As a 20-plus year resident of Oyster Bay, I’ve seen many things change for the better in our town and few things that took us backward. It’s rare that residents have a chance to vote directly on important issues like preserving our suburban quality of life...with one single yes vote. Oyster Bay Town residents have this opportunity on Tuesday, August 20, when they vote yes to approve the Town’s land sale. There’s so much at stake and it’s time for us to show we really care about our quality of life by voting yes and being heard, loud and clear.
Since February, I have pitched the idea of saving and repurposing the Glenwood Landing (GWL) power plant as a viable, commercial, tax-paying enterprise to all local, town, county, state and federal politicians, to all area mayors, to LIPA and National Grid, in letters, emails, statements and in letters to the newspapers.
• The GWL plant is a historically and architecturally unique building on Long Island. Such plants were designed as civic monuments with the best architectural features of their day, to show that they would be there for the long term to provide a reliable source of electricity. According to architectural historian, Richard Gachot, the GWL plant is a “very important vestige of early 20th century industrial architecture, a symbol of power harnessed for mass consumption.”
It’s really spot on about the Bayville beaches not being open as early as in past years and having shorter hours and it appears those few who made the decision got voted down and the hours restored. Great stuff, the Village Board listened and acted. Cutting there to try and solve financial issues wasn’t right. Thank God smarter minds prevailed. But, the reason for Bayville’s looking to save a few bucks is not a failure of the present administration, it is a direct result of the old mayor’s inadequate preparation of what was known to come, mainly LOSAP and a Federal Feasibility Study that was ignored (hidden) this past year. In the real world when you know something is going to happen you start making reserves, but not the great mayor of the past. No plan means no problems, ignore it and don’t run again, let the new guys take the heat. Like now. All this back slapping of the old mayor’s “shoestring budget” regime is getting old.
I prefer thinking positive thoughts. But not everyone has the same mental habits. There are some folks who just love thinking through the absolute worst-case scenarios. What if the LIE shuts down and I can’t get home? What if Long Island beaches became infested with sharks and all are closed for the summer? What if the Mets never get their act together?
Those are all pretty crazy, right?
But now it’s worth taking a look at a possibility that seems just as crazy if it were to happen – that the House of Representatives doesn’t pass immigration reform, and our federal system stays broken.
Earlier this month Comptroller George Maragos mislead the public during his announcement of the county’s 2012 year-end financial results. Publicly releasing the County’s year-end fiscal results is one of the primary responsibilities of the Comptroller and typically occurs in February or early March. Every year Maragos has been in office he has delayed the release — this year pushing it to June — in effect creating his own timeline. This raises serious doubts about the County’s financial condition and represents an abdication of responsibility by the Comptroller. It is my firm belief that Maragos’ announcement of the year-end financial results is a work of fiction.
It is the Comptroller’s job to issue honest, timely, and accurate financial reports rooted in reality, not to play the role of fiscal Houdini by fudging the numbers to hide a deficit. The rating agencies aren’t buying these misleading statements, and just this month Fitch downgraded Nassau County’s bond status given the poor state of the county’s fiscal health.
Seniors are the “life-blood” of our center and their role in activities this June were a pivotal example.
On June 20, the Executive Advisory Board (EAB) representing the Center’s Members installed new officers for 2013. The EAB is responsible for identifying issues facing Members, coordinating volunteers and committees that oversee important components of the Center’s programs. This year, the EAB hosted events which generated almost $10,000 for the center.
I’m proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous movies and TV shows, including Citizen Kane, Annie Hall, and the hit television series Boardwalk Empire. It’s even the setting for The Great Gatsby. Shamefully, it’s also now the location for a show whose characters are disgraceful, misleading, and fuel anti-Semitic stereotypes: Princesses: Long Island.
Full disclosure: I kind of enjoy reality TV. Storage Wars and Pawn Stars are among my guilty pleasures. So the idea of watching a reality show taking place in my own backyard wasn’t so far-fetched. I knew little about the show before sitting down to watch the season premiere.
I agree with John Owens’ article, “School: Testing Mania Has Gone Too Far” [Anton Newspapers, June 21]. Continuous testing is turning off both students and teachers. Go back to basic goals: an informed citizenry with a moral compass and a skills oriented curriculum like BOCES offers. Then those who are truly academic will opt for college and those who aren’t will be our hairdressers, sales people, plumbers, electricians, etc.
Regarding West Shore Road’s repair, I am glad to see that the first of three phases is approaching completion and the road has been opened. The ordeal of a road closure has been an enormous burden on everyone, especially local businesses.
I do feel the need to say that, as an “active to extremely active” hurricane season is said to be rapidly approaching, I hope the compromised section of the road that was only patched will be monitored to ensure the patch is holding up. I fear that section will collapse again in heavy weather and the residents of Mill Neck, Bayville and the greater Oyster Bay/Glen Cove area will be confronted with the same inconvenience, losing the road all over again.
In what can only be deemed as a desperate attempt to win votes that he’s sure not to have, Howard Weitzman is choosing to run his campaign by attacking the credibility of his opponent, rather than run for election to the Nassau County Comptroller’s office based on his own merit. Surely this is due to the fact that Weitzman recognizes his own record of ineptitude and understands that he has a very slim chance of getting elected. Using such childish tactics as falsely accusing current County Comptroller George Maragos of wrongdoing merely bolsters the probability of Maragos’ reelection. Weitzman and his squad made a mess of Nassau County. We are extremely fortunate that we’ve had George Maragos and his team around to clean it up.
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