Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos has named Paul L. Meli as his Deputy Comptroller of Audits and Special Projects.
“Mr. Paul Meli will bring over 32 years of legal experience to the Comptroller’s Office,” Comptroller Maragos said. “Paul will strengthen the Comptroller’s Audit functions, which is critical to controlling costs throughout the county government and ensuring that county funds are well spent. He will also enhance the comptroller’s legal staff with the day to day handling of legal matters.”
A recent visit from the Maureen McCormick, chief of vehicular crimes at the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, during an assembly for the seniors at Glen Cove High School, drove home the message that with every choice there is a consequence. The Choices and Consequences program, which addresses the dangers of reckless driving and driving under the influence, is brought to the high school by SAFE, Inc.’s School Committee who partner annually with the Nassau County District Attorney’s office to bring the program to the school right before the prom.
The community elders were celebrated and honored at Senior Recognition Day, held at the Glen Cove Senior Center on May 11. The day’s events included lively music from the Les Stanco Group and the Golden Voices Chorale, a luncheon and accolades to certain seniors.
Many of the centenarians in the community were recognized and given citations by the City of Glen Cove, and two members of the center were presented with awards.
The Sea Cliff Yacht Club kicked off the start of the new season with the annual commissioning ceremony and open house on a rainy Saturday evening, marking the opening of the 122nd season in a club that has undergone some changes and renovations since vlast season.
Harvey Bass, the 46th Commodore of the club, was elected to the position last October just days before Superstorm Sandy struck.
The students at St. Paul the Apostle Preschool in Brookville displayed their masterpieces at the ninth annual Preschool Art Show and Auction Fundraiser. Each child created three pieces of artwork based on famous art by Monet, O’Keeffe, Haring, Pollock and more. The Parish hall was transformed into an art gallery and the proud students eagerly lead their parents and special guests through the display. Guests sipped punch and sampled appetizers and desserts while reflecting upon the school year and enjoying good company. St. Paul the Apostle Preschool is located on Route 107 in Brookville. For information about its preschool programs call 935-4127.
An emergency addendum to hire a temporary substitute principal at Glen Cove High School was included on the agenda at last week’s board of education meeting.
Effective May 7, Roseann Cirnigliaro has taken over for Dr. Joseph Hinton, who will be out, due to illness, for the remainder of the school year. The board voted 7-0 to accept the recommendation to hire her for the position through June.
What are some of the issues facing the district today? How would you go about correcting/changing them?
The coming years present tremendous financial challenges to the North Shore district due to rising state mandated costs, the tax cap, and the closing of the LIPA plant. It is tempting to approach this situation with the goal of simply trying to salvage as much of the education we offer as possible, but I believe the answer lies in a more creative approach that will allow us to improve the education we provide while remaining fiscally responsible.
A final budget hearing was held last week at Finley Middle School to go over the details of the proposed 2013-14 budget by the Glen Cove Board of Education. If adopted, taxpayers can expect a 2.42 percent tax levy increase, which is below the allowable tax levy cap increase of 3.53 percent.
In recent weeks, Glen Cove School District has been the subject of a number of top headlines in the region. The most recent event happened last Thursday, when Superintendent Dr. Joseph Laria resigned, seven weeks before his planned retirement.
The district is currently under two separate investigations involving alleged test coaching in two elementary schools and alleged grade changing at the high school. Several weeks after those investigations were made public, high school principal Dr. Joseph Hinton announced he would be out on medical leave until the end of the school year. The investigations have lead to mounting tensions within the district, and numerous speculation about what is happening in the schools, without any clear answers.
A variety of predictions, promises and plans were put forward at a Meet the Candidates night for the North Shore School District, where six people are vying for three open seats on the board of education.
Some of the issues that took center stage included budgets (olf course), the closing of the LIPA plant, and the challenging overall financial climate. George Pombar, the only incumbent candidate, said, “I believe we have very difficult years ahead.”
The event was sponsored by the district’s coordinating council and moderated by Judy Jacobson, a representative of the League of Women Voters from outside the district. She first read bios of each candidate, and then the candidates made an opening statement.
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