What is your understanding of the long-term, financial history of Glen Cove, its current finances, and what are your financial plans for the city for the next two years?
Despite a difficult economy, I’ve improved our city’s financial health by $53 million.
What would you suggest the Town do to get back to an AAA bond rating?
To begin with, I have proposed a no tax increase budget for 2012. The concern of our bond rating agency is that the Town’s reserves have gone down. Those reserves will be replenished by cutting back on overtime and increasing user fees. Also, in light of the recent North Hempstead court decision, the Town is seeking to recoup funds from the Verizon settlement, which would be used to help build up the Town’s reserves.
After Tropical Storm Irene left many Long Island residents, municipal facilities and even emergency responders without power for days, and some for over a week, New York state senators held a hearing, first, to determine what went wrong in LIPA and National Grid’s storm preparedness plans and, second, to call for a delay in the renewal of the contract between LIPA and National Grid until an independent review can be done to see if Long Island could be better served by a different arrangement.
Readers by now know that LIPA / National Grid is hoping to phase out much of the power plant located along the water in Glenwood and Roslyn Harbor. The site has served as a significant tax base for North Shore Schools and municipalities like the Town of North Hempstead, where the part of the plant that is closing lies. Currently, the plant accounts for $21 million in revenue to the school district.
The North Shore Board of Education held a meeting to address community concern over the proposed withdrawal and to answer questions about how it could impact people’s taxes. On Thursday, Sept. 8, the board hosted a talk with residents in the high school theater.
There are some major development projects in the City of Glen Cove that are either under way or under review by the city government. The city administration has also been creating new ordinances and departments. What is the process for major decisions within the city - whether building projects or the creation of new ordinances and city charter amendments? What are the key boards or groups within the city who help make the decisions and how are they populated in order to represent voters’ interests? Is the overall process a good one / have the results been positive?
Despite the dreary weather and sprinkling rain, the Glen Cove community gathered in Morgan Park Sunday evening to remember the tragic events that took place 10 years ago, how the community came together and responded to those events, and to honor the victims with a candle lighting ceremony.
Hosted by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and the City of Glen Cove, the program began with a procession of first responders, accompanied by bagpiper Robert Lynch, followed by prayers, reflections, a poem, and a special dedication of roads. Clement Street was dedicated to Edward J. Lehman, Doxey Drive to Matthew T. McDermott, Laurel Avenue to John F. Puckett and Nassau Avenue to Joseph J. Zuccala.
The service began with a greeting from Phil Como who then turned to Father Bob Romeo for an opening prayer. Heads bowed as he told the group to not only pray for those who perished, and those who tried to save them, but for all the daughters and sons who no longer have fathers and mothers because of the horrific event.
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