After learning of the downgrading of Glen Cove Hospital expected next year, the community has taken up its own fight against the proposed change. A rally was held last week in front of the hospital to send a message to the hospital’s administration that this city relies on the hospital and will not let it disappear without a fight, Mayor Suozzi has been leading the cause.
“We are here to try to get the hospital to postpone the decision until the full community has been informed,” Suozzi said to the crowd of about 200 people gathered around outside the hospital on St. Andrew’s Lane. “We are not here to demonize the hospital administrators; but to get them to come to the table to discuss the strategy. The news blindsided everyone...and I’m suspicious. I need your voices. If 300 people are behind me, that’s one thing. If 10,000 are behind me, that’s another.”
Last week, the New York State Education Department released the results of this year’s math and English language arts (ELA) assessments, revealing disappointing results as districts across the state reported lower than average scores.
This year’s state assessments were the first for New York students to measure the Common Core Learning Standards for grades 3-8. Across the state, 31 percent of students met or exceeded the proficiency standards in both English and math.
On August 20, residents from all the communities in the Town of Oyster Bay will have a voice in the future of Syosset and Jericho.
A town-wide voter referendum will decide whether a 54-acre plot of town-owned land right by the Long Island Expressway can be sold to a consortium of three developers—Simon Property Group, Castagna Properties and the Albanese Organization—which has indicated it plans a mixed-use facility, including apartments and shops.
Another developer, Taubman Centers, currently owns a smaller, neighboring property and has been battling the town for 18 years to get a special permit to build a mall there.
Taubman has indicated it wants to bid on the town-owned site, which would allow it to expand its plans, and sued to force this referendum.
On Tuesday, August 6, Friends of John DiMascio, candidate (R,C,I) for Nassau County Legislature, hosted an enthusiastic crowd of more than 100 supporters at the Swan Club. Attendees were of all political affiliations and from all across the 11th Legislative District, which includes the communities of Sands Point, Port Washington, Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor,
Greenvale, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove. With flag lined walls, flag center pieces, and pleated flag fan draped entry tables, the patriotic themed event was most appropriate for John, a Vietnam veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, and the Vietnam Veterans of America. DiMascio, a highly respected and accomplished attorney and former court officer, is on the Board of Directors of the North Shore Sheltering Program, serves as a pro bono attorney for the
Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and is annually recognized as a “Top Legal Eagle” by Long Island Pulse Magazine, among many additional distinguished awards. DiMascio has already received the endorsements of the Fraternal Order of Court Officers of New York State and the Court Officers Benevolent Association of Nassau County.
Three women who are dedicated to the betterment of Glen Cove were honored at the seventh annual National Night Out held in Glen Cove on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Every year, the event honors a person who has been instrumental to the community. This year, the honorees were Arlene O’Dell of the Youth Bureau, Dr. Sharon Harris of SAFE, Inc. and Melissa Rhodes of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club. These women have all played a major role in supporting and protecting the youth of the city and helping keep Glen Cove a safe and welcoming place for children.
By Gary Simeone
Port Washington resident Sarah Hogenauer is not happy about North Shore-LIJ’s decision to close the inpatient unit at Glen Cove Hospital. She said that the closing is a disservice to many people who are in need, including her husband, who is part of the Rehabilitation Unit.
“It is a shame to lose such a quality unit that means so much to so many people,” said Hogenauer. “They do a fabulous job here with their services and I think it is one of the best units in the area.”
The 6th Annual Family Awareness Day for SAFE, Inc. was held on a beautiful Saturday in June in Morgan Memorial Park. Created as a way to promote family unity and a substance free environment, the day’s events included games, food, music and raffle prizes, and many children came out with their families to enjoy he day in the park. A special feature added this year was Touch-a-Truck with Glen Cove Fire Department and EMS, and for the first time, bicycle stunt show was offered in the parking lot. Professional stunt cyclist Chris Clark dazzled the audience with a slew of tricks during his 30-minute performance.
For further information on any SAFE Inc. upcoming event please call (516) 676-2008. SAFE Inc. is a not for profit tax-exempt substance abuse education and prevention agency located in Glen Cove.
Local residents may soon have safer streets for walking and biking, pending adoption of a bill that is meant to go to vote this week.
At the July 29 committee session of Nassau County Legislature a new bill was discussed that is aimed at keeping bike and pedestrian safety in mind. The basics of the law called “Complete Streets” have been adopted by other governments such as New York State and New York City.
Since last year, when cyclists and runners voiced concerns about traffic safety on West Shore Road, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton has met with advocates like Tri-State Transportation Campaign and CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists). She hosted many such groups in her office and met with them on location out on dangerous streets.
Community leaders, including Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi, have expressed alarm over a plan to downsize Glen Cove Hospital, but are urging North Shore-LIJ Health System to reconsider.
“This is a ‘Medical Sandy,’” said the mayor, commenting on a plan announced last week by North Shore-LIJ Health Care System to downsize the city’s one hospital to an ambulatory care center.
“I think it is going to be devastating to the entire North Shore, not just Glen Cove” economically and socially as well as medically, Suozzi said.
The Glen Cove Substance Abuse Free Environment Agency (SAFE, Inc.), the Tobacco Action Coalition of LI (TAC) and the City of Glen Cove, have announced the expansion of the city’s tobacco restrictions that were implemented in 2011 to include all of the city’s parks, beaches and all youth-oriented aspects of the Stanco Park.
On Thursday, July 4, the city launched their independence from the danger of smoking in the city’s outdoor recreational venues as part of their celebration of this very significant national holiday. Once again, the city pro-actively joined the ranks of nearly 400 municipalities statewide who have established tobacco free outdoor policies to protect their residents, employees, and the environment from the dangers of second-hand smoke, cigarette litter, and helping to change the social norms associated with the acceptability of tobacco use.
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