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Cheers & Kudos At Suozzi’s Last Meeting

Many in the Glen Cove community gathered on Monday, Dec. 23 to thank Mayor Ralph Suozzi at his last meeting as mayor. Suozzi began the night by joining his wife and children in front of the American flag to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience chuckled quietly as Suozzi playfully took off his son’s hat.

 

After the Pledge, Glen Cove High School Select Chorale, directed by Edward Norris, sang “The Star Spangled Banner.” Supportive family and friends cheered loudly as the last few notes rang out.

 

Suozzi proceeded to thank one councilman in particular – Tony Jimenez – with a plaque of gratitude for his years of commitment to Glen Cove veterans, youth, and emergency service members. Suozzi declared him the longest-serving councilman in Glen Cove.

 

Along with Jimenez and the Select Chorale, the Glen Cove Midget Cardinals Football/Cheerleading team gathered to celebrate their undefeated season as the 2013 Nassau/Suffolk Football Champions. Suozzi called up team members individually to shake hands and congratulate each with his or her own award of recognition. Coaches stood alongside the mayor, “rooting on the team victory” with high-fives and big smiles.

 

One player handed Suozzi a Glen Cove football shirt, to make him a part of their team as well. The cheerleaders gave one last rousing cheer, closing the season for Suozzi and the footballers. 


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.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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