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Council Meetings Online

The City of Glen Cove made technological strides last week with the live streaming debut of the Glen Cove City Council meeting. The Aug. 26 webcast was the first of a new feature offered to residents, allowing them to watch the meetings online if they are unable to attend in person. Meetings are then available for viewing for 24 hours.

 

“There are many reasons our residents may not be able to attend our city council meetings, therefore I made arrangements for the meetings to be live-streamed over the Internet. This way, they are able to see their elected officials interact and residents will have information firsthand, straight from the source,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello.

 

The mayor alerted the public to the presence of the video cameras as the meeting began, and then proceeded with the agenda. The council passed a resolution declaring the month of September Childhood Cancer Awareness, and presented a proclamation to the Pedone family, accepted by Nick Pedone of Glen Cove. A 5K run will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7 in honor of his son, Nicholas, who died last year at the age of 7 after battling stage 3 neuroblastoma for eight months. Ribbons will be placed on trees throughout the city to recognize childhood cancer this month.

 

The council passed a resolution authorizing the issuance of serial bonds, not to exceed $550,000, to fund tax certiorari payments for the second half of 2014. The resolution authorizes the city to make real property tax refund payments, financed by the issuance of bonds and the levy and collection of taxes to pay the principal and interest of the  bonds. 

 

Spinello explained, “The city, unfortunately, never has enough reserves to cover tax certs... with this budget, there is zero money allotted, so we have to borrow.” 

 

The council also passed a resolution authorizing the issuance of serial bonds, not to exceed $260,000, to fund payment of termination benefits to city employees.

 

Spinello said there is difference between “good borrowing” and “bad borrowing.”  He said, “Here, we are borrowing to reduce long term liability,” explaining that new hires work for lower wages, with lower pension payments, under the new contract agreements. 

 

During public comment, Charles Bozzello, referring to the issuance of bonds for tax cert payments, said, “It is a travesty of local government that a budget could have been proposed and passed with the liability that was understood, and sufficient money was not allocated...at minimum, council members who voted on this budget were asleep at the switch.”

 

Spinello responded, “Obviously, this has happened for years...it can’t be cured overnight or in a year. It’s
not like we’re a private business and can create a new product; we’re basically a service industry; the money belongs to payroll and to fringe benefits; someone has to pay for it somewhere, and I think we’re trying to face it here and not ‘kick the can down the road’...we’ll try to put something in next year...we’ve got our work cut out for us and I will certainly try my best.”

 

Resolutions can be viewed in full on the city’s website; to view the next city council meeting, go to new.livestream.com/cityofglencove.


News

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

A visit to the Village Wine Merchant in Sea Cliff is more of a learning experience than merely a shopping outing. The staff aims to help customers find exactly what they are looking for, and is happy to educate and eager to develop a relationship with customers to better serve them. The wine store on Sea Cliff Avenue just celebrated its one year anniversary, considered a significant landmark in Sea Cliff.

 

“It’s a tradition in Sea Cliff to not hold a ribbon cutting until a business has hit the one year mark,” said Mayor Bruce Kennedy. “Otherwise, we’d be holding them all the time...too many don’t make it. If you can make it a year, you can make it 30 years.”


Sports

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. 

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run. 

 

For Daniel Badalament, 71, of Glen Cove, the Main Street Mile was just a warm up. Running for the past 57 years, Badalament said the mile long sprint is a great workout and helps him better prepare for the more rigorous races. 

 

“Monday, I run the 5-mile [Labor Day Run] in long beach,” he said, “so this helps loosen me up.” 


Calendar

Club Closet Sale - September 19

International Coastal Cleanup - September 20

Salute to Freedom Program - September 20


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