There were two words that dominated the news in Massapequa this week: "Tax cap."
The new state law capping real estate tax increases at two percent, had an impact on area schools and on the
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The Massapequa School District announced that they could face $4 million in cuts because of the tax cap. Officials say possible decreases in state aid combined with increases in pension and transportation costs are contributing to the possible budget woes. The district won't know for certain what the final numbers willl be until April.
Meanwhile, the Village voted unanimously this week to opt out of the tax cap. The law allows municipalities to opt out if 60 percent of their board votes to do so. Mayor James Altadonna said the Village does not necessarily want to exceed the cap, but is concerned that there is concern that Massapequa would pay a price because of the uncertainty over the state's tax calculations.
There were also some arrests in some unsolved cases this week. A 19 year-old Georgia man turned himself into police in connection with November's purse snatching outside the store.
On Saturday, there was an arrest in the October hit and run accident in Fort Salonga that killed Massapequa Park resident Victor Schultz. Suffolk County police charged John Pappias with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Finally, as the area still reeling from the pharmacy robbery that led to the , of Massapequa, one area drug store has been beefing up security. has put a sign up on their window saying they no longer carry Oxycontin and Oxycodone products.