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Letter: New Officials Must Maintain Glen Cove

On the first day of a new college course my brother always told the students, “Today you have a grade of 100 (A).  What you do with it is up to you.”  The newly elected Glen Cove City officials started their term of office on Jan. 1.  They start with a grade of 100.  What will they do with it remains to be seen.  


Over the past eight years the City of Glen Cove has progressed forward and upward. At this point in time it has reached a level of involvement with the community and support to the residents and businesses that has not been seen in the past. Mayor Suozzi and the city council, the city departments and commissions and all of those involved have raised the bar to a very high level and have shown that level of close support to, and strong management of, Glen Cove can be maintained.


In the pharmaceutical industry, a company has to maintain a set level of manufacturing rigor to meet regulatory requirements. When it exceeds the requirements for a product and can maintain a higher standard, the FDA now sets that as the standard for that product made by that company and there is no reversing this without a severe penalty.


The government of Glen Cove has shown that it can maintain the high level of community service, quick response to concerns, fast action in situations of emergency, attention to the infrastructure, proactive interaction with state and federal agencies and with businesses both here and potential, good will and open government for several years – far more so than it has ever done in the past. That level is known to the local regulatory agency (voters and residents) and is now accepted as the norm.  


It is critical to the city and the Gold Coast region (which is affected in some instances by the acts of the city) that this process does not become regressive but the high level now present continues and that the city remains recognized for being sensitive to the residents and businesses and responsive to the needs and concerns of all. 


Knowing that the incoming officials can do this and do it well, I wish all a happy and successful New Year. 


Glenn Howard, Jr.