Thank you to the residents of Glen Cove for electing me to be your new mayor. I am looking forward to the New Year as our journey begins to rebuild, restore and reshape our great city. Glen Cove is a wonderful community and it’s the care and compassion each of us take in our city that makes it such a unique and special place to live. For those that voted for me I thank you. For those that did not I hope you will allow me the opportunity to gain your trust as I begin my mission of creating a better Glen Cove for all of us.
As the 54th season of Morgan Park Summer Music Festival comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone who donated their time, talent and treasure into making the past summer such a success.
First, we would like to thank the City of Glen Cove, especially Mayor Ralph Suozzi and Parks and Recreation Director Darcy Belyea for all of their assistance in making sure that we had everything we needed for the concerts in Morgan Park.
Your staff is a tribute to your leadership. They were always responsive to our needs and did their best to make sure everything was ready to go on the weekends for the performances.
John Owens’ column “Public School Data: Numbers Beyond Belief” deserves a great big “attaboy” for going to the heart of the problem. Being a math teacher, I would say to the kids, that in statistics, “figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” And when the city presented data that “garbage in results in garbage out,” they are trying to quantify the unquantifiable. In my career I’ve seen some of this, but the use by NYC is mind-blowing.
On behalf of the Mutual Concerns Committee, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Sea Cliff-Glen Head Lions Club for their generous donation to our organization.
Ed Lieberman and Marc Neal presented me with a check the night of the “Chill Out.” Since holiday baskets are just around the corner, this gift came at just the right time.
Americans love catchy phrases and buzzwords, but sometimes such marketing tactics are nothing more than putting lipstick on a pig. That is exactly what corporations are doing when they refer to a newfangled, risky financial transaction that they have named pension de-risking. This is when companies sell off their retirees pension plans to investment funds or insurers converting what were federally protected pensions, into annuities. This has the impact of stripping defenseless older Americans of legal protections of both the federal ERISA pension law and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. In addition, these annuities become subject to a variety of state laws, dependent upon where the retiree lives.
Last year, General Motors sold off 76,000 retiree pensions to Prudential Insurance and this year Verizon sold 41,000 pensions to Prudential. This is not just a GM and Verizon issue, it s a growing national crisis likely to impact all retirees. In reality, this practice is really Pension Stripping, a violent act against retirees and their earned pension funds. America’s retirees need help and real protections on the state level where insurers are regulated. Peter Hallquest
After reading an article on Common Core, I agree even more. It really cuts through all the “educanese” the state is throwing at the public and fully exposes the serious flaws with the roll-out of the curriculum. You wonder how much teaching experience the people who wrote the curriculum modules have. Is the state trying to make the state program “teacher proof” by providing a virtual script for the curriculum? The curriculum is not complete and math chairs are being forced to turn to other states for a complete scope and sequence.
Of course the test results were bad because the teachers did not know what to experts, and the kids did not have the prerequisite background and knowledge that the course they were learning pre-supposed. Also, implied in the results of the tests was that the teacher was doing a terrible teaching job. An obvious teaching bashing in the public schools. There is a terrible disconnect between the tests and what the teacher is doing in the classroom. I have been through 5 curriculum changes in my career. Never have I witnessed such confusion.
The American Lung Association wants veterans and their loved ones to know that those who served have a higher incidence of lung cancer than the general population. Veterans are urged to talk with their doctors about their risk for lung cancer; veterans who smoke or did smoke should visit lungcancerscreeningsaveslives.org.
The Lung Helpline, at 1-800-LUNG-USA (586-4872) is available seven days a week to answer questions about lung health and provide reliable information about quitting smoking. To learn even more visit www.LungNE.org. Working together, we can raise awareness about lung cancer, reduce its incidence and increase the number of survivors.
Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast
I would like to take this time to say, job well done, Marquis!
On Monday, Oct. 21, at approximately 5 a.m., a fire occurred at the Marquis Rehab and Nursing facility.
My husband is at this facility and getting the call in the early morning hours that a fire has broken out you think only the worst while your heart sinks. I was expecting chaos when I arrived.
Like all of you, I was shocked and disgusted by the revelations in Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s report that roughly 40 percent of the $570 million raised by non-profits in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts have yet to be given out to storm victims. This is unacceptable and I commend the Attorney General for making public the malfeasance of these non-profit organizations in keeping the charitable donations of good people looking to help those in need for themselves.
I am proud to support City Councilman Reggie Spinello for mayor in this coming election. Mr. Spinello has been involved in our city in many arenas for many years and since elected, has proven to be an informed councilman, questioning actions of the current administration with facts to back up his reasons. He promises to restore fiscal stability to a city that has been called the most financially stressed municipality on Long Island. It is time for a change. Mr. Spinello can be that change - for the better. Vote on Nov. 5 for Reggie Spinello and his teams and let’s get the Glen Cove moving forward again!
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