Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
Once again, Glen Cove’s mayor has demonstrated a proclivity to put partisan politics ahead of community interests. In fact, despite the mayor’s “go-it-alone” manner and his refusal to include other city officials, including Councilman Tony Gallo and me, in discussions with hospital officials, I nevertheless managed to receive a full, detailed description of the hospital’s plan to continue servicing Glen Cove’s health care needs in a fiscally responsible way. I had asked them to addresses a variety of concerns I had received from members of the community. A copy of the letter sent to me by Michael Dowling, President and CEO of North Shore-LIJ, can be read in its entirety at http://www.reggiespinelloformayor.com.
The hospital has a current plan to move some unused patient beds as Mr. Dowling’s letter discloses. According to his comments, it does not have a plan to close our hospital. Yet, with political cronies addressing a small gathering behind the Glen Cove library, the mayor revealed that he was more interested in getting into the papers than getting into serious discussions.
I am very proud of our residents and the support and determination they displayed at the rally for a very important cause to all of us. Unfortunately, it became an embarrassing display of political ineptness. Why, for example, was it necessary for the Democratic candidate from Great Neck who’s re-running for Nassau County Comptroller, to attend a Glen Cove rally to save an institution that he most likely never set foot in? At least the county executive candidate can make a case for inserting himself into this because he lives within the catchment area of the hospital. But a few of the other out-of-area politicians? What possible purpose could they have in participating in this rally other than to search for votes? And then, when political operatives associated with the democrats began “working the crowd” with clipboards looking for support for their candidacies, another purpose of the mayor’s rally was laid bare.
Despite the politicizing of the event, I shall continue to work as hard as I can to ensure that the North Shore-LIJ system treats our Glen Cove residents and community with care, compassion and dignity. What we need are more adult discussions with the people who are in the decision making process.
I encourage everyone to read Mr. Dowling’s letter to learn what’s happening with the hospital and send me your comments and thoughts.
Councilman, City of Glen Cove