Sales tax revenue is the County’s biggest source of income, accounting for over 40 percent of total annual revenues. Sales tax is also a good barometer of the County’s economic activity and economic health. Therefore, it is gratifying that the final sales tax figures for 2013 show an increase of 6.3 percent to $1.13 billion over the prior year. This was on top of another healthy increase of 4.2 percent in 2012.
These sales tax growth figures would seem to imply that Nassau County has recovered well from the recession and Superstorm Sandy, and in fact it has, with unemployment now under five percent, well below the national and state averages.
When I served as mayor of Glen Cove from 1994 to 2001, I always envisioned how much better Glen Cove Avenue from the Boys and Girls Club to the top of the hill would be if it was all residential and not a hodgepodge of commercial and residential.
Over the past decade an opportunity has arisen to accomplish that vision to replace the former auto body shop, replace the empty retail stores, replace substandard housing, replace the environmental construction firm, and replace the general eyesore with an attractive new residential development. Significant aesthetic improvements to both sides of Glen Cove Avenue are also proposed.
To the residents of Glen Cove: I felt it was very important to respond to the letter published in the Record Pilot on Feb. 26, “The Villa Is Wrong For Glen Cove” written by G. Valente, which contains numerous inaccuracies and has a reckless disregard for the truth.
The existing site is a blighted location and an embarrassment to Glen Cove. It is one of two major gateways in the city and unfortunately a first and last impression of Glen Cove. The Master Plan that involved hundreds of people, multiple agencies, studies, engineers, public hearings and community groups, etc., over nearly a four year process recommended the zoning law, which allows this project to proceed. The city’s zoning laws provide very specific development criteria with which The Villa fully complies. In fact, The Villa is significantly less in size and scope than what the law permits to be built.
For the past three years many residents of Glen Cove have reached out to me and shared their frustration with having only one choice for a cable provider. Throughout my first and second terms on the City Council, I have consistently argued in favor of allowing and acquiring Verizon FIOS to be a cable option for the residents of Glen Cove. On Tuesday, March 11, the Glen Cove City Council voted 5-2 in favor of approving a Cable Franchise Agreement between the city and Verizon.
While I can sympathize with G. Valente’s letter regarding the Villas/Livingston, I am afraid this is another lesson in futility. The powers that be in Glen Cove are determined to literally turn Glen Cove into a city. I am open to development but almost every proposal put forth has unreasonable and uncharacteristic density for this area. The waterfront will look like a city of its own once completed. However, lower density and more thoughtful planning and design could have provided a more aesthetically appealing mixed use project.
Unfortunately, developers don’t really care what we think, it’s all about the money. Too many people who attended planning board meetings and let their voices be heard have given up the fight. I applaud your efforts, and I hope you are successful, but I am not optimistic. B. Hall
I have read several articles and letters to the editor about “saving” the massive Glenwood Landing Power Plant main building and converting it to a community center or some other public facility.
Not once have I seen anyone lay out the cost to do this, and to maintain and run the huge edifice for such a purpose. Just the cost of converting this large multistory structure for any community use would be in the range of $25 to 50 million, possibly more. This would include full restructuring of the interior to meet current code, a complete new HVAC system, elevators and ramps for the handicapped as well as facilities, offices, public space, windows, water and electric modifications and on and on.
When I began my second term this year as a Nassau County Legislator, I was proud to be named Ranking Member of the Health & Human Services Committee.
Health issues have always been a priority for me. My own daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 3, which caused me to become active on health-related concerns. As a board member of the Long Island Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, my involvement in local efforts has led to about $800,000 in fundraising for diabetes research, which I believe is rapidly pointing to a cure. I also actively seek to engage with other local health efforts, like the wonderful Glen Cove CARES and Relay for Life events. I have honored people at the Legislature who have made major strides in raising awareness and funds as well, such as Laura and Anthony Perfetti, who have done so much to promote the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and Lori Schneider and Matthew Ruderman of Penelope’s Odyssey, who focus on improving the lives of children with cancer.
The Villa is an unprecedented super high density, huge mega-monstrosity project comprised of six buildings which tower over the vicinity. The developer has sought to violate the current zoning law by seeking “bonus densities” which almost quadruples the size of the complex. Livingston is seeking to build five-, six-, and seven-story structures to contain 196 units in six buildings on a site whose topography prevents any such building to be even considered since it is on a 70-foot gradient (a very steep hill) which will have disastrous erosion problems, flood neighboring properties and impact Glen Cove Avenue itself. There is no amount of drainage which can stop the volume of the flow of water down this cliff. Since the top of this steep hill is the fundamental supporting framework for a neighborhood of houses, if erosion occurs and the hill collapses, it could destroy the entire existing neighborhood.
So, once again our school district finds itself the subject of a negative story in Newsday and all the local newspapers. This time it is because one of our elementary schools ran out of fuel oil! Because of this, when the oil burners were finally restarted, somehow, fumes filled the building, causing students to seek emergency room treatment, some lasting all day, according to parents at the last school board meeting. How could this happen? That school is equipped with both oil and gas burning boilers so even if the oil ran out, which has never happened before, why wasn’t the gas turned on?
In the last issue of the Record Pilot, the article “Trying To Save The Power Plant” stated that Karin Barnaby has gotten “no response” from politicians. While she has not gotten a direct response from the Town of North Hemptead about her petition, she says she has met at length with Assemblyman Chuck Lavine to discuss the project, and that Senator Chuck Schumer has been a “great resource” through his Long Island office, which has been in touch with National Grid and with TONH Supervisor Judi Bosworth. Bosworth submitted the following statement past press time for the last issue: “The town will have a regulatory role in the redevelopment of the property at the Glenwood Landing Power Plant but is not the owner of the plant. We are beginning a community visioning process for West Shore Road and Hempstead Harbor and will look at all opportunities to revitalize that area.”
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