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Former Mayor Left A Legacy In Glen Cove

Joseph M. Reilly, 85, former mayor and assemblyman, passed away last month

Last month, Glen Cove lost a man who helped make the city what it is today. Joseph M. Reilly, former assemblyman and mayor of Glen Cove, devoted a large part of his life to improving Glen Cove and preserving most of the green spaces residents now cherish. He died on Sept. 23, at the age of 85, after battling an illness.

“He loved Glen Cove, was born and raised here, and utilized everything it has to offer, from the parks to the golf course to the beaches,” said daughter Nassau Supreme Court Justice Margaret Reilly.

She said her father was instrumental in securing the 204-acre Welwyn Preserve, establishing the Glen Cove Golf Course, and having Garvies Point purchased by the county.

Her father was a teacher for the North Shore School District for 10 years, and was elected mayor to the City of Glen Cove in 1961. He served from 1962-1966, when he was elected to the New York State Assembly, where he served for 16 years, until 1982. He then became commissioner of general services for Nassau County, a position he held for 10 years, until his retirement in 1992. Until 2003, Reilly was the chairman of the Glen Cove Republican Party.

Reilly enlisted in the U.S. Navy while a senior in high school, and then returned to graduate from Glen Cove High School after a short stint. A man who excelled in athletics, Reilly lettered in varsity football, basketball and track while at Glen Cove High School and then played for the Glen Cove A.A. semi-pro football team. He was inducted into the Glen Cove Sports Hall of Fame.

Reilly attended Rider College in New Jersey on a football scholarship, receiving a bachelor of science degree in education, then returned to Glen Cove and enrolled at Hofstra University, graduating with a master’s degree in administration in 1953. While at North Shore, Reilly organized the district’s first football team and became its coach in 1955. Around the same time, he also helped organize the first Midget football league in the City of Glen Cove.

Justice Reilly stressed that, despite the notoriety he gained in his role as a politician, her father never lost sight of the importance of making his hometown a better place and making sure his four children also took full advantage of Glen Cove’s amenities.

“He never belonged to a private club, and he made us take advantage of what the city had to offer, from swimming lessons at Pryibil Beach to tennis lessons at Stanco Park…he made sure we utilized services just like everybody else,” Justice Reilly said.

She said her father was very proud to see her become a Nassau County Supreme Court Justice.

“He was a big influence in my life,” she reflected, adding, “He helped me get involved in politics, and never thought that just because I am a woman it should stop me from succeeding.”

News

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

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