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Worries Over Plant Demise

Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi, president of the North Shore school board, said she has requested a solution from the state legislature over how the district will make up for the loss of property taxes in light of LIPA’s decision to ramp down the Glenwood Landing power plant.

Genovesi had testified before the State Legislature on Jan. 29, and updated residents on the situation at a town hall-style board of education meeting on Jan. 31.

 By shutting down key buildings that generate revenue for the district, taxpayers are concerned with how the district will make up for the loss of property taxes the plant provided. The North Shore School District has been the community host of the LIPA power plant for almost 100 years and during this time, there has been an understanding that the utility would pay its fair share of property taxes. 

Genovesi requested “a legislative solution to address the district’s problem of losing a significant contributor to its tax base with no lawful ability to prepare or adapt without making draconian cuts to core educational programs.”  

The power plant is located within the district’s boundaries on the North Hempstead and Oyster Bay border. 

Ken Spencer of North Hempstead said he was surprised to learn the power plant is located in North Hempstead. 

“I’m curious of the new tax implications.” Spencer said. “How much does North Hempstead lose and how much does the town of Oyster Bay lose [in terms of revenue]?” 

Assistant Superintendent for Business Olivia Buatsi said,  “We receive taxes from the North Hempstead residents and Oyster Bay. It’s going to affect residents equally. The key word is ‘equal.’”  

Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick also explained how the ramp-down will affect town and village taxes for residence in North Hempstead, and school and county taxes for those in the town of Oyster Bay.

Many attendees of the meeting wanted to hear details on the district’s plan to conserve their budget.  

Dr. Melnick explained, “The problem is not here in North Shore. The  its problem is how public schools are (faring) in the New York State Legislature…75 percent of [our] budget is fixed costs, which we need to fix with New York State…Commissioner of Education [Peter King] predicted unless there’s a fix in Albany, 10 years from now public schools will no longer exist because they can’t afford to.” 

Hurricane Sandy may be the reason why the LIPA ramp-down is receiving more attention from NY State than it did in January of 2012. The Moreland Commission was established to investigate LIPA’s actions and oversights. The commission found that LIPA is required to secure approval from the Public Authorities Control Board (PACB) before making decisions that would modify an asset valued at over a million dollars.

Ultimately, though LIPA is taking steps forward to shutting down their main revenue generating buildings at the Glenwood Landing Power Plant, the North Shore Board of Ed and local legislators are not going to let them off easy. Residents within these few districts should expect an increase of property taxes, if the value of their house does not fluctuate, of 4 percent annually.  Details of Carolyn Genovesi’s testimony to the NY State Legislature is on the district website.

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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