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 The resolution also authorizes the cancellation of certain tax liens that Spinello noted were expired and outdated.
“These tax liens have been on the books since the ‘80s and ‘90s, they are old and outdated...it’s just bad debt,” Spinello said.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.”
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.