Nassau BOCES seeks OK to buy office building

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Nassau County's BOCES is seeking voter permission to buy a Westbury office building despite a deepening recession, on grounds that a purchase will be cheaper than paying rent.
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sickofthis

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#1 Feb 9, 2009
Prices for rent and sale of property continues to fall in this region. This is a bad deal and unnecessary debt to already over burdened taxpayers.
They certainly failed to bring make certain all Nassau residents were informed of this vote for TOMORROW, and the lack of voting sites in all areas of Nassau is a disgrace. What happens to the taxpayer in , lets say Island Park, that has no car?
Nassau school districts still don't get it,do they?
What efforts has BOCES done to let the taxpayers of Nassau in on this vote?
Shannon

Levittown, NY

#2 Feb 9, 2009
They can count on my "NO" vote.
In the Know

United States

#3 Feb 9, 2009
The "one-story -building on Merrick Avenue, was a former kitchenware firm"-owned by none other than Farberware-George Farber is the president of BOCES school board-can we spell nepotism. If the building was sold for 9.3 million in November 07, why is BOCES choosing to buy it for almost twice that in this economic market. Why is BOCES continuing to waste the public's money-Let's say NO-No to buying the building and a bigger No to renting the building.
realitychecker

Levittown, NY

#4 Feb 9, 2009
Bad deal for the taxpayers. Great deal for the sellers. They would receive a two million dollar profit on property they purchased in 2007-while the rest of Long Island lost about 15% on their property.

Enough of shoving this stuff down the throats of taxpayers. If you want a new building Boces, come buy my house that I can't give away due to the school taxes here.
In the Know

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#5 Feb 9, 2009
George Farber, is the owner of Farberware-he is also president of Nassau BOCES school board. Why do we allow this very elderly rich man to make decisions for Nassau County school districts. Nassau BOCES will hold a Superintendent's luncheon on Wed. 2/11/09 at there Taj Mahal on Clinton in Garden City-paid for by the Nassau County tax payers, who many of have trouble paying for there own lunch-I guarantee these super's aren't eating PB&J's either.
In the Know

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#6 Feb 9, 2009
sickofthis wrote:
Prices for rent and sale of property continues to fall in this region. This is a bad deal and unnecessary debt to already over burdened taxpayers.
They certainly failed to bring make certain all Nassau residents were informed of this vote for TOMORROW, and the lack of voting sites in all areas of Nassau is a disgrace. What happens to the taxpayer in , lets say Island Park, that has no car?
Nassau school districts still don't get it,do they?
What efforts has BOCES done to let the taxpayers of Nassau in on this vote?
None or less then none. In today's Newsday a public message about the vote is placed next to the obituaries-they could not have found a better place to hide if they tried!! The deceptive approach has always worked for BOCES, they believe they can fly under the radar screen.
In the Know

United States

#7 Feb 9, 2009
realitychecker wrote:
Bad deal for the taxpayers. Great deal for the sellers. They would receive a two million dollar profit on property they purchased in 2007-while the rest of Long Island lost about 15% on their property.
Enough of shoving this stuff down the throats of taxpayers. If you want a new building Boces, come buy my house that I can't give away due to the school taxes here.
George Farber, owner of Farberware(one Merrick Avenue) also the president of Nassau Boces school board probably sold the building to one of his nephews in 2007 for 9.7 million and now wants the Nassau County taxpayers to buy it from him for 16.25 million (yikes)!
sickofthis

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#8 Feb 9, 2009
In the Know wrote:
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George Farber, owner of Farberware(one Merrick Avenue) also the president of Nassau Boces school board probably sold the building to one of his nephews in 2007 for 9.7 million and now wants the Nassau County taxpayers to buy it from him for 16.25 million (yikes)!
I have just checked out what you wrote and you are right! The only hint on the Boces site is a little notation that "He holds a degree in accounting and is executive of a large food service equipment business." The "food servive equipment business was 1 Merrick Rd in Westbury!
This is beyond rape of the taxpayers. ENOUGH ALREADY-VOTE NO!
sickofthis

AOL

#9 Feb 9, 2009
And why doesn't Newsday mention that in their article???
In the Know

United States

#10 Feb 9, 2009
Mr. Hildebrand, do you hear us why not check it out? You are the education specialist, aren't you? How about any officials?? Were are you when we need you??
In the Know

