Thursday, 04 April 2013 00:00
As a first step towards a solution to the loss of the tax base as it relates to the decommissioning of the LIPA plant, the North Shore School District will receive an allocation of $2,500,000 from the state to be used in the first year that the reduced tax assessments are felt by the tax payers.
Both the State Senate and the Assembly have appropriated money in this year’s state budget to help cushion the tax impact. The Senate, led by Senator Carl Marcellino, has ensured that there will be $2,000,000 in this year’s budget and the Assembly, led by Assemblyman Charles Lavine, has ensured there will be $500,000. The appropriations were made on March 24, and the bills became official on Wednesday, March 27.
President Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi said, “Senator Marcellino has been a champion on behalf of this community and his efforts are to be commended.”
The North Shore Board of Education’s leadership on this issue for the past year and a half has been essential to this decision.
Genovesi said, “We will continue to pressure our representatives and consider every option available to the school district to seek a long term solution regarding the ramp-down of the LIPA power facility with the help of the entire community.”
In March, Genovesi, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, Sea Cliff Trustee and Legislative Action Committee (LAC) Chairperson Thomas Murphy, Gold Coast Library Trustee Miles Sibell, School Board Trustee Thomas Knierim, and LAC Liaison Igor Webb visited officials in Albany to discuss the ramifications and the need for a state solution for the loss of taxes from the decommissioning of the Glenwood Landing LIPA plant.