The Glen Cove City Council held four public hearings and passed a number of resolutions at Tuesday’s city council meeting, establishing the Payment In Lieu Of Parking (PILOP) fees that have been discussed at meetings since May and amending the zoning codes of three lots near the Lee Gray Court properties.
At the start of the meeting, a moment of silence was held for several Glen Cove residents who recently passed away. Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi expressed his condolences for the families of Dominick Torquato, Mitzi Farnan and Bertha Muldoon.
Regarding the goal setting process, eight topic areas were introduced, to be included on future agendas for public discussion and adoption. The first four topic areas that the board plans on addressing in the next several weeks include: improvement of percentages of students meeting or exceeding state proficiency standards in English Language Arts and math assessment tests for third through eighth grades; improvement of the percentage of students graduating from high school, earning a Regents diploma with advanced distinction, and reaching a college preparedness performance level; an increase in the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses as well as an improvement in the test scores; and to complete the alignment of grade level curricula with the common core standards, which could result in an incremental and consistent improvement of scores on the state’s assessment tests in math and ELA.
On Tuesday, August 21, Adam Levine of Glen Cove performed the national anthem at Citi Field for the third time, at the Mets game against the Colorado Rockies. About 150 friends and family members, mostly from his congregation, Congregation Tifereth Israel, attended the game to cheer him on.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by Boris Chartan, founder and chairman emeritus of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Howard Maier, chairman of the board, former Nassau County Executive Tom Gulotta and members of the Nassau County Jewish Advisory Council on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to sign a 20-year lease extension of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.
“It is critical to support the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, not only to honor the lives that were lost and to celebrate the survivors who made it, but also so those of us alive today as well as future generations do not repeat the errors of our ancestors,” said County Executive Mangano. “The importance of the center is that it educates us to allow us to learn from the mistakes of the past and, from that knowledge, prevent this hatred of our fellow human beings from ever happening again.”
Elected officials representing 14 municipalities formally established the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee by signing an inter-municipal agreement, which codifies the relationship between them. These municipalities have been meeting since January 2010 at the recommendation of Friends of the Bay, a local environmental advocacy organization.
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Glen Cove Police Department hosted National Night Out, a block party event intended as a way to bring the community together while raising awareness about crime prevention.
Bridge Street, a section of School Street and a section of Glen Street were blocked off so that pedestrians could wander freely, visit the booths of various vendors, take advantage of the free food being offered and dance to the sounds of the Les Stanco band. While the fresh pizza offered from La Famiglia, the ices from Rita’s and the food being served up from the Downtown Café were no doubt a big draw for kids and parents alike; local businesses, organizations and politicians were also present to spread the word about their offerings. Vendors included the Glen Cove Senior Center, Laffey Fine Homes, and free chair massages from Dr. Maxine Cappel Mayreis. Senator Carl Marcellino and Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton both set up camp to answer questions and deliver information about what their offices are currently doing on a state and county level.
On Wednesday, August 1, a group of prominent Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish leaders, along with the young people, delivered petitions and artwork to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams and Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt. The petitions contained more than 3,500 names of local residents in favor of restoring funding and contracts for youth services agencies and programs.
Glen Cove has received a critical allocation of funding for the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin Project. The city received $875,951 from the Federal Highway Administration to construct the phase of the LEED-standard terminal building that will service commuters, including ticket sales, passenger waiting areas and customer service offices. Funding was secured with the assistance of the New York State Congressional Delegation, including Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representative Peter King.
Mayor Ralph Suozzi said, “This is great news for the city and for Long Island. The funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Boat Discretionary Program, through the New York State Department of Transportation, will allow the city to begin construction of the Ferry Terminal Building, which is a key component of the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin Project. I am grateful to the New York State Congressional Delegation for their efforts, for their commitment, and for their continued support and partnership in helping Glen Cove to revitalize our waterfront and pursue economic opportunities that will benefit our city and our region.”
The council passed a resolution authorizing the city to award a contract to Winters Bros. Recycling Corp. to provide operation and maintenance of the transfer station and solid waste transport and disposal services, and to Galaxy Recycling Inc. to provide the city’s recyclables transport and disposal services, for a combined overall estimated cost of $15,591,867.36 over 10 years. The contracts were set to commence Aug. 1 for 10 years, with each contract having three consecutive five-year mutually agreed upon extensions.
Last winter, Kim Leary of Glen Dance Studio got the invitation of a lifetime that she never expected: to take her dance students to London to perform during the Olympic Games.
This week, she will be traveling with a group of 32 people to London, where 14 of her dance students and teachers will hold two performances for massive, international audiences.
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