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.
But, if the whole vision of the waterfront – one that has been raising extreme responses in the collective imagination for so many years - is changing drastically, the community could use an update.
Workers were clearly doing their best out in the field to restore power to what was reportedly about half of all households on Long Island serviced by LIPA. Many workers even came from out of state, as Katie Piacentini reported on last week, to aid in the restoration effort. It is frustrating to hear Assemblyman Montesano say that some of these people were left idle due to a lack of organization back at the LIPA/National Grid offices. He is right to call for a better preparedness plan and better organization in general.
With the close of the summer, a big hearty thank you needs to go the wonderful Sea Cliff beach folks who made the beach such a great joy. Manager Anne Kopple, and assistant manager, Michelle Capobianco, along with the hardworking lifeguards, Alley Grande, Machlin Carballal, Tom Murphy, Kathleen and Mike Lennon, Mike Clausen and Mike Cuomo were there ensuring things always worked well. In addition to fun and sun, the beach offered a Sea Cliff Library Bookmobile with books and games for adults and children.
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