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State Senate Hearing Calls Out LIPA’s ‘Failure’ After Irene

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

LI Senators Say Investigation Needed Before LIPA Renews National Grid Contract

Senator Carl Marcellino questioned LIPA and National Grid representatives last week, introducing a State Senate hearing with wording that many on the island might use at this point: “What the hell happened?”

After Tropical Storm Irene left many Long Island residents, municipal facilities and even emergency responders without power for days, and some for over a week, New York state senators held a hearing, first, to determine what went wrong in LIPA and National Grid’s storm preparedness plans and, second, to call for a delay in the renewal of the contract between LIPA and National Grid until an independent review can be done to see if Long Island could be better served by a different arrangement.

 

Foggy on the Waterfront

Written by By Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 23 September 2011 15:19

Hearing Shows Confusion on Glen Cove’s Big Issue 


The easy story this week would have been: “Big Crowd Divided at Waterfront Hearing.” But that almost ten-year-old running headline hardly strikes the main theme at this point. On Sept. 20 in the year 2011, people may have thought they were assembling for one more session of venting at their city representatives to either finally stop or finally start RXR Glen Isle’s waterfront development. However, the Planning Board hearing at City Hall Tuesday night was held solely to go over a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). This is the last step before the Planning Board ends its environmental review and either awards or denies a “special permit” that is, in essence, the approval of the RXR Glen Isle’s overall waterfront project. 
 
What Was the Hearing About?
 
Most residents came with a slew of input that they hurled at the Planning Board and each other with fervor, but really much of this discourse was apparently misplaced. Confusion - regarding the details of the plan and regarding which stage the project is at – was the main theme of the night.
 

North Shore Schools Addresses Public Concern on LIPA Withdrawal

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

Superintendent Says Tax Cap Will Hurt – Board Looks to Fundraising

Readers by now know that LIPA / National Grid is hoping to phase out much of the power plant located along the water in Glenwood and Roslyn Harbor. The site has served as a significant tax base for North Shore Schools and municipalities like the Town of North Hempstead, where the part of the plant that is closing lies. Currently, the plant accounts for $21 million in revenue to the school district.

The North Shore Board of Education held a meeting to address community concern over the proposed withdrawal and to answer questions about how it could impact people’s taxes. On Thursday, Sept. 8, the board hosted a talk with residents in the high school theater.

 

Suozzi and Meli Head to Head on ‘Big Decisions’

Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

Paul Meli

Question:

There are some major development projects in the City of Glen Cove that are either under way or under review by the city government. The city administration has also been creating new ordinances and departments. What is the process for major decisions within the city - whether building projects or the creation of new ordinances and city charter amendments? What are the key boards or groups within the city who help make the decisions and how are they populated in order to represent voters’ interests? Is the overall process a good one / have the results been positive?

 

Glen Cove Commemorates Victims Of 9/11 on Tenth Anniversary

Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

Despite the dreary weather and sprinkling rain, the Glen Cove community gathered in Morgan Park Sunday evening to remember the tragic events that took place 10 years ago, how the community came together and responded to those events, and to honor the victims with a candle lighting ceremony.

Hosted by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and the City of Glen Cove, the program began with a procession of first responders, accompanied by bagpiper Robert Lynch, followed by prayers, reflections, a poem, and a special dedication of roads. Clement Street was dedicated to Edward J. Lehman, Doxey Drive to Matthew T. McDermott, Laurel Avenue to John F. Puckett and Nassau Avenue to Joseph J. Zuccala.

 

Village of Sea Cliff Remembers 9/11

Written by Erica Palladino Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00
On Sunday, Sept. 11, Americans around the nation gathered together to commemorate all those who risked and lost their lives 10 years ago. In Sea Cliff, a beautiful ceremony was held outside the Sea Cliff Junior Library. There, many citizens, firemen, policemen, teachers, and students from the area stood with glowing candles.

The service began with a greeting from Phil Como who then turned to Father Bob Romeo for an opening prayer. Heads bowed as he told the group to not only pray for those who perished, and those who tried to save them, but for all the daughters and sons who no longer have fathers and mothers because of the horrific event.

 

St. Rocco’s Bakery Building Burns to the Ground

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Glen Cove Firefighters Put Out Blaze, Protect Neighbors

It was just a few years ago that the site of St. Rocco’s Bakery burned down. Now, last week, GCVFD members got a call in the middle of the night to respond to a serious blaze at that location. Chief Tony Tripp told the Record Pilot that the fire was so severe, nothing could be saved.
 

Sea Cliff Village Museum Will Be Opening September 18

Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

The Sea Cliff Village Museum’s opens for the season with “Then and Now…Step into the Museum Time Machine.”  Featuring a new exhibit, brimming with artifacts, costumes, photographs and thingamajigs from the past, the opening will take place in room C in Village Hall at 2 p.m. A presentation on Sea Cliff history, and light refreshments will ensure a fun Sunday afternoon exploring the museum’s collection from its closets, attics and basement.  Depicting life in the late 1800s, 1900s and 21st century, the museum will present a new slide show and lecture that illustrates the vast changes throughout the years our community has undergone.

 

Come On Irene - Hurricane Weakens But Leaves a Wake

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Area residents felt the effects of Hurricane Irene over the past weekend, which made landfall in New York as a Tropical Storm around 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. According to local weather reports, sustained winds were around 50 mph with gusts up to 75 mph, which knocked down many trees throughout Glenwood Landing, Glen Head, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove and some power lines as well. In addition, local waters experienced a storm surge that flooded low-lying parts of the area, including Tappen Beach. Parts of Sea Cliff and Glen Cove’s small islands were evacuated in anticipation of this. Damage from flooding and downed trees left many without power well into the week.

 

Trucks and Work Crews Come From Out-of-State To Lend a Hand in the Power Restoration Effort

Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

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.

 

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