Residents have to wait a little longer to start receiving FiOS service. A second public hearing was held at Glen Cove City Hall last week regarding the proposed Verizon FiOS contract, and the agreement is not yet official.
Mayor Ralph Suozzi and the city council members heard from attorneys on both sides: Cablevision was not pleased with the adjustments made and still had not had a chance to view the final agreement. Councilman Michael Famiglietti asked to table the vote until they had a chance to review the final proposal and make sure that the terms given to Verizon were equal to those given to Cablevision; the council voted unanimously to table the vote until Dec. 10.
City Attorney Vincent Taranto said the comments had been submitted to the city by counsel for both Verizon and Cablevision and the agreement has been “amended accordingly.”
“As far as I’m concerned, the two agreements are comparable from a legal standpoint.”
Prior to the hearing, the council seemed ready to enter into a franchise agreement with Verizon. However, the attorney representing Cablevision, Peter Bee, said that while “nobody is against competition, there are a number of differences between the two documents.” He had raised his concerns at the public hearing held on Nov. 12 about Cablevision’s existing contract and the terms in the proposed Verizon contract that make them unequal.
“I was not provided with a copy of the latest proposal,” he said. “Cablevision and the public should have the opportunity to see the changes before the public hearing.”
Attorney Paul Trane, representing Verizon, noted that Cablevision has “grossed more than $32 million from the community in the last four years” and has had “a monopoly for the last 30 years” in Glen Cove. “I believe it’s fair for the community and it’s time to start competition. We’re ready to start immediately.”
Councilman and mayor-elect Reggie Spinello said, “From what I understand, Verizon came in when it wanted to, no one prevented you. I’m not concerned about the years past but am concerned about the level playing field.”
The council adopted a resolution to allow the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department to hold a referendum vote to extend eligibility into their pension system from 25 years to 35 years. Ex-chief Tony Tripp explained that the system was created in the 1980s as recruitment and retention tool, but the department has currently found itself with 35 members who are too young to collect and have no incentive to stay active.
“With the extension, they could stay active 10 years longer...and it would take a long time and a lot of money to replace them.”
"It’s a small price to pay,” said Mayor Suozzi. “I know the risks and how hard you all work.”
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.
As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”
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.”
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!”