WATCH By Congressman
John W. Wydler
Dealers Must Make Cigarette
Inventory Prior To Tax Increase
The time to plan for peace
is during war. Long Island has a
great economic stake in the future
of the national defense business.
Certainly, the end of the Vietnam
war will create adjustment
problems for our area. Planning
should be going on now for the
future. Diversification is a long
As a federal representative,
I am disturbed by the lack of unity
and loss of purpose which now
characterizes our area's effort
in Oceanography. This new science
will require the type of
skills we now possess and which
we can transfer when the need
Some of our industrial concerns
see this and are making
efforts to take advantage of it.
Our governmental effort is timid
and rife with parochialism.
A farsighted and sensible plan
for the development of an ocean-ographic
research center by a
consortium of universities at 36-
acre Fort Pond Bay site in Mon-tauk
is becalmed. Some Long Island
leaders want the center
in their jurisdiction. This Is
shortsighted for it is clear that
unless all Long Island gets behind
the Fort Pond proposal, we
shall have no center at all.
We can get help from New
York State but we need an area
program agreed to by all. The
federal government has just a-warded
the first nine grants for
$ 2 million under the Sea Grant
College Act. Nine grants were
made, but none to New York and
none to Long Island. We argue
and procrastinate while other
areas get the jump on us and the
At the Governor's Conference
on Oceanography, held at my
suggestion last year, I pointed out
that Long Island was the key
to making New York State the
Oceanographic Center of the
world. Dr. John Baiardi came
forth with his detailed plan for
a research center at Fort Pond.
The plan awaits action by Long
Island local officials. They must
be statesmen and put the interests
of Long Island as a whole
first. Unless they act soon, we
will be left behind and our hope
to be the center of Oceanography,
once a dream possible of fulfillment,
will be dead as a mackerel.
Albany Open Line
by Alex Rankin
How does a state legislative
leader control his followers? How
does he produce the votes to pass
a program that legislators,
otherwise left to their own intuition
- or lack of it - would
Anthony J. Travia recently
provided a good example for the
student of politics. Travis is
soon to become a federal judge.
As Speaker of the Assembly, the
top Democrat at the state Capitol
has a reputation for producing
votes when needed. At legislative
politics, he is a master. One can
disagree with his politics, but
his style is pure statehouse
genius. He knows what makes
Travia suffered one of his few
failures this year when severe
Medicaid cutbacks were passed
in the house he controls.
A number of upstate Democrats
hopped over the fence and
voted first to force the cutbacks
out of the Assembly Rules Committee,
which Travia controls
even more than he does the Assembly
itself, and then out on the
floor of the Assembly, where the
same coalition passed the cutbacks.
Travia was morally as well as
politically against the cutbacks,
which on paper at least put medical
assistance back to what it
was before the Medicaid program
was passed two years ago.
But, there is a price for bucking
Travia. The collective price
in this instance was $ 115,000 a
That is the price three Buffalo
Assemblymen, Albert J. Haus-beck,
Stephen J. Greco and John
B. Lis paid.
Until recently, all three of
these Democrats were chairmen
of joint legislative committees.
All three of these gentlemen also
voted for the Medicaid cutbacks.
Lis was chairman of the JLC,
on Navigable Waters; Greco chairman
of the JLC on Migrant Labor,
and Hausbeck was chairman of
the JLC on Conservation and Development
of Equitable Use of
The past tense is used here
because before the end of the
1968 Legislative Session, Travia
abolished these three joint legislative
The Lis committee had a budget
of $ 30,000; the Greco committee,
$ 35,000, and the Hausbeck committee,
Without denying that some of
these committees actually do
some work and even benefit the
public, the fact is that they are
The accepted procedure is to
appoint one or two acknowledged
experts to the committee, then
spend the rest of the money
hiring people from the chairman's
The secretaries hired by the
JLC can also do work for the
chairman. Thus is increased his
ability to answer telephones, answer
mail, send out newsletters
and do all the other things legislators
with big staffs do to keep
voters in their district happy -
and who in turn keep them ( the
legislators) in office.
