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.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Children at Gribbin Elementary
School prepared for Thanksgiving last week by singing songs, writing what they were thankful for on the table cloths, and making a poster of what they are thankful for.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Visitors to Nassau County’s Garvies Point Museum and Preserve were transported back in time on Nov. 23 and 24 when the museum held its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast. More than 1,000 people attended the two-day event, which showcased the lives of Native Americans. Numerous hands-on activities gave participants the opportunity to try their luck at spear throwing, corn grinding, cooking over an open fire and pottery making.
The feast was the perfect outing for several Cub Scout troops and group home organizations as well as for families from across Long Island. For Sea Cliff siblings Zeke and Uma it was a special day at a place they visit often and have strong ties to. Their grandfather had been one of the museum’s early volunteers. For the Ferrera family of Islip it was a new adventure. Renee Ferrera is a social studies teacher who had taken her classes on trips to Garvies in the past and always enjoyed it.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It has been an amazing season for the Midget Cardinals team in Glen Cove. Undefeated all season, they are headed to the Super Bowl, where they will be playing against Brentwood for the Championship.
On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Cardinals Midget team won the coin toss and got to play the final playoff game of the season at home. Fans were out and cheering them on as they played Roosevelt - the other undefeated team in the league.