I am not typically one to toot my own horn, but Sea Cliff once again has set the standard for snow clean up. While the county and town roads were barely traversable, Sea Cliff streets were plowed and sanded, allowing for safe passage.
The real credit for this goes out to the hard-working men at the Sea Cliff Department of Public Works. These men worked for 27 straight hours, napping and eating when necessary at the garage. Residents were able to go to work on Monday morning (although once they left Sea Cliff the roads got treacherous) and Village Hall was open on time. The snow was completely removed from the streets and sidewalks of the business district within 24 hours, keeping our shops and restaurants open.
I would like to express my gratitude to the whole DPW staff and the tremendous leadership of John Mirando and Jimmy O’Donnell for your dedication and service to the residents of Sea Cliff. You guys sure make a mayor look good!
Bruce Kennedy, Sea Cliff Mayor
In the Dec. 16 edition, the Record Pilot reported that the mayor had made a statement regarding the proposed increases to fees concerning commercial building permits; minimizing these increases, he reportedly said that it could have been only $ 99 increase per $100,000 of estimated construction cost.
As it turns out, his “could be only $ 99” is actually $300, the same amount that, as I reported in a previous letter, was proposed at the Nov. 23 public hearing and now voted into law by our administration, on the Dec. 28 meeting.
I would like to thank our residents, businesses and the employees of Nassau County for their patience and cooperation during last week’s blizzard. With the storm dumping over 16 inches of snow in our community, County employees mobilized early the morning after Christmas Day to deal with its cleanup. Crews were instructed to plow lanes adequate for travel in both directions. First priorities for snow removal included major thorough fares and access to emergency services. In all, over 100 County employees were involved in clearing roadways and dropping over 2,880 pounds of salt on our roadways. When those County roadways were cleared, snow plowing operations were sent to assist towns and villages who requested such help with residential streets.
“We got it,” That is what our mayor and city council must have thought when they came up with this new one!
In the spirit of consolidation of services, and cost cutting initiatives, yeah right, for their constituency; they must have thought why not go all the way? Why not consolidate the three branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial) into just two?
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi
Last month, I shared with you a vision for Glen Cove. This month I wish to express specifics as to how that vision can become a reality as we build upon Glen Cove’s Tradition of Quality so that we can create a Future of Excellence. What do I see for Glen Cove’s school district as we move into the second decade of the 21st century – together for children?
I see a district with a fully coordinated system of education – a continuum of discovery and skills development for all children. It is a district in which teachers and administrators – from pre-kindergarten to grade twelve – work together, by design, to create integrated and complementary curricula. It is a district in which each level of education serves expressly to prepare each child for the next level. And it is a district – a quality district – in which children and their parents always know what is required to reach the next level and are confident that the educators will help them get there successfully, with confidence and dignity.
Recently, Nassau County superintendents of schools received literature from County Executive Ed Mangano regarding his 2011 “No Property Tax Increase Budget.” As part of this proposed budget, Nassau County Legislators voted, strictly along party lines, to shift the financial expense of paying county assessment errors from Nassau County to the local school districts. We certainly agree that the assessment system is broken, however, shifting the responsibility to the school districts will not help fix it.
When he was elected last year, Nassau County Executive Mangano promised no tax increases. The Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt pledged no tax increases and no fee increases. It took each of them less than 10 months to renege on their commitments.
In the 2011 county budget, which I and my Democratic colleagues opposed, the Republican leadership enacted many tax and fee increases which include Parks and Recreation fee hikes totaling $2.3 million. Sewer and Storm Water charges will add an additional $20 million tax burden. New Traffic and Parking Violation fees will total $7 million. New Ambulance fees will total $8 million. New administrative fees at the County Clerk office will total $8 million.
As I had expected, my written concerns about the Glen Cove School District’s varsity football program under the direction of Pete Kopecky has created a firestorm in Glen Cove. I have read the letters criticizing me for my comments and have heard from a number of Glen Covers as well. But notwithstanding Mr. Checola’s recent comments, no one except a former varsity sports coach, has offered any solutions to the dilemma of turning the football program around.
I offered one solution already: Coach Kopecky’s retirement. I now offer a second solution to Glen Cove’s varsity football problem that was suggested to me after my previously published letter.
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