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.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
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.”
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
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!”