“Thank you to all city departments and employees, first responders, volunteers, neighbors who helped neighbors, the city council members, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Nassau County OEM (Office of Emergency Management),” Suozzi said.
Despite immense criticism of LIPA’s response to power outages, Suozzi commended the work at the Glen Cove/Glen Head and Locust Valley Command Centers, as well as workers on the street.
“I think they did a fantastic job,” Suozzi said. “Are there things overall that could be improved on the communication and maintenance side of things? Yes...however, it was a tough time, and the people who did the work to get our grid back up performed admirably.”
While his praise was selective within LIPA, Suozzi did agree that the organization as a whole did not function properly. “The people I am thanking are those who were out on the streets, out-of-state workers who came to help, and people in the command centers managing the transmission lines,” Suozzi said. “This was a category one storm that acted like a category two storm, and the LIPA crews were out there doing what they were asked to do.”
During the storm recovery, Suozzi said he checked in with the command centers repeatedly, inquiring on the location of crews and the specific damage in each area of town. “I would then go back out into the field and verify locations and stop to speak with the crews and thank them,” Suozzi said. “By the end of each day I had factual information and I would summarize the progress made each day, post updates online and make evening phone calls using the City’s Emergency Notification System.”
In attendance during the meeting was Glen Cove EMS Chief Matt Venturino, who shared that in one week, they responded to 135 calls. “Usually they respond to 2,400 calls in the entire year,” added Suozzi. Also according to Suozzi, the Glen Cove Fire Department responded to over 100 calls in five days, while they respond to about 700-plus calls in an entire year.
Following his sentiments, Councilman Nicholas DiLeo continued his praise, however, for the mayor himself. “I know for a fact that if he (Suozzi) slept one hour a day during that time, that was a lot,” DiLeo said. “He was out there with the workers every day, and I’m proud that he’s our mayor.
In other news, two resolutions were tabled for the next city council meeting on Nov. 27: Resolution A, which will reaffirm ownership of a road the city owns designated as Section 21, Block 1, Lots 11, P/O 9 and P/O 2, Glen Cove, New York; and Resolution B which will authorize the city to borrow money through serial bonds to finance the termination of additional police officers in the amount of $1.6 million. Both items are still in discussion.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
In movies like Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, a parent’s very real nightmare of inadequate child care is at the crux of the film’s storyline. So the promise of a new website with intentions to revolutionize babysitting offered new hope at the party recently held at Melville’s Jewel Restaurant to celebrate its launch.
Babysitting Barter has roughly 1,000 babysitters and 2,700 parents connected to its website nationwide, according to CEO and founder Brian Mannix of Glen Cove.
“This has been a long time coming, about four years in the works,” said Mannix. “We have built our website and I think it’s very different and innovative. It is something that I really think will make a national difference for parents, babysitters, and for businesses as well.”
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.