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Worries Over Plant Demise

Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi, president of the North Shore school board, said she has requested a solution from the state legislature over how the district will make up for the loss of property taxes in light of LIPA’s decision to ramp down the Glenwood Landing power plant.

Genovesi had testified before the State Legislature on Jan. 29, and updated residents on the situation at a town hall-style board of education meeting on Jan. 31.

 By shutting down key buildings that generate revenue for the district, taxpayers are concerned with how the district will make up for the loss of property taxes the plant provided. The North Shore School District has been the community host of the LIPA power plant for almost 100 years and during this time, there has been an understanding that the utility would pay its fair share of property taxes. 

Genovesi requested “a legislative solution to address the district’s problem of losing a significant contributor to its tax base with no lawful ability to prepare or adapt without making draconian cuts to core educational programs.”  

The power plant is located within the district’s boundaries on the North Hempstead and Oyster Bay border. 

Ken Spencer of North Hempstead said he was surprised to learn the power plant is located in North Hempstead. 

“I’m curious of the new tax implications.” Spencer said. “How much does North Hempstead lose and how much does the town of Oyster Bay lose [in terms of revenue]?” 

Assistant Superintendent for Business Olivia Buatsi said,  “We receive taxes from the North Hempstead residents and Oyster Bay. It’s going to affect residents equally. The key word is ‘equal.’”  

Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick also explained how the ramp-down will affect town and village taxes for residence in North Hempstead, and school and county taxes for those in the town of Oyster Bay.

Many attendees of the meeting wanted to hear details on the district’s plan to conserve their budget.  

Dr. Melnick explained, “The problem is not here in North Shore. The  its problem is how public schools are (faring) in the New York State Legislature…75 percent of [our] budget is fixed costs, which we need to fix with New York State…Commissioner of Education [Peter King] predicted unless there’s a fix in Albany, 10 years from now public schools will no longer exist because they can’t afford to.” 

Hurricane Sandy may be the reason why the LIPA ramp-down is receiving more attention from NY State than it did in January of 2012. The Moreland Commission was established to investigate LIPA’s actions and oversights. The commission found that LIPA is required to secure approval from the Public Authorities Control Board (PACB) before making decisions that would modify an asset valued at over a million dollars.

Ultimately, though LIPA is taking steps forward to shutting down their main revenue generating buildings at the Glenwood Landing Power Plant, the North Shore Board of Ed and local legislators are not going to let them off easy. Residents within these few districts should expect an increase of property taxes, if the value of their house does not fluctuate, of 4 percent annually.  Details of Carolyn Genovesi’s testimony to the NY State Legislature is on the district website.

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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