D e m o c r a t i c Assemblyman
Charles F. Stockmeister of Rochester
did not vote for the Medicaid
Travia lumped the Lis and
Hausbeck committees into a new
committee, which he gave to
Stockmeister - the fruit of loyalty
Hausbeck, looking stunned
when he heard what his Medicaid
vote had cost him, was asked
what he thought about it.
" What can you do?" he said.
Not much of anything for a
year or so, is the obvious answer
State Tax Commissioner Joseph
H. Murphy announced that
all cigarette dealers in New York
State, including retailers, sub-jobbers
, vending machine op3ra-tors,
chain stores, wholesalers
and manufacturers — must take
a physical inventory of cigarettes
on hand at the close of business
on May 31 preparatory to paying
the additional taxof2£ apack.
The order to take inventory
was issued by Tax Commission
regulation and must be complied
with before the increase in the
New York State cigarette tax
from 100 to 12( 1 per pick become
s effective June 1.
In the case of jobbers and
Over $ 800
Raised For ACE
Over $ 800 was raised for the
A. C. E. ( Amityville- Copiague
- East Farmingdale) Opportunity
Center at a party in Temple
Judea last Saturday evening. The
program included talks by the
Rev. Mr. Richard Williams,
r e p r e s e n t i n g the Mass ape qua
Interfaith Council for Social Action,
and Mrs. James L. Perry,
chairman of the Southeast Nassau
Committee for Intergroup Relations,
co- sponsors of the party.
Hillard Boss was Master of
Ceremonies and Auctioneer. Mr.
Tom Morton, pianist, entertained
with jazz selections.
Mrs. C e c i l i a Robertson,
Projects Director of the A. C. E.
Center, presented examples of
the concerns of the Center: relocating
families, visiting shut-ins,
as well as regular services,
job counselling, legal aid, Head
- start, and after school programs.
Mrs. Robertson stressed
immediate need for funds to sup-,
port summer day camp program,
only $ 2,000 have been allocated
tp provide for 400 children.
Later HI the evening, Camille
Smith, Suffolk County Coordinator
for the Poor People's
Campaign, spoke of the need
for everyone to join the June
19 Demonstration in Washington,
Thieves Get Six Typewriters
At High School
manufacturers, the Inventory
must include unstamped stock.
New York State stamped stock
and New York City and State
joint stamped stock.
After taking the required inventory,
every dealer, including
jobbers acting as agents to
affix cigarette tax stamps, must
file a Floor Tax Return and pay
a tax of 2<? for each package of
20 cigarettes on hand and stampad
at the old 10- cent rate with
, State or joint State- New York
City tax stamps.
All available tax examiners,
investigators and insp3ctors
of the Tax Department throjgh-out
the State will be utilized
in the field beginning May 27
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The forms for the Floor Tax
Returns may be obtained from
cigarette wholesalers, all New
York State District Tax Offices,
various banks which act as fiscal
or sub- fiscal cigarette a-gents,
or tobacco dealer associations.
The Floor Tax Returns and r e mittance,
made payable to the
New York State Tax Commission,
must be filed on or before June
20, 1968, with the Miscellaneous
Tax Bureau, Building 9, State
Campus, Albany, New York,
Town Board Denies Plainedge
Gas Station Application
The Town Board denied a zoning
change and Special Permit use
for the erection and maintenance
of a gasoline station on Mary Lane
and the east side of Hicksville
The zoning change was sought
by JJS. C. Construction Co., and
Joseph S. Corsentino.
A public hearing was held on
The Plainedge School Board
opposed the change as a safety
hazard to school children. Over
50 letters and a 330 name petition
were received by the Town Board
in opposition to the change.
Assistant High School Principal
Clinton Spahr reported to
Eighth Precinct Police the larceny
of six typewriters from
Hoom 115 in the Farmingdale
Senior High School. The loss is
estimated at $ 805.
Eighth Precinct Police are investigating.
State. V l l ' Code.
Army Private First Class Roy
Rivera, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs.
George Rivera, 22 Gail Drive,
Massapequa, was assigned as a
rifleman in the 4th Infantry Division
near Dak To, Vietnam.
