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Letter: Tobacco Targets Us

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

We are students at the Glen Cove High School who are taking health education classes. Currently, we are learning about how big tobacco companies target our classmates and the youth of America. In honor of “Kick Butts Day 2014” our Health Class would like to bring to your attention the impact of tobacco marketing. Tobacco marketing has been declared a youth epidemic by the Surgeon General, so we are taking a stand to call for a reduction in youth’s exposure to tobacco marketing. Did you know that tobacco companies spend $1 million every hour to spread their deadly message? 


Letter: Incorporating Technology For Convenience

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Technology has been growing in leaps and bounds over the past decade. Today, information is disseminated at a rapid pace through emails, text messages, and through social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.  


Traditionally, governments tend to lag behind the times in keepingup with technological innovations. As a result, the public is subject to an archaic system of sharing information that makes access to information, not impossible, but less convenient, which perpetuates the disconnect and leaves the public out of the loop of information. 


Letter: Building On A 90-Year Legacy At Glen Cove Hospital

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Just as it has since 1928, Glen Cove Hospital will continue to serve North Shore communities. To better meet the needs of the community and the pressing healthcare issues facing seniors and the chronically ill, the North Shore-LIJ Health System last year announced plans to enhance outpatient, geriatric and emergency services, while reducing the focus on inpatient care. That announcement raised concerns among some that Glen Cove would discontinue inpatient services.


After considerable input from community based physicians and local residents, the North Shore- LIJ leadership has pledged that Glen Cove will remain a fully-staffed, full-service hospital, even while the health system continues to develop a new model of care that places a greater emphasis on health and wellness, and community- and home-based services.


Letter: Veterans Deserve Better

Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

Our Governor, Mario Cuomo, wants to get re-elected. He needs votes. Military veterans vote, so he cooked up a scheme that gives veterans a school tax reduction by lowering their property assessment. He passed this law, but gave local school districts the choice whether or not to approve it. He wants to look good while placing taxpayers in the position of looking bad to veterans if they vote to disapprove this absurd law. 


Letter: GWL: Reality Vs. Truth

Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

 For the past year, I’ve appealed to National Grid and our political representatives to hold off demolition of the Glenwood Landing power plant—the almost 100-year-old, historically and architecturally unique Long Island landmark—until full consideration can be given to ways this landmark building might be most advantageously repurposed as a commercial, tax-paying enterprise as quickly as possible, and its prime waterfront revitalized and made accessible for our Glenwood Landing-North Shore-Hempstead Harbor communities.  


National Grid is demolishing the GWL plant, as planned, to reduce its tax assessment. It will “warehouse” the minimally remediated, paved-over, fenced-off property for “future energy use”—leaving Glenwood Landing’s waterfront inaccessible, unused and, for the present, not generating badly needed revenues to make up for the loss of taxes from the utility. Once the building is gone, any hope for Glenwood Landing’s renewal and waterfront revitalization will be lost. Given the utility’s history and recent installations, we can expect a proliferation of transmission infrastructure, turbines and substations on that site. 


Obituary: Josephine Spirakos

Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

Josephine  Spirakos, age 86, died peacefully following a brief illness on March 16, 2014 at Tranquility House Community Hospice in Austell, GA. Devoted mom of Donna and Jim. Proud grandma of James Jr. and Sarah. Survived also by adopted brother Wally and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by Jean, her loving husband of 60 years, natural parents Michael and Catharina Krakowiak, sisters Nellie Ray and Lottie Turem, adoptive parents Wallace and Anna Lempicki, adopted brother Richard. A lifelong resident of LI, Jo dedicated her life to family, church, friends, and the pursuit of beauty and perfection in her beloved art and in all aspects of life. Her compassion and generosity will be missed by all. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Hyacinth. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please send your kind donations to Save the Children Federation, Inc. 54 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880 or Doctors Without Borders, USA PO Box 5030 Hagerstown MD 21741. McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home.


Nassau County Comptroller’s Report

Written by George Maragos Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

County’s Economic Good News And Bad News

Sales tax revenue is the County’s biggest source of income, accounting for over 40 percent of total annual revenues. Sales tax is also a good barometer of the County’s economic activity and economic health. Therefore, it is gratifying that the final sales tax figures for 2013 show an increase of 6.3 percent to $1.13 billion over the prior year. This was on top of another healthy increase of 4.2 percent in 2012. 


These sales tax growth figures would seem to imply that Nassau County has recovered well from the recession and Superstorm Sandy, and in fact it has, with unemployment now under five percent, well below the national and state averages.


Letter: Livingston Development: A Welcome Improvement

Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

When I served as mayor of Glen Cove from 1994 to 2001, I always envisioned how much better Glen Cove Avenue from the Boys and Girls Club to the top of the hill would be if it was all residential and not a hodgepodge of commercial and residential. 


Over the past decade an opportunity has arisen to accomplish that vision to replace the former auto body shop, replace the empty retail stores, replace substandard housing, replace the environmental construction firm, and replace the general eyesore with an attractive new residential development. Significant aesthetic improvements to both sides of Glen Cove Avenue are also proposed.


Letter: Getting The Villa Facts Straight

Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

To the residents of Glen Cove: I felt it was very important to respond to the letter published in the Record Pilot on Feb. 26, “The Villa Is Wrong For Glen Cove” written by G. Valente, which contains numerous inaccuracies and has a reckless disregard for the truth.


The existing site is a blighted location and an embarrassment to Glen Cove. It is one of two major gateways in the city and unfortunately a first and last impression of Glen Cove. The Master Plan that involved hundreds of people, multiple agencies, studies, engineers, public hearings and community groups, etc., over nearly a four year process recommended the zoning law, which allows this project to proceed. The city’s zoning laws provide very specific development criteria with which The Villa fully complies. In fact, The Villa is significantly less in size and scope than what the law permits to be built.


Letter: Verizon FiOS Or Cablevision, Two Choices Are Better Than One

Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

For the past three years many residents of Glen Cove have reached out to me and shared their frustration with having only one choice for a cable provider.  Throughout my first and second terms on the City Council, I have consistently argued in favor of allowing and acquiring Verizon FIOS to be a cable option for the residents of Glen Cove. On Tuesday, March 11, the Glen Cove City Council voted 5-2 in favor of approving a Cable Franchise Agreement between the city and Verizon. 


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