Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 24 January 2014 00:00
The first meeting of the city council at Glen Cove City Hall with Mayor Reginald Spinello presiding was efficient and well-attended. There were just two resolutions on the agenda, and no comments made from the public. At the top of the meeting, the mayor requested a moment of silence for four people who recently died, including Peter DiChiara, Gerard Musto, Joseph Shapiro and Lt. Rod Bruschini.
The council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the transfer of a 2.1-acre parcel of land at the western end of the waterfront property to the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency (IDA), which Spinello explained is the last remaining piece of land needing to be transferred so that the IDA now holds the entire property. The resolution also authorizes the cancellation of certain tax liens that Spinello noted were expired and outdated.
“These tax liens have been on the books since the ‘80s and ‘90s, they are old and outdated...it’s just bad debt,” Spinello said. He added that it is simply a paper transaction that will help clean things up.
“This is an important marker in the redevelopment process,” he said, adding that the transfer will result in a quarter million dollar payment to the city from the redeveloper. “This is an another step in getting to our goal...I am very optimistic and feeling good about the direction we are moving in.”
The council also passed a resolution authorizing the Department of Public Works Beautification Commission to accept a New York State Highway Department of Transportation work permit to refurbish and repaint the mural on southbound 107. Spinello said that members of youth board will be touching up the paint and enhancing the color on the mural during the second week of July.
Mayor Spinello introduced his new deputy mayor, Barbara Peebles, who led the attendees in the
Pledge of Allegiance, and he also praised Myralee Machol, the executive director of the Community Development Agency (CDA), for the work they have been doing together over the past weeks.
“It’s been an interesting 14 days,” Spinello said. “Quite a few things have gone on in my first two weeks,” he noted, citing the snowstorm, icy conditions, three water main breaks, a flooding incident at Sunrise Assisted Living, and untimely deaths.
“I’d like to thank the DPW and first responders," he added. "I’m proud and thankful they stepped up to the plate, as they always do.”