At the final Glen Cove City Council meeting of 2008 held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and the City Council voted pro forma to renew annual contracts with various professionals, as well as voting in favor of contracts with New York State and Nassau County with regard to youth services for the coming year.

The council also announced the dates of the 2009 council and pre-council meetings, which will be listed on the city's website. Barring holidays, pre-council meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of every month and council meetings are on the second and fourth Tuesday, except during the months of June, July, August and September, when the summer schedule of one pre-council and one council meeting per month are held.

The new officers of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department were approved, and the Glen Cove Record Pilot was designated as the official newspaper of the City of Glen Cove for the year 2009.

The city adopted a policy for the standardization of crossing guard wages and leave allowances from hourly rates to daily rates at the request of the State Comptroller to rectify the current pay system that has been out of alignment with the State.

A resolution was passed to allow all full-time non-union employees of the City of Glen Cove to receive vacation, holiday, sick time and severance packages consistent with provisions for full-time union employees as per the CSEA contract.

Annual appointments for city employees were renewed, with most salaries remaining the same as this past year. While the trend in this dismal economy is to hold the line on raises for non-contractual, non-union personnel, five Glen Cove appointed employees received raises. The salary of Kerri Pearles, public relations officer in the mayor's office, was increased from $40,000 per year to $42,500; Sal Lombardi, city controller, will now be paid $124,100 as compared with his current $122,100 salary; city clerk Tina Pemberton's salary was increased from $42,000 to $44, 750; Lisa Craig of the Glen Cove Senior Adult Day Care program will now earn $36,000, up from $34,753 and Youth Bureau director Arlene O'Dell's salary was increased from $72,225 to $72,500.

The first pre-council meeting of 2009 will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. and the first city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Glen Cove City Hall. Logo
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