Reservists Don't Have To Use Regular Wydler Bill Calls For Year
Vacation Time To Perform Duty
Reservists and National
Guardsmen who perform weekly
drills, weekend drills, summer
encampments or cruises and
other types of active duty training
or inactive duty training,
were remindedby Frank V. Votto,
State Director of Veterans' Affairs,
that it is not necessary to
use regular vacation time to perform
their military duty.
" Employers are bound by law
to grant employees a leave of
absence for the period required
to perform military duty, provided
the employee requests such
leave. Upon completion of duty,
the employee is permitted to r e turn
to his position with such
seniority, status, pay, and vacation
as he would have had if he
had not been absent for military
By RepJames Grover J Civil rights groups are planning
a massive march on
Washington later this month in
an effort to advance their cause
with Congress. The demonstration
won't help and they may
A similar march on Washington
in 1964 didn't change any votes
on Capitol Hill. But it reinforced
the negative attitudes of
those Congressmen who oppose
the changes being sought by
minority groups. The Urban
League is urging the changes
being sought by minority groups.
The Urban League is urging
leaders in the white community
to . join this demonstration, in an
effort to add prestige in the fight
I spent a week on Long Island
during the East recess meeting
with hundreds of people and I
didn't encounter any white
racists. Perhaps, as a result of
Dr. King's tragic death, I didnt
hear even one derogatory remark
aimed at any race or religion.
Few persons would deny that we
have made great strides over
the past 10 years in righting
wrongs and in improving the lot
of our minorities.
Yet leaders of the march persist
in making preparations for
a giant invasion of Washington.
With ruins and litter still marking
recent areas of riot in the nation's
capital, supposedly responsible
people are planning to bring
thousands upon thousands ofpoor
and jobless people into Washington.
The chaos which undoubtedly
will result I leave to your imagination.
I can only pray that
there is no widespread violence
but I am quite sure that the organizers
of this march cannot
guarantee that all will be peaceful.
To a great extent, a Congressman
must judge the mood of the
people whom he represents by
what they say to him and how they
say it and by his mail. It
was not so long ago that my mail
contained a small but significant
portion of comments which could
be considered racist. Over the
years, this has almost disappeared.
I believe that prejudice
in our area has been, to a large
extent, eliminated and that Long
Islanders are working steadily
to offer everyone equal opportunity
and a good start in life.
When I consider the effects
which this demonstration may
have, I can only wonder whether
we may not lose some of the,
gains which have been made.
Library Centers Must Be
Centralized To Receive Aid
Representatives of all library
groups in Nassau County told the
Nassau County Board of Supervisors
last Thursday, that state
aid which now supports five distribution
centers of the Nassau
Library Service is in jeopardy
unless Nassau County can come
up with some sort of central
collection and distribution center
which could meet State Department
of Education requirements.
All of Nassau County's 53public
libraries, members of the
Nassau County Library Association,
the Nassau Library Service,
college and university librarians
and the Long Island
Library Resources Council were
unanimous in their recommendations
to the Nassau County Board
of Supervisors that a portion of
a report calling for the appointment
of a Board of Trustees
for a proposed Central Reference
Library be undertaken as
soon as possible.
The location of such a Central
Reference Library, they told the
Supervisors, would be a matter
for such a Board of Trustees
to decide. Its location on County
owned land at Mitchel Field as
close as possible to Community
College and Hofstra College was
Hempstead Presiding Supervisor
Ralph G. Caso assured
the representatives of all the
County's library groups that he
would relay their unanimous recommendations
to all the members
of the Board of Supervisors
and urge that they give it priority
Such a Board, it was pointed
out, could undertake a long range
program as a first step, to bring
about the eventual construction
of a Central Reference Library
for Nassau, which was deemed
by all present to be " desperately
The Board of Trustees, possibly
13 in number, would be
appointed by the County Executive
and have to be confirmed
by the Board of Supervisors.
They would undertake recommendations
on design, operation,
book acquisition, etc.
" Programming of such a central
collection of books and the
working out of a joint program
with all library facilities in the
County will take some time",
Supervisor Caso told the meeting.
" Of prime consideration
must also be the ability of the
Nassau County taxpayers to support
such a Central Reference
Library which we all recognize
must one day come into being",,
The meeting of librarians with
the supervisors revealed that,
" Nassau County right now has
better public library service than
any comparable area in the
Drawbacks in the level of material
needed, but not now available,
were stressed as well as
the necessity for many research
students in Nassau County to
journey into the New York City
Public Library for material.
