We are the presidents of the seven executive boards of the parent organizations of the five schools, SEPTA and the coordinating council for the North Shore School District. Our main objective is to assist in improving the quality of instructional/academic programs within the schools from a parent’s perspective. As a group we strive to remain current and informed on all issues impacting our schools.
With the mild winter we enjoyed this year, the annual transition to spring may not have been as obvious to some. However, if you were in Glen Cove this past weekend, you couldn’t have missed the opening day of Junior Baseball and Softball as the youngsters and their coaches marched from the middle school on Forest Avenue to the John Maccarone Stadium for the annual parade, led by the Glen Cove High School drum line. As we march to the stadium I always enjoy looking back at the line of young boys and girls in their uniforms as they carry their banners along the parade route. It is a wonderful sight to behold at the start of our Opening Day Ceremony, which is as small town and American as it gets.
With the cost of oil on the rise, serious competition between gas distributors has caused many stations to charge outrageous amounts for a gallon of gasoline. In fact, some gas merchants have been known to continuously raise their prices over the course of a 24-hour period, often dramatically increasing consumer costs without the actual price of gas going up. This predatory practice, known as price gouging, allows a deceitful gas distributor to make unreasonable profits at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet.
As gas prices constantly fluctuate, we must make sure local families don’t fall victim to price gouging at the pumps. That’s why the assembly passed legislation I helped pass that would ban gas stations from adjusting their prices multiple times daily (A.1970). Distributors usually purchase their gas wholesale and at a fixed rate, allowing many stations to unfairly take advantage of consumers at a time when gas prices are at the highest levels in months.
On March 29, an informational meeting was held to consider development of approximately 15 acres at Glen Cove Mansion. It was received with great concern. Twenty-five duplex buildings are proposed and will be known at North Manor Estates.
It was met with mixed reactions and became a venue for expressing concerns about roads, two years of construction, impact on schools, sewers, driveways and more.
This Monday I witnessed the legislature’s Rules Committee session, during which those legislators who support County Executive Mangano approved a contract between Nassau County and the investment bank of Morgan Stanley.
The deal they voted for would have Morgan Stanley financially evaluate our county’s sewer system (put a price on it), and then would have that same bank go out and broker a deal for someone to operate the system based on that information.
In the past few weeks, the first installment of the transaction entered into by Mayor Suozzi and the city of Glen Cove CSEA employees was paid out in the amount of $67,654.00.
This amount was calculated based on terms of the new contract, 1 percent increase, retroactive to January 1, 2010, to the city workers, the other increases are as follows: 1.5 percent retroactive to January 1, 2011 to be paid out in June 2012; 2.5 percent for the year 2012; 2.5 percent increase for the year 2013; and 2.5 percent increase for the year 2014.
Beginning with my first encounter with Toni Labbate, I have been impressed with her dedication to our school district. I have seen her function in a variety of roles from mother to book club leader to member of the Legislative Action Committee (LAC). She also has served as treasurer of the Glen Head Parent Teacher Organization and is currently a member of the fifth grade graduation committee.
On behalf of the City of Glen Cove, I would like to thank everyone who made the City’s 100 Best Community Celebration such a success. As has been reported in the press, last fall, the City of Glen Cove was named by America’s Promise Alliance as one of the 100 Best Places for Young People in the United States. Glen Cove was the only community on Long Island to receive this designation, and one of only five in New York State. Over 300 communities from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico vied for this prestigious award.
I read your recent article covering Nassau County Executive Edward I. Mangano’s State of the County address with great interest (“Mangano Warns of 13 Percent Tax Jump,” Anton Newspapers, March 22 and 23), but I fear your story missed the point – by a longshot.
The county executive did not threaten a 13 percent property tax increase; in fact, he never even uttered the words. Further, setting the legislative agenda is among my many duties as presiding officer, and I assure you, there will not be a tax increase on the agenda this year, just as there was no tax increase on the agenda in the past two years. Where did you even get your information?
Some weeks ago, our State Sen. Carl Marcellino hosted a community forum at the Glen Cove Library. I don’t think he anticipated a packed room, nor the topics of concern: ‘fracking’ wastewater, the fate of the county STPs, and LGBT issues.
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