Over 100 people lost their homes in the East Northport apartment complex fire on March 23. The fire left several families in our school district homeless and in need. Donations of gift cards – Visa, Master Card or Target cards are preferred – can be mailed or dropped off at the UTN office, 81 Larkfield Road, East Northport NY 11731. The UTN will be pass the gift cards to the families for the purchase of clothes, supplies, etc. Donations in check form should be made out to the UTN and mailed to the Union office.As posted earlier this week, the UTN is holding a fund raiser for these families this afternoon, beginning at 2:30 p.m., at The Lark on Larkfield Road.
A recent apartment fire on Larkfield Road in East Northport left several families in our school district homeless and in need. The UTN is sponsoring a fund raiser in support of these families.
Miles Lerner, Incoming Northport High School Freshman, was on his way to cross country practice on Tuesday morning, September 4, when his was hit by a car on Laurel Hill Road and severely injured. Miles was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he remains in the pediatric intensive care unit with multiple injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. According to Newsday, the driver of the car was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended registration and uninsured vehicle.
Miles’s family has set up a fund raising website to offset the mounting medical bills. For more information on how you can help, visit the Fundrazr Website.
Anyone who ever worked or attended school at the Middleville Road building are urged to get tested for heavy metal poisoning. A group of parents have formed a Facebook Group, (K)oncerned Parents, to share information, comments and sources about Middleville, themselves, their sick children, what they have tried to do and how they have been treated by the Northport district and the Board of Ed. The K stands for K wing which has been closed since June of 2017. The parent in charge of the Facebook page is Denise Curci Schwartz. Anyone asking to be a friend should either state that they worked in the building or mention R-UTN member John Kobel (his posts show up as Phyllis Kobel).
A petition has been started by the (K)oncerned Parents urging the closing of Northport Middel School. They are asking all concererned community members to visit the Change.org petition page and add their name.
As most of you know, LIPA and National Grid, owners of the Northport Power Plant, are trying to reduce the assessment on the plant by 90%. If they succeed our school district will be adversely affected and property taxes will rise. A decision regarding the issue, which has been in litigation since 2010, is expected very soon.
The district is requesting that Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature immediately intervene and direct LIPA to agree to a reasonable and equitable settlement proposal. Dr. Banzer, Superintendent of schools, has prepared letters, to be sent enmass, to the Governor and our legislators in Albany. The R-UTN joins the district in asking all local residents to print out and sign these letters, and return them to the welcome desk at any of the district schools. The district will send them in bulk to each party to make sure they know how many people in the district are very concerned about the LIPA suit and the litigation.
Download the letters and Make our voices heard in Albany!
If you have the time, please then take five more minutes and place a call to our elected officials at both the State and Federal levels at the numbers listed below and express your concerns:
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo: (518) 474-8390
NY Senator John Flanagan: (631) 361-2154
NY Senator Carl Marcellino: (516} 922-1811
NY Assemblyman Andrew Raia: (631) 261-4151
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer: (202} 224-6542
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: (202) 224-4451
U.S. Congressman Thomas Suozzi: (631) 923-4100