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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

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

 

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

 

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.

Several local artists are featured in an exhibit hosted by LIU Post, now through Aug. 27, titled “Endless Summer – Visions of Long Island.” The exhibit is a fundraising event for the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior (NCF-OWW), a non-profit organization centered on providing much-needed items to the wounded men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

 

 Photographer Roni Chastain of Glen Cove is one of the featured artists.

 

“I am thrilled to be participating in an exhibit to support the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior,” says Chastain. “Our war veterans deserve to be supported for the work they do to protect the USA. I do believe in giving back and have volunteered to photograph several fund raising events over the past few years. This includes Komen Walk for the Cure, Hope in Motion, Kids Triathlon. I will be photographing the walk for Gift of Life in September.


Sports

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.

Sailing fans from Glen Cove are invited to the 32nd Knickerbocker Cup, or K-Cup, Race, hosted by Port Washington’s Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, which will include three of the top-10 world-ranked match racing skippers. 

 

The racing competition will be preceded by an opening ceremony and welcome cocktail party, followed by an All-American BBQ Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. 


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