The Glen Cove city council approved a resolution to accept and use $1,876,000 in federal funds for the second phase of the ferry terminal project, which involves construction of the ferry terminal building, at a meeting Jan. 22.
Councilman Reginald Spinello moved to table the resolution until after a public hearing on a related water project, Spinello stressed that the ferry terminal project and and the waterfront project are linked. His motion was rejected in a 4-3 vote.
Councilman Timothy Tenke, who voted to pass the resolution on federal funding, and voted against tabling it, said, “These are two separate projects...it is the second phase, so it’s a logical progression.’
Spinello argued that, since the ferry project is way ahead of schedule, there was no rush to spend more money up front.
“The project has a lot of moving parts,” said Mayor Ralph Suozzi, adding that since the funding is already approved.
A public hearing to discuss amending the zoning ordinance for the waterfront project was also held. The amendment would establish vested rights in the approved Master Development Plan, and was met with some opposition by both residents and city council members.
“It seems like overkill,” Spinello said of the amendment. “It’s like it’s protecting the developer more than us.”
The amendment would “provide for the establishment of certain statutory vested rights given the practical timing, cost, phasing and other considerations involved in implementing an approved Planned Unit Development Master Plan.” Additionally, the amendment would a establish an 18-month expiration date for a PUD Site Plan Approval in the waterfront district, as the zoning ordinance does not currently contain an expiration date specifically for PUD Site Plans.
City Attorney Michael Zarin explained that the developer has already invested 10 years and millions of dollars on the project, in cleaning up the site and doing various studies and site plans, which serve to benefit the city in the future.
“The vesting amendment builds upon that partnership,” Zarin said, adding that it is one of the few projects of this magnitude that has survived in these economic times, mainly because of the partnership between the developer and the city.
Councilman Anthony Gallo Jr. asked if not passing the amendment would be a “deal breaker” to which Zarin replied, “It is an important element to advancing the project.”
Spinello said he wanted more details about the money already spent as well as when to expect the city to “reap the rewards” of the project, a sentiment that was echoed by residents.
The hearing will remain open and continue at the Feb. 12 city council meeting.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.