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.
Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00
On a beautiful, sunny afternoon, dozens of children donned their Halloween costumes and enthusiastically marched down School Street in Glen Cove to get a start on the upcoming holiday.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna acknowledged the outstanding achievements of three high school students at the board of education meeting on Oct. 20.
Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00
Numerous students, faculty, parents, and community members enthusiastically lined up to kick-off the 10th Annual North Shore Schools Homecoming Parade at Glenwood Landing School. Leading the parade was the American Legion Glenwood Landing Post 336 followed by the NSHS Drum Line directed by David Soto, North Shore Cheerleading team, Board of Education including Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Rob Chlebicki, and Assistant Superintendent for Business Olivia Buatsi, the Booster Club, the Viking Foundation, various Parent Organizations, and the Glenwood Landing Fire Department.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
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.