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, 26 November 2014 00:00
Veterans, police, residents and elected officials turned out for the renaming of Route 107/ Arterial Highway for Glen Cove’s most honored hero, Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph Daly, in a ceremony that took place on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015.
The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.