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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

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



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