As a citizen of Glen Cove, I would like to express my appreciation to Paul Meli and his running mates for the efforts and sacrifices that they made in their recent run for the offices of mayor and city council this election season. They sacrificed family, work and personal time by putting their lives on hold because they each knew they had the desire and talent to improve our city. Individually, they are a very gifted group of concerned citizens who wanted a better Glen Cove. They gave the voters of Glen Cove a viable option and stimulated debate, whether at Stop & Shop, or in front of our houses while tirelessly walking door to door, about the condition of our city and the direction in which it is taking. I thank each and every one of them for making the sacrifice and giving me and my fellow citizens an option in the voting booth this year.
I hope you Glen Cove voters know that our senator in Albany, Carl Marcellino, was not in favor of the MTA Tax and voted No in the New York State Senate to its passage.
By comparison or contrast, our assemblyman in Albany voted Yes in the Assembly for passage of the MTA Payroll Tax.
I hope local voters will remember in November 2010, that he, Chuck Lavine, voted Yes for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Excise Tax that now imposes an additional payroll tax of one-third of one percent levied against both the private and public sectors for each person on their respective payrolls.
I have to wonder just who Chuck Lavine actually represents, us or his NYC cohorts? I also wonder why those who are currently serving in elected offices don’t reprimand him publicly: “Hey Chuck, enough’s enough - are you crazy or do you just go along to get along?”
Perhaps you can call Assemblyman Lavine at 676-0050 or write to / visit him at 70 Glen Street, Suite #1, Glen Cove, NY 11542 and ask him to personally inform you as to exactly how much tax money must the City of Glen Cove, the Glen Cove School District, and the County of Nassau now generate in terms of the payroll tax to help support the MTA thanks to him?
You can bet your life on it that Chuck Lavine will not give you a direct answer to your specific question. It is not his style, believe me.
“We” the family of “Kara Marie Grazioso” wish to take this opportunity to sincerely acknowledge and thank all our participating city officials and services that responded and assisted us with our family emergency on the morning of Sept. 25, 2009, ie: EMS of G.C., G.C. P.D. and detectives – Nassau County Coroners Department – everything was handled very professionally by all parties involved, also religious clergy. The names are too numerous to mention; I don’t want to be remiss. You all know who you are!
The Minutolli family and staff at Dodge-Thomas - they always go the extra mile to make for a smooth transition in carrying out their services under the profound and personal leadership and expertise of Guy Minutolli – always a true and compassionate friend. She’s now with her Grandpa Graz and beloved Uncle Keith.
Thanks to all friends and neighbors who provided much needed comfort and/or donated the tons of food ‘n’ refreshments throughout and the friends who co-ordinated set up and service. The friends and relatives who traveled from near and far to pay their respects to “Kara’s Memory.” I never realized my granddaughter had so many, many friends. She touched so many people’s lives in many different ways. In return they’ve been very instrumental in memorializing her on Facebook with daily updates and events they’ve planned for fundraising, etc. It’s awesome the things these young people come up with. It’s wonderful – you know - thanks is just a word! There are times it seems not tobe enough!
My thoughts – my words! We live each day in her memory.
What a great job done by the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale in singing our National Anthem at the New York Islanders hockey game on Wednesday, Oct. at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. I wish every member of our community could have seen the hard work and training that was evident in order to get them to this level.
These young people of Glen Cove performed one of the proudest and most tear jerking performances of The Star Spangled Banner that I have ever seen. It was very impressive to watch as the entire crowd at the Coliseum focused on them as they sang in the most professional manner. As the evening went on they entertained the crowd with their well-coordinated cheers and “roller coaster rides.” They were well behaved and made me proud to be season ticket holder. I hope they perform again.
