Recent Op-Ed pieces in prominent newspapers have suggested that with proper regulatory oversight, hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” can be accomplished safely in New York, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and bringing much needed economic benefits to hard-hit areas of the state. If the issue was that simple, and if the statements were true, surely everyone would be in favor.
But the facts don’t support these statements, and the issue is not as simple as the TV ads would have citizens believe. Fracking is an inherently dangerous and destructive extreme form of energy extraction that brings with it a myriad of serious environmental and economic problems. Now that we have the opportunity to see how fracking has actually impacted citizens in Pennsylvania and other states, we can more easily distinguish fact from fantasy and make smarter choices for New York.
I would like to thank the residents of Glen Cove for their trust in allowing me the opportunity to serve on our city council. During the past few months my running mates and I have spoken of the many challenges facing our city. The campaigning is over and the time for action and results now begins. I pledge to do my best to improve our city. I will use my time, talent and experience to address our problems and offer credible and viable solutions to solve them. I will put my best foot forward in working with the mayor and city council to ensure a bright and prosperous future for the residents of Glen Cove.
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Glen Cove voters for electing me to serve as one of Glen Cove’s city councilmen.
I am thankful for the overwhelming support and I am truly honored to serve and represent the residents of this fine community. I value the great history and diversity of Glen Cove and I believe in the future of Glen Cove. I can assure you that I will do my best to serve the community and I look forward to meeting and speaking with you at upcoming City Council meetings.
One of the special ways the Church of St. Rocco celebrated Christmas for quite a number of years was through Christmas concerts that were performed by the church choir the first weekend of December. Everyone knew that the first Sunday in December was to be set aside to spend the afternoon in our magnificent church. My fellow choir members had spent many hours for almost four months preparing themselves to entertain the parishioners and the community with the beautiful hymns of the season. These dedicated ladies and gentlemen had a true love for music and their church. They willingly and selflessly gave of their time and were happy and proud to proclaim in song the joy of Christ’s birth. I still get goose bumps when I think about their voices singing out together, “Joy to the World, the Savior reigns” and “This, this is Christ the King!”
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods —merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
This year I hope will be different. This year Americans should give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at Christmas, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
The 10th Annual Sea Cliff Holiday House Tour, which was held on Saturday, Dec. 3, was a huge success! On behalf of the Mutual Concerns Committee, I would like to thank the following people: The homeowners who have generously shared their beautifully decorated homes, the people who came from near and far to participate in this event, the many wonderful volunteers, without whom this day would not have happened; Sherlock Homes Realty; Atria of Glen Cove; The Sea Cliff Museum; The Sea Cliff Arts Council; The Creative Arts Studio, St. Luke’s Church, and the 61 merchants in this community who donated food for the lunch and gifts for the raffle baskets.
Finally and fittingly in the midst of this season of giving, we would like to inform all of our supporters that we now have a final figure from our 4th annual Operation Wounded Warrior pasta dinner. As unbelievable as it may be, we have once again surpassed our previous year’s total, as this year’s total after expenses is $31,000!
Words cannot express our gratitude and indeed our awe at the generosity shown by our neighbors and friends from both Locust Valley and neighboring communities from Glen Cove to Bayville to Oyster Bay and to those that came from even further away to attend our 4th annual Operation Wounded Warrior Pasta Dinner.
On behalf of The Billy Fischer Cancer Research Fund, we’d like to thank all who participated at our fundraising party on Saturday, Nov. 5! A special thank you to John Zozzaro, Frankie Basile and Vincent Abbondandolo, owners of the Downtown Cafe, (located at 4 School Street in Glen Cove) where our event was held. The sun was shining outside and our hearts were glowing inside! The monies raised far exceeded our expectations! Together we raised more than $17,500! All of this money will directly benefit cancer research at the Steven and Alexander Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park (CCMC). CCMC is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System of New York.
On behalf of the Mutual Concerns Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Glen Head American Legion, Boy Scout Troop #195, and the North Shore Key Club for helping us with our Thanksgiving baskets.
Each year the Legion holds a cocktail party, headed by Kenny Kraft, to raise money to buy turkeys and food for the baskets. Frank Rudegeair supervises the delivery of the baskets. On Monday, the American Legion members, the Boy Scouts and the Key Club delivered approximately 60 baskets to those in need in our community.
Now that the local elections are essentially done and gone, I have a burning desire to unravel a mystery that was presented by local Republicans for city and county positions relating to interesting statements about tax increases and what appears to be the use of a mathematics that I seem to either have forgotten or was not taught in grammar school.
Statements were made in the press and on USPS delivered campaign materials that the elected officials of the City of Glen Cove had increased Glen Cove City taxes by up to as much as 50 percent or higher over the last six years. This was not stated as a single house but implied to be an overall increase for all property owners.
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