Delia DeRiggi-Whitton kicked off her campaign for re-election at the Metropolitan Bistro in Sea Cliff. A bi-partisan showing of friends and supporters celebrated the Democrat’s first term in the Nassau County Legislature, alongside appreciative constituents. Two residents from DeRiggi-Whitton’s current district spoke to the crowd about how hard DeRiggi-Whitton worked on issues that were important to them.
Local Republican John Taylor likened DeRiggi-Whitton’s story to the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” because an honest, hardworking person is fighting to clean up her government.
“Delia gave me hope for my government,” added Michael Miller of Glen Cove. Miller was among the first people to protest tree-cutting in Welwyn Preserve after Sandy and he praised how hard DeRiggi-Whitton fought since day one on that issue of possible corruption and unnecessary destruction.
DeRiggi-Whitton said, “I am proud of the work we’ve done so far in the Nassau County Legislature and I look forward to continuing my fight for a cleaner, transparent government, a better commitment to public safety and quality of life, and a government that is more accountable to the taxpayers.”
The legislator said the efforts of her first term resulted in a new law that protects Glen Cove from anyone trying to import hazardous “fracking” wastewater into the local sewer treatment plant.
DeRiggi-Whitton has been working with various levels of government, including Congress, to expand Nassau County’s sewer system in Sea Cliff and Glen Cove. This would clean up our waterways and address health issues.
The legislator is currently highly focused on what Nassau needs to learn in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. She stood alone for many months fighting millions of dollars in questionable contracts the county administration was giving out for “emergency” work that included chopping down nature preserves with tax dollars while Long Islanders needed much more urgent service. Her questions have now been echoed by the Nassau and Suffolk district attorneys as well as the New York State attorney general, who are all investigating the way Nassau and other governments awarded Sandy-related contracts.
DeRiggi-Whitton has been investigating both financial and practical issues around Nassau’s storm response and calling to improve everything, from boosting accountability in financial practice during emergencies, to more detailed plans for shelters, gas shortages, insurance problems and flood prevention.
“On the human service side, we can do a lot better than people sitting on gas lines and having sewage flooding their streets and homes. ,” the legislator said. “On the financial side, we need to have a process in place so that the DA and the attorney general don’t need to investigate the county’s spending after every emergency.”
DeRiggi-Whitton was joined by officials and political players such as Tom Suozzi, candidate for County Executive; Ralph Suozzi, mayor of Glen Cove; Glen Cove City Councilman Tony Jimenez; former Glen Cove Judge Hon. Joel B. Meirowitz; Bob Weitzner, mayor of Port Washington North; Scott Siller, trustee, Village of Flower Hill; David Gugerty, Nassau Democratic Legislative Caucus chief of staff and Town of Oyster Bay Democratic Chairman; Gerard Terry, Town of North Hempstead Democratic chairman; Eileen Kraneburg, Port Washington Democratic chairwoman and of course, Delia’s parents, longtime Republican judge and Glen Cove mayor Hon. Donald DeRiggi and wife Mildred.
After county redistricting this year, Delia is the incumbent in a new 11th Legislative District, which encompasses Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Village and Port Washington.
Online, visit www.DeliaDeRiggiWhitton.com, www.facebook.com/LegislatorDeliaDeRiggiWhitton, and http://www.youtube.com/user/deliavideoadmin.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
In movies like Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, a parent’s very real nightmare of inadequate child care is at the crux of the film’s storyline. So the promise of a new website with intentions to revolutionize babysitting offered new hope at the party recently held at Melville’s Jewel Restaurant to celebrate its launch.
Babysitting Barter has roughly 1,000 babysitters and 2,700 parents connected to its website nationwide, according to CEO and founder Brian Mannix of Glen Cove.
“This has been a long time coming, about four years in the works,” said Mannix. “We have built our website and I think it’s very different and innovative. It is something that I really think will make a national difference for parents, babysitters, and for businesses as well.”
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.
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.