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City Ties Loose Ends

The first meeting of the city council at Glen Cove City Hall with Mayor Reginald Spinello presiding was efficient and well-attended. There were just two resolutions on the agenda, and no comments made from the public. At the top of the meeting, the mayor requested a moment of silence for four people who recently died, including Peter DiChiara, Gerard Musto, Joseph Shapiro and Lt. Rod Bruschini.

The council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the transfer of a 2.1-acre parcel of land at the western end of the waterfront property to the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency (IDA), which Spinello explained is the last remaining piece of land needing to be transferred so that the IDA now holds the entire property. The resolution also authorizes the cancellation of certain tax liens that Spinello noted were expired and outdated.

 

“These tax liens have been on the books since the ‘80s and ‘90s, they are old and outdated...it’s just bad debt,” Spinello said. He added that it is simply a paper transaction that will help clean things up.

 

“This is an important marker in the redevelopment process,” he said, adding that the transfer will result in a quarter million dollar payment to the city from the redeveloper. “This is an another step in getting to our goal...I am very optimistic and feeling good about the direction we are moving in.”

 

The council also passed a resolution authorizing the Department of Public Works Beautification Commission to accept a New York State Highway Department of Transportation work permit to refurbish and repaint the mural on southbound 107. Spinello said that members of youth board will be touching up the paint and enhancing the color on the mural during the second week of July.

 

Mayor Spinello introduced his new deputy mayor, Barbara Peebles, who led the attendees in the
Pledge of Allegiance, and he also praised Myralee Machol, the executive director of the Community Development Agency (CDA), for the work they have been doing together over the past weeks.

 

“It’s been an interesting 14 days,” Spinello said. “Quite a few things have gone on in my first two weeks,” he noted, citing the snowstorm, icy conditions, three water main breaks, a flooding incident at Sunrise Assisted Living, and untimely deaths.

 

“I’d like to thank the DPW and first responders," he added. "I’m proud and thankful they stepped up to the plate, as they always do.”

News

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com