We had finished our business and were walking down the hallway at my bank. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, her father Donald and I then saw a strange sight. A co-worker of mine was seated at his desk, but his head was forward, resting on his computer. We watched mystified for some seconds. He did not move.
I take exception to Eric Alexander’s assertion in the Aug. 19 edition of Newsday, that anyone who voiced opposition to the recent Planning Board decision to approve the “Piazza” project is against a vibrant downtown. Nothing could be further from the truth.
His exact quote: “I don’t think you’ll ever please the people that don’t want a vibrant downtown.” I would like Mr. Executive Director of Vision Long Island to know that the only people who don’t want a vibrant downtown in Glen Cove are drug dealers and other miscreants – it’s bad for business.
On May 24, Mayor Suozzi and the city council voted to pass a resolution recommending to the planning board approval of the project known as Piazza Glen Cove.
It needs to be mentioned that no notice was ever given to the public that this was an item on the agenda to be considered. When questioned about this by Paul Meli, the mayor simply said that it was an add-on at the last minute, yeah right!
Our former editor’s article about this community’s response to 9/11 is a moving record of people trying to do good at the worst of times. It discusses things that are well worth remembering – to remind us of how we can come together.
The sad tragedy of that day is also something best memorialized as a community. As Glen Cove Mayor Suozzi said, to heal and bond and rejuvenate.
Congratulations on your coverage of positions of the candidates for the 18th Legislative District. It is good for us readers to hear both sides. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton presented strong and thoughtful arguments on both the Coliseum and the assessment issues, while Robert Germino basically skirted the Coliseum issue and then simply backed Mr. Mangano’s proposal to take away the county’s guarantee of its assessments.
We thank both 18th LD candidates for their willingness to respond to campaign questions. The two very different responses this week reflect the deep division – and confusion – on the subject.
The confusion in our area lies in a very unfair practice within Glen Cove but affects all the other readers in the 18th LD - Sea Cliff, Bayville, Locust Valley, Brookville, Glen Head, Greenvale and Jericho.
Delia DeRiggi-Whitton raised some very legitimate concerns about the Republican effort to fund the Coliseum. She noted that there was no answer to the question of who would be responsible for cost overruns to the $400 million building proposal, particularly with recent history showing huge problems on the Cincinnati Stadium costs exceeding estimates. She also pointed out that Mr. Wang was quoted as saying that he was losing $20 million a year on the Islanders but that he intended to pay the rent from the profits he made on the team, and to include some sort of revenue sharing to further reduce the county’s costs. This, as Delia suggested, doesn’t make sense.
Since we covered the Coliseum referendum and its local pertinence, it is important to mention that nothing written was meant as a judgment of the county executive. He, more so even than most elected officials right now, is a man with a very hard job. He is doing what he thinks is best to dig our county out of a catastrophic situation that was years in the making.
Our point was that readers should use these big issues to judge their candidates as much as those already in office. The reality is that the Legislature votes with their leaders.
On behalf of our family, I would like to extend sincere thanks to the Glen Cove Police, EMS, and NSUH-LIJ hospital staff for all their efforts on the morning of Tom’s passing, and to Jack Sheridan and his staff at McLaughlin Kramer Funeral Home for their guidance and support.
We would also like to thank all of our friends for the food, cards, phone calls and words of encouragement during this difficult time. Also, thank you to Janine at Page One and to Tony Gallego and Bob Canavan for their help. Many thanks to The Rev. Betsy Simpson, the choir, staff and parishioners at the First Presbyterian Church for conducting such a beautiful service in Tom’s honor.
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