Introduction to Bethpage
The Indians were originally drawn to the area of Bethpage because it was distinct from the rest of the Hempstead plains as it had a stream which supplied the Indians with an abundant supply of fish. Thomas Powell purchased the land from the Marsapeque Indians. The area received its name as a combination of biblical influence and Powell’s own idiosyncrasies. Neighboring hamlets had already received the names of Jericho and Jerusalem (which later became Wantagh), so Powell sought the assistance of the bible in naming his own purchase: “ . . . as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him, and when they drew night unto Jerusalem and were come to Bethphage . . . then sent Jesus two disciples.” Because of Powell’s dislike of words with many h’s, “Bethpage” became the decided name.
Bethpage later became the site of aviation engineering, being home to Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., and Long Island’s largest employer. Its earlier claim to fame was the Beau Sejour hotel, which attracted such famed guests as filmmaker D.W. Griffith, president Harry Truman, and actor Charlie Chaplin.
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PO Box 500
Farmingdale, NY 11735
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NY Works Funds New & Improved Playgrounds at Bethpage & Hempstead Lake State Parks
At Bethpage, improvements will be made to the existing playground near the picnic area, where a “Woodland Nature” theme will be created, including ladybug, bee and mushroom play structures. At Hempstead Lake, improvements will be made to the existing playground which will create “Carousel” theme, with colorful playground benches arranged in a circle, mimicking the nearby carousel.
Senate Passes Legislation To Reinstate STAR Rebate Checks
S.7447 would restore the STAR property tax rebate check program. The bill would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.
2012 College Affordability Program
The 2012 College Affordability Plan will achieve the following objectives: Lowering the cost of a higher education for middle class families and students, encouraging young New Yorkers to stay and begin their careers here at home in the Empire State; and reducing overall higher education expenditures by encouraging students to graduate in a timely fashion.
2012 College Affordability Plan Passed By Senate
SENATE PASSES COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY PLAN
Making College Affordable for Middle Class Families Through Increased Tuition Tax Breaks, Lower Student Loan Interest Rates, Tuition Pre-payment and Truth-in-Lending for Student Loans