated for Ada’s birthday, I hoped to get the chance to take photos of Ada herself some day.
“Hoped” was an unusually strong and scary part of my wish because Long Island was slammed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I took little about the future for granted, and less still about the present seemed safe.
As 2020 crawled into 2021, my fiancé, Laurie, and older daughter Sue continued to tell me I was the strictest person they knew about limiting places I went and people I was around.
Yesterday, April 26, activists held a rally in Mineola about the unfair burden of paying dam-bursting rates – about to rise 26% higher on May 1st – for water from New York American Water, a private company.
Living in Merrick, I’m among over 124,000 customers of NYAW in Nassau County who pay rates many times higher than county residents with municipal water.
Recently, however, New York State Senate Bill S.989a passed – sponsored by Sen. James Gaughran (Dem.-5th District, Northport) – which relates to the assessment of property owned by water-works corporations – including creating a Nassau County Water Authority and exempting water works corporations in counties of populations over one million from a special franchise tax.
But for New York American Water customers to avoid the 26% rate hike, and for such changes to take place, the NYS Assembly must also pass corresponding legislation before May 1st. [See UPDATE near end of post]
NYS Assembly Bill A07279 differs from NYS Senate Bill A.989.a in some significant ways. For one, the NYS Assembly bill would form a North and South Shore Water Authority, covering fewer New York Water Authority customers than the Nassau County Water Authority NYS Senate Bill S.989.a would cover.