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Glen Cove Ferry Terminal Contract Extended By Two Months

City Prepares for Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By Jill Nossa

The Glen Cove City Council passed several resolutions at Tuesday night’s meeting at City Hall, including the authorization of the mayor to enter into a contract agreement with the New York Power Authority to conduct performance of energy use audits at certain municipal facilities, a time extension for the ferry terminal contract, and the temporary prohibition of parking on Grove Street for the manufactured gas plant cleanup.

According to Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi, the energy audits will be performed by NYPA at specific city buildings, and if the city chooses to move forward there would be a freeze on power bills, greatly reducing the cost to the city and reducing Glen Cove’s carbon footprint.

The Glen Cove Ferry Terminal was granted a construction time extension of 43 working days, moving the contract expiration date for the first phase of the project from May 3 to July 1 of this year. The mayor stated the two-month delay from the DEC is also due to the harsh winter. There is no additional cost to the city for the extension.

The city authorized the closing of streets for the Ancient Order of Hibernians to host the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 20. Mayor Suozzi encouraged everyone to attend this “fun event.”

An emergency resolution was passed to authorize temporary “no parking” on Grove Street from Feb. 28, 2011- June 1, 2011, to facilitate the remedial action plan of the old manufactured gas plant which has been slated for cleanup. The street will be blocked off by 50 feet on either side so that the trucks can get through.

All resolutions were passed unanimously.

During the public discussion period, a resident asked if a resolution needed to be passed in order to put up signs on telephone poles.

Mayor Suozzi responded that telephone poles are LIPA property, and only resolutions need to be passed for signs on city property that are community oriented or for fundraising purposes – no advertisements are allowed.

“So what do I do if I see a sign on a telephone pole?” the resident asked.

“Tear it down or call LIPA,” the mayor responded.

Next, Gail Waller read portions of an article published in the Long Island Business News that compared property taxes of Long Island cities, emphasizing that many other cities’ property taxes either decreased or remained the same, while Glen Cove increased by 2.9 percent. She referred to an article published last week in Newsday in which Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is reported as urging House Speaker John Boehner for the restoration of a $500 million sewer grant for Glen Cove and a $300 million sewer grant for Nassau County and said, “We are not moving in the right direction…we have to improve our assets, not sell them.”

Mayor Suozzi said that the Newsday article had been incorrect in its facts and figures, and that the numbers were actually $500,000 and $300,000 for water infrastructure improvement projects.

At the close of the meeting, Councilman Tony Jimenez commended the EMS department of Glen Cove for two recent events. First, he mentioned that a young Marine returning from Afghanistan, Sgt. Salvatore Cavallaro, was given a nice homecoming, complete with a motorcade, and said it was a very nice event and praised the department for their work. Next, he said that many of the same people were involved in another event.

“Last week there was a house fire – tragic, but could’ve been a whole lot worse; I want to thank our EMS department and let the community know what they’ve done.”

According to the mayor, two policemen and one fireman were hurt while rescuing one woman from the house. He said it was under investigation for illegal occupancy, as two small children were found living in a rear apartment. He noted that the cause of the fire was not yet known but that an overcrowded or illegal housing situation can be hazardous.