The City of Glen Cove held a public hearing at Tuesday night’s city council meeting (which remains open) regarding the creation of a permit allowing non-residents to use the municipal golf course. The intent is to create revenue for the city. Turn to Page 3 to read the story.
Politics is always in season around here. Now, more than ever, with so many big issues on the table and so much in motion, voting on Election Day is just a brief break between elections. This November, there are several big decisions for voters.
The county legislator for this area (the presiding officer of the legislature is trying to redraw districts) will be an open position on the November ballot. Democratic leader Diane Yatauro has announced she will not run for reelection. The 18th Legislative District where she has served as presiding officer and minority leader incorporates our readership of Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Glen Head, Locust Valley and Old Braookville.
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.
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