The Glen Cove Board of Education passed the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption for taxes following last week’s public hearing at Robert M. Finley Middle School, to the appreciation of the veterans in attendance.
Several dozen vets arrived promptly at 6 p.m. at the middle school to express their support for the tax exemption. Many noted that they get tax breaks from the city and county, but are still left with the ever-growing school tax bill.
“We’re having a hard time with our taxes, especially the school tax,” said the first veteran to speak.
“The largest tax is the school tax,” said Don Albin, noting he is a 100 percent disabled veteran who is retired and wondering whether to stay in Glen Cove or move in a few years. “All of my grandchildren are here, I don’t want to move down south. It’s not fair that
I don’t get anything taken off the school tax bill.”
Theresa Hollowell, whose husband is a Vietnam veteran with health problems, said, “He has given a great deal for his country. This is very little that you can give back...these are our heroes and we should honor, respect and help them.”
A similar exemption already exists at the county level, but the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community. The law passed in December and gave most districts until March 15 to hold a public hearing and decide whether or not it would provide the exemption; however, since Glen Cove is a city school district, Superintendent Rianna explained, it was given an extension. Also, she said, they had more questions that needed answering before moving forward.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante explained that the special exemption provides three tiers of tax breaks for vets based on whether or not they saw combat or suffered a disability. According to Galante, a total of 691 veterans live in Glen Cove that could potentially be eligible for the exemption. She said 400 are now taking the alternative tax exemption and these people do not need to reapply; 290 veterans have an eligible funds exemption, who would need to reapply. All veterans will be contacted by the City of Glen Cove with details and have until Dec. 31 to apply. The exemption will be applied to the 2015-16 school tax.
Galante said that if all eligible veterans take the exemption, the impact will be about $116 per year per household. She had previously reported the highest number to be $121. If only the 400 vets who currently take the alternative tax exemption continue to take it, the impact will be about $58 per year per household.
“I don’t think it’s a big deal for someone to pay $121 a year...I shed my blood...I think we deserve a bit of a break,” said Sam Esposito.
Anthony Jimenez noted that one reason the exemption is of necessity for veterans is because of the time they invested in the service, “when other people entered the job market and found their niche...there’s catching up to do.”
Rick Smith was one of only two people who spoke out against the exemption. “I first of all express thanks to all veterans,” he said. “It seems to me like a scheme cooked up by the governor to get votes...whether you pass it or not, it’s a bad law. The federal government should take care of the vets not the school district...people should be honored with a lot more than what this is, and have across the board discounts, not different tiers. This won’t be fair to all who apply.”
Resident Jan Warner noted, “Vets deserve equal levels of discounts...only homeowners benefit...each vet increases the school budget. Vote no in protest.”
The way the law stands, disabled veterans are entitled to the largest discount of 25 percent, while veterans who saw combat receive a 15 percent discount and non-combat veterans receive a 10 percent discount.
All six trustees who were present voted in favor of the exemption; Trustee Maureen Pappachristou was absent due to illness.
“You guys are entitled to everything we could possibly give you,” said Trustee Dave Huggins.
“Everything I have is because of you,” said Trustee Richard Maccarone. “All vets are welcome here in Glen Cove, anything we can do, you deserve.”
“I’m a believer that whatever I say or do is because of you...I believe that you are the best that America has,” said Trustee Grady Farnan.
“It’s an honor to approve the exemption in Glen Cove,” said Board President Donna Brady.
More information is available at the district’s website www.glencove.k12.ny.us.
Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00
The Village of Sea Cliff took the time to show area residents that July 4 is not just about BBQs and fireworks, but about patriotism and freedom. On the morning of July 4, under overcast skies, 300 or so people gathered in Sea Cliff to celebrate Independence Day.
The festivities started with Mayor Bruce Kennedy ringing the Liberty Bell on the green in front of the library. This was followed by Sara Garry and Ruben Shonik playing “Yankee Doodle” on the flute and drum with, Boy Scout Troop 43 marching behind them to present the colors and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. Lesley Pryde Haley sang “The Star Spangled Banner” next.
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00
Downtown Glen Cove was abuzz during last Thursday evening’s bi-monthly car meet, Autostrade Glen Cove.
This event, sponsored by Martino Auto Concepts of Glen Cove, is held at the corner of Glen and School Streets. More than 125 vehicles showed up and gave a $10 donation to the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department as the required entrance fee.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Three members of the Glen Cove Big Red Boys Lacrosse Team were honored at the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association Dinner on June 11.
Pictured are Ryan Perkins, Sean Peet and Phil Grella, who were awarded for both their play on the field and their work in the classroom. Ryan was named to the All-County Honorable Mention Team, Sean and Phil were named to the All-Conference Team. All three also received Academic All-Conference standing for their work in the classroom.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Glen Cove High School recently held its first-ever Athletics Wall of Fame Induction ceremony in the school’s athletic wing.
Wall of Fame inductees are varsity players who have been selected as All-County in their respective sport. This year, 12 Glen Cove students were named All-County, earning themselves an eight-by-ten photograph mounted and framed on the storied wall near the gymnasium. The Wall of Fame dates back to its first inductee in 1974.