Mayor States: Pollution, Not the Ferry, is the Common Enemy
On Jan. 19, Mayor Thomas Suozzi sponsored what turned out to be a Foxwood Navigation ferry service informational meeting rather than a debate on the boat's arrival to Glen Cove next month. Attorney and former Sea Cliff mayor and village board trustee Francis Deegan addressed the nearly capacity, (1,000 people), crowd at the Wunsch Arts Center and said he was to have moderated the debate between the City of Glen Cove, Fox Navigation, the recently-formed Alliance Against the Ferry and Sea Cliff's mayor and board of trustees. The Alliance and Sea Cliff government had declined Mayor Suozzi's multiple invitations, so their nameplates went without representation on the stage. Members of the Alliance, Sea Cliff Mayor Claudia Moyne and several of the village's trustees were indeed in the audience as were a number of Sea Cliff and Glen Head residents who signed in "against the ferry." The overwhelming majority in the audience was emphatically for the ferry service, making their feelings known frequently with applause. Mayor Suozzi said it was unfortunate the Alliance didn't want to participate in "this great opportunity to learn the facts and get the truth." While addressing the audience regarding the massive 6-year-old undertaking of his administration to cleanup and revitalize the long-neglected, pollution-riddled Glen Cove waterfront, Mayor Suozzi said the common enemy for Sea Cliff, Glen Cove, Glen Head and Roslyn Harbor was pollution, not the ferry. He said the revenues from the ferry operation out of Captain's Cove would help fund the $6 million cleanup of that property which, if left as is, has a detrimental affect on the health and quality of life of everyone along Hempstead Harbor's shores. "Without the ferry money we'd have to sell the property making for more dense development. What will happen if [the ferry opposition] gets what it wants? What will the next mayor of Glen Cove do? A Costco, industrial development or Home Depot down there?" Mayor Suozzi said the ferry operation was not something that Glen Cove sprang on everyone; it was the result of a long process of public meetings, environmental studies and a creative, responsible plan for the long term on the city's waterfront. "I would never do something detrimental to Glen Cove," said the mayor. The mayor said he would be willing to make concessions such as posting a policeman on the ferry terminal site to address DWI concerns and limiting the lighting on the parking lot. "Let's work together," said the mayor.
Suozzi: Get True Facts to the Public
"Truthful facts about ferry operations must be made public. Dialogue with the opponents is of the utmost importance if we are going to get to the truth," said Mayor Tom Suozzi. The mayor announced, on Jan. 19, that Mayor Claudia Moyne of Sea Cliff sent him a letter that morning refusing his offer to participate in an open discussion to address all of the issues raised by Mayor Moyne and her colleagues, a group of activists calling themselves, "The Alliance Against the Ferry."
Glen Cove High School Big Red Sports
Michael Puckett leaps high and sinks a two-pointer as the Big Red hosts the Blue Dragons of Division
St. Rocco Travel Basketball
As a result of an outstanding season last year, St. Rocco's sixth grade basketball traveling team has moved up to a more competitive level this year and for its six games, has been matched against highly experienced and talented teams. Although still looking for its first victory in the "Premier" division, the majority of its games played so far could have gone either way, with the outcome generally decided in the last minute. Incredibly, five out of its six games were decided by less than a five-point margin, with two of those games going into double sudden-death overtime!
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