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Glen Cove Wins $3.5M in NYS Grants

On Dec. 11, 2013, the state announced Consolidated Funding awards for each of the 10 economic development regions designated by Gov. Cuomo more than three years ago. Long Island came out in first place, with $83 million in total funding. 

 

Glen Cove took home $3.5 million between the $1 million awarded to the Piazza mixed-use redevelopment in the downtown and the $2.5 million award for the reconstruction of Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road, the critical infrastructure project linking the downtown to the $1 billion waterfront mixed-use redevelopment project known as “Garvies Point.”  

 

The reconstruction of the roadway, also known as the Waterfront Connector, has been the focus of coordination efforts between Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi, CDA/IDA Executive Director K. Kelly Morris, the L.I. Regional Economic Development Council (EDC) and L.I.

Regional Planning Council, which designated our downtown and waterfront redevelopment a “Project of Regional Significance” back in 2011. 

 

Kelly Morris, a member of the EDC's infrastructure working group for three years, presented the project to the council earlier this year.

 

“Having the opportunity to work closely with the regional council throughout this process has been a tremendous asset to the project and to the city,” Morris said.

 

  Following the presentation and submission of the connector as a “transformative project” earlier this year, the grant application was submitted to the state, with the EDC recommending the project for award. 

 

“This grant would not have been possible without the city’s redevelopment team, the leadership of Kelly Morris [and] the expertise of Ann Fangmann from D&B Engineers and Architects who authored the application," said outgoing Mayor Ralph Suozzi. Calling the initiative "critical to the city's rebirth as a waterfront destination, he also thanked "the State of New York for their continued commitment to Glen Cove and the economic development opportunities recognized in these projects.” 

 

Currently undergoing Final Design, the Road is set to break ground in early 2015, concurrent with Phase I of the Garvies Point Mixed-Use Redevelopment on the waterfront.


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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