Area residents have probably noticed many utility trucks and work crews cleaning up downed trees and power lines from Tropical Storm Irene over the past week. Many of these trucks and work crews came from other areas to help restoration efforts in Long Island.
In a press release issued on Monday, Aug. 29, LIPA stated that hundreds of line and tree crews, supported by many hundreds more customer service, operations, and support personnel, were organized to respond to widespread outages caused by the severe weather associated with Hurricane Irene. LIPA further explained that these crews would be working around the clock to restore power in all areas of the island, and that many of the off-island crews were stationed on Long Island prior to the storm. Many of these trucks were stationed at Christopher Morley Park.
Readers are writing in to the Record Pilot with questions about the ferry project.
• Some don’t know details about the construction - as in when is it due to be done, what does the design include?
• They also want to know if it is common to undergo such a project before an operator has committed. And, do we know yet what kind of service will be available from the terminal?
• Many are asking if this will stimulate the local economy and if it will benefit Glen Cove financially.
• Is the current plan a good one in your opinion?
Politics is a balancing game in this Democracy. Terrance Kelly of East Norwich, a candidate for a seat on the Oyster Bay Town Board got the news on Thursday, Aug. 18, that his name would not be on the Nov. 8 ballot on the Independence Party line – although he is a member of that group himself. His name will however be on the Democratic line.
Rick Bellando, the head of the Independence Party in Nassau County said, “I’m sorry to see Terrance Kelly off the Independent line. He is definitely a strong candidate. He has a great future ahead of him. I heard many people in Oyster Bay Town are very fond of him.
The Glen Cove area has a unique relationship to that day, being connected to the city by a ferry. The community came together here, with many going far and beyond to help wherever help could be offered. Because of this, Glen Cove is organizing a memorial event on the evening of Sept. 11, 2011 at Morgan Park.
(Originally Published Sept. 13, 2001)Glen Cove tackled the unbelievable events of Sept. 11 quickly and professionally. One of the main objectives for rescue personnel in Manhattan was to transport survivors out of the immediate area and Fox Navigation made good on a promise made to Glen Cove two years ago-that is to assist the city in handling major catastrophes. Two vessels were immediately put into use for survivor evacuation from the Fox Navigation terminal at South Ferry to the terminal on Garvies Point Road in Glen Cove. After a 40 minute run from Manhattan, evacuees were met at the ferry-terminal-turned-command center by Glen Cove EMS personnel, Glen Cove Police, Locust Valley and Bayville fire department ambulance teams, county EMS squads, code enforcers, Mayor Thomas Suozzi, city agency personnel and city council members. Everyone had a job to do-whether it was administering first aid, driving a bus taking passengers to city hall phone banks, coordinating taxi service or offering a kind word.
Money. It isn’t everything, but it sure seems like it is.
This year, Anton Community Newspapers has asked our readers for input about what they would like to learn from candidates as we head into Election Day. The primary responses from readers all had to do with money - development, jobs and taxes.
Question: Nassau County is currently being sued by 41 school districts claiming to be negatively affected by the County Executive and Legislature’s majority caucus’ decision to remove the county’s “guarantee” on tax certs. If you were already a member of the Legislature when this came before that body, would you have voted for or against the idea? How do you answer schools, towns and villages who complain that local taxes must now go up in order to pay to refund assessment mistakes that take place at the county level? Do you consider this a true savings to the taxpayers in the 18th LD?
Answer: The elimination of the Nassau County Guarantee ends inequity in tax certiorari refunds; that is, the Glen Cove City School District will no longer be the only school district in Nassau County to have its residents subsidize the refunds of others without receiving reciprocal recompense.
Nassau County residents were split on County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s voted-down referendum on the borrowing of $400 million to try to keep the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum and revitalize the “Hub” area.
If the referendum passed, the next step would have been for the Legislature to vote on the proposal. This topic, therefore, is a good way to gauge which candidate represents your viewpoint as they vie for the 18th Legislative District - which includes Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Bayville, Locust Valley, Brookville, Glen Head, Greenvale and Jericho - Robert Germino (R) and Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D).
“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
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