Clergyman To Address
CAMP On Drug Abuse
The Rev. John McVernon of
Sacred Heart Church, Cambria
Heights will be the guest speaker
on drug abuse at the Citizens Association
of Massapequa Park
meeting to be held, on Tuesday,
May 7 at 8: 30 p. m. inthe Hawthorn
duty," Mr. Votto stated.
The veterans' official pointed
out that all questions concerning
employment and reemployment
rights for Reservists or National
Guardsmen maybe directed to the
local office of the New York State
Division of Veterans'Affairs ( or)
Veterans' Service Agency located
at 320 Old Country Road, Garden
Josefa Elizabeth Rosenberger,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Felix
R, Rosenberger, 306 Balchen St.,
Massapequa Park, is a member of
the Vassar College Choir which
presented a concert of choral
music with the Amherst College
Glee Club in the Vassar Chapel.
* * *
Deborah S. Handelman, 54 Miller
Rd., Farmingdale, has been
singled out for special recognition
at Indiana University's annual
Founders Day ceremonies
May 1 by being named to the
* * *
Alan P. Laskin of 269 North
Wisconsin Ave., North Massapequa
has been named to the
Dean's List at the University of
Rochester for scholastic excellence.
* * *
Edward C. Wozny, of 7 Birch
Ct., E. Farmingdale, has been
named on- the- Dean's- List at Rochester
Institute of Technology,
Rochester, where he is a Junior.
* * *
Mr. Michael Keith Ripka of
Massapequa has been selected
to present his own composition,
" To One's Own" based on the
poetry of Duane Truex at the
a n n u a l Ithaca College Student
Ripka is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Michael Ripka of 91 Pe-conic
Drive in Massapequa, and
is a sophomore in the School of
* * *
Miss Jill L. Schwartz of Massapequa
Park has been awarded
honors at Skidmore College for
her scholastic achievements during
the first semester of the
1967- 68 academic year. Miss
Schwartz is a daughterof Mr. and
M r s . Leon Schwartz of 554
Roosevelt Avenue, Massapequa
Students Take Over Town
Government For A Day
Career Day at the Town of
Oyster Bay on Tuesday when
students take over the Town
government found Stanley Orze-choski
of Plainedge acting as
Supervisor; Douglas Hynes of
man and John Regan of Berner
High School as Town Councilman
and William Richardson of
Massapequa High School as Town
After hearing one zoning application,
to show how it is done,
the Town Board turned their
seats over to their young proteges
and let them run the rest
of the regular Tuesday morning
public hearings. The junior lawmakers
considered such matters
as a local law permitting paycheck
deductions for credit union
deposits and amendments to
parking ordinances in various
parts of the town. No decisions
were made, but the students
handled themselves well enough
to keep the counc ilmen ' s kibitz ing
to a minimum.
Following the public hearings,
the students were the guests of
the town officials at a luncheon
where they had an opportunity
to discuss government with the
men who run the show on the
other 364 days of the year.
NASA Spacomobile To
Visit Schwartzing School
The NASA Spacemobile will
visit Plainedge'sSchwarting Elementary
School on Tuesday, May
7. The Spacemobile is a lecture
demonstration used as a teaching
aid for the Space sciences to
acquaint students with the major
accomplishments and future objectives
of NASA Agency.
Round Daylight Saving Time
Congressman John W. Wydler
has introduced legislation to have'
daylight saving time established
on a year- round basis throughout
the United States.
" The legislation is long overdue
and particularly favored",
Wydler stated, " providing con-siiderable
safety and will continue on a
twelve- month basis those added
precious hours when families
can work and play together,,"
Benjamin Franklin first suggested
such a plan 184 years ago,
upon arising one morning in Paris
at 4 o'clock and finding his room
bright with sunlight.
In this country, there was not
much interest in the Daylight
Time until the outbreak of World
War I and a nationwide campaign
in its support was not initiated
It was not until 1966, when the
Uniform Time Act was passed,
that a real step was taken toward
adoption of daylight savings time
on a uniform basis throughout the
United States, however.
Heretofore, adoption of " fast
time" was on a local option basis
and caused much confusion within
states. The 1966 legislation provided
that daylight time must be
observed or not observed on a
statewide basis. This bill also
established uniform dates for
starting and ending daylight
savings time in all states.
