The Glen Cove City Council meeting took place Tuesday, Oct. 23 to vote on the upcoming budget. The revised budget had caused concern for being a financial risk, but Mayor Ralph Suozzi confidently explained his budget plans. All of city council voted Tuesday night to approve spending that will add $56 to the average homeowner’s annual tax bill.
Residents expressed concern at the meeting about Glen Cove’s current deficit, and Mayor Suozzi’s future plans to borrow from the state. Charlie Bozzello asked the mayor if borrowing money would be wise due to Glen Cove’s current debt, and how the city will ever reach economic stability if the city continues to borrow money. The mayor explained that the Glen Cove Police Department will see about 13 police officers retiring this year, an unusually high number, he said, adding that it would be impossible to not borrow. The mayor went on to say that the money borrowed will be dedicated to paying for these retirement plans and that retirement plans “would’ve been a good idea to start 30 years ago.” Roughly 12.3 percent of the budget will go to retirement plans for police.
“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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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.
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