When I began my second term this year as a Nassau County Legislator, I was proud to be named Ranking Member of the Health & Human Services Committee.
Health issues have always been a priority for me. My own daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 3, which caused me to become active on health-related concerns. As a board member of the Long Island Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, my involvement in local efforts has led to about $800,000 in fundraising for diabetes research, which I believe is rapidly pointing to a cure. I also actively seek to engage with other local health efforts, like the wonderful Glen Cove CARES and Relay for Life events. I have honored people at the Legislature who have made major strides in raising awareness and funds as well, such as Laura and Anthony Perfetti, who have done so much to promote the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and Lori Schneider and Matthew Ruderman of Penelope’s Odyssey, who focus on improving the lives of children with cancer.
The Villa is an unprecedented super high density, huge mega-monstrosity project comprised of six buildings which tower over the vicinity. The developer has sought to violate the current zoning law by seeking “bonus densities” which almost quadruples the size of the complex. Livingston is seeking to build five-, six-, and seven-story structures to contain 196 units in six buildings on a site whose topography prevents any such building to be even considered since it is on a 70-foot gradient (a very steep hill) which will have disastrous erosion problems, flood neighboring properties and impact Glen Cove Avenue itself. There is no amount of drainage which can stop the volume of the flow of water down this cliff. Since the top of this steep hill is the fundamental supporting framework for a neighborhood of houses, if erosion occurs and the hill collapses, it could destroy the entire existing neighborhood.
So, once again our school district finds itself the subject of a negative story in Newsday and all the local newspapers. This time it is because one of our elementary schools ran out of fuel oil! Because of this, when the oil burners were finally restarted, somehow, fumes filled the building, causing students to seek emergency room treatment, some lasting all day, according to parents at the last school board meeting. How could this happen? That school is equipped with both oil and gas burning boilers so even if the oil ran out, which has never happened before, why wasn’t the gas turned on?
In the last issue of the Record Pilot, the article “Trying To Save The Power Plant” stated that Karin Barnaby has gotten “no response” from politicians. While she has not gotten a direct response from the Town of North Hemptead about her petition, she says she has met at length with Assemblyman Chuck Lavine to discuss the project, and that Senator Chuck Schumer has been a “great resource” through his Long Island office, which has been in touch with National Grid and with TONH Supervisor Judi Bosworth. Bosworth submitted the following statement past press time for the last issue: “The town will have a regulatory role in the redevelopment of the property at the Glenwood Landing Power Plant but is not the owner of the plant. We are beginning a community visioning process for West Shore Road and Hempstead Harbor and will look at all opportunities to revitalize that area.”
You know Old Man Winter has overstayed his welcome when even a middle school student will say he doesn’t want any more snow days.
(The following is a copy of a letter recently sent to Michael Dowling, president and CEO of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish health system)
Dear President Dowling:
Thank you for the call from your office regarding my letters, expressing the deep and real concerns of the community and local physicians about North Shore-LIJ’s proposal to convert the almost century old Glen Cove Hospital to an urgent care center, eliminating 103 hospital beds, the highly ranked orthopedic surgery center and drastically downsizing other units. To close, emasculate and diminish a century old, highly respected and profitable hospital, ranked in the top 15 percent of the many great hospitals of the state of
New York, requires an extraordinarily compelling rationale.
First, as I have concluded my first term and begun my second, I’d like to thank all of you who first voted for me to become your Nassau County Legislator two years ago and now all of you who have voted to re-elect me.
It has been a pleasure and honor to serve you so far and I am grateful for the chance to continue the important work we have been doing together.
My new district, the 11th LD, incorporates Sands Point, Port Washington, Flower Hill, Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Glen Head, Glenwood, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove.
The opportunity to transform a long time blighted area is upon us….BUT quickly slipping away! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!! As many of my friends know, Livingston Development Corp has been looking to reshape the southern Glen Cove Avenue gateway into Glen Cove for almost a decade where we currently have dilapidated, rundown, ugly, embarrassing, buildings. Livingston has worked closely with the community and city to develop a project that is complimentary to Glen Cove, much needed in Nassau County, and so desperately desired on Long Island’s Gold Coast.
I would like to begin with complimenting and giving a big “thank you” to our Public Works personnel. They did an outstanding job in clearing the snow during each of the two snowstorms we’ve experienced this month. I would also like to thank all our first responders for always being at the ready—and thank you to Nassau County OEM, the Nassau County CERT volunteers, and the staff at the Glen Cove Senior Center, for their exemplary efforts at our senior center when it was utilized as a warming site during the storm.
To date, the city has four new cases involving violations to the housing code. Charges were filed in two cases; in one house, the attic was found to be subdivided and contained four beds and in both houses people were living in the cellar. In another case, our code enforcers determined that a storage building behind a commercial property had been subdivided into four apartments.
In times of sorrow, families rely upon the support of their family, friends and community. With the passing of our husband and father, Lieutenant Ralph “Rod” Bruschini of the Glen Cove Police Department, the city of Glen Cove graciously opened their hearts to pay tribute to one of its own.
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