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GC City Council Approves Revised Budget

An average of $56 will be added to a homeowner’s annual tax bill

The Glen Cove City Council meeting took place Tuesday, Oct. 23 to vote on the upcoming budget. The revised budget had caused concern for being a financial risk, but Mayor Ralph Suozzi confidently explained his budget plans. All of city council voted Tuesday night to approve spending that will add $56 to the average homeowner’s annual tax bill.

Residents expressed concern at the meeting about Glen Cove’s current deficit, and Mayor Suozzi’s future plans to borrow from the state. Charlie Bozzello asked the mayor if borrowing money would be wise due to Glen Cove’s current debt, and how the city will ever reach economic stability if the city continues to borrow money. The mayor explained that the Glen Cove Police Department will see about 13 police officers retiring this year, an unusually high number, he said, adding that it would be impossible to not borrow. The mayor went on to say that the money borrowed will be dedicated to paying for these retirement plans and that retirement plans “would’ve been a good idea to start 30 years ago.” Roughly 12.3 percent of the budget will go to retirement plans for police.

Councilman Gallo was also quick to respond to Mr. Bozzello’s concern ad said that he had worked closely with the Mayor Suozzi to assure that they find a surplus at the end of the year; to not only pay off the first year of state interest, but also a substantial percentage of the following principal costs from state loans. In addition, Mayor Suozzi strongly emphasized that the city’s police department has been doing a tremendous job, along with the fire department and hospital.

“When you call the police, whether it’s 2 minutes or 7 minutes, they are there. We have four ambulance drivers, on call 24 hours a day, and they will be there when you call.”  

The mayor stated that they have not fired any city employee due to debt, and will continue to focus on getting out of the current deficit.

Regarding the Glen Cove Golf Course, Mayor Suozzi said, “We have been working long and hard on this, lots of overtime. I have even sat with the manager of the golf course and found $10,000 the city can be saving.”

It was also announced that the city has plans to raise awareness of the importance of recycling, by delivering literature to all residents, teaching young children in the schools, and also to seek recycling business from other local institutions like the Avalon, which currently do not use Glen Cove’s recycling services. The name of the game is to “turn trash into cash,” said the mayor. The project is estimated to create $105,000 in revenue.

The 2013 budget totals $46,679,913, up 0.085 percent from this year’s $46,640,107 and falls within the state cap on tax levy increases. The tax rate increase for residential taxpayers is 1.91 percent and 1.70 percent for commercial businesses, with a total tax levy of $29,254,584. “Rome was not built in one day,” expressed Councilman Gallo before submitting his vote, “This is a realistic budget.”

News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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