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hempstead schools chief shimon waronker starts a month early


advertisement | advertise on newsdayshimon waronker became superintendent of the hempstead school district on june 2, 2017. credited with turning around troubled schools in new york city, he is shown in a classroom at p.s. 274 in the bronx, on monday, may 23, 2016. (credit: charles eckert) shimon waronker started friday as the hempstead school district’s new superintendent, a month before the july 1 start date in his four-year contract with the school board that was signed in may.the board held a special meeting this week to vote on waronker’s start date and let go fadhilika atiba-weza, the interim superintendent whose contract ends june 30, board member lamont johnson said...






hempstead school board oks $265g salary for next superintendent


advertisement | advertise on newsdayincoming hempstead schools superintendent shimon waronker, who starts july 1, will earn $265,000 a year, under a four-year contract approved by the school board on thursday night, may 11, 2017. (credit: ed betz) the hempstead school board voted 3-2 thursday night to approve a four-year contract for incoming superintendent shimon waronker that will pay him $265,000 a year.waronker, 48, an administrator known for turning around struggling and dangerous schools in new york city, said in an interview after the vote that he felt “grateful” for the opportunity to steer the district out of its troubled...






hempstead school board puts superintendent waronker on leave


hempstead school board trustees and residents inundated superintendent shimon waronker on tuesday, jan. 9, 2018, with questions regarding burst water pipes, inadequate heating and other problems that led to a series of school closures over the past several days during a frigid spell.shimon waronker, the embattled superintendent of the hempstead school district, was placed on administrative leave late tuesday night by the district’s school board majority — an action, which if it holds up, will ban the former new york city educator from intervening in the operations of long island’s most troubled school system.the action was on a 3-2 vote — a common pattern on the divided...






hempstead superintendent challenges school board majority


hempstead schools superintendent shimon waronker, seen here on dec. 22, 2017. photo credit: danielle finkelstein the new york city educator brought into the hempstead district seven months ago to turn around long island’s most troubled system is going public with accusations that the school board’s majority has derailed his academic reforms and efforts to root out corruption, mismanagement and waste.superintendent shimon waronker, in an extraordinary “open letter” posted over the weekend on the district’s...






tough questions for shimon waronker, hempstead schools chief


hempstead superintendent shimon waronker, center, defends himself at a special meeting tuesday evening, jan 9, 2018, the day after the release of a special adviser's report that faults district's leadership and after the superintendent's "open letter" of appeal to the community. photo credit: danielle finkelstein angry hempstead school board trustees and residents peppered superintendent shimon waronker tuesday night with questions about burst water pipes, inadequate heating and other problems that led to a series of school closures in the district last week and on monday.the meeting marked the first time the five-member board has met since waronker posted an “open letter” over the weekend accusing...






hempstead district: weather-related closures at 3 schools


three schools in the hempstead district were closed tuesday, jan. 2, 2018, the first day after holiday break. photo credit: barry sloan the hempstead district tuesday morning closed the high school and two elementary schools — on the first day after holiday break — because of “weather related emergencies,” officials said.hempstead school officials could not be immediately reached for comment about the closures of hempstead high school, front street elementary school and prospect school.a notice on the prospect school...






hempstead ida member and chairman resign, leaving no quorum


hempstead ida board chairman arthur nastre, left, and board member john ferretti jr. at the agency's feb. 16, 2017, meeting in hempstead. photo credit: howard schnapp two members of the hempstead town industrial development agency, including the board’s chairman, have resigned, leaving the agency with just three members, not enough for a quorum.chairman arthur nastre and board member john ferretti jr. submitted separate letters to the town board announcing that they were stepping down effective nov. 24, according to copies of the letters obtained by newsday...






feds: hempstead town board member arrested on tax evasion charges


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya hempstead town board member, edward ambrosino, was arrested friday, march 31, 2017, after turning himself in at an fbi office in melville, on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, federal prosecutors said.a hempstead town board member was arrested friday morning on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, federal prosecutors said.edward ambrosino, 52, a member of the board since 2003, surrendered at an fbi office in melville, accompanied by his lawyer.an indictment alleges that ambrosino, an attorney, defrauded his law firm by diverting $800,000 of $1.3 million in legal fees between...






