‘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.
Declaring that by 2013, the county’s finances will be “back on track,” a confident Edward P. Mangano announced $23 million in new budget cuts in anticipation of the 2011 fiscal year.
The announcement was made at a press conference in Mineola last Thursday. The county executive was joined by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Majority Leader Peter J. Schmitt, as all three stood under a banner worded with an anti-big government quotation from Republican Party icon Ronald Reagan. The county executive touted the achievements of his first year, including the elimination of a home energy tax and achieving a small budget surplus. Most of all, he claimed that the new round of budget reductions would help keep the county budget balanced throughout the 2011 fiscal year even in the face of funding mandates from Albany.
Glen Cove Police took one more alleged drug dealer out of the game recently, busting a Brookville man on video during a cocaine deal with an undercover agent.
Glen Cove Lt. Thomas Fitzpatrick told the press that Detective Chris Grella had received information that 35-year-old Francisco Baruelos, a staff member at Tam O’Shanter Country Club in Brookville, was allegedly selling drugs in the North Shore area.
The Gribbin Elementary School gymnasium was filled with proud families and community members Monday night as the top 20 high school students for the class of 2011 were given special recognition by the Board of Education at the public meeting.
All of the students present were given a certificate of commendation recognizing their outstanding academic achievement and had the opportunity to be congratulated by each member of the board after high school principal Dr. Joseph Hinton announced the name of each individual. Trustee Frank Bouza was absent from the meeting.
The Glen Cove boys basketball team, who missed the playoffs by one win last season with an 8-8 record, are looking to improve upon that record and make the playoffs this year. However they have a difficult task ahead of them, as they moved up a league this year and are now competing against larger schools. “We’re going to need to play solid defense in order to contend,” Coach Peter Falen told the Record Pilot.
The Long Island Youth Safety Coalition, in association with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, held its first Internet Safety and Bullying Prevention Conference on Dec. 2 at Hofstra University. Several educators from the county’s school districts and other community organizations attended the event which focused on addressing both bullying that happens in schools and online. Registration for the conference was so popular that it was eventually capped to 320, with a waitlist that exceeded 100.
On Tuesday, Dec. 14, voters in the Glenwood-Glen Head Garbage District can cast a ballot for Garbage Commissioner at Glenwood Landing School on Cody Avenue from 6-9 p.m.
Angelo T. Stanco is running un-opposed for re-election to the position of Garbage Commissioner. He submitted the following information:
On Sept. 24, the Glen Cove HS Class of 1960 celebrated their 50th reunion with a gala dinner dance at San Souci in Sea Cliff. Over 120 graduates and guests danced to the “Oldies but Goodies” music of the “Acchords.” It was a weekend of celebrating that took those attending from San Souci on Friday, to the Soundview on Saturday for lunch, to Walls Wharf for dinner and finally to the Huntington Hilton for breakfast. All of the events were eagerly attended and a good time was had by all.
It’s that wonderful time of year again as downtown Glen Cove puts on its holiday spirit. Kick off the season at the Village Square on Saturday, Nov. 27 as the Glen Cove Business Improvement District gets ready for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, featuring this year’s gift of a tree from the family of Eugene and Liz Merkel, and their son William. The fun begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and lasts till 5:30 p.m., when the tree is officially lit. It is rumored Santa will appear to listen to the secret wishes of children and sit for a photo. There will be a horse and carriage ride, and live music will be playing for any and all to sing along to.
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