Retired Department of Public Works employees Mike Salentino and John McKenna were recognized by the City of Glen Cove at last week’s city council meeting for their years of service to the city, and a new police officer was brought on board.
Mayor Reginald Spinello and members of the City Council thanked the men and presented them with citations before allowing them both to say a few words.
“It’s the police department, fire department and EMS that gets the job done -those are the people we should be thanking,” said Salentino, who was with the department for 42 years. “And, the public works department, the unsung heroes.”
No new numbers for the budget were presented at last week’s board of education meeting in Glen Cove, though Superintendent Maria Rianna clarified some of the points made on the proposed budget at the last meeting and made several changes in areas that had previously been considered for cuts.
“My intent is to keep the budget as tight as possible without impacting education,” said Rianna.
The Glen Cove High School athletes will be hosting their first Coaches vs. Cancer game on April 12 to help raise money for cancer research. The girls lacrosse team has joined forces with the softball team to help participate in this benefit. The softball game will begin at 10 a.m. at the high school followed by the girls lacrosse game at 12 p.m. The games will offer ticket raffles as well as a bake sale for anyone who wants to contribute.
In preparation for the event, both teams hope to raise as much money as possible before game day. By displaying pinups throughout the middle school and high school, everyone will have the opportunity to donate $1 towards the cause.
With retiring Village Administrator Robert Schoelle leaving such a large impression behind him, the Garden City Board of Trustees made an equally large splash announcing the hiring of former Glen Cove mayor Ralph V. Suozzi to be Schoelle’s heir apparent effective March 31. The announcement was made at the board of trustees meeting held on Thursday, March 20. Suozzi’s new responsibility as village administrator will find him reporting to Mayor John Watras and the board of trustees as the chief operating officer, responsible for leading and managing the daily operational activities of the village. The Glen Cove native was plucked from an initial pool of 120 applicants found by AffionPublic, a national municipal search firm that was tapped by the search committee of Trustees Richard Silver, Andrew Cavanaugh and Brian Daughney to aid in filling the position. The search process was an arduous one according to Mayor Watras.
“The committee I assigned to do the search did a wonderful job, spent many hours at it and brought to us a slate of very qualified people, including Mr. Suozzi who we think will be a very valuable asset to Garden City,” he said.
Representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Department of Health presented the proposed remedial action plan for the Ronhill Cleaners site at last week’s public hearing at Glen Cove City Hall. The site, located at
71 Forest Ave., is currently occupied by Payless Shoe Source.
The State Superfund site was used as retail dry cleaning facility from 1963 to 1993. Improper disposal of tetrachloroethene (or PCE) a dry cleaning agent, resulted in contamination of the soil and groundwater. The site is classified as a Class “2” site in the State
Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites, representing a significant threat to public health and the environment.
Glen Cove is not only getting a new restaurant soon, it is also getting rid of an eyesore. Panera Bread will be taking over the site of the former Ruby Tuesday, which closed its doors in 2009 and has sat vacant and boarded up ever since.
Michael Puntillo, the manager of GCVS, LLC, Deputy Mayor Barbara Peebles, Councilwoman Pam Panzenbeck, and members of the Chamber of Commerce joined Mayor Reginald A. Spinello at the future downtown site of Panera Bread. The City of Glen Cove was chosen by Panera based on the company’s demographic research, which showed that Glen Cove is a prime location for their restaurant.
In keeping with Subaru’s corporate social philosophy of giving back to the community, North Coast Subaru recently hosted a Love a Pet adoption and donation drive in association with the Glen Cove Animal Lovers League.
The dealership in Glen Cove has been owned and operated by the Santoro family for more than 35 years and is now managed by brothers Bill and Angelo. Bill Santoro explained, “We wanted to do something that fit with our clientele and give back to the community as well. The idea came to create an awareness of the Animal Lovers League.”
Thomas Robbins, Internet and marketing manager, spearheaded the event, “but really,” said Robbins, “everyone who works here pitched in.”
Last week, activists hung banners all around Long Island, including this one on Glen Cove Road at Brewster Streer, to rally voters and hold politicians’ feet to the fire on the question of campaign finance reform.
Before the current state legislative season ends in Albany, concerned citizens representing MOP Democracy (Money Out of Politics) are conducting a civil disobedience campaign across New York State to demand that Governor Cuomo keep his promise for campaign finance reform through maintaining public financing of elections in the state budget. Campaign finance reform is intended to make elections fair in places where the system favors large contributions, often from special interest groups, over smaller donations from average voters.
franchise agreement in a 5-2 vote after a nearly two-hour public hearing held at City Hall—the third public hearing held on the subject since last fall. Representatives from both Verizon and Cablevision presented their cases, allowing council members and the mayor to ask questions before the meeting was opened up to the public for comment.
“As a municipality, we have to give the people choices,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello before casting his “aye” vote. “I’d like to thank every council person...they all put in a lot of time and work on this.”
This was the third public hearing held regarding the franchise agreement over the past few months; the resolution had been tabled previously due to Cablevision’s contention that the agreement did not put the two companies on a “level playing field.” Attorneys representing the company once again warned council members that entering into this new agreement with Verizon violates the current contract the city has with Cablevision.
Approximately $1.4 million in budget cuts were proposed at the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting last week in order to make up for the gap in revenues in the initial estimated budget for next school year.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante presented an outline of the program costs for next year’s projected budget. The total appropriations for next year are projected at $80,307,873, while the projected revenues are just $78,831,086, leaving a budget gap of $1,476,787, according to the information provided by Galante at the meeting. A total of $59,919,362 in appropriations for next year’s budget comes from salaries and related expenses (including insurance and retirement costs), which Galante noted “is a huge chunk" of the budget.
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