feds: hempstead town board member arrested on tax evasion charges


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya hempstead town board member, edward ambrosino, was arrested friday, march 31, 2017, after turning himself in at an fbi office in melville, on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, federal prosecutors said.a hempstead town board member was arrested friday morning on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, federal prosecutors said.edward ambrosino, 52, a member of the board since 2003, surrendered at an fbi office in melville, accompanied by his lawyer.an indictment alleges that ambrosino defrauded his law firm by diverting $800,000 of $1.3 million in legal fees between 2013 and 2015...






feds: hempstead town board member arrested on tax evasion charges


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya hempstead town board member, edward ambrosino, was arrested friday, march 31, 2017, after turning himself in at an fbi office in melville, on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, federal prosecutors said. (credit: newsday) a hempstead town board member was arrested friday morning on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, federal prosecutors said.edward ambrosino, 52, a member of the board since 2003, surrendered at an fbi office in melville, accompanied by his lawyer.an indictment alleges that ambrosino, an attorney, defrauded his law firm by diverting $800,000 of $1.3 million in legal fees between...






feds: hempstead town board member arrested on tax evasion charges


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya hempstead town board member, edward ambrosino, was arrested friday, march 31, 2017, after turning himself in at an fbi office in melville, on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, federal prosecutors said.a hempstead town board member was arrested friday morning on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, federal prosecutors said.edward ambrosino, 52, a member of the board since 2003, surrendered at an fbi office in melville, accompanied by his lawyer.he will be arraigned friday afternoon before judge joanna seybert at federal court in central islip, acting u.s. attorney bridget m....






hempstead schools chief shimon waronker starts a month early


shimon waronker started friday as the hempstead school district’s new superintendent, a month before the july 1 start date in his four-year contract with the school board that was signed in may.the board held a special meeting this week to vote on waronker’s start date and let go fadhilika atiba-weza, the interim superintendent whose contract ends june 30, board member lamont johnson said friday. he said he and trustee david gates voted against the earlier start date, which is a continuation of 3-2 votes on the board.most popularwaronker, 48, said in a phone interview that his work “needed to start a little earlier than july 1st,” citing contract negotiations with the teachers’ union and challenges facing the high school and middle school, which are under state receivership because of low






new hempstead school superintendent calls for orderly meeting


advertisement | advertise on newsdayshimon waronker, who started work as hempstead school superintendent on june 2, 2017, is seen in a classroom at p.s. 274 in the bronx on may 23, 2016. (credit: charles eckert) the new superintendent of hempstead schools, shimon waronker, was greeted by a small protest thursday night as he introduced himself to an audience of about 80 people at the district’s high school.seven people stood and turned their backs as waronker opened a school board “work study” meeting, saying how much he has enjoyed initial meetings with teacher union leaders and other staff.waronker,...






new hempstead school superintendent calls for orderly meeting


the new superintendent of hempstead schools, shimon waronker, was greeted by a small protest thursday night as he introduced himself to an audience of about 80 people at the district’s high school.seven people stood and turned their backs as waronker opened a school board “work study” meeting, saying how much he has enjoyed initial meetings with teacher union leaders and other staff.most popularwaronker, a harvard-educated administrator with a reputation for turning around troubled new york city schools, reminded the audience of district rules stipulating that disruptive people could be removed from the auditorium.see alsoread waronker's letter“as adults, we’re modeling for our children and showing them how to behave,” he said.a security guard walked up and down an aisle of the auditorium,






