U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced last week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide $815,000 to Nassau County for cleanup of the Doxey site in Glen Cove, which is the final brownfield site in Glen Cove’s Waterfront Redevelopment Area to be cleaned. Federal funding was awarded through EPA’s Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop and reuse contaminated properties.
Last year, Senator Gillibrand stood at Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin and announced legislation to revitalize inactive industrial sites. Senator Gillibrand’s Waterfront Brownfields Revitalization Act would award similar grants to local government and nonprofit organizations that redevelop abandoned, idled or underused industrial properties on waterfronts.
“This is an important investment for Glen Cove’s Waterfront Redevelopment Area,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Federal funding will help revitalize neighborhoods, attract new businesses, create new jobs, and make our waterfront a place for Long Islanders to live, work and raise a family.
“The city and its agencies are grateful to the EPA for awarding these federal funds that will allow us to complete the remediation of the final property in the Waterfront Redevelopment Area,” said Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi. “I thank Senator Gillibrand for her leadership on this issue and to all of the elected officials and federal, state and county agencies who have worked with us over the last two decades as we approach this great milestone.”
The Doxey site is a crucial part of the city’s plans for redevelopment. The Waterfront Redevelopment Area will include a hotel, conference center, residential units, retail shops, restaurants and parks along Glen Cove Creek. This brownfields redevelopment will create jobs, clean up contamination, provide housing and recreational opportunities and increase tax revenues. It is anticipated that the completion of the Waterfront Redevelopment Area project will create 7000 temporary construction jobs and 750 direct permanent jobs.
If left untouched, brownfields can be harmful to surrounding environments and habitats diminishing access for both economic and recreational access and opportunities and the associated quality of life in these communities. As with the case in Glen Cove: At least 38 acres of tidal habitat in Hempstead Harbor were impacted by contaminants, reducing the quality of habitat available for fish, wildlife, and shellfish; and, elevated concentrations of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pesticides, and metals were identified in the sediment of Glen Cove Creek.
There are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated sites in the United States. The EPA’s Brownfields Program targets these sites to encourage redevelopment, and help to provide the opportunity for productive community use of contaminated properties. The EPA’s brownfields investments overall have leveraged more than $20 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding from public and private sources and on average, $17.79 is leveraged for every EPA Brownfields grant dollar spent. The funds have enabled the support of 90,000 jobs in cleanup, construction and redevelopment.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.