Politics is a balancing game in this Democracy. Terrance Kelly of East Norwich, a candidate for a seat on the Oyster Bay Town Board got the news on Thursday, Aug. 18, that his name would not be on the Nov. 8 ballot on the Independence Party line – although he is a member of that group himself. His name will however be on the Democratic line.
Rick Bellando, the head of the Independence Party in Nassau County said, “I’m sorry to see Terrance Kelly off the Independent line. He is definitely a strong candidate. He has a great future ahead of him. I heard many people in Oyster Bay Town are very fond of him.
The Glen Cove area has a unique relationship to that day, being connected to the city by a ferry. The community came together here, with many going far and beyond to help wherever help could be offered. Because of this, Glen Cove is organizing a memorial event on the evening of Sept. 11, 2011 at Morgan Park.
(Originally Published Sept. 13, 2001)Glen Cove tackled the unbelievable events of Sept. 11 quickly and professionally. One of the main objectives for rescue personnel in Manhattan was to transport survivors out of the immediate area and Fox Navigation made good on a promise made to Glen Cove two years ago-that is to assist the city in handling major catastrophes. Two vessels were immediately put into use for survivor evacuation from the Fox Navigation terminal at South Ferry to the terminal on Garvies Point Road in Glen Cove. After a 40 minute run from Manhattan, evacuees were met at the ferry-terminal-turned-command center by Glen Cove EMS personnel, Glen Cove Police, Locust Valley and Bayville fire department ambulance teams, county EMS squads, code enforcers, Mayor Thomas Suozzi, city agency personnel and city council members. Everyone had a job to do-whether it was administering first aid, driving a bus taking passengers to city hall phone banks, coordinating taxi service or offering a kind word.
Money. It isn’t everything, but it sure seems like it is.
This year, Anton Community Newspapers has asked our readers for input about what they would like to learn from candidates as we head into Election Day. The primary responses from readers all had to do with money - development, jobs and taxes.
Question: Nassau County is currently being sued by 41 school districts claiming to be negatively affected by the County Executive and Legislature’s majority caucus’ decision to remove the county’s “guarantee” on tax certs. If you were already a member of the Legislature when this came before that body, would you have voted for or against the idea? How do you answer schools, towns and villages who complain that local taxes must now go up in order to pay to refund assessment mistakes that take place at the county level? Do you consider this a true savings to the taxpayers in the 18th LD?
Answer: The elimination of the Nassau County Guarantee ends inequity in tax certiorari refunds; that is, the Glen Cove City School District will no longer be the only school district in Nassau County to have its residents subsidize the refunds of others without receiving reciprocal recompense.
Nassau County residents were split on County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s voted-down referendum on the borrowing of $400 million to try to keep the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum and revitalize the “Hub” area.
If the referendum passed, the next step would have been for the Legislature to vote on the proposal. This topic, therefore, is a good way to gauge which candidate represents your viewpoint as they vie for the 18th Legislative District - which includes Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Bayville, Locust Valley, Brookville, Glen Head, Greenvale and Jericho - Robert Germino (R) and Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D).
“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
The director of John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck was semi-reluctant to get into the paper. Stephen Morrell explained that while the beautiful four-acre garden does need patrons, what makes it special is the very private experience they have there. Trying to even find the garden off the road, one could easily pass right by the nondescript wood fence and never know the inspiring beauty waiting quietly on the other side.
”We’ve waited so long to be legally married in New York State, we just wanted to be the first ones out of the gate,” stated Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews, who married his partner of nine years, Jim Stevenson-Mathews, at a service held at the City of Glen Cove Clerk’s office early Sunday morning, July 24, the first day that gay and lesbian couples could legally marry in New York state.
State lawmakers voted on Friday, June 24, 2011 to legalize same-sex marriage, with the law taking effect thirty days later. Commenting on the legislation State Assemblyman Chuck Lavine stated, "All New Yorkers are proud that our state finally recognizes this major step towards human rights."
This decision makes New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples are legally able to marry.
According to Gaitley, the couple approached the mayor several weeks ago, asking if it might be possible for the Glen Cove City Clerk’s office to open on Sunday, so they could marry on the first day the law would go into effect. Several other municipalities around the state opened on Sunday, including all of the boroughs of New York City; however, Gaitley explained to the mayor that they would like to be married in their home city of Glen Cove. The mayor replied, “I’ll do one better, let’s start the service at midnight on the evening of July 23.
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