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Hookah Lounges Outlawed

A public hearing was held last week to determine the fate of hookah lounges within the city limits of Glen Cove: it was decided they shall not be allowed. The City Council and Mayor Reginald Spinello voted to ban such establishments, a move that was well received by the majority of people present; only two people expressed opposition to the measure. 

 

“These establishments are becoming rather trendy,” said Mayor Spinello.

 

The purpose of the amendment is to ban and prohibit hookah parlors in all zoning districts in the City of Glen Cove. The resolution states: “There are documented health risks associated with the smoking of tobacco or other substances through hookah pipes including the inhalation of higher concentrations of toxins than found in cigarette smoke. Hookah parlors have also been associated with certain illegal and antisocial activities, including underage drinking and their presence in a community exacerbates the inherent dangers of tobacco use around nontobacco users, exposes children to smoking, and increases the potential for minors to associate smoking and tobacco with a healthy lifestyle.”

 

“I’d rather see hookah lounges than 'for rent' signs,” said one man.

 

Jeff Peress spoke up towards the end of the meeting, also looking at the business aspect of such a place.

 

“There have been warning labels on cigarettes and tobacco for years, everyone knows it’s bad for us,” he said. “Still, there are a lot of vacant storefronts and this particular place might have generated business for the city.” 

 

Carol Meschkow, Nassau Project Coordinator of the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, said, “I applaud and thank you for taking action. Over the past few months, you have been on a crusade to help prevent the next generation from smoking...and you’re winning.”

 

A public hearing regarding bicycle impoundments within the downtown area was also held; the mayor said the current fine for riding on sidewalks and speeding is $15, which was often thrown out in

courts. The resolution amended the law to increase the fine to $75. He said it was mainly for those who riders who have repeatedly disregarded pedestrian safety, and that the riding on sidewalks has become a bit of a problem during events such as Downtown Sounds.

 

Drew Lawrence suggested they add more bike racks downtown and take other steps toward promoting bicycling.

 

Dave Nieri concurred, and also suggested
designating a bike lane within the alleyways, which are often used as cut-throughs to avoid heavy traffic.

 

“It’s a tool we can utilize to keep people safe,” Lt. Christopher Ortiz said, noting that is strictly for the Glen and School Street area. “It’s meant for the egregious person doing 20 miles per hour on a sidewalk.”

 

Adam Ramadan suggested adding bike lanes as “the next logical step” toward bike safety.

 

The council also passed a resolution to form a Local Economic Assistance Corporation to complement the powers of the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency. It is being created to help the The

Regency assisted living facility, which is building an Alzheimer’s ward with 22 beds, purchasing new bonds and hoping that the new business model and lesser payments will lead to better success.

 

The attorney said, “Glen Cove has not had the ability to help its nonprofits...with this it can issue taxes and bonds, nonrecoursed through the city and LDC.” 

 

 He said it is subject to FOIL and open meetings law. “In many ways it is a twin of the IDA, most likely it will appoint the same members as the IDA, ” he said.

 

The downside is that the Regency could go to the county and local control would be lost.

 

“I don’t see the benefit to us,” said one resident.

 

Ramadan quoted a report from NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, which said that Glen Cove’s IDA had done “the worst job on record.”

 

Spinello noted that the current IDA has a new administration and so does not have a track record.

 

Councilman Gallo asked about the monetary benefits to the city.

 

The attorney said the agency would generate more fees to the city at no cost to the city “It’s very small in the first transaction...and more, by virtue of tax.”

 

Details of the resolutions are posted on the city’s website: www.glencove-li.us.


News

In an unusual change of venue, the Glen Cove City Council held its Sept. 23 meeting at the Webb Institute instead of City Hall. Before the meeting, more than 100 residents and the council members were given a tour of the college. 

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello said,  “Keith Michel [Webb President] suggested we could use the venue for the city and I thought having a city council meeting there would be an ideal way to show off the city’s precious history. I am hoping that the Holocaust Center will also allow us the opportunity next year.” He added, “There are a few other notable places in Glen Cove to have meetings like this to showcase the city.”

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. 


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