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.
During this season of hope and thanksgiving, the American Red Cross on Long Island reflects on the generosity of those who helped us bring comfort and assistance to our neighbors in need this year.
We owe a huge measure of gratitude to our partners and donors who have shown a deep commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross. We owe an equal measure of thanks to our thousands of dedicated volunteers. Their tireless work makes it possible for us to respond to disasters throughout our area.
The only thing he accomplished was a weakening of his bargaining position by desperately trying to consummate an 11th hour deal.
I remember Mr. Grella from my time on the Planning Board and from years of attending City Council meetings. He was one who had the full community of Glen Cove at heart and was never reticent on expressing his advice and opinion to anyone. Always to the point and always fair.
Men and women in uniform sacrifice every day across the globe for the freedoms we enjoy here at home. Every year on Nov. 11, Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to thank them and recognize their dedication. The commemoration carries the purpose of President Woodrow Wilson’s official Armistice Day proclamation in November 1919 to “be filled with the solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.”
We currently have over 106,200 troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to tens of thousands more stationed worldwide. Every day, soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. There are a number of national and local ceremonies on Veterans Day that honor their heroic deeds. One of our nation’s most moving tributes is the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The remains of unidentified soldiers from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are at rest here.
On Sunday, October 30th, the Nassau County Legislature approved my budget for 2012 that includes the tough medicine needed to help our County to recover from decades of poor fiscal policies. Most importantly, the budget represents an opportunity to work cooperatively to achieve success for our residents. The budget, developed in consultation with NIFA, sets forth a comprehensive plan that makes Nassau County fiscally stronger each year over the next four years.
Despite the fact that the Democrat Minority Conference failed to support the budget, for a second consecutive year, I have been able to provide a budget that addresses Nassau’s issues without raising property taxes and I implore them to join me in working together to successfully implement the enacted solutions.
I want to commend the Record Pilot and its editor, Matthew Piacentini, for sponsoring and moderating the Mayoral Debate on Oct. 29 between Mayor Suozzi and Paul Meli, the Republican candidate for mayor of Glen Cove.
Just a note to thank you for hosting the Mayoral Debate between Paul Meli and Ralph Suozzi. As a concerned taxpayer, homeowner, and business owner in Glen Cove, your publication, the Record Pilot, has been very instrumental in informing the public of the issues at hand.
(Editor’s Note: Last week the Record Pilot reported on a review of the City of Glen Cove 2012 proposed budget done by the NYS Comptroller’s Office. Because the review was first made available close to press time, the mayor did not have an opportunity to share his comments on the review and his 2012 budget. This op-ed provides that opportunity.)
My first day as mayor, in 2006, I sent a letter to the NYS Comptroller requesting a comprehensive audit of our City’s finances. This audit was important since it:
1) Identified and documented the scope of the financial mess I had inherited.
2) Provided recommendations to correct structural issues that became part of the City’s budgeting methods and spending practices over the course of several years.
3) The October 2006 NYS Comptroller’s audit report also created a history that no one can rewrite. The facts are the facts.
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