From New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Have Peace of Mind that Your Pension Benefits are Secure
Like all investors, the state’s pension fund has faced challenges this year. Fortunately, we’re well-funded and the benefits of public workers are secure. We want to assure the more than one million men and women who rely on the state pension fund for retirement security that we are well-positioned to weather the ongoing volatility. To our retirees, your pensions are safe and we will continue to pay your benefits as scheduled each and every month as promised. For some time, we’ve been making adjustments in expectation of a downturn in the economy. We’re actively managing through these difficult times and are confident the markets will ultimately recover

Know Your Retirement Benefits if You Get Sick
The unfortunate reality is that some public workers may become seriously ill or die from this virus. If tragedy befalls them before their retirement becomes effective their beneficiaries could lose out. I applaud Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order that waives the standard waiting period after filing for service retirement benefits to ensure their families will get the benefits meant for them. I want to make sure that we’re fulfilling our promises to public workers.

Stay safe and make your vote count in the NYS primaries …

Governor Cuomo just announce that all New York State registered voters will be mailed applications to request for Absentee Ballots for the upcoming June primaries.

The NY State Constitution does not currently allow voting by mail. Absentee balloting has always been an option for those who will be out of state during an election or have a medical condition. In early April the Governor issued the following executive order allowing ALL voters to request absentee ballots by checking “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason for the request.

**Pursuant to Executive Order 202.15 issued April 9, 2020, voters may request and vote via an absentee ballot for any election held on or before June 23, 2020 due to the potential to contract the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To request an absentee ballot, voters may fill out an absentee ballot application and check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason they are requesting an absentee ballot.

Once the Governor signs the new executive order, applications for absentee ballots will be mailed to all registered voters. Watch your mail for the application. Once you received it must be filled out and returned to your county Board of Elections.

Once you receive the actual absentee ballot you can always change your mind. Absentee ballots must be post marked the day before the election. If you think you may want to vote in person, hold on to the ballot – the deadline for mailing the ballot is June 22.

If you want to submit your application sooner, you can Download and print the PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form: Download English Form.

The mailing addresses for the Long Island Boards of Elections are:

Suffolk County Board of Elections
Yaphank Avenue
P. O. Box 700
Yaphank, NY 11980
Nassau County Board of Elections
240 Old Country Road - 5th Floor
PO Box 9002
Mineola, NY 11501

Watch our website for future postings and additional information as it becomes available.

Giving Back to Our Community

During this very difficult time many families are in need of help. All around the country neighborhood food banks are working overtime to help their communities. In Northport the Food Pantry run by the Ecumenical Lay Council is giving out gift cards to IGA and Stop and Shop. In East Northport the Society of Saint Vincent Di Paul is giving out bags of food at the curb, and when food runs out they are also distributing gift cards. The R-UTN has made generous contributions to both organizations.

Below is information if you would like to make a personal donation.

Northport Food Pantry 
donations should be mailed to:
ELC Food Pantry
P.O. Box 675  Northport NY 11768. 
Make checks out to ELC Food Pantry
East Northport Food Pantry
Mail donations to:
Society of Saint Vincent Di Paul 
5 Sandpiper Lane  Northport NY 11768. 
Make checks out to Society of SVDP.

Sad News

Donald Corie  passed away on April 15 at the age of 88. Don was teacher and guidance counselor at the Northport High School until his retirement in 1989. He is survived by his wife Joan, son Stephen, and daughters Beth Struthers and Jennifer  Counselman, and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Margaret  Darby. 

In retirement Don enjoyed working on his many hobbies including woodworking, gardening, his garden railway and restoring antique cars. His legacy was a Model A Ford for each of his children. He was challenged recently by Parkinson’s Disease but still looked forward to all his projects. 

All current services are entrusted to Nolan Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please consider planting something in Don’s honor, or making a donation to your local food pantry or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

A Way to Help …

Are you looking for a way to help out during the Coronavirus criss. If you have a sewing machine your can pitch in and make desperately needed facemasks for healthcare workers.

Northport High School teacher Robin O’Neill-Gonzales’ and her Fashion Club, Girl Scouts and friends in the community are coming together to make 1,000 beautifully crafted handmade masks by 4/20 to be donated to Huntington & VA Hospitals. Want to help? Text (631) 398-0061.

Example of Facemask.

Any style of Facemask is welcome, but if you are not an experienced sewer Robin recommends the Hobby Lobby pattern as the easiest to follow. This Hobby Lobby link will take you to a Youtube video with easy to follow instructions.