Thank you for responding to our invitation to join us at the Senior Center Conversation and Discussion group last Friday. During our conversations, topics came up for which we have no answers. Yes, we read about them in the local newspapers, or hear things by word of mouth, but they do not give us the information we are looking for.
Although you are very busy, you took the time to be there for us. Of course one of the topics which usually comes up each week lately is the Glen Cove Hospital. You discussed this in great depth and helped us to understand the situation better. Not that our frustration was completely taken away, but we do understand it better. That also goes for the topic of the movie theater in Glen Cove, which has raised many questions such as, why is it taking so long for it to reopen?
It is devastating news for all of us that there will be downsizing at Glen Cove Hospital, but those who are blaming this downsizing on the lawsuit filed by our city that alleges the dumping of Freon by the hospital, are misinformed and incorrect with their accusations.
There is absolutely no correlation between the litigation claiming contamination of the Seaman Road well and the service changes at Glen Cove Hospital.
Is threatening a lawsuit the new way of responding to a legitimate issue? We have two examples of such threats in response to questions to which on their face seem to have merit.
The Nassau County Comptroller, Mr. Maragos, apparently successfully placed $88 million of 2012 debt into the 2013 ledger so he could show a surplus for 2012. Mr. Howard Weitzman has pointed out that this is a questionable accounting practice and Mr. Maragos’s answer was to threaten to sue Mr. Weitzman.
Two months ago the vote to sell the property known as Pascucci Soccer Field was tabled. At this time it appears the deal is dead and the proposed buyer has moved on.
Before closing the file I reviewed Exhibit A of the contract (The Property) which lists all of parcels 1091, 1092 and 1093 and a portion of Parcel 611 which are shown as “Subject Site” on the map which is commonly known as the Soccer Field Property off Glen Street.
I have read Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’ County Financial Report Card and also his challenger’s response. There are a few things I find troubling. Mr. Weitzman, the former comptroller who was defeated by Mr. Maragos four years ago, states that the Nassau Interim Finance Authority has “impose[d] tough oversight on the county’s finances.” To my knowledge, the county has been under NIFA’s scrutiny since its inception in 2000, long before Mr. Maragos took office and during the time of his predecessor’s two terms. I also read that in November 2012, NIFA approved the county’s 2013-2016 multi-year financial plan (subject to certain conditions). I would say that NIFA’s scrutiny acknowledges a stable fiscal state at worst. Add to that the fact that on Mr. Maragos’ watch, he and County Executive Ed Mangano have been able to not raise property taxes at all. They must be keeping a close eye on taxpayers’ money and reducing expenses.
As a Member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am deeply troubled by the outrageous remarks aimed at the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant and a fellow New Yorker, Nina Davuluri. Ms. Davuluri embodies the American dream—the daughter of immigrants who graduated from a prestigious university and plans to pursue a medical degree. She is American in the truest sense, and the fact that this would be questioned is despicable.
Throughout Long Island, many communities are actively working to restore their downtowns. The goal of this revitalization is to improve the livability and quality of life in the community by expanding and attracting employment, shopping and social activities.
Revitalization improves the image of the downtown, offers residents a real sense of place, encourages historic preservation and provides more retail options, services and employment opportunities. This in turn will serve to prevent blight and abandonment, increase safety in our community, grow our tax base and help our community become more financially stable. Revitalization is a long-term plan of action that would tap into tourism, refine and expand our cultural base and promote the downtown as a destination location.
“Too many hospitals across the New York area (13 in recent years) and the nation have closed because of a failure to anticipate, adapt and evolve. This must not happen to Glen Cove.”
This is a direct quote from a letter, dated August 30, 2013, sent by Michael I. Dowling, the head of North Shore-LIJ, to Councilman Reggie Spinello. Dowling’s letter then goes on in detail to describe exactly how Glen Cove Hospital will evolve and why it will be saved for the community.
If you ride into Locust Valley, you might be surprised to see a “Reggie Spinello for Mayor” sign sitting on the corner of Forest Avenue and Weir Lane. And you might think that to be odd at first blush, wondering why anyone who doesn’t live in Glen Cove would care about its politics. Well, perhaps it’s not so odd after all.
To all of our many supporters over the past five years who have given so generously of their time and their money to help with our mission of assisting our injured troops and their families, we cannot thank you enough. Because of your support, the Locust Valley Firev Dept. Operation Wounded Warrior has raised a total of just over $150,000 altogether over the past five years. This has in turn both helped to ease the burdens of and bring smiles to hundreds of injured veterans and their families, locally and afar.
However, due to circumstances out of our control, we the committee, regret to inform you that we are unable to hold our annual pasta dinner fundraiser this year.
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