On the evening of Nov. 8, the Village of Sea Cliff’s Board of Trustees assembled for a regular meeting in Village Hall. Mayor Bruce Kennedy started by announcing that the board authorized restoration work on the Village Hall/Library Building – parts of the building will be replaced, including the side and flat roofs. Adjustments will also be made to stop absorption of rain water. Work is set to begin in a few weeks.
After holding several hearings on the matter, the Glen Cove City Council voted at its most recent meeting to restrict parking in the Thompson Park area. Residents there claim that too many people coming to Action Motors and other businesses near that neighborhood park on their streets all day.
Parking restrictions, therefore, on LaMarcus Avenue, Highfield Road, Marietta Road and Arbor Place are now amended to prevent non-residents from using these streets. A No Parking rule will now be in effect from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both sides of these streets.
The second Sea Cliff Arts Council Showcase of the 2010-11 season is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 upstairs at Village Hall. Featured are Frank Csoka and Phil White on guitar, back by popular demand; Doug Barnaby exhibiting and discussing his paintings, and guitarist Rich Briollet performing with songstress Marguerite Ulrich. This showcasing of local talent is a unique opportunity for community members to enjoy, free of charge, an evening of art and music. All are encouraged not to miss the chance for culture and entertainment right in our own backyard.
A figure from Roslyn’s cultural past will be back in the news next week as Michael “Eppy” Epstein will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
On Tuesday, Nov. 16, Epstein will be inducted in a ceremony at Oheka Castle in Huntington. Other inductees include Lou Reed, Al Kooper, The Shangri-Las, Eddie Palmieri, and Oscar Brand.
Students from 10 local high schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties attended ReNew New York’s high school convention entitled “Considering New York’s Structures and Challenges” on Oct. 28 at Hofstra University.
At the all-day event, students discussed major issues regarding American politics and the 2010 midterm elections. They also engaged in debate with and proposed solutions to major issues to current or former politicians and political science professors.
The Nassau County Legislature continued a hearing on County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s 2011 proposed budget that went on all day Friday, Oct. 29, and late into Saturday night, eventually passing the $2.6 billion plan along party lines with Halloween approaching and opposing lawmakers accusing that the budget’s “no tax increase” label was just a costume.
On Wednesday, Oct. 20, Mayor Ralph Suozzi, along with the Glen Cove City Council, and several other representatives from the city of Glen Cove, hosted a town hall style meeting at the Landing School. The up-close and informal format of the meeting allowed for a discussion on many of the issues surrounding the Landing neighborhood.
While the most discussed and debated issues at the meeting were taxes and the proposed term length changes for Glen Cove’s mayor and council after the 2011 election, there were several other hot issues specific to the Landing, which included illegal housing, the waterfront, and developments such as Lee Gray Ct.
There has been a lot of discourse at public hearings, opinions stated in letters to the editor and messages both for and against on signs all over town regarding “Proposition Glen Cove” or “Proposition 1” as it will be called on the Glen Cove ballot. Simply, the decision that is being put directly to voters in the City of Glen Cove on Nov. 2 will be whether or not they would like whichever mayor and city council members are elected in 2011 to begin serving four-year terms instead of the current two years.
For the many residents concerned about the proposed tire retreading factory operating at the redeveloping waterfront near Garvies Point, the decision rendered at the Glen Cove Planning Board on Oct. 18 was a breath of fresh air.
Previously, at the Sept. 21 meeting, various members of the community came out to show strong disapproval of the factory, staying late into the night, waiting for a chance for their voice to be heard. This time, they did not need the same patience. Early into the meeting, Planning Board Chairman Thomas Scott announced they would deny the application later in the meeting, which brought applause from the attendees.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano campaigned for and won his current position with a clear promise to lower spending and taxes for Nassau. The day draws near when he must deliver, arriving at a balanced budget for 2011 without raising taxes or increasing the deficit. This has led to painful proposals, drawing protests on extreme moves like cutting loose the entire Long Island Bus system and turning the high expense of tax refunds over to schools, towns, villages and other special districts including libraries and fire districts.
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