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, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang. It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.
“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”