Three Nassau County Legislative Districts are up for recount this week, including the 18th LD, which encompasses the close City of Glen Cove election, where incumbent Democrat Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Republican challenger Paul Meli came within just 117 votes of one another - before absentee ballots were counted - and the race for council seats was even closer.
County Legislature candidates Republican Robert Germino and Democrat Delia DeRiggi-Whitton were within 37 votes of each other after election night, creating one of two close LD races that could tip the balance of power in the currently Republican controlled Legislature if Democrats end up winning both the 18th and 14th districts.
On Wednesday of this week, Board of Election commissioners told the Record Pilot that they hoped to begin counting hundreds of absentee ballots, emergency ballots and affidavits, with each district taking a few days, they hoped. It looked like the 3rd LD would also be part of the process, where longtime Republican Legislator John Ciotti was ousted in a surprise upset.
The process of a recount ended up in court, first as a matter of course - as both party committees routinely sue the Board of Elections to impound all voting machines – and second, as the conditions of a recount were in question, with Republicans arguing against the legality of Democrat requests to copy ledgers.
As of this printing, no decision was available from the court as to how the recount would proceed.
Republican Board of Elections Commissioner Louis G. Savinetti told the Record Pilot that his party went into court “asking for an order directing both sides.”
“We do now have a finished universe of absentee ballots now that need to be counted, and we have a universe of affidavits. We are also researching and checking for things like unscanned emergency ballots in the machines. We have a hope to start actually counting at the end of the week,” Democratic Commissioner William T. Biamonte added.
Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00
In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent
Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.
As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719), P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).
The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00
It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.
“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”
Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6. Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0. The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on. Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half. Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.