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GC City Council Approves Revised Budget

An average of $56 will be added to a homeowner’s annual tax bill

The Glen Cove City Council meeting took place Tuesday, Oct. 23 to vote on the upcoming budget. The revised budget had caused concern for being a financial risk, but Mayor Ralph Suozzi confidently explained his budget plans. All of city council voted Tuesday night to approve spending that will add $56 to the average homeowner’s annual tax bill.

Residents expressed concern at the meeting about Glen Cove’s current deficit, and Mayor Suozzi’s future plans to borrow from the state. Charlie Bozzello asked the mayor if borrowing money would be wise due to Glen Cove’s current debt, and how the city will ever reach economic stability if the city continues to borrow money. The mayor explained that the Glen Cove Police Department will see about 13 police officers retiring this year, an unusually high number, he said, adding that it would be impossible to not borrow. The mayor went on to say that the money borrowed will be dedicated to paying for these retirement plans and that retirement plans “would’ve been a good idea to start 30 years ago.” Roughly 12.3 percent of the budget will go to retirement plans for police.

Councilman Gallo was also quick to respond to Mr. Bozzello’s concern ad said that he had worked closely with the Mayor Suozzi to assure that they find a surplus at the end of the year; to not only pay off the first year of state interest, but also a substantial percentage of the following principal costs from state loans. In addition, Mayor Suozzi strongly emphasized that the city’s police department has been doing a tremendous job, along with the fire department and hospital.

“When you call the police, whether it’s 2 minutes or 7 minutes, they are there. We have four ambulance drivers, on call 24 hours a day, and they will be there when you call.”  

The mayor stated that they have not fired any city employee due to debt, and will continue to focus on getting out of the current deficit.

Regarding the Glen Cove Golf Course, Mayor Suozzi said, “We have been working long and hard on this, lots of overtime. I have even sat with the manager of the golf course and found $10,000 the city can be saving.”

It was also announced that the city has plans to raise awareness of the importance of recycling, by delivering literature to all residents, teaching young children in the schools, and also to seek recycling business from other local institutions like the Avalon, which currently do not use Glen Cove’s recycling services. The name of the game is to “turn trash into cash,” said the mayor. The project is estimated to create $105,000 in revenue.

The 2013 budget totals $46,679,913, up 0.085 percent from this year’s $46,640,107 and falls within the state cap on tax levy increases. The tax rate increase for residential taxpayers is 1.91 percent and 1.70 percent for commercial businesses, with a total tax levy of $29,254,584. “Rome was not built in one day,” expressed Councilman Gallo before submitting his vote, “This is a realistic budget.”

News

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


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