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Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi Receives NYCOM Award

The New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) recently announced the winners of the 23rd Annual Local Government Achievement Awards. Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and the City of Glen Cove were selected as the First Place Winner in the area of Public Management and Administration for Glen Cove’s new Visual Simulation Legislation.

Mayor Suozzi received this prestigious award on behalf of the City for his work in developing a Visual Simulation Ordinance, which was passed by the City Council in December 2009, making Glen Cove one of the first municipalities in the nation to require “visual simulations” or 3D digital animations for proposed large scale developments in order to enable viewers to literally see how these projects would impact the community.

In commenting on the award, NYCOM President Samuel Teresi, Mayor of the City of Jamestown, stated “The City of Glen Cove is to be commended for this excellent project. This award recognizes that local officials are working diligently to improve their community’s quality of life in efficient and innovative ways. Mayor Suozzi is to be congratulated for a job well done.”

Winners of the Local Government Achievement Awards were cities and villages who successfully implemented innovative projects that improved their community’s quality of life and which could likely be replicated by other municipalities. Nominations were judged based upon very selective criteria, and award-winning projects, such as Glen Cove’s Visual Simulation Ordinance, competed against the best projects and programs throughout the state.

Mayor Suozzi said, “I was pleased to nominate Glen Cove’s Visual Simulation Ordinance for this prestigious award and I am proud that our legislation has been recognized by the New York Conference of Mayors for its ability to provide for a more responsible, predictable and transparent planning process for our community. Our Visual Simulation Ordinance utilizes the best of modern technology to ensure that our community has all of the tools necessary to make predictable, fair and cost effective development decisions.”