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.
The Glen Cove School District honored Landing Elementary School and approved various payments and requests at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, held at the Glen Cove High School. Frank Bouza was the only absent trustee.
“We wish him well and hope to see him back at next week’s meeting,” Board President Ida McQuair said of Trustee Bouza.
This week, Nassau County Legislators and other officials have begun to look into the hard copy of the 2011 budget that was proposed last Wednesday by County Executive Edward P. Mangano, which he said was designed to deliver no property tax increases while also addressing a budget gap of over $340 million.
Glen Cove Planning Board Hosts Hearing on Waterfront and Landing Issues
Environmental and public health concerns regarding proposed new business development were voiced at Tuesday night’s Planning Board Meeting held at Glen Cove City Hall. The public hearings involved plans for a T-Mobile cell phone antenna at the water tower near Landing School and the application for a tire retreading factory to operate at the waterfront near Garvies Point.
On Sept. 12, 92 years ago, private Louis Capobianco was awarded the Army’s third highest honor – the Silver Star. He was awarded for the bravery he showed on that day, going forward under the barbed wire of enemy lines and single-handedly wiping out a machine gunner that held his company under siege. Despite his wounds, Private Capabianco returned to battle two weeks later and was killed in action after sustaining multiple head wounds. General O’Ryan of the 27th Division personally signed his commendation for the Silver Star.
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