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.”
I am writing to say that our Mayor Ralph Suozzi listens when residents of Glen Cove complain. As it has been in the past and will be in the future whether you are a Democrat or Republican you will never be able to please and make all of the residents of Glen Cove content. I want to personally thank Mayor Suozzi, the Beautification Committee and the Public Works Department for working most of the day to remove the bamboo in the Coles School property which has been there a long time. I advised Mayor Suozzi that the bamboo started to grow in my yard and my neighbor’s back yard. He took care of it, removing all the bamboo, branches and roots,.They did an excellent job and should be told that people do appreciate the work that was performed. Once the job was finished Mayor Suozzi followed up to make sure it was complete and done correctly. Thanks Mayor Suozzi, Beautification Committee and Public Works!
Ann Marie Martinez
I have received more phone calls than I can count regarding the lack of participation of the Glen Cove Road Panthers Car Club in the Memorial Day parade. To make it short, the parade committee did not invite us this year.
It seems the parade committee does not think we are veterans or relatives of veterans. Just let me say that my father served on an aircraft carrier in the North Atlantic during World
War II. I had an uncle that landed at Normandy, a second uncle that was at Pearl Harbor when it was hit, and a third uncle who was in both France and England. These were my mother’s brothers. I also had two very close cousins that served in Korea. I spent eight months in the Reserves and was within three hours of being deployed to the Bay of Pigs by President Kennedy.
Or in this case two years late and $275 million short.
I am not entirely dismissive of the fact that the county administration and the legislators have finally come to a semblance of an agreement to fund and pay $60,000,000 (18 percent) of the approximate $335,000,000 in court ordered tax refunds due property owners who have been over-taxed for years. Make no mistake however, this does very little to stop the bleeding.
On June 25, National Grid submitted applications to the Town of North Hempstead (TONH) for the demolition of the Glenwood Landing (GWL) plant’s historic brick building merely to reduce its own tax assessment. Saving of the GWL plant building from demolition is a critical issue for Long Island’s North Shore residents who are slated to shoulder a 19 percent tax increase in the coming years due to the loss of tax revenues from the decommissioned utility.
A letter recently submitted by Councilman Reginald Spinello, “What Happens in The Dark,” attempted to defame a negotiated lease made in the best interest of Glen Cove under the guidance of our city attorney.
The City Council, including Councilman Spinello, unanimously released Soundview’s prior operator in the fall of 2012. A Request For Proposal (RFP) to replace the operator was issued in 2013 with sufficient time to re-open for the spring golf season. The Council then unanimously chose an operator – new to all of us – who’d responded with the best proposal. Unfortunately, that operator had difficult family circumstances, including the death of his father overseas, and was unable to fulfill his obligation.
I immediately sought the help of local restaurateur, Chef Jeanine DiMenna of Page One, who “stepped up to the plate” as she is known to do, to get us through the first two golf outings of the season in early May. She did a wonderful job, and I asked her to consider finishing out the season.
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