I really first met Ralph about 15 years ago when I was restoring the historic Coles House on Glen Street. I of course knew of the Suozzi family, Ralph’s father, Jimmy and his cousin Tom and Tom’s father Joe and later the rest of his family. Unlike the Suozzi family, I was a newcomer to Glen Cove. I have been here for only 40 years. It was easy for me to like Ralph, he was unassuming, warm, almost on the quiet side, and his humor was infectious. There was a sincerity about his nature and a clarity about his thinking that appealed to me.
After the voters turned down the referendum being promoted by County Executive Mangano, he was asked this question by the Record Pilot: If you were already representing the 18th Legislative District and the referendum passed, it would then go before you for approval in the legislature. Would you vote YES or NO to borrow $400 million while Nassau suffers from a major deficit – raising property taxes at the same time?
Over the last several weeks, fliers and statements are being issued by the mayor’s political opposition. Their positions are made at meetings, in mailings they send to each residents, and the fliers they distribute at the local supermarkets. In many of their publications, they are complaining about the amount of time many of the volunteers have served on the City of Glen Cove’s not-for-profit boards. A specific complaint is that many of the members of the GC Industrial Development Agency and the GC Planning Board have been serving our community for many years. It has been professed on the handbills that there is an absolute term-limit that any one person may be allowed to volunteer on a committee.
I committed to two 1-year terms. As my last term comes to a close, I’d like to take the time to extend a heartfelt thank you to all that contributed to the success of these last two years.
During this time we’ve built a stronger relationship with our community, School District, city/local agencies, Kiwanis International, NY State District, our Long Island North Division, Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center Foundation, and the families of our city.
The bulk of last week’s questions and comments at the hearing seemed not really for the Planning Board, who are apparently only reviewing how the developers will offset or eliminate negative environmental impacts.
But a lack of transparency on the county’s part clearly exists. The administration complains that Nassau has the second highest taxes in the nation, yet if the county got rid of all 6,000 of its Civil Service Employees Association workers, Nassau would still hold that regrettable status. In fact, in a $10,000 property tax bill, only $300 is for the services provided by CSEA members.
On Friday, Sept. 16, the K.A. Deasy Elementary School PTA hosted its annual Welcome Back Picnic. This large scale event is a great opportunity for students and their families to reconnect at the beginning of the school year and celebrate our school spirit.
The weather was beautiful and our Olympic Theme “Go for the Gold” was a huge success. The PTA provided free hotdogs, lemonade, Italian ices, cotton candy and popcorn while the children were busy playing games to earn gold medals and getting temporary tattoos and faces painted.
(Editor’s Note: We thank Mrs. McCann for her letter below. Just to be clear to her and our other readers, our policy has not changed. We reserve the right to run Op Ed pieces from candidates on important community issues. We felt the piece she references below raised one such important issue. We believe that Mr. Meli’s main point stood on its own and did not require interviews with the other parties, who always take full advantage of our circulation when they wish to bring something to the public’s attention.)
As a weekly subscriber to your paper I was excited to read about the final document from Glen Isle Partners regarding the waterfront project and scheduled public hearing on Sept. 20 (article on Page 1, Sept. 15 issue.)
The waterfront project is rearing its ugly head again. In case you didn’t see it (and why would you – it’s only listed in the Public Notices of the local papers), the next public hearing on the Glen Isle-RexCorp project to remake the waterfront will be held before the Planning Board on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. in City Hall.
This hearing is for the public to comment on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project. The Public Notices announcement lists a number of concerns that the public may wish to voice their opinions on. My particular favorites are “generation of additional traffic on local roads” and “increased demands on fire protection, police protection, emergency services… schools, and solid waste disposal.” But there are many equally important concerns for the residents to choose from.
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