Wydler's bill goes all the way
and calls for establishment of
daylight saving time year- round
throughout the country.
Wydler pointed out that there
are many advantages of the extra
hour of light if the legislation
A year- round daylight time
would lessen crime, bring a substantial
savings in artificial light,
save on cost of fuel and electricity,
eliminate some of the
confusion in communications and
transportation and reduce the
expenses of readjusting transportation
schedules with the beginning
and ending of daylight
Wydler's bill would also provide
safety during the rush hours
following work; greater revenues
for stores where traffic falls off
after dark; more leisure time in
daylight hours; and more hours
for school children to play outside.
Wydler hopes for early consideration
of the measure.
Albany Open Line
by Alex Rankin
For those not yet convinced,
recent events have again proved
that somehow the taxpayer always,
seems to wind up in the middle.
Would it be too rude to suggest
that legislators in Albanyputhim
there - or that the governor had
something to do with it?
On April 10 the Senators and
Assemblymen went off on a vacation.
They did so without passing
a bill which would have saved the
taxpayers $ 667,000.
Both sides, Republican and
Democrat, are busy, and indeed
will be right up to election day,
blaming each other for it.
They will neglect to mention
that it doesn't matter - the taxpayer
must pay the bill anyway.
The bill the lawmakers failed
to pass would have changed the
practice of paying local school
districts 50 percent of the state
aid due them on April 15. The
bill would have spread the payment
over a three- month period.
Because of the fact that by April
15 there aren't enough tax dollars
in the state treasury to cover
costs, the state has to borrow
money to pay off its bills.
In this instance the state had
to borrow $ 250 million. The cost
was $ 667,000.
And so state taxpayers have
been socked again.
But what if the bill had passed?
The local school district taxpayers
would have been socked,
Local school districts are used
to receiving 50 percent of the
state aid on April 15. If they
don't get it, they have to borrow
to pay the bills. And district
taxpayers have to pay for the
cost of borrowing.
There is, say some experts,
no way to end the situation.
Either the state taxpayer or the
local taxpayer gets hooked, one
way or another.
Dr. Howard Miller, secretary
to the Assembly Ways and Means
Committee, suggests the problem
arose with the installation
of withholding taxes.
Under withholding, taxes come
into Albany on a monthly basis.
There is no big surge of taxes
rushing in to pay off the big bills
shortly after April 1, the beginning
of the fiscal year.
This means someone is going
to be caught short.
The answer, it would seem,
would be to cut out big lump sum
payments, such as the 50 percent
due April 15 for schools and
replace it with a monthly system
to coincide with the present
monthly system of collecting
But that leaves school districts
holding the bag.
Perhaps school district bUls
should, in turn, be paid on the
monthly installment plan.
Tom Lavan, member of the
Farmingdale School Board, this
week challenged a candidate in
the forthcoming school board
election to explain her relationship
to Carl Gorton and whether
she shared Gorton's political beliefs.
Lavan revealed that when
Gorton appeared before the State
Commission for Human Rights on
March 2, he was accompanied
by Florence Dellaan. The Commission
charges that Gorton has discriminated
against a library employee
because of her religion
and national origin. The report
of the Investigating Commission
" Respondent ( Gorton) appeared
accompanied by Mrs. Patricia
Gorton, Mrs. Florence
DeHaan and Mr. Rudolph
" Why did Mrs. DeHaan appear
with Gorton before the Commission?
Will she investigate
the religion and national origin
of every teacher in the district
if she is elected'?" I^ avan asked
Since Gorton is an avowed
member of the John Birch Society,
lavan requested that Mrs.
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DeHaan clarify the extent to which
she supports the John Birch Society.
" This is a fair question
to ask of a person who is a
candidate for school board t r u s t
e e , " he stated.
" We know that Mrs. DeHaan
believes that Farmingdale- and
one of its respected churches
is moving leftward'.
She headed a group which supported
Gorton's attack on the
library- In short, is Mrs.
DeHaan's candidacy a vehicle
to give Gorton and the John Birch
Society a voice to determine the
policies of the Farmingdale
School District? This too, is a
fair question since she has not
attended a school board maeting
in over four years and only announced
that she was a candidate
two weeks before the May 8th
election date," lavan concluded.
On April 6th, the Investigating
Commissioner for the State Commission
for Human Rights,
Francis X. Giaccone, found that
there was probable cause to
credit the allegations that Gorton
had discriminated against a l i brary
employee because of her
religion and national origin,
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