* * *
Army Private Gerard A. White,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert E.
White, 18 Jerome Drive, Farmingdale,
completed an eight- week
Officer Candidate School preparatory
course at toe Army
Artillery and Missile Center,
Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
He is now eligible to attend
the 23- week Officer Candidate
School to become a second lieutenant.
The 25- year- old soldier was
graduated from Chaminade High
School, in 1960. He received
his B. B. A. degree from St. John » s
University, Jamaica, in 1964. At
the university he was a member
of Omicron Delta Epsilon- Honor
Society and Beta Eosilon Rho
* * #
Private First Class Eugene
J. Blennau, 21, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Eugene Blennau, 220 Oak-view
Ave., Farmingdale, completed
a fixed plant carrier e-quipment
repairman course May
17 at the Army Signal School,
Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey.
* * *
Army P r i v a t e First Class
Stephen H. Cox, 21, son of Mr.
and Mrs. John Cox, 165 Connecticut
Ave., Massapequa, was
assigned to the 25th Infantry Division
near Cu Chi, Vietnam, as
Vincent F. Grimaldi, 20, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent
Grimaldi, 1084 N. Broadway,
Massapequa, was promoted
to Army specialist four in Germany,
where he is serving with
the 75th Artillery.
Spec. Grimaldi is a 1965graduate
of Farmingdale High School.
Before entering the Army, he was
employed by the Nassau Bridge
* * *
Thomas L. LoVerde, 20, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas LoVerde,
342 N. Michigan Ave.,
North Massapequa was promoted
to Army specialist four
in Germany where he is serving
with the 3rd Infantry Division.
Spec. LoVerde, first cook in
Company C, 1st Battalion of the
division's 7th Infantry near As-chaffenburg,
entered the Army
in November 1966 and completed
basic training at Ft. Gordon,
Ga. He was stationed at Ft.
Jackson, S. C., before arriving
overseas in April 1967.
A 1965 graduate of Plainedge
High School, LoVerde was employed
by Grumman Aircraft
Engr. Corp., Bethpage, before
entering the Army.
* * *
Lewis J. Honig, 23, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Honig,
27 Wood Ave., Massapequa, was
promoted to Army specialist five
at Ft. Bliss, Texas.
Spec. Honig is a training noncommissioned
officer with Battery
D of the 62nd Artillery's
4th Battalion at the fort. He entered
the Army in April 1966,
completed basic training at Ft
Jackson, S. C., and was last
stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
He graduated in 1963 from
Plainedge High School, and attended
Bowling Green State U-niversity.
He is a member of
Zeta Beta Tau and Beta Beta
* * *
Edward Y. Maher of 358 Broadway,
Massapequa Park was a-warded
a Commission in the
United States Army when he was
graduated from Rutgers University
* * *
Aniello L. Malvetti of 300 New
York Avenue, Massapequa Park,
received a commission in the
United States . Air Force when he
was graduated from Rutgers University
* * *
George Von Duerring of 245
Maple Street, Massapequa Park
received a Commission in the
United States Army when he was
graduated from Rutgers University
* * *
Richard B. Curtin of 12 Wall
Street, Farmingdale received a
commission in the United States
Army when he was graduated
from Rutgers University last
Mrs. George VVienckowski,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
Cinunilluca of East Blvd., in
North Massapequa, will graduate
from Molloy Catholic College for
Women on June 4th. Mrs. Wien-ckowski
is scheduled to teach the
first grade in the Unqua Road
School, this Fall. Mr. and Mrs.
Wienckowski are Farmingdale
Registration at Temple Judea
Temple Judea of Massapequa
will hold spring registration for
the new school year on Tuesday,
June 4 from 8 - 1 0 p. m. and
Thursday, June 6 from 840 p. m.
On Sunday, June 9, Temple
Judea of Massapequa will hold a
Testimonial Dinner honoring
Kabbi Harold Krantzler, celebrating
his tenth year as spiritual
leader of the congregation.
Farmingdale OBSERVER, Thursday, May 30, 1968 Page 5
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