The Glen Cove city council approved a resolution to accept and use $1,876,000 in federal funds for the second phase of the ferry terminal project, which involves construction of the ferry terminal building, at a meeting Jan. 22.
Councilman Reginald Spinello moved to table the resolution until after a public hearing on a related water project, Spinello stressed that the ferry terminal project and and the waterfront project are linked. His motion was rejected in a 4-3 vote.
Councilman Timothy Tenke, who voted to pass the resolution on federal funding, and voted against tabling it, said, “These are two separate projects...it is the second phase, so it’s a logical progression.’
Spinello argued that, since the ferry project is way ahead of schedule, there was no rush to spend more money up front.
“The project has a lot of moving parts,” said Mayor Ralph Suozzi, adding that since the funding is already approved.
A public hearing to discuss amending the zoning ordinance for the waterfront project was also held. The amendment would establish vested rights in the approved Master Development Plan, and was met with some opposition by both residents and city council members.
“It seems like overkill,” Spinello said of the amendment. “It’s like it’s protecting the developer more than us.”
The amendment would “provide for the establishment of certain statutory vested rights given the practical timing, cost, phasing and other considerations involved in implementing an approved Planned Unit Development Master Plan.” Additionally, the amendment would a establish an 18-month expiration date for a PUD Site Plan Approval in the waterfront district, as the zoning ordinance does not currently contain an expiration date specifically for PUD Site Plans.
City Attorney Michael Zarin explained that the developer has already invested 10 years and millions of dollars on the project, in cleaning up the site and doing various studies and site plans, which serve to benefit the city in the future.
“The vesting amendment builds upon that partnership,” Zarin said, adding that it is one of the few projects of this magnitude that has survived in these economic times, mainly because of the partnership between the developer and the city.
Councilman Anthony Gallo Jr. asked if not passing the amendment would be a “deal breaker” to which Zarin replied, “It is an important element to advancing the project.”
Spinello said he wanted more details about the money already spent as well as when to expect the city to “reap the rewards” of the project, a sentiment that was echoed by residents.
The hearing will remain open and continue at the Feb. 12 city council meeting.
Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove City Council’s decision to allow amplified music at outdoor cafes at last week’s special meeting was music to the ears of The View Grill manager Frank Venturino. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision to allow music from the period of Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the only council member to vote no on the resolution.
“We just want to have some background entertainment for our patrons while they are at our restaurant,” said Venturino. “We don’t plan to get wild with the music. We just want to support local talent who entertain people with a microphone and maybe an acoustic guitar from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.”
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured with students at the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove. The students had prepared a showcase of their projects for a “World Day Celebration.” They spoke to the guests about the many different cultures and languages spoken around the world.
“The administration, faculty, and staff at the School for Language and Communication Development provide the students with an exceptional education and I am very proud that they are a part of our great city,” said Mayor Spinello.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.
Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.