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Cleaning Up The Clean-up

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.  

 

Community And Labor Advocates Applaud Filing Of Sandy Tracking Bill

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.

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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