Residents will likely see an increase in taxes next year, with the $69,905,527 budget proposed by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi. Real estate taxes could increase by 1.44 percent, according to the first draft of the budget for 2014 presented at the Glen Cove City Council meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at City Hall. The residential tax rate would increase 1.67 percent and the commercial tax rate would increase by 3.24 percent.
The property tax levy increase does fall below the state’s tax cap, and increases from $29.3 million to $29.7 million; overall spending would increase by 3.7 percent, as compared with the current $67.4 million budget.
To keep the budget down, the city plans to borrow to pay tax certiorari payments, which the mayor said is not something they like to do, but the settlements are difficult to budget for due to the economy, combined with the tax cap.
The city has seen a loss of more than $478,000 in revenue from city property rentals since 2010; Paul Meli, chairman of the city’s Republican Committee, questioned why. Mayor Suozzi said it was because the city had released Solomon Schechter from their lease at the Coles School.
The question of FiOS service was raised; the mayor said about 80 percent of the service has been “rolled out” and the city was ready to get the other 20 percent “lit” when Sandy hit last year, and delayed the process. He said he thinks it’s about 3 to 6 months away. “I believe the council will be facing a decision soon.”
A second budget hearing will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Drafts are also available on the website www.glencove-li.us.
The council passed a resolution to install license plate readers on Route 107.
“A lot of residents are concerned about privacy,” said Meli, requesting that the chief of police provide a public presentation on the impact they have. “I want to be assured that my privacy is not infringed upon.”
The resolution passed, with Councilman Reginald Spinello, who is running for mayor against Suozzi in November, opposed.
“I would like to wait until hearing from the chief,” he said.
The license plate readers will be installed along the NYS arterial highway – Route 107 - allowing for completion of spending from a US Dept. of Justice Community Policing Grant procured by the mayor to fund multiple crime prevention measures. The grant also paid for 53 security cameras downtown and in the city’s parking garages, which the mayor says were instrumental in the arrest last month of a 79-year-old man who attempted to abduct a child on School Street.
“We have had great success in working with the NYS Congressional Delegation and federal, state and county agencies in securing grants, more than $38 million, for public safety initiatives like these cameras and license plate readers , infrastructure improvements, and studies to help the city build a better and sustainable future for itself,” said Mayor Suozzi. He added that privacy is not an issue because “when you’re driving down a public road, there’s no expectation of privacy.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Children at Gribbin Elementary
School prepared for Thanksgiving last week by singing songs, writing what they were thankful for on the table cloths, and making a poster of what they are thankful for.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Visitors to Nassau County’s Garvies Point Museum and Preserve were transported back in time on Nov. 23 and 24 when the museum held its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast. More than 1,000 people attended the two-day event, which showcased the lives of Native Americans. Numerous hands-on activities gave participants the opportunity to try their luck at spear throwing, corn grinding, cooking over an open fire and pottery making.
The feast was the perfect outing for several Cub Scout troops and group home organizations as well as for families from across Long Island. For Sea Cliff siblings Zeke and Uma it was a special day at a place they visit often and have strong ties to. Their grandfather had been one of the museum’s early volunteers. For the Ferrera family of Islip it was a new adventure. Renee Ferrera is a social studies teacher who had taken her classes on trips to Garvies in the past and always enjoyed it.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It has been an amazing season for the Midget Cardinals team in Glen Cove. Undefeated all season, they are headed to the Super Bowl, where they will be playing against Brentwood for the Championship.
On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Cardinals Midget team won the coin toss and got to play the final playoff game of the season at home. Fans were out and cheering them on as they played Roosevelt - the other undefeated team in the league.