The Nassau County Legislature continued a hearing on County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s 2011 proposed budget that went on all day Friday, Oct. 29, and late into Saturday night, eventually passing the $2.6 billion plan along party lines with Halloween approaching and opposing lawmakers accusing that the budget’s “no tax increase” label was just a costume.
On Wednesday, Oct. 20, Mayor Ralph Suozzi, along with the Glen Cove City Council, and several other representatives from the city of Glen Cove, hosted a town hall style meeting at the Landing School. The up-close and informal format of the meeting allowed for a discussion on many of the issues surrounding the Landing neighborhood.
While the most discussed and debated issues at the meeting were taxes and the proposed term length changes for Glen Cove’s mayor and council after the 2011 election, there were several other hot issues specific to the Landing, which included illegal housing, the waterfront, and developments such as Lee Gray Ct.
There has been a lot of discourse at public hearings, opinions stated in letters to the editor and messages both for and against on signs all over town regarding “Proposition Glen Cove” or “Proposition 1” as it will be called on the Glen Cove ballot. Simply, the decision that is being put directly to voters in the City of Glen Cove on Nov. 2 will be whether or not they would like whichever mayor and city council members are elected in 2011 to begin serving four-year terms instead of the current two years.
For the many residents concerned about the proposed tire retreading factory operating at the redeveloping waterfront near Garvies Point, the decision rendered at the Glen Cove Planning Board on Oct. 18 was a breath of fresh air.
Previously, at the Sept. 21 meeting, various members of the community came out to show strong disapproval of the factory, staying late into the night, waiting for a chance for their voice to be heard. This time, they did not need the same patience. Early into the meeting, Planning Board Chairman Thomas Scott announced they would deny the application later in the meeting, which brought applause from the attendees.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano campaigned for and won his current position with a clear promise to lower spending and taxes for Nassau. The day draws near when he must deliver, arriving at a balanced budget for 2011 without raising taxes or increasing the deficit. This has led to painful proposals, drawing protests on extreme moves like cutting loose the entire Long Island Bus system and turning the high expense of tax refunds over to schools, towns, villages and other special districts including libraries and fire districts.
Robert Germino, candidate for the 13th Assembly District, met with veterans at the Locust Valley Fire Department’s Operation Wounded Warrior fundraiser. The fundraiser was for wounded troops.
The family of Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy, Medal of Honor recipient, was honored at this event. Lt. Murphy posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroism in Afghanistan. It is the highest military decoration awarded by the U.S. government to those military service members who distinguish themselves “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.”
“As a former Marine and Iraq veteran, it was an honor to support Operation Wounded Warrior,” Germino stated.
Saturday, Oct. 9 marked Glen Cove High School’s annual homecoming. There was a huge turnout for this year’s football game, and after the traditional Homecoming Parade, along with other pre-game celebrations, the eyes of Big Red’s past, present, and future were glued to the field for a game that surely lived up to the hype.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will be holding a public meeting to discuss the No Further Action Remedy proposed for the Penetrex Processing Company site in Glenwood Landing. This is the first time the No Further Action Remedy has been proposed for this site. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Glenwood Landing Elementary School.
It was standing room only in the North Shore High School Alumni Room at last week’s board of education meeting, where Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick presented his report on student performance, quality instruction and test scores. The topic drew attention from the public after the test results were published in local newspapers, and the superintendent said he was prepared to decipher the numbers.
Dr. Melnick said that North Shore Schools is focused on continuous improvement, and he presented a report representing how North Shore compares to other high performing school districts in Nassau County. He said that, over a five-year period, the district’s efforts of improvement have had a positive impact. He said that SAT scores, Regents exam scores and college admissions have improved, and that most graduates feel that they are well prepared upon entering colleges. The question he raised was: “How much focus should be put on test scores and rankings?”
Residents were horrified to find out this week that a retired dispatcher at the Glen Cove Fire Department was charged with stealing more than $196,000 over a six-year period from the department’s general fund. District Attorney Kathleen Rice released that George William Gray wrote himself hundreds of checks, during the 20 years he controlled the general fund.
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