On Jan. 20, the North Shore Board of Education held a Town Meeting where Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick presented the Initial 2011-12 Budget Proposal. In his overview, Dr. Melnick began his presentation by stating, “$2 million was eliminated in this proposal after initial internal budget meetings with the administration, principals and department heads.” He reiterated, “This budget proposal maintains the quality and scope of North Shore’s array of programs (including academics, class size, and athletics/extracurricular activities) and adds no new programs.”
Emotions ran high in the main chambers of Glen Cove City Hall last Tuesday, where several parties voiced their opinions on the recent passage of a resolution regarding health care coverage for city employees, including the city council and city attorney. After calling for a freeze in health benefits for city council members in a press release and urging the citizens of Glen Cove to voice their opinions at the public meeting, Republican Committee Chairman Paul Meli addressed the issue to the council during the public discussion period.
On the evening of Jan. 10, the Village of Sea Cliff Board of Trustees assembled for its monthly meeting. Mayor Bruce Kennedy started by asking for a moment of silence for the victims of the recent shootings in Arizona. He then thanked the Department of Public Works for its superior job in helping keep the village’s streets safe during recent snow storms.
Mayor Kennedy also provided an update on village projects. Construction on the roof of the village hall will start once the weather lightens up and should take about three months to finish.
Landing Elementary School played host to the Glen Cove Board of Education Meeting on Monday night, where academic achievements were honored, community mentors were recognized and the board of education was given a special nod of appreciation for all the hard work its members do. Trustees Joel Sunshine and Richard Maccarone were absent from the meeting.
The Glen Cove School District recognized AP scholars at the meeting, as each of the 29 students were called forth by Glen Cove High School Vice Principal Sheryl Goodine to accept a certificate of achievement. Since many students had already returned to their college campuses, several parents stepped in to accept the awards.
The City of Glen Cove held the 27th Annual Commemorative Program in honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, beginning with a march down Forest Avenue and ending at Finley Middle School’s Wunsch Auditorium. Local government officials, school board members, pastors and residents joined together to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. King.
In their second meeting of the season in front of a standing room only crowd at the Glen Cove High School Gymnasium, Glen Cove defeated North Shore High School 62-50 on Friday, Jan. 14. Glen Cove is now 3-2 in league play and 5-4 overall. North Shore is 0-5 in league and 0-10 overall.
Students, alumni, and parents from both schools, Gold Coast area rivals, filed into the gymnasium to bear witness to this Friday night match-up. Players from the North Shore athletic teams showed up to show their support for their school, donning their school colors and uniforms, as did several teachers as well.
The Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has named Andrew Stafford grand marshal and James Burke and Carol McTigue aides for its 23rd annual march to take place on March 20.
Stafford, the former parade chairman and longtime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, was a unanimous choice by the committee.
“It’s an honor to be picked as grand marshal,” Stafford said. “After running the parade for so long, it will be so nice to be grand marshal.”
In his first address to the New York State Legislature on Wednesday, Jan. 5, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of an Executive Order to create a team of private and public sector individuals charged with finding ways to cut the “unfunded and under-funded mandates that help make New York one of the most taxed states in the nation.”
The “Mandate Relief Redesign Team” (“Team”) will review unfunded and under-funded mandates imposed by the New York State government on school districts, local governments, and other local taxing districts. Such mandates include legal requirements that a local district provide a program, project, or activity on behalf of the state.
Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy and Trustees Carol Vogt and Tom Murphy have announced that they will seek re-election on March 15.
“We have worked together for two years,” said Mayor Kennedy, “have held the line on taxes, have stayed within our budget, and have secured county and state grants for our projects. We’re off to a good start. I’m seeking re-election because this is just a start.”
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