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Working On Our Waters

A major step forward was announced last week for re-opening Crescent Beach and protecting our waters in general when officials gathered to discuss a $2 million Nassau County investment that will study sewering Crescent Beach and Sea Cliff Avenue. 

 

“It’s important that we reopen Crescent Beach so that it once again serves as a beautiful destination for families, seniors and beachgoers,” said County Executive Edward Mangano. “The installation of sewers in this North Shore is an important public health initiative as it will protect the local environment and improve the Long Island Sound so that our recreational fishermen and residents can rely on these waters for enjoyment and business alike. I thank Mayor Spinello for his commitment to this project and for dedicating the resources necessary to identify which sewered areas should be incorporated into the county’s sewage collection.”

 

Nassau County owns a sewer system that serves a significant percentage of residents and businesses. For many years, officials have been discussing expanding the system to stimulate much-needed economic growth and home value, and also remedy pollution and health concerns affecting Glen Cove, Sea Cliff and the greater Hempstead Harbor/Oyster Bay/Long Island Sound area.

 

In Glen Cove, the water at Crescent Beach has been contaminated for years as a result of faulty cesspools at one, or a handful, of the roughly 75 residential properties in the nearby community. This has resulted in one of Glen Cove’s three beaches being closed to bathing to the city’s 30,000 residents for five consecutive summers. Further, the area's shell-fishing and general revitalization efforts are being thwarted by this known source of consistent water pollution. 

 

Nassau County’s Department of Health (DOH) tried to work locally with the City of Glen Cove to study the cesspools that could be causing this large environmental/health issue. The final determination by the DOH was that the only true solution would be to add these homes to the Nassau County sewer system. A modern sewer system, in place of an aging septic system, will help

eliminate bacterial intrusion in the local waters.

 

Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said that she has been working on this project since she took office and is glad to have been a part of these positive developments.

 

 “Since being elected, having Crescent Beach be reopened has been one of my top priorities. This is the beach I brought my own children to when they were small, and I hope these actions the county is taking today will help to ensure that Crescent Beach is enjoyed for many generations to come,” said DeRiggi-Whitton.

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council have already approved legislation aimed towards identifying compromised septic systems that may be contributing to the water quality issues at Crescent Beach for the past five years. 

 

Spinello stated, “Once again County Executive Mangano has responded to my request for assistance in Glen Cove. Immediately after meeting with the County Executive and his staff to explain the inherent problems in the area surrounding Crescent Beach, the county laid the ground work for a long-term solution to our problem. This study, along with the supporting testing the city is providing and our new legislation regarding septic systems, will result in a marked improvement in the water quality in our area. This plan if successful will allow us to re-open Crescent Beach in the near future for our residents to enjoy. I thank County Executive Mangano, Congressman Israel, Senator Marcellino, Assemblyman Lavine and Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton for their support and assistance in this matter.”

 

In Sea Cliff, the main strip of restaurants and shops on Sea Cliff Avenue is suffering from old and failing cesspools. The lack of any adequate property for new septic systems makes any further economic development impossible and is hurting existing establishments.

 

Connecting sewers and retiring old septic systems would not only offer economic virtues, but would serve environmental and health interests. Ideally, waste should be sent through a treatment plant.

Currently, a lot of waste is going into the soil, with indeterminate amounts making its way into our harbor.

 

The Village of Sea Cliff has an existing design and partial funding for the business district sewer line and needs some additional funding to complete the project. 

 

“This is a project that will ensure our ongoing environmental concerns as well as assist in the revitalization of our downtown. We are grateful to Congressman Israel and County Executive Mangano and for their work in forming partnerships to find a comprehensive and common sense solution to this issue,” said Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy.

 

Congressman Steve Israel stated, "I want to thank this bipartisan and diverse coalition of elected officials who have joined me in working tirelessly on finding a comprehensive solution to this issue and County Executive Ed Mangano for providing a $2 million investment in the future of this treasured natural resource.”

 

“This study is a positive step in maintaining the natural beauty and resources of the waterfront,” said Senator Carl L. Marcellino.

 

State Assemblyman Charles Lavine stated, “For far too long, Crescent Beach has been unavailable for use by the residents of the Glen Cove community. Understanding the problems that exist here and undertaking the effort necessary to ensure the environment is protected is a vitally important step in reclaiming the beach.”


News

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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