Nine months after Sandy hit Long Island, the Nassau County government is still reeling from the effects of the superstorm as another “active-to-extremely active” hurricane season is predicted to be upon us. One county lawmaker, Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) is seeking to open up bi-partisan discussions at the Legislature that she hopes will not only clean up Nassau’s Sandy track record, but also better prepare the county for the next storm or superstorm… which could be coming all too soon.
“As we enter another hurricane season, instead of improving our emergency process, the Nassau County government has yet to be reimbursed by FEMA for most of its emergency spending. We have the Nassau County District Attorney and the NY State Attorney General investigating that spending. And, Nassau County is now being sued by our primary contracted emergency clean-up company, Looks Great Services,” DeRiggi-Whitton said. “What we need to be doing right now is learning from the experience of Sandy and getting a better system in place.”
In the interest of creating a public dialogue on improving Nassau County’s emergency process, DeRiggi-Whitton is asking all 19 Nassau lawmakers to publicly discuss a bill that would help the county government examine all Sandy-related spending. The 9 members of the Nassau Legislature’s Democratic caucus submitted the “Nassau County Recovery
Efforts Tracking Law” this spring. It creates a framework by which all cleanup and recovery spending is made transparent and public through a web portal and the requirements of sufficient and specific details.
Long Island Jobs with Justice, a non-profit advocacy organization has been calling for increased transparency and accountability related to Superstorm Sandy. They applauded DeRiggi-Whitton’s efforts and called the Sandy bill “a necessary step towards a full and just recovery for Long Island.” Long Island Executive Director Charlene Obernauer has met with with DeRiggi-Whitton to offer insight and testified before the Nassau County Legislature twice regarding Nassau’s emergency spending process.
“When contractors are given public subsidies, there should be no secrets as to where the money is being spent. This bill will ensure that our public monies are being spent appropriately and in full compliance with the law,” said Obernauer. She lauded the fact that the bill would create a public online database on the Nassau County website to summarize recovery funds and make project details publicly available. This includes job creation and retention numbers, the type and value of funding provided, and full disclosure of legal violations.
Both the Legislator and Long Island Jobs with Justice are calling for the bill to be put on the calendar and discussed by the legislature. For more visit www.DeliaDeRiggiWhitton.com.
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.