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Letter: How Now, Howard?

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

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.


Letter: Shameful Diss on Miss America

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

 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.  


Letter: Glen Cove Deserves Thriving Downtown

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

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.   


Letter: This Must Not Happen To Glen Cove

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

“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. 


Letter: Why Glen Cove Matters

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

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.


Letter: No Pasta Fundraiser This Year

Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

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.


Letter: Clarifying Hospital Changes

Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

As almost everyone is aware, there are major changes underway in the way health care is delivered and financed. The scope of this transformation is national, regional and local. No entity, hospital or healthcare organization can avoid the impact of these developments, whether we like them or not. Without the need for elaboration, this is the relevant context of our ongoing discussions about the current circumstance and future plans for Glen Cove Hospital. The following is intended to provide further clarity with regard to Glen Cove and builds on our previous discussions. I have divided the following into two components: A). a general contextual overview, and B). a description of how Glen Cove Hospital will continue to serve the needs of the community.


Letter: Rally Proud Of The Community

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Once again, Glen Cove’s mayor has demonstrated a proclivity to put partisan politics ahead of community interests. In fact, despite the mayor’s “go-it-alone” manner and his refusal to include other city officials, including Councilman Tony Gallo and me, in discussions with hospital officials, I nevertheless managed to receive a full, detailed description of the hospital’s plan to continue servicing Glen Cove’s health care needs in a fiscally responsible way. I had asked them to addresses a variety of concerns I had received from members of the community. A copy of the letter sent to me by Michael Dowling, President and CEO of North Shore-LIJ, can be read in its entirety at 


Letter: Save The Hospital

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Add my voice, and that of my 91-year-old mom, to the growing chorus of opposition to the proposed gutting of Glen Cove Hospital.


I was born there. My dad died there. My mom has received post-stroke care---twice---in its ER, ICU, and rehab facility. Many years ago, as a young housewife, she and other women went door-to-door to collect money to help get this hospital started.


Letter: Save Our Hospital?

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

It is naive to believe we can retain Glen Cove Hospital as we have known it. The politicians know this. Accordingly, I won’t be signing any petitions or attending rallies. The economic models that allowed us to have the best healthcare services in the world are no longer viable under government controlled Obamacare. The healthcare corporations and insurance companies have been, and will continue to adapt as the changes mandated by Obamacare are implemented over the next several years. Streamlining, consolidation, and relocation of services are necessary options so that quality of healthcare can be maintained. 


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