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.”
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.