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Updated June 3, 2003 • 07:15 p.m.
Board VP Strikes Back • Squanders
Public Money • Dares FNYN To Publish Delusional E-mail
June 2, 2003, Freeport NY
Freeport School Board Vice
President, Dr. Joe Cattano, aimed a mean spirited and
venomous attack at FreeportNYNews.com Publisher, Stewart
Lilker, who is also a candidate for school board. Cattano
holds a doctorate in clinical social work and claims to
focus his private practice on adolescent behavioral
disorders. Cattano, who is known in some circles as Joey
Soprano, both for his demeanor and attire, dared FNYN to
publish his paranoid and delusional e-mail.
the policy of FreeportNYNews to run most contributions
unedited, however, we do correct for spelling and
grammatical errors .... Dr. Cattano's views have always
been welcome. In the past, we have at times edited Dr.
Cattano's contributions, or waited until he cooled down
and he withdrew them himself. This time, Dr. Cattano,
who is the Board VP and is actively campaigning for
Board President, Sunday Coward, is having his
contribution printed in its entirety. Editor
Freeport Paper Hits New Low
Tampers With Election News To Protect Income
May 31, 2003, Freeport NY
Leader editor Paul Laursen.
On May 29, 2003, the Official paper of the Village of
Freeport and the Freeport School District, the Leader, hit a
new low with its coverage of the upcoming Freeport School
Board election and Budget Vote.
In a Leader editorial, dated May 29, the Leader states,
"... our readers have the important civic duty to find out
about the candidates and issues and vote."
In the same Leader issue, Editor of the Leader, Paul
Laursen, refused to run Board Candidate Stewart Lilker's
answers to questions submitted to him by the paper.
Election Day is
Tuesday, June 3
You don't count if you
Index of All Stories
Freeporters At Risk
• Time To Get Tough
March 1, 2003
News flash, it's not a bunch of fourth graders that are
driving around Freeport's streets blowing people away by
shooting tem in the face. It is a bunch of adults and the
police should be on the street, where they belong, along
with Freeport's bloated command staff.
Freeport Superintendent Gives Building
Administrators In School Detention
Feb, 28 2002
In what has clearly become
one of the most absurd and mindless wastes of manpower ever
instituted in any school district, Freeport's Superintendent
of Schools, Dr. Eric Eversley, continues giving his building
administrators in school detention.
Freeport School Board Stabs
Residents In Back
Superintendents Get 30% Raises As Residents Sleep
Freeport NY, Feb 12, 2003
(Posted Feb 22)
The saga of one of Long Island's most inept and unresponsive
school districts continued on February 12, 2003, as the "Helter Skelter"
Board of Education made a midnight run and just moments before midnight,
passed monumental raises for the district's two Assistant Superintendents as
the community slept.
Freeport Students Speak About Gangs
Freeport's Bosses Clam Up
December 13, 2002 (Posted Dec 17)
Hofstra Journalism student,
Andre Akamine was ignorant about the gang problem in the
Freeport schools until he came across the FreeportNYNews
Freeport Superintendent In Ozone
A "Sign of the Times", a
story about the gang
Where's The Good News?
Feb 28, 2003
This week Thomas Butler of Freeport wrote: I was
just curious after reading your article about the recent
board meeting where the good news was.
Gangs Are Real
Feb 28, 2003, by Joe Cattano
Mr. Helfrich, I am an elected official. I take exception to your
commentary that "all" of Freeport's public officials say that we don't
have gang violence in Freeport. That is absolutely incorrect.
The Blood Runs Red
February 14, 2003 (Posted
An FNYN Photo Feature
Just a Figment of My Imagination?
February 22, 2003
Opinion by John Helfrich
night, February 11th, I must have had a hallucination ... I
thought I heard five gunshots across the street from my
house. My first instinct was to blame it on a car backfire.
But wait, a car doesn't backfire with that consistency. So,
I did what I was trained to do. I hit the floor.