After serving as a councilman for almost 14 years in Glen Cove, I am nearing the end of my service. I have worked with three different mayors and 13 other councilpersons and have great respect for all of them. I tried to do my best to provide good government to all Glen Covers. I found the job to be exciting, thrilling, frightening, challenging and rewarding.
(The following is a copy of a letter sent to Board of Regents member Roger Tilles on Nov. 4)
The Glen Cove Teachers Association supports the New York State Allies for Public Education in their call for the resignation of New York State Education Department Commissioner Dr. John B. King Jr. Commissioner King’s actions during a recent NYS PTA town hall meeting in Poughkeepsie mirrored his established pattern of ignoring the concerns of parents and educators. The cancellation of the future town hall meetings shows a lack of leadership from Commissioner King.
The Dec. 3 vote approving the $19.6 million North Shore infrastructure bond issue was a tremendous victory for our students and our schools. Maintaining facilities in proper repair allows our outstanding teachers and administrators to provide the first rate education that our district is noted for.
As we near the holiday season and thoughts of big meals and family gatherings fill our heads, it’s an apt time to think about those less fortunate. The Mutual Concerns Committee would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who helped make this Thanksgiving a bit brighter for those in need.
Glen Cove After 3 would like to thank the community for all its support over the course of the last six years as well as invite the community to be part of our program. Glen Cove After 3 is looking for volunteers to come and work with our students. We are looking for historians of our wonderful city, as well as individuals with a strong passion for the arts, music, dance and areas of interest you are expert in, including recreational activities. No long-term commitment is necessary and we appreciate the time you will spend with us. In the past we have had professionals come and teach the students in the areas of language, art and world history; our guests are always welcome, well received and their help broadens our youth’s knowledge. If you have any questions please contact Spiro Tsirkas at 516-277-1303. We look forward to meeting you and having you as part of Glen Cove After 3.
Glen Cove After 3 Program Staff
Since you were one of the original and prime sponsors of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hereinafter referred to as “OBAMACARE,” I wrote to you this past August concerning your response to NSUH at Glen Cove announcing its scheduled January, 2014 closure as an in-patient hospital facility As you are fully aware “OBAMACARE” per se was reported by the press at that time to be the major contributing factor that precluded Glen Cove’s NSUH from continuing to afford the same high levels of medical care they have provided in the past. No response from your office. No surprise! I accepted your silence then and now as evidence of your unwillingness to have addressed this issue publicly, to wit, you had no defense then and you have none now.
On Oct. 3, 2013, our family and the City of Glen Cove suffered a tremendous loss, the passing of our dad, Tony Gallo Sr. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother uncle, cousin and friend to many. We were truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, affection and kindness that was extended to our family throughout this time of great sorrow. We always knew that our dad was loved by many, but it wasn’t until his passing until we realized how many lives he truly touched.
Thank you to the residents of Glen Cove for electing me to be your new mayor. I am looking forward to the New Year as our journey begins to rebuild, restore and reshape our great city. Glen Cove is a wonderful community and it’s the care and compassion each of us take in our city that makes it such a unique and special place to live. For those that voted for me I thank you. For those that did not I hope you will allow me the opportunity to gain your trust as I begin my mission of creating a better Glen Cove for all of us.
As the 54th season of Morgan Park Summer Music Festival comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone who donated their time, talent and treasure into making the past summer such a success.
First, we would like to thank the City of Glen Cove, especially Mayor Ralph Suozzi and Parks and Recreation Director Darcy Belyea for all of their assistance in making sure that we had everything we needed for the concerts in Morgan Park.
Your staff is a tribute to your leadership. They were always responsive to our needs and did their best to make sure everything was ready to go on the weekends for the performances.
John Owens’ column “Public School Data: Numbers Beyond Belief” deserves a great big “attaboy” for going to the heart of the problem. Being a math teacher, I would say to the kids, that in statistics, “figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” And when the city presented data that “garbage in results in garbage out,” they are trying to quantify the unquantifiable. In my career I’ve seen some of this, but the use by NYC is mind-blowing.
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