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City Fires Supervisor, Beach Uproar

The City of Glen Cove entered into a contract agreement for purchase of land for the construction of a new public water supply well, adjacent to an existing pump station on Duck Pond Road, authorized by the city council at last week’s meeting. The city will purchase the land from Frank and Kathryn Casale for $1 million.

 

The council voted 5-1, with one abstention, to terminate city employee Kevin Monahan for submitting 12 hours of overtime pay for cleanup after Superstorm Sandy on a day when he did not work. The dismissal is effective Feb. 22. Acting as hearing officer in disciplinary hearings, Eric T. Wingate, Glen Cove Housing Authority executive director, found Monahan guilty on three of the four charges regarding submitting a false document for 12 hours of overtime, in the amount of $1,175.03, for clean-up in Long Beach after Hurricane Sandy on Nov. 25, 2012. Wingate determined Monahan was not in Long Beach on that day, nor did he perform any work in connection with the storm.

 

Councilman Anthony Jimenez voted against Wingate’s recommendation to dismiss Monahan from his job, stating he felt it might be better to dock his pay, take away his leadership position and possibly his union benefits rather than fire him. Councilman Michael Famiglietti abstained.

 

The discussion got heated during the public comment period regarding the topic of Crescent Beach. Councilman Anthony Gallo, Jr. mentioned legislation that he and Councilman Reginald Spinello wrote to clean up cesspools that might be leaching into the water at Crescent Beach. A resident who had expressed concern at pre-council meeting in April, said he had since spoken to several legislators at the state and county level, and looked into what states with similar problems have done.

 

“A lot of the properties may have cesspools that the homeowners don’t even know about,” said the resident. “The idea of a sewer is great but it might not remedy the problem if there are derelict cesspools as well as a rising water table. If you require property owners to clean up their cesspools, you could get this done this year.” He said all it would take was the proper initiative from the city council, and that it would not have to cost taxpayers anything, adding the city could put a lien on the property of homeowners who do not comply.

 

Mayor Suozzi and City Attorney Vincent Taranto both emphasized that the city has been working hard to determine the source of the contamination for years and is trying to reach a solution. Since the cost of sewers is so high, another possible long-term solution could be to create a local septic system for residents. In the short term, the city is offering households more aggressive pump-outs. 

Kristina Heuser, along with Councilmen Spinello and Gallo, questioned what the hold-up is with the proposed legislation.

“I think it has some teeth to it,” said Spinello. “This should not be an adversarial thing. I just want to get it resolved.”

 

Taranto said he was looking into the constitutionality of going onto property without probable cause. He indicated the proposed legislation was somewhat weak.

 

“Legislatively, what can we do?” asked Gallo. “We need your legal advice.” He added, “Five years is way too long,” referring to the fact that this will be the fifth summer that the beach will be closed.

 

“Are there plans to make the legislation more robust?” asked Heuser.

 

Suozzi said they are in the process of conducting a study so they can try to get federal grant money. Because there are multiple jurisdictions involved, he said they “need to put a frame around the scope of the problem.”


News

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

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