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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 The resolution also authorizes the cancellation of certain tax liens that Spinello noted were expired and outdated.

 

“These tax liens have been on the books since the ‘80s and ‘90s, they are old and outdated...it’s just bad debt,” Spinello said.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

It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without 

a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records. 

A drive down Prospect Avenue now reveals a hidden gem across from Tappan Beach, thanks to a project that took a decade and a half to come to fruition, and only eight months to complete. Scudder’s Pond, once hidden from the road behind tall phragmites, is not only visible, but much cleaner.

Plus, it's a significant step toward purifying the water in Hempstead Harbor. 

 

The $2.6 million project that involved dredging the pond for the first time in 30 years, installing a storm basin device and removing invasive non-native plants, all to combat problems from one of the largest sources of harbor contamination.


Sports

Glen Cove Junior Soccer got off on the right foot with its annual parade through the city ending at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13. The parade had boys and girls from kindergarten to 10th grade march along with coaches and parents in their colorful uniforms. At the parade terminus, Glen Cove elected officials cheered the children on as they sat down on the field lines to hear the opening comments.

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 


Calendar

Live Music - September 24

Whiskey Tasting - September 25

Play Bingo - September 26


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