cops: hempstead school board member arrested on marijuana charge


police said a member of the hempstead school board was arrested on a marijuana possession charge thursday night — about two hours after the board met and approved a contract for a new superintendent.melissa figueroa, 37, of hempstead, was driving on lakeview avenue near ocean avenue in lynbrook at about 10:30 p.m. when a village police officer noticed she was not wearing a seat belt, police said.most popularthe officer pulled her over and “smelled marijuana in the car and found a used marijuana cigarette,” lynbrook police chief joseph neve said friday.she was given a desk appearance ticket to appear june 15 in first district court in hempstead on a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana, the chief said.figueroa, of saint pauls road, said in a text message friday morning that she was “s






new hempstead supervisor needs a coalition to lead, experts say


incoming democratic hempstead town supervisor laura gillen photo credit: howard schnapp on a governing board with seven members, the magic number is four.less than two weeks after democrat laura gillen’s unexpected victory in the hempstead town supervisor’s race, experts are wondering if she’ll be able to reach a majority on the mostly republican board once she takes office jan. 2.“for her to govern, she has to be able to get enough votes,” said michael dawidziak, a bohemia...






ousted hempstead school board regains seat after state order


former hempstead school board member lamont johnson as he arrives to be sworn in and reinstated to the board, monday nov. 27, 2017 at the alverta b. gray schultz middle school. photo credit: former hempstead school board member lamont johnson as he arrives to be sworn in and reinstated to the board, monday nov. 27, 2017 at the alverta b. gray schultz middle school. former hempstead school board member lamont johnson regained his seat monday after state education commissioner maryellen elia ordered his reinstatement — five months after the board of education removed him over allegations he disclosed employee data to a political ally’s campaign.elia, in her 21-page decision monday, admonished the district for its handling of the matter and said johnson...






anthony santino to step down as hempstead supervisor friday


anthony santino's final hempstead town board meeting as supervisor on tuesday, dec. 12, 2017, in hempstead. photo credit: howard schnapp hempstead town supervisor anthony santino will step down friday and take a $160,000 job as an administrative assistant at the nassau county board of elections, according to town officials and county sources.santino, a republican from east rockaway, was defeated last month by laura gillen, who will be sworn in jan. 1 as the town’s first democratic supervisor in more than a century. republican...






anthony santino to step down as hempstead supervisor friday


anthony santino's final hempstead town board meeting as supervisor on tuesday, dec. 12, 2017, in hempstead. photo credit: howard schnapp hempstead town supervisor anthony santino will step down friday and will take a $160,000 job as an administrative assistant at the nassau county board of elections, according to town officials and county sources.santino, a republican from east rockaway, was defeated last month by laura gillen, who will be sworn in jan. 1 as the town’s first democratic supervisor in more than a century. republican...






anthony santino to step down as hempstead supervisor friday


anthony santino's final hempstead town board meeting as supervisor on tuesday, dec. 12, 2017, in hempstead. photo credit: howard schnapp hempstead town supervisor anthony santino will step down friday and take a $160,000 job as an administrative assistant at the nassau county board of elections, according to town officials and county sources.santino, a republican from east rockaway, was defeated last month by laura gillen, who will be sworn in jan. 1 as the town’s first democratic supervisor in more than a century.republican...






ousted hempstead school board member ordered to be reinstated


hempstead school board trustee lamont johnson attends a special meeting on june 19, 2017. photo credit: howard schnapp state education commissioner maryellen elia has ordered the reinstatement of former hempstead school board member lamont johnson, five months after the panel found he had disclosed employee data to a political ally’s campaign.in her decision monday, elia admonished the district for its handling of the matter and said johnson did not receive “sufficient due process” to defend himself against...






hempstead superintendent challenges school board majority


hempstead schools superintendent shimon waronker, seen here on dec. 22, 2017. photo credit: danielle finkelstein by john [email protected] january 7, 2018 3:54 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailthe new york city educator brought into the hempstead district seven months ago to turn around long island’s most troubled system is going public with accusations that the school board’s majority has derailed his academic reforms and efforts to root out corruption, mismanagement and waste.superintendent shimon waronker, in an extraordinary “open letter” posted over the weekend on the district’s website, appeals directly to hempstead residents for support in his drive to overhaul the 8,000-student system — the largest serving kindergartners through 12th-grad






