Nolan notches win in Democratic primary

Nolan, right, has likely secured another term in Albany.

Longtime Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan has secured the Democratic nomination for re-election in the 37th Assembly District.

In a district overwhelmingly dominated by Democrats, her victory all but ensures she will go back to Albany for two more years.

In a statement following the absentee ballot count, Nolan said she won by a margin of over 1,500 votes.

She was challenged by two first-time candidates, Mary Jobaida and Danielle Brecker. After primary night, Nolan got 52 percent of the vote, while Jobaida got 33 percent and Brecker received 14.5 percent.

“Voters know that I have been successful in passing significant legislation for the families of our district,” she said. “There is a need in Albany for the voices of older women and mothers, and our district recognized my experience in serving our communities.

The 37th Assembly District includes parts of Ridgewood, where Nolan has lived for many years.

Register now to volunteer landscape at the Ridgewood Reservoir

Calling all environmental stewards!

Volunteer with the Parks Department and NYC H2O on Sunday, August 2 as they remove invasive plants from the path around the Ridgewood Reservoir.

You know the deal: the reservoir is home to 175 species of plants, but many are invasive and need to be pulled.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the project will only have 25 socially distanced volunteers working at a time.

Sign up for the volunteering here.

Volunteers will meet in the parking lot on Vermont Place across the street from the reservoir.

Vincent Maltese, neighborhood activist, dies at 86

Vincent Maltese, second from the left, at an event at Christ the King in 2013.

Vincent Charles Maltese, a neighborhood activist who was a prominent member of the Conservative Party and the brother of former Republican State Senate Serf Maltese, died on Sunday. He was 86 years old.

Born on the Lower East Side in June 1934, Maltese was accepted to Stuyvesant High School, and later completed his high school education at Seward Park High School.

Maltese worked as a self-taught car mechanic, a salesman and a truck driver before working as a sales agent for Prudential Insurance for 14 years.

He then entered a career in law enforcement. At the age of 38, Maltese took the test to become a court officer, and passed with a 99. He was quickly promoted from captain to lieutenant, and eventually to sergeant.

While working, Maltese continued his college education at Adelphi, Hofstra and St. John’s University.

Maltese ran for president of the Queens chapter of Parents & Taxpayers and won. He was elected district leader of the Conservative Party, which he helped co-found in 1962.

The LES native served on the Ridgewood Community Board of Directors, which operated the Peter Cardella Senior Center. He was a member of the Italian Charities of America, serving as vice president for 30 years.

He was also on the board of the Italo-American Federal Credit Union, and a member of First Avenue Boys, the Scafidi Belmonte Mezzagno Benevolent Society, and the Bella Italia Mia.

Maltese was notably a founding member of the Triangle Fire Memorial Association and served as chairman of the board. He lost a grandmother and two aunts to the 1911 fire.

Mass cards and notes of condolences may be sent to his family address at 199-05 33rd Avenue Bayside, NY 11358.

Holden explains why he vote “no” on the budget

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On Tuesday night, the New York City Council passed an $88 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2021.

The budget process was particularly difficult this year given the billions of dollars the city is losing in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic lockdown.

Among the more contentious parts of the budget was the decision to cut nearly $1 billion from the NYPD’s $6 billion operating budget.

For weeks, activists have marched and protested calling for defunding the NYPD by at least $1 billion. While the budget falls short of that, it reduces overtime pay for police officers, transfers school safety to the Department of Education and cancels two cadet classes.

In the late hours on Tuesday night, 37 members voted for the budget, while 12 rejected it. Councilman Bob Holden was among those who voted no. Here’s why.

“As one of the very few Council members who has lived through several crime waves in our great city, I am very concerned that the protest-driven moment to defund the NYPD will lead us toward another high-crime era,” he said.

“While the intention of diverting more funds toward education and services for those who need it most sounds noble, supporters of this movement seem to be unaware of the billions this city has already wasted with no tangible results.”

Ultimately, nine members of the City Council voted no because they believe the cuts don’t go far enough. Eight members said no because they opposed cuts to the NYPD.

Holden noted that the budget has soared $25 billion under de Blasio’s tenure.

“So will taking $1 billion from the NYPD accomplish anything other than appeasing this movement while damaging the morale of police officers?” Holden said. “As legislators, we cannot create policy based solely on what’s trending at the moment.

“We must maintain balance, order and logic while holding public safety as the highest priority,” he added.