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Suozzi Commends Storm Recovery Workers

DiLeo praises Ralph Suozzi: ‘I’m proud that he’s our mayor’

During the Tuesday, Nov. 13 Glen Cove City Council meeting, Mayor Ralph Suozzi thanked everyone in the City of Glen Cove for pitching in and doing a “wonderful job” during the recovery period from Hurricane Sandy. 

“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.

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.


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