September 5, 2012 marked two months since $7.3 million, earmarked to support human services, was shifted to the general fund. We were told that this was due to the Nassau County legislature’s failure to pass $41 million in bonding for property tax refunds. But, it is not that simple.
How did all of this get started? In 2009, then County Executive Tom Suozzi “enlisted” the county’s most vulnerable citizens as unpaid lobbyists to advocate for red-light cameras, cigarette taxes and traffic-violation reform. Mr. Suozzi threatened scores of agencies serving tens of thousands of youths and families that they would be closed down or crippled unless the revenue enhancers were passed through Albany.
Fifteen years ago we were part of a group of Sea Cliff residents (The Friends of Elm “Spooky” Park) who raised funds - which the village matched – to create the maze in Spooky Park. Our lives have been richer for it. To put it simply, if you need something to put a smile on your face, come see this maze. If you’re a mouse-potato just Google “Spooky Park Maze” and click “images,” but the photograph doesn’t do justice to how mature and enchanting it has become.
Imagine for a second the Sunoco property with a grand maze like the one in Spooky Park—there is definitely more than enough room. Also imagine a sturdy wrought-iron fence salvaged from some old, Gold Coast mansion that would grace the Glen Cove Ave. and Glenwood Rd. exposures, preventing children from running into the street.
I encourage everyone to join us on Saturday, September 15, when Glen Cove will hold its annual E-Waste (Electronic Waste Recycling) Program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Winters Brothers facility located at the end of Morris Avenue. This program addresses the growing nationwide problem of e-waste, such as computers, cell phones, pagers and VCRs. These items not only have a low level of biodegradability, but they contain materials that are highly toxic when released into the environment. This program offers the residents of Glen Cove an opportunity to dispose of these items in an environmentally responsible way.
I am also pleased to announce that on Saturday, September 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 that participation in this recycling program has increased each year as the city has become more aggressive in advertising and the environmental consciousness of our community continues to gain momentum. I encourage all residents to bring the items listed on the flyer you received at home for proper disposal.
First time homebuyers spend weeks, months, maybe even years searching for their dream home. And when they find it, it is a feeling of extreme happiness and pride. When we started the search for our first home together, Glen Cove wasn’t even on our radar. Then about two years ago, our search lead us here. We were immediately charmed by the tranquil waterfront sanctuary Glen Cove provided for a couple looking to escape the hustle and bustle of congested central Nassau and overdeveloped Queens. Soon we came upon a house for sale on the quiet cul-de-sac of Rooney Court, and we knew at that moment that we had found our dream home.
On behalf of the Nassau County Independence Party, I am pleased to let you know that this spring, the Nassau Independence Party enthusiastically endorsed the Hon. Richard J. McCord, giving him our party’s official designation in the election for Glen Cove City Court Judge.
With 25 years of experience on the bench, presiding over 80-100 criminal and civil cases per calendar day, the Hon. Richard J. McCord has established a solid reputation for fairness and integrity throughout the legal community. His excellence has been repeatedly recognized by the Nassau County and New York State judicial systems.
It’s just weeks from the final days of summer and Labor Day will be upon us before we know it. For most, it will signal the end of summer. The family of hawks living in my backyard all summer have gone. Along with their departure so have my dreams.
What were those dreams? That I, with my neighbors, would be able to wrestle the developer to the ground along with the City of Glen Cove Zoning Board, Planning Board and Council Members and convince them that Rooney Court is worth saving. That my neighbors and I, who have been paying taxes, do matter. And that as a united body, reason would fill the minds of these men and women, the developer and city council members. That surely profit in one’s pockets would not be the defining factor.
The long and sunny days of summer are quickly coming to an end and the cool days of fall are just around the corner. I hope that everyone enjoyed the many activities offered for young and old in Glen Cove this summer. Besides our beautiful beaches and parks, there was the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, which just completed its 53rd year of presenting summer concerts in the park for all to enjoy throughout July and August. The Morgan Park Music Festival is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and performances are presented free to the public thanks to funds raised from private contributors. We also enjoyed the 16th season of the Downtown Sounds Concert Series, sponsored by the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and the City of Glen Cove. Concerts drew crowds of more than 1,000 people each week as the downtown came alive with the sounds of music. Overall, the city was host to 21 free concerts between the Morgan Park Music Festival and the Downtown Sounds.
As I have said before, with 68 miles of Nassau County sewer system in Glen Cove, the two miles left off the system have now cost us one of our only beaches for four consecutive summers.
This May, and again during the summer, I contacted County Executive Mangano to see how we could work together and bring the Crescent Beach neighborhoods into the county system.
Hurricane season is here. Last year, Hurricane Irene caused major damage not only in Glen Cove but all across Long Island. In the event that we might experience another hurricane, it is important to become familiar with the basic recommendations in case such an emergency occurs. Each household should contain emergency supplies such as canned food and bottled water, a battery-operated or manual can opener, flashlights and extra batteries, portable battery-operated radios, all your essential medicines, a first aid kit, and cash and credit cards, which should be secured. If a hurricane is predicted to hit our area, residents are advised to prepare by trimming dead branches from trees, fueling up your vehicles, securing valuable items above floor level in waterproof containers, bringing any loose outdoor items, such as lawn furniture, indoors and checking on elderly neighbors to help them prepare.
During the storm you should listen constantly to radio or television for official instructions. If you are instructed by officials to evacuate, you must leave. While staying in your home, keep away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles and cooking utensils. Keep flashlights and battery-operated lanterns handy. If electricity is lost, call LIPA immediately at 1-800-490-0025 to report the outage.
The Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District has long provided cost- effective, efficient, and valuable services to all of the people of Nassau County. Since the district opened in 1977 it has been serving residents, businesses, nonprofits, agencies, schools and municipalities with environmental expertise and assistance. Like all conservation districts throughout New York State and the nation, it is a proven public-private partnership that leverages local taxpayer dollars by bringing in funding from grants, state matching funds and other sources. Yet, Nassau County may soon become the only county in the state without a Soil and Water Conservation District. The steady decline in funding over the last four years has depleted the district’s small reserves and it is in danger of closing.
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