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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

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.”

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.”


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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