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Letter: Doing The ‘Right Thing’

Kudos to Glen Cove for being the first municipality in Nassau County and the first in NY State to pass regulations pertaining to septic systems. Special thanks to Glen Cove City Councilman Tony Gallo for championing this cause.  And let’s share the credit with Councilman Spagnoletti and Mayor Spinello, who have paid careful attention to this issue and come on board to do the right thing for our environment.


This is a significant step towards protecting LI Sound from derelict septic systems and the degradation caused when they overflow with toxic fecal waste. The fact that Crescent Beach remained closed for six years due in part to this contamination testifies to the fact that private citizens have not been compelled to maintain their properties without government regulation. Glen Cove has demonstrated our need for good government to protect the environment and our City Council has delivered.


I urge our Nassau County Legislators and NY State representatives to follow Glen Cove’s example and the example of our neighbors across LI sound to regulate septic systems.


— Steve Sloane