hempstead superintendent challenges school board majority


hempstead schools superintendent shimon waronker, seen here on dec. 22, 2017. photo credit: danielle finkelstein by john [email protected] january 7, 2018 7:24 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailthe new york city educator brought into the hempstead district seven months ago to turn around long island’s most troubled system is going public with accusations that the school board’s majority has derailed his academic reforms and efforts to root out corruption, mismanagement and waste.superintendent shimon waronker, in an extraordinary “open letter” posted over the weekend on the district’s website, appeals directly to hempstead residents for support in his drive to overhaul the 8,000-student system — the largest serving kindergartners through 12th-grad






feds: hempstead town board member arrested on tax evasion charges


advertisement | advertise on newsdayhempstead town board member edward ambrosino was arrested friday morning, march 31, 2017, on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, sources said. (credit: howard schnapp) a hempstead town board member was arrested friday morning on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, federal prosecutors said.edward ambrosino, 52, a member of the board since 2003, surrendered at an fbi office in melville, accompanied by his lawyer.he will be arraigned friday afternoon before judge joanna seybert at federal court in central islip, acting u.s. attorney bridget m....






hempstead town set to terminate two who worked for santino


the hempstead town hall is shown on nov. 28, 2011. photo credit: jc cherubini the hempstead town board is to vote tuesday night to terminate the employment of two members of former supervisor anthony santino’s inner circle during the first town board meeting under new supervisor laura gillen.matt coleman, santino’s town senior policy adviser and his campaign spokesman, and theresa gaffney, santino’s executive assistant and the deputy mayor of east rockaway, were denied...






sources: hempstead town board member arrested on tax evasion charges


a hempstead town board member was arrested friday morning on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, sources said.edward ambrosino, a member of the board since 2003, surrendered at fbi headquarters in melville, accompanied by his lawyer. advertisement | advertise on newsdaya spokesman for acting eastern district u.s. attorney bridget m. rohde could not immediately be reached for comment. newsday reported last year that ambrosino also is general counsel to the county industrial development agency, earning $1.5 million in fees from 2010 through early this year, records show. his arrest is tied to his work with the ida, the sources said.nassausearch 2015 hempstead salarieshe also served as counsel to county executive edward mangano in 2012 and 2013.advertisement | advertise on newsdayaccor






sources: hempstead town board member arrested on tax evasion charges


advertisement | advertise on newsdayhempstead town board member edward ambrosino was arrested friday morning, march 31, 2017, on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, sources said. (credit: howard schnapp) a hempstead town board member was arrested friday morning on income tax evasion and wire fraud charges, sources said.edward ambrosino, a member of the board since 2003, surrendered at an fbi office in melville, accompanied by his lawyer. sources said he will be arraigned friday afternoon in central islip federal court. dennis lemke, ambrosino’s defense attorney, acknowledged his client’s...






hempstead school board oks $265g salary for next superintendent


the hempstead school board voted 3-2 thursday night to approve a four-year contract for incoming superintendent shimon waronker that will pay him $265,000 a year.waronker, 48, an administrator known for turning around struggling and dangerous schools in new york city, said in an interview after the vote that he felt “grateful” for the opportunity to steer the district out of its troubled designations. most popular“these are tough things that we all have to work together to overcome,” said waronker, who starts july 1. “what the teachers and administrators need to know is i’m going to be there to support them, and help them through this process.”the school board approved waronker’s hiring on april 27, also with a 3-2 vote. he did not attend thursday night’s meeting. the school’s middle and h






hempstead school board member questions other trustees’ village jobs


a hempstead school trustee has asked the state’s highest education official to weigh in on her claim that the hempstead village jobs held by two of her board colleagues pose a conflict that could harm the education offered by the school district.in her letter to state education commissioner maryellen elia, melissa figueroa notes that school board members david gates and lamont johnson hold positions with the village municipal government: johnson as an elected member of its governing body and gates as a research assistant reporting to the village trustees.most popularthe concern, figueroa said, is that johnson has power over gates’ employment and $100,000-a-year salary and that could sway gates’ votes on the school board. johnson is paid $28,560 as a village trustee.“when you’re sitting acr






