Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00
With the news of Glen Cove Hospital downsizing being forefront on most residents’ minds, learning about the lawsuit the city filed against the hospital has undoubtedly raised a lot of questions, one that was answered at the city council meeting held on Aug. 27 in the main chambers of Glen Cove City Hall. Though there were 21 items on the agenda, a fair amount of time was spent on this topic.
The city is suing the hospital over elevated “levels of freon found in the water well,” Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi explained, when resident Pasquale Cervasio raised the question.
“We hired an engineering firm and conducted a study...we did identify the lawsuit as a source...a lawsuit is the farthest action we could take in a non-adversarial way,” Suozzi said. He went on to explain that the city monitors the water every week, and the well had to be shut down.
“If we don’t go after the source of the polluter, the taxpayers pay,” Suozzi said. “We are protecting human health and safety.”
City attorney Vinny Taranto further clarified that the discovery of the contamination began in the spring of 2010, and the attorney was retained in July 2010. He also said the law firm “doesn’t cost the city a penny unless they are successful.”
“Residents are not drinking freon today because the well is shut down,” Suozzi said.
A resolution passed by the council to accept $2,164,000 in federal funding and state “Marchiselli” program-aid eligible costs for the reconstruction of Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road.
Suozzi noted that six resolutions have already passed for the implementation of this phase of the project, which involves adding sidewalks and easements to make the road leading down to the waterfront more pedestrian friendly.
Resident and City Council Candidate Kristina Heuser pressed the mayor for a “commitment” to putting the agenda online the day after the pre-council meetings. This issue had also been brought up by Paul Meli, Republican Committee Chair, and has been addressed at previous meetings. Though Suozzi noted that the final agenda often changes right up until the last minute, he has “no problem” with it being posted as soon as is reasonably possible.
It is an election year, and the council passed three resolutions allowing various political committees to erect a total of 120 lawn signs around town. Though the resolutions passed unanimously, Councilmen Reggie Spinello, Tony Jimenez and Michael Famiglietti noted that the number of signs allowed is too high.
“In the future, we should look to curtail the number of signs put in place,” said Councilman Jimenez.
For the complete list of resolutions passed, visit www.glencove-li.us.