This letter is in response to Ray Jablonski who wrote last week and asked, "Who is Drew Fonrose?" I would like to take the opportunity to tell you about Drew Fonrose, but first to introduce myself. I am Jennifer Hakker a close friend of Drew's. I was born here in Glen Cove and so was my father. My grandparents lived on Norfolk Lane, where my mother was raised. She attended and was married at St. Patrick's. So my family has a long history in Glen Cove and I have many fond memories as a child with my family here. Today, I am an artist and the owner of Applied Aesthetics Painting Studio, which is here in town and I call Glen Cove my home. Drew is no stranger to Glen Cove either. He grew up all of five miles down Cedar Swamp Road in Jericho. His father Dr. Harold Fonrose, a physician, frequently treated Glen Cove residents. On numerous occasions, Drew came to Glen Cove to visit his mother when she was the director of the E.O.C.D.C. (Economic Child Development Center) at the Glen Cove Middle School. After graduating from Jericho High School he went to college at Boston University and achieved a degree in American history. He then returned to Nassau County and attended Hofstra University where he received his law degree. He has since been a practicing attorney on Long Island. He first worked for a major law firm and later decided to start his own practice so he could choose his clients and work more closely in his community.
Drew decided to move his law practice to downtown Glen Cove about five years ago. He is dedicated to improving the quality of life of all our citizens and has done many hours of pro bono work for the residents of Glen Cove. He has since become an open ear to the problems faced by the Glen Cove residents and a new voice on their behalf.
Anyone who asks who is Drew Fonrose must not be someone who attends city council meetings, because Drew does. He not only attends but he voices the concerns of our citizens. They must not attend school board meetings either, because Drew does. He is a member of the Coalition for Glen Cove and was a candidate for the school board in spring 2005. Drew actively campaigned to bring a higher level of education to our children and forge an alliance between our city government and the school board.
Drew cares about the quality of life of all Glen Covers .We both love Glen
Cove and all it has to offer. We embrace its diversity, we enjoy its serene parks, its great golf course, its beautiful beaches, and of course all the fabulous food. When we drive through the beautiful areas of Glen Cove, like to the beaches and Morgan Park, we get a sense of Glen Cove's glorious past. Drew is committed to making a glorious future for Glen Cove. But most importantly he will do this without forgetting about the needs of those who live and work here.
If you would like to meet and talk to Drew, you are welcome to come down to the Republican Party headquarters next to Andros Grill on Wednesday nights. He will be there to answer your questions and address your concerns.
A vote for Drew Fonrose is a vote for our future.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the city controller the person in charge of the city's financial operations? So if there are questions about the city's finances in 2003-2004, as both Drew Fonrose (Republican mayoral candidate) and Ralph Suozzi (Glen Cove Voters mayoral candidate) raised recently, shouldn't the person who was the city controller at that time have the answers? I don't know when the current controller came in to office, but I'm pretty sure that the man in the position in both 2003 and 2004 was Vincent (Jimmy) Suozzi. Perhaps the Republican candidate couldn't get information from the Democratic former controller, but I think the Glen Cove Voters candidate could - probably over Sunday dinner! Maybe Ralph Suozzi could find out more about why Bloom & Company took so long to certify revenues and expenses for the year 2004. He says the city worked on the 2006 budget "without knowing the Certified Financial Condition of the City of Glen Cove as of December 31, 2004." How did the 2005 budget get done without the 2004 information?
I figured that Ralph Suozzi would be very well versed in the details of the past three years of city finances. I find it curious that Drew Fonrose seems to have the same information that Ralph Suozzi does.
I was born and raised in Glen Cove for the past 57 years, and it was once a small suburban community. Over the past three-plus years, large apartments were built across from the police department and additional ones are being built on Glen Street, and a super highway to the waterfront. I think it's time for a change in leadership. Taxes are on the increase, illegal houses are on the increase. The present administration wants you to believe everything is fine. Calling city hall to talk to the code enforcers is a joke. When calling about illegal houses, they come up with every excuse why they can't be there or say everything is okay. When there are 12 to 15 cars at one house it's more than two-family, not including the abandoned ones in the backyard. Everyone should do themselves a favor and go to Cottage Row and talk to Ralph Suozzi on Thursday evening, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You will see we need his leadership now.
Ronald G. Oldenburg