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.”
With the exterior renovation of the Justice Court Building completed, the North Shore Historical Museum has begun restoration of the interior of this historic landmark building, the museum’s future home.
As part of its restoration the museum plans to restore the Court House courtroom to its original 1907 look. This will include a full cathedral ceiling with Tudor detailing, exposed trusses, four wagon wheel chandeliers and the original number of windows for daylight.
On the evening on Dec. 13, the Village of Sea Cliff’s Board of Trustees assembled for a regular meeting in Village Hall. The meeting started out with Mayor Bruce Kennedy wishing everyone a happy holiday and new year.
The mayor also praised members of the Sea Cliff Beautification Committee for its wonderful job decorating streetlights with wreaths, saying the village looks “much better as a result of their efforts.”
Trustee Carol Vogt spoke about the Mutual Concerns Holiday House Tour, saying it was a huge success. She also announced that the Sea Cliff Village Museum was in the process of starting a “then and now” exhibit and said that the museum would appreciate any donation of old household items.
‘You can’t cap what you can’t control,’ was the mantra of a delegation of mayors from across New York State, who recently descended upon Garden City’s Village Hall to discuss recommendations of New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) Mayors’ Task Force on Mandate and Property Tax Relief.
Earlier this year, NYCOM formed a working task force of 20 mayors to come up with a set of mandate relief proposals that they say must be adopted by the state legislature prior to considering any form of a property tax cap. During a press conference, Sam Teresi, NYCOM president and mayor of the city of Jamestown, NY, explained that the task force’s recommendations focus on first reforming the cost drivers that lead to high property taxes in New York, in particular the many mandates on local governments pertaining to collective bargaining and managing workforce costs.
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