Written by Mayor Reginald Spinello Friday, 11 July 2014 08:44
Operation Neighborhood Pride: In conjunction with our Police Department, we have launched “Operation Neighborhood Pride,” a listening tour of our city. After mapping out a plan of action with Chief Whitton, Deputy Chief MacDonald, and Lieutenant Ortiz, we outlined a plan and started this project two weeks ago. We intend to visit every neighborhood in Glen Cove because there is no better way to get information about what’s going on in an area than to ask the people who live there. We chose the Landing as our starting point because of recent events and we are looking forward to hearing from all our residents regarding quality of life concerns that may exist in their area.
Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP): We realized a significant benefit to the operating budget when we implemented the Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment program this past January. Based on this success, and at the request of several city employees, we are reinstituting the incentive package. The VSIP allows the city to reward employees for their years of service while simultaneously creating new opportunities for current employees to move up. The plan creates savings in payroll and benefits costs since by replacing employees with new ones it is at a lesser rate of pay and at a lower cost in benefits and pensions. The first round of VSIP is estimated to have saved Glen Cove taxpayers $300,000.
Crescent Beach: On June 24, 2014, the City Council voted to approve an amendment to a local law that will assist us in identifying septic systems that may be compromised and to rectify any violations of the city’s sanitary code. The amended legislation will help us with the opening of Crescent Beach and to improve the overall water quality of Long Island Sound. It will also help us to locate any septic system which the city does not have a record of so that it can be properly maintained. The law requires residents have their septic systems pumped out regularly, and to provide proof of the procedure to our Building Department. Homeowners must have their systems inspected every two years, and file the inspection report with the building department. The law takes effect January 1, 2015.
Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly Events: I would like to thank the U.S. Marines and the Quantico Marine Corps Band, Barbara Harcourt and her family, Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna, the school district’s director of facilities Joe Fiorino and his staff, GCHS lacrosse Coach Steve Tripp, Hugh and Maggie Tanchuk, A+ Signs, our police, EMS volunteers, auxiliary police, and a special thank you to our fire department for the wonderful surprise of the ladder arch displaying the American Flag. Our city takes great pride in being the birthplace of Sgt. Major Dan Daly, a US Marines legend and two-time Medal of Honor recipient.