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Board Holds Second Budget Workshop

At the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, Assistant Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante presented the second budget hearing for the 2014-15 school year. The workshop covered expenditures and the administration component of the upcoming budget.

 

The first order of business was P.I.L.O.T.s (Payments In Lieu Of Taxes). Included in these was the Avalon Bay Phase 1 ($1,027,379.75); Avalon Bay Phase 2 ($357,718.18); 18 School Street LLC ($127,582.11); Samuel Pierce Apartments ($24,817.69); and Men on the Move self-storage facilities ($38,877.29).

 

“We also have new ones, the National Healthplex, which has been has been extended, and the movie theater, which came in a little while ago,” said Galante.

 

The cost of National Healthplex is $227,554.79 and the movie theater is $38,877.29.

 

Galante added that the extension of the Healthplex (Regency) P.I.L.O.T. and the addition of the movie theater  P.I.L.O.T. will cause a change in the tax levy. The new tax levy limit will be presented at the Feb. 24 board of education meeting.

 

“We will have and will know the levy that is being reported on March 1,” said Galante.

 

The four budget reserves include the Employment Benefit Accrued Liability, the unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation and tax certiorari. The district anticipates using $55,000 from unemployment insurance in 2014-15, $350,000 from the worker’s compensation and $800,000 from tax certiorari.

 

Costs of the total administration component are $6,391,238.44 for 2012-13 expenses, $6,648,501 for the 2013-14 district budget and $6,828,817.98 for the projected budget in 2014-15.

 

At the next board meeting, Galante will update the public on the new tax levy limit with a spreadsheet comparison of year to year changes. She will also cover the program component, which consists of the largest part of the budget and possible reductions that are needed to balance the budget.

 

District Superintendent Maria Rianna said that the board will look at possible reductions in the budget without having too much of an impact on district programs.

 

“We will try to minimize the reductions to the best of our abilities,” said Rianna.

 

The next board of education meeting will be held on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Glen Cove High School library.


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!” 


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Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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