With great excitement, Regina Gil, president and founder of the Great Neck Arts Center, announces the launch of the first annual Gold Coast International Film Festival, scheduled for June 1 through June 5. The film festival, co-hosted by the Town of North Hempstead, will actually take place on Long Island’s famed “Gold Coast” of Great Neck, Manhasset, Roslyn, Herricks and Port Washington. Anton Community Newspapers will be publishing the festival’s official program.
Lt. Thomas Fitzpatrick of the GCPD provided the details of a recent bust in Glen Cove.
The GCPD report: “At about 11 p.m. on April18, Officer Kristen Ferrante stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on Elm Ave. in Glen Cove.
“Driver John Sylvio (24) of Suffolk County and passenger Jolivia Monrose (22) of Brooklyn were in a 2005 grey Nissan Altima with a PA registration. While speaking to the driver, Officer Ferrante detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded two pocket size card “skimming” devices and a larger, card “coding” device. Upon manipulation of the glove box, a loaded .22 cal. revolver was located behind the box. Also, $3,500 in cash was found in a car door pocket and marijuana was recovered.
“We are back,” he announced. “After a decade of higher taxes, lavish spending and little reform, Nassau is now on the road to recovery because of the tough decisions made to take on the status quo.”
After months of discussions and public workshops examining every item in the Glen Cove School District budget, the Glen Cove Board of Education voted 6-1 to adopt a $72,052,501 budget for the upcoming school year - a reduction of over $400,000 from the proposed budget last week, which included cutting over 11 teaching positions. Trustee David Huggins opposed the budget, stating that he felt more cuts should still be made.
After all the protests and disagreements, after all the proposals and changes, New York State has an on-time budget for the first time in 15 years and only the third on-time budget in 28 years.
New York State passed its $132.5 billion budget on March 31 around 1 a.m., just in time for the April 1 deadline. Overall spending will be cut $3.5 billion (2 percent) from the current year and closes a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes.
Students, parents, faculty and concerned community members filled the Robert M. Finley Middle School library at the final budget workshop in a series of meetings that have occurred over the past month, as the deadline for adoption of the budget looms closer. The Glen Cove Board of Education is slated to adopt a budget for the next school year on April 11. All trustees were present for the meeting.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Arlene O’Dell, executive director of the Glen Cove Youth Bureau, was given special recognition and presented with a citation from the city at the March 22 Glen Cove City Council meeting in City Hall.
“Thank you for the youth and families you serve,” said Mayor Suozzi.
The Civil Service Employees Association held a “silent protest” during the meeting. A number of union employees complained that the union and the city have failed to agree on a contract, holding signs reading “Show Some Respect” while standing in the back of the room during the meeting.
On Jan. 26 of this year, NIFA declared a control period in Nassau, assuming direct authority over the county’s budget. After that declaration, County Executive Edward P. Mangano led a legal effort to fight the takeover, which resulted in a court-ordered stay of the takeover until a 29-page legal decision from New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Diamond allowed the control period, and the county subsequently announced this week that it was dropping any further action. As a result of that decision, Mangano was forced to submit a new budget that eliminated what NIFA found to be a $176 million deficit. In order to do this without raising taxes, the county executive submitted plans to NIFA on March 22 that included major layoffs, cuts in services and pay furloughs. On March 18, the county executive requested a “wage freeze” or suspension of any pay increases to county employees. This required NIFA’s consent and would save over $10 million.
The season for budget discussions is upon us and these talks are well under way in Glen Cove schools. A large number of parents, students, faculty and community members came to show support at the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting held Monday night at Robert M. Finley Middle School in response to a list sent out to parents of potential items that could be cut from next year’s budget. Vice President Gail Nedbor-Gross was absent from the meeting.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a retired dispatcher for the Glen Cove Fire Department has been sentenced to one to three years in jail for stealing more than $196,000 over a six-year period from the department’s general fund, which he controlled for 20 years, by writing himself hundreds of checks and forging the department’s treasurer’s signature on more than 100 of them.
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