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, 19 April 2014 00:00
In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent
Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.
As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719), P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).
The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.