Glen Cove to Begin Property Reassessment
The City of Glen Cove will start the process of reassessing property immediately, now that the city council has awarded the project to Smith and Salerno Valuation Services for a fee of $550,000. The firm will begin doing surveys, field work and working on a plan of attack to reassess the 7,600 parcels in Glen Cove. A tentative tax roll will be set by the beginning of the year 2001. In offering the resolution to award the bid to Smith and Salerno during the city council meeting May 9, Councilman Michael Norman described the current valuation system as "antiquated, inaccurate, unfair and making no sense at all." The quest for reassessment was begun two years ago when Glen Cove first went out to bid. The bids came in too high at that time and the matter was revisited this year. Three companies submitted bids during this round, with Smith and Salerno ultimately becoming the successful firm. The city council voted 4-3 in favor of the company, which had a $75,000 higher fee than its competitor. The four city council members voting in favor opted for the firm which they said had more experience in the field of reassessment. Councilman Norman took the lead on this matter and worked closely with Mayor Thomas Suozzi. The city's assessor's office, led by Randy Austin thoroughly reviewed all proposals.
Cove Schools Receive Record Increase in State Aid
A collective effort made in Albany by State Senator Carl Marcellino and Assemblyman David Sidikman, who were lobbied for assistance jointly by the Glen Cove School District and Mayor Thomas Suozzi, has netted the Glen Cove School District a historic increase in state aid. According to Senator Marcellino, the Glen Cove School District will receive 24.2 percent more in state aid for the school year 2000-2001. This was welcome news to the board of education which met on May 8 for a public hearing on the 2000-2001 school budget. Glen Cove schools will benefit from a total $7,396,000 in state aid, (this figure includes small city aid). School Board President Vito Abbondandolo said, "The increase in state aid has a significant impact on the 2000-2001 tax levy. Before the additional state aid, the tax levy increase was projected as 9.03 percent; with the additional state aid, the tax levy increase is 5.9 percent."
Blaise Dennis and Brent Harrison had three hits apiece for the Preferred Photo Green Jackets against Old Brookville PT Bay Bears. Martin Carmody and Shant Koyoudian had key hits while Evan Siegal and Carmody had great fielding for the Bay Bears.
Glen Cove High School Big Red Sports
After a tough week during the vacation break, the Big Red Baseball Team bounced back with four wins this past week. With the pitching staff leading the way, Glen Cove beat Westbury three times and then beat local rival North Shore. In the first game Guiseppe Gallizzi pitched a strong game beating Westbury in the first game 8-2. Holding Westbury to two runs going into the 7th inning, the bat erupted for six runs in the top of the 7th. Leading the offense was 9th grader Donnie Daniels setting the pace with three hits and two runs batted in. Also contributing was Ricky Garcia going 2 for 4 with a big triple in the 7th inning to drive in a run and Anthony Pizziatolla, going one for three with an RBI.
Requiem for a Small Town, One-Party Government
From the Sage of Sea Cliff