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Sea Cliff Mayor Kennedy Calls For ‘A Clean Sweep’ At LIPA

You can include Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy with the many elected officials and Long Island residents who are upset with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). The mayor spoke with the Glen Cove Record Pilot and expressed anger at the way LIPA responded to the power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

“I would describe LIPA’s response as an epic failure,” said Kennedy.

The mayor said that he was frustrated by LIPA’s lack of communication with him about when power would be restored. According to Kennedy, he participated in twice daily conference calls, but information about when power would be restored was not conveyed during these conversations.

Kennedy said that residents would have accepted a long delay if LIPA had conveyed that to ratepayers, so that long-term arrangements could have been made, but that information was not given by LIPA.

Kennedy also said that he had repeatedly requested a crew from LIPA to repair the damage in Sea Cliff. He added that the village’s department of public works did the entire cleanup.

Many elected officials, including County Executive Ed Mangano and U.S. Congressman Steve Israel have harshly criticized LIPA’s handling of the recovery from power outages, which resulted from Hurricane Sandy. Governor Cuomo has labeled it a  “failure.” Kennedy hopes that action will follow.

“I think it’s about time for Governor Cuomo to do a clean sweep,” the mayor said.

News

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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