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Superintendent Laria Submits Resignation

Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00

Board of Ed adopts district goals at Oct. 15 meeting

At the start of the Oct. 15 Glen Cove City School District Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria shocked the audience by reading a statement of resignation, which he said he had read to the board members in the executive session preceding the public meeting. His final day in the district will be June 30, 2013, and he said he made the decision for both personal and professional reasons.

“After much soul searching, I concluded that now is the time to turn the page and establish more of a balance in a new chapter of my life as I approach 70 years of age,” Dr. Laria began. “I did not come to this decision easily because my service in Glen Cove has been so very fulfilling, both personally and professionally. My notice is submitted early in the school year to give the board sufficient time to complete a superintendent search unencumbered by the pressures of time and by other important issues during the upcoming months.”

 

Former Mayor Left A Legacy In Glen Cove

Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00

Joseph M. Reilly, 85, former mayor and assemblyman, passed away last month

Last month, Glen Cove lost a man who helped make the city what it is today. Joseph M. Reilly, former assemblyman and mayor of Glen Cove, devoted a large part of his life to improving Glen Cove and preserving most of the green spaces residents now cherish. He died on Sept. 23, at the age of 85, after battling an illness.

“He loved Glen Cove, was born and raised here, and utilized everything it has to offer, from the parks to the golf course to the beaches,” said daughter Nassau Supreme Court Justice Margaret Reilly.

 

Sparks Fly In The Debate Arena

Written by Rich Forestano and Dave Gil de Rubio Monday, 22 October 2012 15:49

Town hall format and Obama’s performance finds president rebounding in the polls

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Hofstra University was the site for the second of three debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Hofstra had also hosted a debate between then-Democratic nominee Obama and GOP nominee Sen. John McCain back in 2008, making the school just the second university to host consecutive presidential debates. (St. Louis’ Washington University was the other.)

With Romney scoring what many considered an upset victory over Obama’s decidedly lackluster performance in the first debate, this follow-up was going to be a “deal maker or breaker in this campaign,” according to political pundit Chris Matthews, who spoke at Hofstra the prior week. Shortly after moderator Candy Crowley took the stage at 9 p.m., it was clear both candidates were prepared to come out swinging, making for a lively hour and a half that found roughly 65 million viewers tuning in to the town hall-style debate, according to the Nielsen Ratings.

 

City Holds Public Hearing On Proposed Budget

Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Final public hearing will be held at the Oct. 23 Glen Cove City Council meeting before adopting the budget

At the Oct. 9 Glen Cove City Council meeting, the first public hearing was held to discuss the proposed budget for 2013. The hearing will remain open before the council votes, and one more public hearing will be held on Oct. 23.

The proposed budget would increase taxes in Glen Cove 1.94 percent next year, a figure that Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi said was trimmed down from the original 7.42 percent he received from the city controller, Sal Lombardi. He said that, after going over the numbers with Lombardi, the budget he first presented to the council was 2.81 percent and they worked hard together to get it under 2 percent. The percentage represents a $558,087 increase in real estate taxes. The proposed budget plan totals $46,746,289, an increase of $106,182 or 0.2 percent from this year’s budget.

 

The Dark Side Of The Moose

Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Pink Floyd tribute band to perform October 20 Halloween show in Glen Cove

This weekend, fans of Pink Floyd can expect to witness a Halloween spectacle, as local tribute band Us and Floyd performs at Glen Cove Moose Lodge. The Oct. 20 event will include a costume contest, raffle prizes and free food.

A fundraiser for local filmmaker Scott Goldberg and his feature-length film project, The Three, the $25 entry fee will go toward raising money needed to produce the film. Because the film is in the dark/horror genre, Goldberg, who also sings in the band, said he felt it was appropriate to host a fundraising event around Halloween.

 

Federal Grant Possible For GC Waterfront

Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

Sen. Gillibrand announces federal legislation to revitalize waterfront brownfields

On Monday, Oct. 8, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin, joined by Mayor Ralph Suozzi and local officials, to announce new federal legislation to revitalize inactive industrial sites like the Glen Cove waterfront.

The proposed bill, The Waterfront Brownfields Revitalization Act, would award grants to local government and nonprofits that redevelop abandoned, idled or underused industrial properties on waterfronts. Senator Gillibrand said the bill would spur economic development, and that there is “no excuse” to not move forward with this opportunity.

 

Glen Cove Celebrates Homecoming 2012

Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

HS Celebrates 50 Years

Glen Cove High School, which is celebrating its 50th year in existence on site, marked the school’s 50th Homecoming with a day of tradition, triumph and Big Red pride. Students, alumni, families, and friends gathered at J. Cameron Maiden Field at GCHS to show their support for their Big Red Varsity Football team and the district’s six schools.

The annual Homecoming Parade included floats from GCHS and Finley Middle School as well as Landing, Connolly, Deasy and Gribbin elementary schools, the latter of which served as the parade starting point before proceeding up Walnut Avenue to Maiden Field. Students, parents, staff and representatives of the board of education and administration marched together to show their Glen Cove pride in anticipation of the big game. Members of the GCHS inaugural class of 1962 were also in attendance for the game, which pitted the 2-1 Big Red vs. the 2-1 South Side High School Cyclones.

 

Neighbors Oppose Mansion Development

Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Public hearing at Glen Cove City Hall draws crowd of concerned homeowners

Glen Cove residents expressed themselves with passion at Thursday night’s special joint City Council and Planning Board meeting, held in the main chambers of City Hall. A public hearing took place on the proposed redevelopment of the Glen Cove Mansion property, which is slated to include a 46-unit residential subdivision on a portion of the property, while preserving the majority of the current historical structures and grounds in perpetuity.

The applicant for the North Manor Estates development presented its case to the council members and planning board members before a packed audience, consisting mainly of residents in the surrounding neighborhood who would be most impacted by the development. In the first hour or so of a meeting that lasted until 11:30 p.m., professionals spoke on behalf of the applicant, Glen Cove Property LLC, and explained the details of the project, including the zoning areas, the nature of the buildings, the impact on the area in terms of traffic and visual appeal, and some of the changes that have been made to the design as a result of meeting with the various neighborhood associations.

 

Nassau County Talks Redistricting In Glen Cove

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Public hearing held to discuss drawing new lines

A Nassau County Districting Advisory Commission public hearing was held on Sept. 27 at the Landing Elementary School in Glen Cove, which was the second meeting in a series to hear concerns from different communities before adjusting Nassau County’s voting lines by January 5, 2013. With two sets of commissioners consisting of five Republicans and five Democrats, Chairperson Francis X. Moroney is the one nonvoting member appointed by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

“The purpose of these hearings are so we can hear your suggestions as to what you may, or may not want to see in a map,” Moroney said. Before opening the hearing up the public, Moroney gave a background on the process of redistricting.

 

Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt Dies

Written by Ronald Scaglia Wednesday, 03 October 2012 00:00
Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt died suddenly on the morning of Oct. 3. According to Ed Ward, spokesperson from the legislator’s office, Schmitt, 62, collapsed while in a budget meeting with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building and was rushed to Winthrop Hospital. He died at 11:55 a.m.

“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mangano in a statement. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.”

 

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