hempstead school board member questions other trustees’ village jobs


advertisement | advertise on newsdayhempstead school board trustees melissa figueroa, left, lamont johnson, center, and david gates. (credit: howard schnapp; jeffrey basinger; newsday / j. conrad williams jr.) a hempstead school trustee has asked the state’s highest education official to weigh in on her claim that the hempstead village jobs held by two of her board colleagues pose a conflict that could harm the education offered by the school district.in her letter to state education commissioner maryellen elia, melissa figueroa notes that school board members david gates and lamont johnson hold...






hempstead ida changes rules on public notice after mall uproar


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe hempstead ida board changed its rules on publicizing public hearings and meetings. (credit: howard schnapp) the hempstead town industrial development agency has changed its notice requirements to be more transparent with the community in the wake of a controversy over tax breaks for the green acres mall, officials said.under the new rules, the ida now mails notices of public hearings and board meetings to elected officials who represent the area of a proposed project, including state lawmakers,...






incoming hempstead supervisor asks for halt to raises, contracts


hempstead town supervisor anthony santino at a town board meeting on tuesday, nov. 14, 2017. photo credit: yeong-ung yang the hempstead town board voted tuesday to approve 18 personnel matters and entered into at least nine contracts, a day after supervisor-elect laura gillen wrote asking supervisor anthony santino, whom she defeated last week at the polls, to refrain from doing so.in her letter, dated monday and marked “hand-delivered,” gillen thanked santino for his service to the town.“we can guarantee...






cops: hempstead school board member arrested on marijuana charge


advertisement | advertise on newsdayhempstead school board member melissa figueroa, in garden city last month, was arrested on a marijuana possession charge thursday night, may 11, 2017, lynbrook police said. (credit: howard schnapp) police said a member of the hempstead school board was arrested on a marijuana possession charge thursday night — about two hours after the board met and approved a contract for a new superintendent.melissa figueroa, 37, of hempstead, was driving on lakeview avenue near ocean avenue in lynbrook at about 10:30 p.m. when a village police officer noticed she was not wearing a seat belt, police...






hempstead village promotes officer amid discrimination claims


advertisement | advertise on newsdaydet. steven wilson jr. at a hempstead village board meeting on tuesday, sept. 5, 2017. (credit: danielle finkelstein ) the hempstead village board of trustees promoted a black police officer to detective on tuesday night, despite calls from local clergy that she and another black officer have been discriminated against and deserve the higher rank of sergeant.raquel spry-dacres, an officer in the village for 12 years, received the promotion in a 4-0 vote tuesday night. she and steven wilson jr., who is already...






board oks rebuilding 4 houston schools ravaged by harvey


houston (ap) — the houston school district board has voted to demolish and rebuild four elementary schools severely damaged by hurricane harvey floods.the board action thursday night clears the way for the reconstruction of the braeburn, scarborough, kolter and mitchell elementary schools. the $126 million plan also would include elevating the rebuilt schools to ease the threat of damage from future flooding.the work will be paid for by a combination of reserve funds from the operations budget and tax increment reinvestment funds.the four schools together had nearly 2,900 students last school year. students now are in temporary quarters and the new buildings likely wouldn’t be completed until at least 2020.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.three other schools closed






what nasa learned from the tragic accident


this time of year is always a somber one for nasa as the space agency remembers the astronauts who died in three horrific spaceflight disasters.  today (jan. 27) marks the 50th anniversary of the first major, deadly disaster for the u.s. space program: the apollo 1 fire. on jan. 27, 1967, a fire erupted inside the apollo command module during a preflight rehearsal test, killing three astronauts who were t ped inside.  coincidentally, two other deadly spaceflight accidents that occurred decades later happened around the same time of year. on jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven crewmembers. tragedy struck again on feb. 1, 2003, when the space shuttle columbia broke into pieces as it returned to earth, killing another seven astrona