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.
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.”
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.