It’s time for a reality check on Karin Barnaby’s on-line campaign to “Save the Glenwood Power Plant” demanding that “full consideration” be given to ways that the building can be re-used. Ms. Barnaby ignores the fact that full consideration to saving the power plant has already been given, the report has been written and published and various alternatives to demolition have been considered. The conversion of the building to a modern multipurpose facility will cost about $100,000,000.
So, unless there is someone out there with a spare $100 million and feels this would be an attractive business proposition, it isn’t going to happen. People should go back to doing something productive like looking for $10 million to take out of the school budget; if they don’t want their taxes to go through the roof.
After reading Councilman Spinello’s letter regarding the Glen Cove Mansion and all of the misinformation contained in it, I find it necessary to respond. It is hard to believe that Mr. Spinello was at the same meeting as the rest of us, considering the nonsense he puts forth in his letter.
As the head of the company that manages the Glen Cove Mansion, I can assure you and the residents of the City of Glen Cove, that the action taken by Mayor Suozzi and Councilmen Tenke, DiLeo and Famiglietti, absolutely did save the mansion.
Having heard anxious concerns from friends and colleagues, I would like to summarize several ways in which re-configuring Glen Cove Hospital from a full-service facility to an ambulatory care center will adversely affect our community.
With respect to full disclosure, in addition to being a resident of Glen Cove for 20-plus years, I am a physician on staff at NS-LIJ at Glen Cove, and a candidate for City Council this November on Mayor Suozzi’s slate.
Under the mismanagement of the Suozzi administration, our municipal golf course has lost $500,000 over the past three years. Early estimates for the fiscal year ending 2013 have losses projected as high as $200,000. For the past five years the golf course has run at a significant deficit. Once a revenue- positive operation, this jewel by the Sound requires a fresh set of eyes and a new management team to return it to profitability. To best accomplish this goal, I will request input from the golf commission and members of the women and men’s club in analyzing the failed history of expenses exceeding revenue.
Don’t be fooled by recent reports which proclaimed that the Pratt Mansion was saved by a vote at the last City Council meeting. It was a sad day for Glen Cove when the City Council voted 4-3 in favor of a rezoning plan that will allow for the development of 40 residential units on the mansion property. Disguised as “preservation zoning” that would ensure the structure that once housed members of the Pratt family would remain intact, it does in fact create an easier path for the mansion’s destruction.
As a 20-plus year resident of Oyster Bay, I’ve seen many things change for the better in our town and few things that took us backward. It’s rare that residents have a chance to vote directly on important issues like preserving our suburban quality of life...with one single yes vote. Oyster Bay Town residents have this opportunity on Tuesday, August 20, when they vote yes to approve the Town’s land sale. There’s so much at stake and it’s time for us to show we really care about our quality of life by voting yes and being heard, loud and clear.
Many of you may have heard North Shore LIJ Health System plans to close all but the Emergency Room and Ambulatory Services at Glen Cove Hospital in 2014. It is impractical to have an Emergency Room without a place to admit patients if they need to stay overnight. We believe North Shore-LIJ’s ultimate plan is to close all of Glen Cove Hospital but their management knows the community will strongly react if they proposed that initially.
When I received the news that Efraim Spagnoletti had accepted to run for the seat of City Council during the upcoming election, I felt an overwhelming joy that a man of his intelligence and integrity would take on the arduous task of campaigning in a tightly held city management, and the hope that Glen Cove voters would give to a man of his caliber a chance to put his experience to the service of our precious seaside city.
Nassau County Independence Party Chairman Rick Bellando announced his party’s endorsement of Reginald Spinello for mayor of Glen Cove and his slate of city council candidates in this year’s upcoming election.
Said Chairman Bellando, “Reggie Spinello was our party’s first elected official during the 2011 election. He is a proven leader with the skills needed to solve Glen Cove’s fiscal crisis.
“I have guaranteed him and his team 100 percent of our support during this year’s campaign. I am proud of his accomplishments as a councilman and look forward to him taking over the leadership of the city of Glen Cove in this November elections.”
Since February, I have pitched the idea of saving and repurposing the Glenwood Landing (GWL) power plant as a viable, commercial, tax-paying enterprise to all local, town, county, state and federal politicians, to all area mayors, to LIPA and National Grid, in letters, emails, statements and in letters to the newspapers.
• The GWL plant is a historically and architecturally unique building on Long Island. Such plants were designed as civic monuments with the best architectural features of their day, to show that they would be there for the long term to provide a reliable source of electricity. According to architectural historian, Richard Gachot, the GWL plant is a “very important vestige of early 20th century industrial architecture, a symbol of power harnessed for mass consumption.”
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