The City of Glen Cove passed the 2015 budget unanimously on Tuesday, Oct. 28, after Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council presented the final budget for next year at the City Council meeting, which amounts to a 1.65 percent tax levy increase.
In the appropriations portion of the budget, the total amount of expenditures in 2015 was $48,225,689. Added together with a total amount of $24,215,878 in Interfund Transfers, the total revenues for the 2015 budget is $72,441,567. Estimated revenues such as miscellaneous revenues, Interfund Transfers, appropriation of fund balance and real estate taxes were totaled together to calculate the final funding required in the budget.
Approximately 150 Glen Cove pets in various costumes took their human friends on the fourth annual Howl-O-Ween pet parade on School Street. Leading this year’s parade was Cooper the Grand Marshal dressed as a cheerleader. Cooper is a rescue dog owned by Mayor Reggie Spinello and his wife Coleen. Many of the pets had their human friends dress in matching costumes. Costumes included fire dogs, NY Yankees, Superdog, bumblebees, pirates, princesses and more. Awards were given for categories that included smallest and largest pets, best costume, best original costume, best matching costumes between people and pets.
Glen Cove residents have been concerned about the designation of Glen Cove Hospital as a temporary Ebola treatment center since the news broke in mid-October. Officials from the North Shore-LIJ Health System held a meeting at Glen Cove Mansion on Wednesday, Oct. 29 to dispel the rumors, clear up facts and give people a chance to have their questions answered.
About 100 people gathered for the discussion, a meeting which required an RSVP and where guests were treated to complimentary hors d’ouerves and wine.
Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.
Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus at the center, with two to six patients being admitted per day. “It’s [enterovirus] typically mild and parents should treat it like they would any other cold or viral infection in their child,” said Schleien.
More than 5,000 carved and lit up Jack-O-Lanterns are being displayed at the Old Westbury Gardens until Nov. 2. People of all ages and abilities can take this easy 15 minute walk and marvel at all the different themed pumpkins carved.
Themes to view include Broadway shows, sports stars, dinosaurs, under sea pumpkins, video game scenes and other ghoulish figures.
More information can be found at www.therise.org.
On a beautiful, sunny afternoon, dozens of children donned their Halloween costumes and enthusiastically marched down School Street in Glen Cove to get a start on the upcoming holiday.
The Glen Cove Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna acknowledged the outstanding achievements of three high school students at the board of education meeting on Oct. 20.
Village Square will feature the artistry of the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers this year as part of the annual Downtown Children’s Costume Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25, presented by the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District.
It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.
“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.
Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.
“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”
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