The Glen Cove Board of Education held a business meeting at Connolly Elementary School Monday night. The meeting opened with a presentation from the accounting firm Nawrocki Smith LLP to discuss the independent auditors’ report on financial statements and supplemental information for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.
Michael Nawrocki said that only about 50 percent of school districts tend to make the deadline for submitting the report so meeting that deadline reflects positively on Glen Cove. The financial highlights included a 1.2 percent increase in revenues and a 3.0 percent increase in expenditures, resulting in a decrease in net assets of $3,155,713.00. He said the District’s General Fund reflected an excess of revenues and other sources over expenditures of $1,133,429. The District continued to offer all programs, without reducing services, while maintaining adequate fund balances. Taxpayers can contact the administration for details on the report.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined Mayor Ralph Suozzi this week at the Gladsky Marine Site, the site along the north side of Glen Cove’s Waterfront, to announce that the remediation of the Gladsky Marine Site has been completed.
The Gladsky Marine Site, located on the south side of Garvies Point Road, underwent cleanup efforts that commenced in the spring of 2010 with grants from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Restoration Program and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, which included funding from Nassau County’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund, Mangano’s office stated.
In a column earlier this year, I noted that the federal government announced concerns that fluoride levels in various parts of the country are too high. The determination is based on studies that show adding fluoride to drinking water provides little or no benefit to dental health and can, in fact, lead to adverse health conditions.
As we approach the new year and start thinking about resolutions and life goals, try this one: still be skiing when you are 93 years old. In Memoirs of a Geriatric Ski Bum, we learn that this is the goal of author Stanley Hirsch of Sea Cliff. And at the time of the new book’s printing, he was just 9 years away.
In the prologue of this memoir about a love affair with skiing, Hirsch tells his readers that, having found a passion for skiing at age 45, he felt the need to make up for lost time and has been on the slopes 1,500 days since then.
Three Nassau County Legislative Districts are up for recount this week, including the 18th LD, which encompasses the close City of Glen Cove election, where incumbent Democrat Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Republican challenger Paul Meli came within just 117 votes of one another - before absentee ballots were counted - and the race for council seats was even closer.
County Legislature candidates Republican Robert Germino and Democrat Delia DeRiggi-Whitton were within 37 votes of each other after election night, creating one of two close LD races that could tip the balance of power in the currently Republican controlled Legislature if Democrats end up winning both the 18th and 14th districts.
Before the meeting officially began, two representatives of the PTA presented the board members with gift bags for their dedicated service to the school community They said that they appreciate the varying perspectives and the time, energy and enthusiasm the board members bring to the job and that all of their efforts are to be commended.
After going so far as initiating a lawsuit last year to avoid a takeover of Nassau County finances by the fiscal watchdog NIFA, County Executive Edward P. Mangano is now submitting a multi-year financial plan to that group seeking four more years of the “control period” that gives it authority over Nassau’s books.
Included in the plan is Mangano’s $2.6 billion budget for 2012 - approved by the Republican majority in the Legislature on Oct. 30 and currently sitting with NIFA for approval - which has left some glaring questions that many hope will be answered now that Election Day is over. These include, an announcement on which two Nassau County Police precincts will be closed, what the future of Long Island Bus will be, and whether $150 million in labor savings will come from union “concessions” or in the form of a massive decimation of the county workforce.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Glen Cove Beautification Commission hosted the annual Inter-Coastal Beach Cleanup. The weather was windy, the air was brisk but the sun was brightly shining as Beautification members, including guest volunteer Kendra Sawyer, turned out to pick up, bag and record all sorts of litter along the coast of Pryibil Beach. From food wrappings, plastic bottles, tobacco products to packing pellets, these dedicated Glen Covers worked hard to beautify the coast of one of their favorite beaches, collecting 60 lbs of trash.
Election Day 2011 revealed an extremely divided votership around much of Nassau County, with the Glen Cove area being no exception. At the time of this printing, the race between Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and Robert Germino for the 18th Legislative District was within a few votes (6,040 to 6,003 in Germino’s favor) and the Board of Elections was moving into hundreds of absentee ballots to get an accurate count. The mayoral race between Ralph V. Suozzi and Paul Meli was also close (2,915 to 2,798 in Suozzi’s favor), with political party representatives assuring that the Board of Elections had impounded voting machines to look at affidavits and absentees before confirming an official winner.
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