We posed five questions to each of the 12 candidates for Glen Cove City Council:
1. What are some of the issues facing the city today? How would you go about correcting/changing?
2. If elected, what would you like to see in the city?
3. What is your favorite aspect of the city?
4. Biographical information – please include your profession and family information.
5. Are you involved in any specific community organizations? Any accomplishments in these organizations?
Republican voters face difficult choices on Nov. 5. Mayoral candidate Reggie Spinello, a registered member of the Independence Party, supported Mayor Ralph Suozzi’s budgets and authorized him to borrow (i.e., increase debt) for city employee termination pay in 2012. He also supported the mayor’s punitive fee on new businesses that would require more than five parking spaces in Glen Cove’s public garages.
Access to quality education is a right that most Americans do not think twice about. A free, public education is available to all and numerous opportunities exist for higher education in technical or academic areas. Yet, throughout the world today, as well as in the past, this is not always the case.
The Nassau County Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove recently partnered with ORT America/Long Island to showcase the ORT commitment to providing relevant education throughout the years to those who might not otherwise have had such access.
Residents will likely see an increase in taxes next year, with the $69,905,527 budget proposed by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi. Real estate taxes could increase by 1.44 percent, according to the first draft of the budget for 2014 presented at the Glen Cove City Council meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at City Hall. The residential tax rate would increase 1.67 percent and the commercial tax rate would increase by 3.24 percent.
The property tax levy increase does fall below the state’s tax cap, and increases from $29.3 million to $29.7 million; overall spending would increase by 3.7 percent, as compared with the current $67.4 million budget.
The Glen Cove School District Board of Education discussed the first draft of their district goals for the current school year at the board meeting held on Oct. 7 at Robert M. Finley Middle School, and listened to the public about their thoughts on the testing investigation that is still underway.
Several retired teachers came to the meeting to express their concerns about how the investigation has been handled, and implored the school board to put an end to the process.
Heart patients awaiting surgery often have a long road ahead of them, and the ordeal can put a lot of strain on their families. A local mom and daughter who know firsthand the struggles that coincide with heart disease are devoting their time and energy to helping others through the Harboring Hearts organization.
Michelle Javian,co-founder and CEO of Harboring Hearts, started the organization in honor of her father, who lost his battle to heart disease after a heart transplant in 2008. Both she and her mother, Mary, of Upper Brookville, spent long ours by his side in the hospital. While there they witnessed firsthand the need that existed for refuge and community support for heart patients and their families.
The first ever Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Extravaganza, sponsored in part by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce and held at the Pratt Pavilion for Rehabilitation and Healing on Sept. 22, proved to be a huge success.
Those who attended the event were presented with a wide array of vendors, all focusing on various ways in which life can be more healthful and less stressful, especially for those in the aging population and their caregivers. An on-going selection of expert guest speakers covered topics such as cardiovascular health, nutrition, estate planning and more.
Residents across Nassau County are being hit with sharp school tax rate increases, leaving politicians pointing fingers and school administrators blaming a broken property assessment system and specifically, valuation reductions on commercial properties.
“I felt blindsided by the increase,” says Adam Weiss of Sea Cliff. “It makes no sense to vote and have one number approved when it turns out they can unilaterally make it more. So the vote is meaningless.”
The latest school tax bills, reflecting the higher rates, will be mailed to Locust Valley and North Shore residents this week.
Assemblyman Chuck Lavine invited members of the public to an informative meeting held Oct. 1, at the Roslyn Public Library where representatives of the LIRR came to discuss the proposed Scoot Trains for the Oyster Bay to Mineola station run, being considered as a future capital project. Participants included Assemblyman Lavine; Bob Brennan, LIRR director of government and community affairs; Tim Keller, LIRR general manager, service planning; and Mark Epstein, chair of the LIRR commuter council. Commuters from Roslyn, Glen Cove, Sea Cliff and Oyster Bay attended and shared their traveling knowledge to enlighten the discussion.
The concept is to give riders more choices of time to use the Oyster Bay Branch with the addition of Scoot Trains that would go every half hour on the single track line. The trains would end in a siding to be built in Mineola, next to the regular platform for easy access to the many trains that arrive there. Coming home riders will have to walk over the walkway to get to the Scoot Trains waiting at the siding.
A third rally to save Glen Cove Hospital took place this past Sunday at St. Gertrude’s Church in Bayville, the first to be held outside of Glen Cove. More than 100 people came out in the rainy weather to show support and hear the latest updates about the push back against the proposed changes slated for early next year. Local politicians from across the North Shore urged residents to get involved in the fight to maintain services at the hospital.
“This is about the whole North Shore community,” said Mayor Ralph Suozzi of Glen Cove. “I’m glad to see the rally here in Baybille; this fight is for all in the community.”
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