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City Holds Public Hearing On Proposed Budget

Final public hearing will be held at the Oct. 23 Glen Cove City Council meeting before adopting the budget

At the Oct. 9 Glen Cove City Council meeting, the first public hearing was held to discuss the proposed budget for 2013. The hearing will remain open before the council votes, and one more public hearing will be held on Oct. 23.

The proposed budget would increase taxes in Glen Cove 1.94 percent next year, a figure that Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi said was trimmed down from the original 7.42 percent he received from the city controller, Sal Lombardi. He said that, after going over the numbers with Lombardi, the budget he first presented to the council was 2.81 percent and they worked hard together to get it under 2 percent. The percentage represents a $558,087 increase in real estate taxes. The proposed budget plan totals $46,746,289, an increase of $106,182 or 0.2 percent from this year’s budget.

In 2012, the city received 63 percent of its revenues from real property taxes, 24 percent from general fund revenues, 7 percent from water rents, 3 percent from recreation fees and 2 percent from police fees. For 2013, the only projected changes are from real property taxes, which would increase to 65 percent, and police fees, which decrease to 1 percent of the total revenue. In the expenditures category for budget appropriations, government support would increase to 12 percent from 10 percent; public safety would decrease to 23 percent from 24 percent; culture and recreation would decrease from 10 percent to 9 percent; home and community service would decrease from 11 percent to 8 percent; fringe benefits would decrease to 21 percent from 23 percent, and the areas of debt service (19 percent) and transportation (5 percent) would remain the same.

Republican Committee Chair Paul Meli asked several questions about the budget, and also asked for clarification about how the budget process works.

It was explained by the mayor and the controller that each department head presents their budget and adjustments are made by the controller after discussing them with each department. The mayor and controller then have a discussion and the mayor presents that draft to the council. They then work to reduce it even more.

“There were requests made that we took out,” Suozzi said, referring to some of the ways they were able to lower the budget.

Meli suggested that the process begin earlier in the year, to give the taxpayers a chance to process the numbers and give their input.

Councilman Reggie Spinello said, “We have another pre-council meeting, and another council meeting…I’m going to really look at the numbers, I want to try to get it even lower – but I want it to be realistic…we’ve got to dive in deep and look for savings.”

Mayor Suozzi agreed they would work hard to get it even lower, adding, “When we lower the budget unrealistically, we throw a deficit into the mix. If we can get it lower, we will.”

The proposed budget is available for the public to view on the city’s website, www.glencove-li.us/, under the budget and finance section.

News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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