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FiOS Is Likely

Verizon FiOS service may soon be a possibility in Glen Cove. A public hearing was held at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and will continue at the Nov. 26 meeting.  Representatives from Verizon made their case about the city entering into a franchise agreement with the company for cable television service, and Cablevision reps also had a chance to defend the terms of their contract as it compares with Verizon’s.

“We are not replacing Cablevision but adding an option so that residents can choose,” said Mayor Suozzi.

 

Verizon attorney Paul Trane spoke to the council, noting this hearing is a first step for fiber optic service in Glen Cove. If the resolution passes, Verizon will go to the public service commission for a hearing. Currently, he said the city is

80 percent rolled out and ready for service, pending the agreement. He said it is unknown  at this time if the rest of the area will get coverage. He discussed the “level playing field” requirement in New York State and noted that subscribers would pay the 5 percent franchise fee in their monthly bill.

 

Peter Bee, an attorney representing Cablevision, raised his concerns with the language of the proposed Verizon agreement versus certain points in the current Cablevision contract and urged the council members to take a look at each.

 

“It’s in Cablevision’s self-interest to point out where you might do better,” said Bee.

 

Suozzi asked for copies of both agreements to be given to all of the council members for scrutiny.

 

“This is a win-win situation,” said resident David Nieri. “Bringing competition into this market may also be advantageous to Cablevision.”

 

Resident Pasquale Cervasio noted that he is a “faithful Cablevision subscriber” and would likely not switch over to FiOS, but also feels that “competition is good” since Cablevision has been the only option for the past 30 years.

 

Trane said that if the agreement is approved, residents could potentially have service as soon as January.

 

A second public hearing will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

 

Other Business

 

A resolution to award the bid to North Shore Architectural Stone for repairing the courthouse parapet wall was passed; Suozzi noted that thye were the lowest responsible bidder.

 

Several job appointments were made to the department of public works; Councilman Spinello took issue with the length of the job postings and the fact that an employee could be appointed before taking a test that ultimately determines whether or not they keep the job.

 

“It’s not an issue of how good of workers they are, it’s a question of procedure,” Spinello said. “There’s a chance we will have a new administration and appointments should be left to the new year.”

 

The council voted 5-1 to appoint the employees.

 

“There are four vacancies and four people ready to work,” said Councilman Tony Gallo, Jr. “We should maintain services to the public.”

 

Councilmen Tim Tenke, Nick  DiLeo and Tony Jimenez all agreed; Councilman Michael Famiglietti was absent from the meeting.

 

“I welcome you on board,” said Suozzi. “You have all come highly recommended, and this is a normal process. I have no qualms.”

News

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.”

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.


Sports

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. 

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!” 


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PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

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