Mangano assured the audience that as far as job cuts and budget changes, his process would be calculated. “There is no mass process. Everything will be surgical, and will be measured and thoughtful as we approach this transition,” he said.
Though pressed for information on job cuts, this was the extent of Mangano’s announcement, along with the simple statement: “We’ve talked about the budget and the organization of the county and went over an outline of how we are going to proceed on personnel issues.”
The executive-elect was equally tacit on tax cuts. He has campaigned heavily on the promise to revoke an energy tax, which Suozzi warned in response would leave a multi-million dollar hole in the county budget. When asked if the two had discussed the energy tax in their transition meeting, Mangano did not comment. Suozzi, however, taking one more chance to inject some laughter, joked, “We’ve been talking about the tax for six months.”
This month, the Glen Cove Beautification Commission joined with Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. in planting thousands of pink tulip bulbs throughout the city. Councilman Tony Jimenez and the Beautification Commission met with dozens of volunteers from both organizations as well as students from the High School DECA group who turned out to lend a hand in providing a visible reminder that early detection is the best defense against cancer.
This health and awareness project, Gardens of Hope, was conceived by the late Terry Petikas, founder of Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S., who enlisted the support of the Beautification Commission several years ago. Since then, Gardens of Hope has become an annual community event. The bulbs are planted each fall so that when the pink tulips bloom in the spring, the community is reminded of the friends and family members lost to this incurable disease.
Director of Athletics Don Lang proudly announced that three North Shore High School senior athletes recently signed National Letters of Intent (NLI). A Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an institution. Once signed, the institution agrees to provide that student with financial aid (if eligible under the NCAA rules) for one academic year in exchange for that student’s agreement to attend the institution for one academic year. Additionally, all colleges and universities that participate in the NLI program agree to not recruit these student athletes once he or she signs the NLI.
Performed by students in the North Shore community, The Laramie Project tells the true story of one of the most controversial crimes of the last 50 years, told through the actual words of the people who knew the perpetrators and the victim of the horrific 1998 attack that took place in Laramie, Wyoming, in which two young men tied another young man to a fence and beat him to death.
Alan Cohen, husband, father, and graduate of Roslyn High School, has an aggressive form of leukemia, and is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant.
The best chance for a match will be in Jews of Ashkenazic descent. Alan is one out of thousands of patients in need of a bone marrow transplant and you could be their only hope.
The North Shore Community Chorus, under the direction of Stephen Goldstein, will join with the Island Chamber Symphony to present a fully staged production of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s beloved Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, on Saturday, Dec. 12.
As part of its 2009 Lunch and Lecture Series, the North Shore Historical Museum recently hosted a visual history of the revival of Long Island’s renowned Nunley Carousel at Glen Cove’s Page One Restaurant.
Historian and videographer Barry Rivadue, a museum board member, had spent the past 18 years compiling the visual history of the Nunley Carousel, one of the nation’s last remaining hand carved wooden carousels. The Carousel, built in 1912, was dismantled and sat for many years in a storage shed until it was ultimately restored and is now operating on Museum Row at Mitchell Field.
Linda Darby, organizer of the lecture series said, “We were fortunate to have Barry’s expertise in visually capturing this colorful aspect of Long Island’s history.”
Mr. Rivadue has also filmed oral histories of many North Shore residents, capturing their memories for the Museum’s archives. The Carousel video was narrated and features a poem about Nunley’s Carousel by Victoria Crosby, Glen Cove’s poet laureate and vice president of the museum.
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi announced that Representative Peter King and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have secured $500,000 to improve the City of Glen Cove’s water system infrastructure. This funding, which is part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Interior and Environmental Appropriations bill, supplements the federal funding that is already allocated to the city each year, he stated.
The mayor said that the City of Glen Cove has devoted a significant amount of resources toward rehabilitating the city’s aging drinking and storm water infrastructure. In addition, earlier this year, Mayor Suozzi and CDA/IDA Director Kelly Morris traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Representative King, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand to advocate for additional federal support for Glen Cove’s water infrastructure initiatives.
The Glen Cove Board of Education held a special meeting this week to provide contractors and the public more detailed information on how to bid on construction projects. Attorney Carrie Anne Tondo from the law firm Ingerman Smith, L.L.P. presented the facts in the Middle School Mini Center, while the board held their Executive Session downstairs. After disappointment on the track project and questions arising as a result of the bus yard proposal, residents have pushed for the school to encourage more bids and more local bidders.
Before the presentation began, Superintendent Dr. Laurence Aronstein explained that the purpose of the informal public meeting was to “demystify the bidding process” for contractors. The 45-minute long presentation covered topics from an overview of the school district construction process to a breakdown of what is contained in a project manual, to actually submitting a bid on a project.
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