This is a letter in support of the re-election of Judge Richard McCord as Glen Cove City Court Judge. Over the period from 1998 through 2006, I worked for Judge McCord as his law secretary and as the Teen Court coordinator. During that time I observed Judge McCord as he interacted with prosecutors, defense attorneys, plaintiffs and defendants, and courtroom observers.
While often justifiably angered by the crimes committed against innocent victims and citizens of Glen Cove, Judge McCord always focused on the possibility of redemption as well as punishment; his goal was to stop future crimes as well as punish those guilty of present-day offenses. To that end, young offenders would be given sentences that gave them the ability to learn from their mistakes; those older who had made one bad decision would not have their otherwise exemplary lives ruined as a consequence.
I ask all of my friends to re-elect Chuck Lavine to the NYS Assembly.
As a retired school teacher, I appreciate an elected official who makes public education a priority. Chuck works hard to ensure that each child is given an equal opportunity to excel academically.
In response to Grace Slezak’s letter, Glen Cove for Sale. While I agree with of some of her comments, I would like to point something out. As someone who lived in Queens for the first 32 years of my life, I am offended at the repeated comparison of Glen Cove to Queens. Why is it that people in this community continue to reference Queens when they want to want to bring up something negative about Glen Cove? Your fear of Glen Cove becoming too much like Queens really has no basis. Glen Cove can’t hold a candle to areas like Forest Hills, Jamaica Estates, Hollis Hills, Bayside or Kew Gardens! These areas have beautiful homes, great shopping and lots of great restaurants just like we do. They also have great parks and are easily accessible to New York City. They have low taxes and good schools. They do not have the illegal housing problems we have, because they have a variety of legal housing options. Glen Cove has changed a lot in the 14.5 years that I have lived here and I can’t say it has been a change for the better. Although change is not easy, it is necessary to keep this city from the downward slide it has been on for some time now. So, instead of putting down the hometowns of others, let us try to improve our own hometown.
What is happening to my town Glen Cove? Is our nightmare becoming a reality? Our town is sick. It is becoming obese, sliding down a financial cliff. Our leaders in City Hall created a plan, a Master Plan. This plan is so slick and complicated that only a few understand its implication. The key to the master plan is to “supersize” Glen Cove, a creative way to push through a plan that is as confusing as the health care plan. A plan orchestrated by the city council, past and current mayors who don’t hold a stake in our city as the tax paying citizens. A master plan authored to circumvent objections, pre-approved zoning, and generous bonuses for developers. Like a fast food chain making believe that bigger is better. With an increase in services like police, firefighters, city workers and teachers, our already stressed budget will only get worse. Our frail infrastructure being put to the test, our city can barely manage now.
(Police Chief Charles Gennario of the Rockville Centre Police Department, is a member of the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force and submitted this letter on behalf of the Task Force.)
Prescription drug abuse in the nation is at an unparalleled height and it’s having a detrimental impact on our society. Nassau County is no different than the rest of the country and we are seeing ever-increasing abuse in our communities. It is affecting people of all ages, but is having the greatest impact on our youth.
Another business has bitten the dust. Anthony’s Casual Dining, which opened for business in June after more than a year of renovations and public hearings before the zoning board to get the proper parking variances, closed down last month. The restaurant was seemingly a good addition for the neighborhood, as the space, on the corner of Landing Road and Miller, had been vacant for several years. The take-out pizzeria that was supposed to occupy the space next door never even opened. Whether it was not thriving due to location, the economy, or the fact that there are many other restaurants in Glen Cove that serve Italian cuisine is unclear. What is clear is that a new business that seemed to have a lot of potential did not survive longer than the summer season. Let’s hope that someone takes advantage of the newly renovated space and comes in with a business that lasts.
Now that I’m an honest woman, as they say, people have started to ask about whether or not my husband and I are planning to have a baby soon. I don’t know the answer to that myself. Sure, I want a baby—babies are so adorable that I turn to mush every time I see anything that looks even remotely like a baby. I coo whenever they show a baby during a commercial, even though I know they’re just trying to sell me overpriced soap.
However, am I ready? First, there are financial concerns. I feel like I should wait until I have money safely invested in a house before I take on the responsibility of caring for another person. At the very least, I don’t think I could safely carry a baby up and down the steps to our two-floor walk-up, so if I had a baby in my current apartment, I would never be able to go outside.
On behalf of the executive committee and advisory council of Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, I wish to thank all our financial supporters who have enabled us to present free professional concerts under the stars in beautiful Morgan Park for 53 years. This concert series, held every Sunday and selected Saturdays during July and August, was the most well-received in our long history.
We thank the City of Glen Cove for keeping Morgan Park so beautiful in spite of the storms that attacked it. The natural amphitheater, which is the seating area in front of our classic stage, overlooks Hempstead Harbor and Long Island Sound. We thank the volunteers of the Glen Cove Auxiliary Police and EMS for providing a secure and safe environment at our concerts.
I am pleased to announce that on Saturday, Sept. 29, Glen Cove will hold its annual S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) Program at the Winters Brothers facility on Morris Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. I am proud to let you know that participation in this recycling program has increased each year as the city has become more aggressive with advertising and the environmental consciousness of our community continues to grow. I encourage all residents to bring the items listed on the flyer you received at home for proper disposal.
Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D North Shore LI) announced the kickoff to his 2012 campaign and the grand opening of new Democratic headquarters. The kickoff will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 102 School Street, in Glen Cove, from 10-11:30 a.m.
Featured guests include Congressman Steve Israel and New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Assemblyman Lavine said he is proud to call Representative Israel and Comptroller DiNapoli friends and partners on the federal and state levels.
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