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Suozzi Commends Storm Recovery Workers

DiLeo praises Ralph Suozzi: ‘I’m proud that he’s our mayor’

During the Tuesday, Nov. 13 Glen Cove City Council meeting, Mayor Ralph Suozzi thanked everyone in the City of Glen Cove for pitching in and doing a “wonderful job” during the recovery period from Hurricane Sandy. 

“Thank you to all city departments and employees, first responders, volunteers, neighbors who helped neighbors, the city council members, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Nassau County OEM (Office of Emergency Management),” Suozzi said.

Despite immense criticism of LIPA’s response to power outages, Suozzi  commended the work at the Glen Cove/Glen Head and Locust Valley Command Centers, as well as workers on the street.

“I think they did a fantastic job,” Suozzi said.  “Are there things overall that could be improved on the communication and maintenance side of things?  Yes...however, it was a tough time, and the people who did the work to get our grid back up performed admirably.”

While his praise was selective within LIPA, Suozzi did agree that the organization as a whole did not function properly. “The people I am thanking are those who were out on the streets, out-of-state workers who came to help, and people in the command centers managing the transmission lines,” Suozzi said. “This was a category one storm that acted like a category two storm, and the LIPA crews were out there doing what they were asked to do.”

During the storm recovery, Suozzi said he checked in with the command centers repeatedly, inquiring on the location of crews and the specific damage in each area of town.  “I would then go back out into the field and verify locations and stop to speak with the crews and thank them,” Suozzi said.  “By the end of each day I had factual information and I would summarize the progress made each day, post updates online and make evening phone calls using the City’s Emergency Notification System.”

In attendance during the meeting was Glen Cove EMS Chief Matt Venturino, who shared that in one week, they responded to 135 calls.  “Usually they respond to 2,400 calls in the entire year,” added Suozzi.  Also according to Suozzi, the Glen Cove Fire Department responded to over 100 calls in five days, while they respond to about 700-plus calls in an entire year.

Following his sentiments, Councilman Nicholas DiLeo continued his praise, however, for the mayor himself.  “I know for a fact that if he (Suozzi) slept one hour a day during that time, that was a lot,” DiLeo said.  “He was out there with the workers every day, and I’m proud that he’s our mayor.

In other news, two resolutions were tabled for the next city council meeting on Nov. 27: Resolution A, which will reaffirm ownership of a road the city owns designated as Section 21, Block 1, Lots 11, P/O 9 and P/O 2, Glen Cove, New York; and Resolution B which will authorize the city to borrow money through serial bonds to finance the termination of additional police officers in the amount of $1.6 million.  Both items are still in discussion.

News

City Stadium in Glen Cove was a mob scene of tiny egg hunters on Thursday, April 17, as at least 100 kids scoured the fields and claimed more than 8,000 eggs in less than three minutes. The annual egg hunt attracted kids from ages 3 to 10, most of whom were prepared with baskets, bags and buckets for storing the candy-filled plastic eggs. 

Zachary Gotterbarn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72, is an extraordinary 9-year-old who recently exhibited maturity and courage beyond his years. While riding in a car with his mom, Zachary sprang into action to help his young cousin who was choking on a cookie. Without hesitation, Zachary quickly used the “finger sweep,” a technique he learned in Scouting, and dislodged the cookie blocking his cousin’s airway. Zachary saved his cousin’s life. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council commended Zachary for his heroic act. Glen Cove Volunteer EMS Chief Tom Kenary presented Zachary with an honorary EMS member pin and tee-shirt. Zachary is pictured with Mayor Spinello, the City Council, and his family. 



Sports

 It finally felt like lacrosse weather last Sunday for North Shore’s  PAL lacrosse teams.  Mike Gilliam’s fourth-grade Lady Vikings traveled to Manhasset.  Playing a strong lacrosse community like Manhasset is always a daunting task, but one which the Lady Vikings were clearly ready for.  North Shore won the game 6-2 with goals coming from 5 different players: Kate Gilliam (2), Ava Vaccaro, Christina Dade, Evelyn McCreery, and Nora Schatz.  

The Glen Cove “Two Knights” began their season last Sunday by traveling down to Wantagh for a tough test to start the season. After spending the winter indoors and the last several weeks outside practicing, the Knights were hungry for real-game action. This

Knights’ team has a great mix of experience and new talent that is sure to lead to continued excitement throughout the year. Starting the game in goal, first-year man Pandelis Tursi made several sparkling saves behind a tough defense led by Colby Burns. With the

Knights down 2-0 in the first, Jack Spoto, another first-year player, provided the offensive spark by tallying the Knights’ first goal of the year. Spoto was also among the team leaders in ground balls and provided hustle that kept the Knights competitive in this game.

Tursi continued to keep his team in the game in the second half while Travis Shea and Matteo Cameron contributed defensively in front of the goal. Rocco Rainone was the offensive leader and kept the Knights close throughout by recording five goals. In the end, it wasn’t enough and the Knights’ endured a tough loss, 9-6. Congratulations to Tursi, Spoto, Burns, Dylan Jenkins, Charlie Muth, Page Bennett, Daniel Salerno, Grayson Kopetic and Vincent Pascucci for great play in the first game of their careers. 


Calendar

 E-Waste Recycing - April 26

YMCA Healthy Kids - April 26

Glen Cove Library Luncheon - April 27


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