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Letter: Criticizing Glen Cove Ferry

Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00

Please raise your hand if you think that the ferry is being built by a developer at no cost to Glen Cove taxpayers. If you raised your hand, you’d be wrong. It’s being built by the City of Glen Cove. When the project was announced in September, 2007, Cara Longworth, then the executive director of the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency, said (see the Media section on the Ferry link on the City’s website) the project was expected to cost $16.9 million, that the federal government will finance most of it with some matching grants from the city “but we hope to cover any outlays with rent” from a restaurant planned for the second floor of the terminal. Ms. Longworth’s prediction about restaurant rent covering the city’s outlays is laughable on its face. You and I both know that the taxpayers are going to get whacked. How much will our taxes have to absorb? We don’t know because Mayor Suozzi hasn’t told us. Oh, did I mention the $85,000 per year in maintenance costs to be borne by the City (pg 4-27 of the Final Design Report on the same Ferry link)? Who are we building this ferry for?

 

Letter: Let’s Talk About Ralph

Friday, 14 October 2011 00:00

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.

 

Letter: Criticizing Germino On $400 Million Coliseum Stance

Friday, 14 October 2011 00:00
As I watched the candidate’s debate on Channel 12, I was astonished at Robert Germino’s answer about the $400,000,000 Coliseum issue. He completely changed his position. Before the August 1 referendum, he was absolutely silent on this huge issue.

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?

 

Letter: City Boards

Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00

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.

 

Letter: A Message From the Kiwanis President:

Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00

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.

 

Editorial: A Different Waterfront Presentation

Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00
If the city is indeed moving along with the waterfront development, perhaps it would bring Glen Covers together on the issue if we had a different presentation. This paper wasn’t trying to suggest anyone was remiss by asking for a presentation last week and still isn’t. But after the Planning Board’s hearing Tuesday, it appears that many of the people against the waterfront development simply need whatever information the city and developers are working with that shows how this project will work.   

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.

 

Letter: CSEA Has Nothing Left to Give

Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00
Nassau County is heading closer and closer to its demise. Following a national Republican trend, the administration is targeting government workers and their unions as the main reason for the county’s financial collapse. It implies our county is being destroyed by overgenerous labor agreements, and if those aren’t amended, massive layoffs will occur.

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.

 

Editorial: A Different Waterfront Presentation

Friday, 23 September 2011 15:25
If the city is indeed moving along with the waterfront development, perhaps it would bring Glen Covers together on the issue if we had a different presentation. This paper wasn’t trying to suggest anyone was remiss by asking for a presentation last week and still isn’t. But after the Planning Board’s hearing Tuesday, it appears that many of the people against the waterfront development simply need whatever information the city and developers are working with that shows how this project will work.   
 
The bulk of this 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. 
Residents who simply don’t want the project philosophically or aesthetically seem to be outnumbered and out of luck. The city has started building the ferry terminal – the public half of the public / private partnership which is based on RXR Glen Isle’s plans. The Planning Board is ready to vote YES or NO on RXR Glen Isle’s project. 
 

Letter: Welcome Back Picnic

Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

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.

 

Letter: What Happened to Anton Newspapers Election Time Policy?

Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

(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.)

 

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