The Sunrise Rays Newsletter

Volume 92, Number 2, July 25, 2016

Rotary Table at Cathedral Memorial Day Fair May 30, 2016 - See more at:
Rotary Table at Cathedral Memorial Day Fair May 30, 2016 - See more at:
by Althea Robinson
Dr. Jamie Yedowitz-Freeman of Winthrop's Urgent Care will be the guest speaker at the July 25 meeting at the Garden City Hotel, 12:15-1:30. 
President Susan called the meeting to order at 12:20 P.M. and then lead the assembled Rotarians and guests in the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Rotarian Rev. Michael delivered the Invocation.  President Susan introduced her guest Peter, Phyllis and Tina.  
NYS Assemblyman Ed Ra Speaks to Rotarians
by Althea Robinson
Club members and guests heard New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra provide an overview of “upstate” issues and concerns along with the need for Albany to develop more transparency in decisions which impact its constituency.  Assemblyman Ra represents the 19th District which consists of the Towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay.  He serves as the ranking member of the Education Committee and is a member of the Health, Transportation and Higher Education Committees.  He also serves as vice-chair of the Minority Steering Committee  and vice-chair of the Task Force on School Safety.  With education as his priority, Ra is in favor of the return of control back to local school districts.
Assemblyman Ra spoke of the need to invest in our communities; to promotes business and to encourage the “shop local” efforts.  He referred to the “Start-Up NY” project which offers new and expanding businesses the opportunity to operate tax-free on or near eligible university/college campuses.  He stressed the need for Albany to be more accountable to the public by changing the ways it conducts  business and to become more transparent.
When questioned about Governor Cuomo’s proposed Third Track Project, Ed Ra told Rotarians he stands with local officials and community members in opposition to the project which is thought to be premature and inadequate, leaving many unanswered questions and no apparent  benefits to local villages which the project would impact.  Assemblyman Ra said that he welcomes and appreciates  questions and concerns from his constituency.
Nineteen Rotarians and three prospectove members contributors included PP Bob B., PP Jim B., PP Maureen, PP Gary, IPP Emily, PDAG/PP (other clubs) Cornell, PP Joe F., Secretary Peter G., PDG/PP Thomas, Martin, President Susan,  PP Peter M., Joanne, PP/DAG Diane, Joseph P.,  Althea, PP Bob S., Helmut, and Rev. Dean Michael.  Our guests/prospective members included Peter, Phyllis and Tina.
President Susan adjourned the meeting at 1:45 P.M.