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Examining Glenwood Plant Details

Local officials have been working with Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton to examine the tax impact of National Grid’s plant decommissioning. It has been a universal item of concern that the Glenwood plant will create a greater tax burden in the North Shore community. While the decision to decommission was beyond her purview as a county legislator, DeRiggi-Whitton has found a way to participate in the process within her level of government. She also has some relatively good news to ease concerns.

Recently, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy raised some questions about the tax assessment on the National Grid properties and how they might be assessed most fairly, in the best interest of residents and business owners. The mayor approached Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton with his research because the Nassau County assessor is responsible for this. 

 

Together they set up an initial meeting to investigate how the properties are assessed. DeRiggi-Whitton is also working with her chief of staff at the Legislature, Dave Gugerty, longtime attorney and policy advisor. They called a meeting with both the Nassau County assessor’s office and several representatives from the Nassau County attorney’s office. 

 

The officials have secured some relatively reassuring news. The tax impact is fairly limited and will not be the shocking spike that some have feared.  

 

First, a New York State law, introduced by Senator Jack Martins and co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, prevents an increase of more than 1 percent for tax classes other than that of the plant. That means residents and business owners will not see a huge increase as a result of the plant closing. Only other utilities would have to make up the difference. This actually even includes National Grid, which could get a higher tax bill to make up the difference within their tax class. 

 

Second, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton voted yes, along with all of her colleagues on the Nassau County Legislature this year, to approve the 2014 tax levy. The numbers they approved confirm that there is no spike for residents and business owners stemming from the changes at National Grid. 

 

This is just a preliminary announcement regarding a large, complicated issue. As the DeRiggi-Whitton and Gugerty continue their research, there are several important issues that must be dealt with. For one thing, when the PILOT for National Grid local property ends, the DeRiggi-Whitton would like to explore a regular taxing scenario. She also will work to push for redevelopment of the property in a timely manner to make sure taxes are coming from the property at an optimum amount. 

 

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton welcomes any input or questions. Her office number is 516-571-6218. Her email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . She also encourages Sea Cliff residents to work with their mayor and commends his knowledge and efforts on this issue. 


News

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


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