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FiOS Is Likely

Verizon FiOS service may soon be a possibility in Glen Cove. A public hearing was held at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and will continue at the Nov. 26 meeting.  Representatives from Verizon made their case about the city entering into a franchise agreement with the company for cable television service, and Cablevision reps also had a chance to defend the terms of their contract as it compares with Verizon’s.

“We are not replacing Cablevision but adding an option so that residents can choose,” said Mayor Suozzi.

 

Verizon attorney Paul Trane spoke to the council, noting this hearing is a first step for fiber optic service in Glen Cove. If the resolution passes, Verizon will go to the public service commission for a hearing. Currently, he said the city is

80 percent rolled out and ready for service, pending the agreement. He said it is unknown  at this time if the rest of the area will get coverage. He discussed the “level playing field” requirement in New York State and noted that subscribers would pay the 5 percent franchise fee in their monthly bill.

 

Peter Bee, an attorney representing Cablevision, raised his concerns with the language of the proposed Verizon agreement versus certain points in the current Cablevision contract and urged the council members to take a look at each.

 

“It’s in Cablevision’s self-interest to point out where you might do better,” said Bee.

 

Suozzi asked for copies of both agreements to be given to all of the council members for scrutiny.

 

“This is a win-win situation,” said resident David Nieri. “Bringing competition into this market may also be advantageous to Cablevision.”

 

Resident Pasquale Cervasio noted that he is a “faithful Cablevision subscriber” and would likely not switch over to FiOS, but also feels that “competition is good” since Cablevision has been the only option for the past 30 years.

 

Trane said that if the agreement is approved, residents could potentially have service as soon as January.

 

A second public hearing will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

 

Other Business

 

A resolution to award the bid to North Shore Architectural Stone for repairing the courthouse parapet wall was passed; Suozzi noted that thye were the lowest responsible bidder.

 

Several job appointments were made to the department of public works; Councilman Spinello took issue with the length of the job postings and the fact that an employee could be appointed before taking a test that ultimately determines whether or not they keep the job.

 

“It’s not an issue of how good of workers they are, it’s a question of procedure,” Spinello said. “There’s a chance we will have a new administration and appointments should be left to the new year.”

 

The council voted 5-1 to appoint the employees.

 

“There are four vacancies and four people ready to work,” said Councilman Tony Gallo, Jr. “We should maintain services to the public.”

 

Councilmen Tim Tenke, Nick  DiLeo and Tony Jimenez all agreed; Councilman Michael Famiglietti was absent from the meeting.

 

“I welcome you on board,” said Suozzi. “You have all come highly recommended, and this is a normal process. I have no qualms.”

News

Zachary Gotterbarn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72, is an extraordinary 9-year-old who recently exhibited maturity and courage beyond his years. While riding in a car with his mom, Zachary sprang into action to help his young cousin who was choking on a cookie. Without hesitation, Zachary quickly used the “finger sweep,” a technique he learned in Scouting, and dislodged the cookie blocking his cousin’s airway. Zachary saved his cousin’s life. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council commended Zachary for his heroic act. Glen Cove Volunteer EMS Chief Tom Kenary presented Zachary with an honorary EMS member pin and tee-shirt. Zachary is pictured with Mayor Spinello, the City Council, and his family. 


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.


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

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Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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