I read with interest several weeks ago The AD’s Corner column regarding the Glen Cove Athletic Trainer. What I was discouraged by was the fact that we re-hired the same trainer from last year, Peter Adragna. While Mr. Adragna may be a well-qualified trainer, his other commitments which prevent him from being at the school in time for the team’s taking the field for practice is unacceptable. The school trainer needs to be available to the athletes prior to practice and games. This issue was brought up several times last year to Dr. Silverman and obviously nothing was done about it. Recently, the JV football team almost forfeited their game because the trainer was not at the field. Luckily, the school was able to get one of our EMT’s from the fire dept to help out. Just like the school boiler fiasco, why don’t we look to find a local trainer like all of the other school districts do?
I have lived in Glen Cove for 59 years. Being here as long as I have and seeing what has been done to me and all the other taxpayers makes me angry, frustrated and sad at the same time. Promises are always made and as soon as a title is placed on someone, all is forgotten. For me, especially, being alone, it is very difficult to manage. I worry how to pay tax bills and oil bills, which have a tax now too. It is very disheartening. Name only cannot change anything. Raising taxes, as they say, to balance the budget is just a lie. I believe that money is for someone else’s gain. Our current administration has done nothing but punish us all and most likely has forced some homeowners to sell and leave the city. We need structure and leadership. I hope people will carefully think before pushing buttons this Election Day. Let us all start enjoying our homes and not be in fear of losing them.
I’m sure people have been reading the articles in Newsday about the high property taxes on Long Island, and especially the school taxes, which I read amount to 65 percent of the taxes paid.
I believe that the schools are over-administrated and the administrators are overpaid. Teachers are also overpaid and have great benefits. Neither is ever happy with what they receive but point to other districts that may have some better benefits and demand the same.
I have visited both the Glen Cove Voters website and the Glen Cove Alliance website. I find it interesting that less than four weeks before the election, on the Glen Cove Voters site, if you click the heading “Accomplishments,” you are told “Coming Soon.”
It’s been four years, Mr. Mayor and council members. When are your accomplishments coming?
At the last Glen Cove Board of Education meeting, held on Oct. 5, Superintendent Dr. Laurence Aronstein announced that the NY State audit was ready to be released and would be posted on the school district web site the next day. He went on to tell those present how good the report was, and I quote, “There were no findings of fraud, or malfeasance, incompetence or anything else. The report basically says that we’re doing a very good job.”
Nothing could be further from the truth! That report, with information analyzed only from July 1, 2007 to Oct. 31, 2008, paints a horrible picture of mismanagement, ineptitude and violation of New York State Law. Among other things, the report states that: “The board did not comply with Education Law regarding fiscal oversight training for board members. Two of the seven board members did not obtain the required six-hour training on financial oversight, accountability and fiduciary responsibilities. Additionally, a third board member did not obtain training within the first year of his election, although he completed the required training 29 months later.”
“The board members’ decision to not comply with the law and obtain the training resulted in their failure to properly fulfill all of their financial oversight, accountability and fiduciary responsibilities, placing the district at an increased risk of waste, misuse or theft of its cash assets.” Newsday reported that our current board member, Richard Tortorici, is one of the violators. As of last week, he still had not complied with the law, nearly a year after the report’s end.
The report goes on to say: “District officials have not established adequate controls over payments in lieu of health insurance and did not segregate payroll duties to effectively safeguard district assets.”
“In addition, district officials did not adequately segregate key duties related to payroll processing.”
“District officials did not always adhere to the district’s purchasing policies. . .” And on and on it goes.
This report is for only one year of Dr. Aronstein’s four years here. If this is a good report to Dr. Aronstein, then he is truly in La La Land, so out of touch is he with reality, and has been for years. This district is no place for him. He should resign or be removed from his position immediately as should Board Member Tortorici.
I stopped in at the Glen Cove Alliance headquarters at 24 Village Square on Thursday night. On a wall was a delightful photographic display, Glen Cove Through the Generations, that included a photo dated 1905 of a group of men putting in the lines to bring electricity to our city, and some photos of Morgan Park Beach from the 1940s, including a local bathing beauty. The faces and images of a bygone era were an evocative depiction of my city’s history and an indication of longtime family roots.
Politics aside, I urge everyone to stop in and see this very enjoyable display every Wednesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. You might find yourself or a grandparent on the wall!
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