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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

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


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Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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