United States

#11 Feb 9, 2009
sickofthis wrote:
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I have just checked out what you wrote and you are right! The only hint on the Boces site is a little notation that "He holds a degree in accounting and is executive of a large food service equipment business." The "food servive equipment business was 1 Merrick Rd in Westbury!
This is beyond rape of the taxpayers. ENOUGH ALREADY-VOTE NO!
Why have the Boards of Education of Nassau County allowed this guy to be in control for so long. Another one you can check out. Nassau BOCES retired Asst. Superintendent, Mr. John Gangemi, along with many other BOCES Retirees created a foundation called Education Partners-every year they nominate people they call extraordinary for their impact on education. The problem is they nominate each other. This year Stephen B. Witt, who they say is a board member on the Woodmere school board, they fail to mention that he is the Nassau BOCES disrict clerk. Check it out I am right, these are the things some people know-what we don't know is even scarier!!
In the Know

United States

#12 Feb 9, 2009
The most astonishing of all of this is that nobody cares. You see other sights with 1,000 of hits and this impacts people greatly and they just don't care!
BOCES is BS

Coram, NY

#14 Feb 9, 2009
If they abolished BOCES, you would never know the difference. I knew someone who worked there for a few months and quit in disgust. All the executives were family members of people with connections. They came in for one hour a day and then ran out on personal stuff.

The only reason they came in at all was to make sure no one important might show up without their realizing it. They weren't afraid of being caught, they just wanted to be sure they could schmooze and A-K the big pols.
realitychecker

Levittown, NY

#15 Feb 9, 2009
Vote "NO" for this shady deal! Boces doesn't need this-with the school taxes as they are,there will be no more families on Long Island.
This reeks just like the crappy bank bailout-nobody watching how funds are spent.
Vote "NO"
realitychecker

Levittown, NY

#16 Feb 9, 2009
In the Know wrote:
The most astonishing of all of this is that nobody cares. You see other sights with 1,000 of hits and this impacts people greatly and they just don't care!
The problem is that they don't even know-this is a hidden article-another great job by Newsday!
In the Know

United States

#17 Feb 9, 2009
BOCES is BS wrote:
If they abolished BOCES, you would never know the difference. I knew someone who worked there for a few months and quit in disgust. All the executives were family members of people with connections. They came in for one hour a day and then ran out on personal stuff.
The only reason they came in at all was to make sure no one important might show up without their realizing it. They weren't afraid of being caught, they just wanted to be sure they could schmooze and A-K the big pols.
You only get to the top at BOCES if you know someone! With nobody at the helm of this organization, the shady practices are INCREDIBLE. If this building is bought by BOCES they will have an astonishing amount of real estate. How much is the Taj Mahal worth in Garden City? How about other buildings they own? Why id Boces run like a business, raping the taxpayers of money allowed by our government. Suozzi wants to put these idiots in charge of the school systems. Please help stop this while we still can! Get involved! Go to a BOCES board meeting, that will be a real wake up! The nine board members, suppose to be elected by other Nassau County districts, most still sit on their home district, isn't that some sort of double dipping. How many times to they submit bills for hotel stays to the both disricts. The Boces board president, Farber of Farberware, is so old he can't even drive-BOCES sends a driver to get him and return him home. How many of us would like this perk, paid for with our tax dollars??
In the Know

United States

#18 Feb 9, 2009
realitychecker wrote:
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The problem is that they don't even know-this is a hidden article-another great job by Newsday!
Many know about it now-call your local congress people and tell them to say NO, especially to Suozzi bright idea of giving BOCES more power. Where is our education commissioner Mills when we need him, probably using up his sick days before he retires.
In the Know

United States

#19 Feb 9, 2009
Long Island we have a problem:
over 26,000 comments about the Yankees and a pathetic 17, half of them from me on BOCES wanting to spend over 18 million!!
In the Know

United States

#20 Feb 9, 2009
Why have the Boards of Education of Nassau County allowed this Farber to be in control for so long. Another thing you can check out. Nassau BOCES retired Asst. Superintendent, Mr. John Gangemi, along with many other BOCES Retirees created a foundation called Education Partners-every year they nominate people they call extraordinary for their impact on education. The problem is they nominate each other. This year Stephen B. Witt, who they say is a board member on the Woodmere school board, they fail to mention that he is the Nassau BOCES disrict clerk. Check it out I am right, these are the things some people know-what we don't know is even scarier!!
Fact Checker

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#21 Feb 9, 2009
In the Know,
You are an ignorant idiot.
George Farber, who has dedicated 40 years of service to the children and taxpayers of Nassau County has no connection to Farberwear. He works for a firm that designs kitchens. Before you go about besmirching the charater of one of the most honest people in our community take some time to learn the facts. Peopel like you sicken me and poison everything they are involved with.

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