Anton Community Newspapers  •  132 East 2nd Street  •  Mineola, NY 11501  •  Phone: 516-747-8282  •  FAX: 516-742-5867

DeRiggi-Whitton Launches Bid For Re-Election

Colleagues from both sides praise legislator’s first term

Delia DeRiggi-Whitton kicked off her campaign for re-election at the Metropolitan Bistro in Sea Cliff. A bi-partisan showing of friends and supporters celebrated the Democrat’s first term in the Nassau County Legislature, alongside appreciative constituents. Two residents from DeRiggi-Whitton’s current district spoke to the crowd about how hard DeRiggi-Whitton worked on issues that were important to them. 

 

Local Republican John Taylor likened DeRiggi-Whitton’s story to the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” because an honest, hardworking person is fighting to clean up her government. 

 

“Delia gave me hope for my government,” added Michael Miller of Glen Cove. Miller was among the first people to protest tree-cutting in Welwyn Preserve after Sandy and he praised how hard DeRiggi-Whitton fought since day one on that issue of possible corruption and unnecessary destruction. 

 

DeRiggi-Whitton said, “I am proud of the work we’ve done so far in the Nassau County Legislature and I look forward to continuing my fight for a cleaner, transparent government, a better commitment to public safety and quality of life, and a government that is more accountable to the taxpayers.”

 

The legislator said the efforts of her first term resulted in a new law that protects Glen Cove from anyone trying to import hazardous “fracking” wastewater into the local sewer treatment plant. 

 

DeRiggi-Whitton has been working with various levels of government, including Congress, to expand Nassau County’s sewer system in Sea Cliff and Glen Cove. This would clean up our waterways and address health issues. 

 

The legislator is currently highly focused on what Nassau needs to learn in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. She stood alone for many months fighting millions of dollars in questionable contracts the county administration was giving out for “emergency” work that included chopping down nature preserves with tax dollars while Long Islanders needed much more urgent service. Her questions have now been echoed by the Nassau and Suffolk district attorneys as well as the New York State attorney general, who are all investigating the way Nassau and other governments awarded Sandy-related contracts. 

 

DeRiggi-Whitton has been investigating both financial and practical issues around Nassau’s storm response and calling to improve everything, from boosting accountability in financial practice during emergencies, to more detailed plans for shelters, gas shortages, insurance problems and flood prevention.  

 

 “On the human service side, we can do a lot better than people sitting on gas lines and having sewage flooding their streets and homes. ,” the legislator said. “On the financial side, we need to have a process in place so that the DA and the attorney general don’t need to investigate the county’s spending after every emergency.”

 

DeRiggi-Whitton was joined by officials and political players such as Tom Suozzi, candidate for County Executive; Ralph Suozzi, mayor of Glen Cove; Glen Cove City Councilman Tony Jimenez; former Glen Cove Judge Hon. Joel B. Meirowitz; Bob Weitzner, mayor of Port Washington North; Scott Siller, trustee, Village of Flower Hill; David Gugerty, Nassau Democratic Legislative Caucus chief of staff and Town of Oyster Bay Democratic Chairman; Gerard Terry, Town of North Hempstead Democratic chairman; Eileen Kraneburg, Port Washington Democratic chairwoman and of course, Delia’s parents, longtime Republican judge and Glen Cove mayor Hon. Donald DeRiggi and wife Mildred. 

 

After county redistricting this year, Delia is the incumbent in a new 11th Legislative District, which encompasses Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Village and Port Washington. 

 

Online, visit www.DeliaDeRiggiWhitton.com, www.facebook.com/LegislatorDeliaDeRiggiWhitton, and http://www.youtube.com/user/deliavideoadmin. 

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.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com