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.
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.