This letter was sent to County Executive Edward Mangano and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves on Dec. 17
During the Dec. 3 Legislative Committees session, the Rules Committee approved a $20 million contract for a “debris management plan,” enabling the county to clean up after Superstorm Sandy. Connected with this plan, Welwyn Preserve in my district was accidentally subjected to an inordinate amount of tree cutting. A head of Nassau County’s Parks Department gave public testimony at the same committees session that the wrong tree-cutting crew was sent into this Glen Cove preserve for several days. As a result of this, one of our few protected natural spaces was severely damaged.
I would like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season.
It has been a pleasure representing you this year as your Nassau County Legislator. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and to meet so many wonderful people throughout the 18th Legislative District in the process.
Allow me to provide a rebuttal to the North Shore School District’s reasoning for dropping Italian. As a spokesman for Loggia Glen Cove #1016 Sons of Italy in America and an at large Italian-American spokesman, we are vehemently opposed to the dropping of Italian as a language of study from the curriculum. Education in this country is a state responsibility; New York State allows each school district a certain amount of autonomy as long as they provide a core curriculum and teach classes that are part of the N.Y.S. syllabus. This means that the district can teach N.Y.S. approved curriculum and they (the local board of education) can tailor their curriculum to reflect the needs and desires of the community they serve.
I am writing to you in order to sing the praises of the mayor of Glen Cove, our honorable Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi.
From the time that Hurricane Sandy made her devastating pass through our city, Mayor Suozzi went above and beyond his call of duty to keep us most informed, while providing critical information that we needed in order to weather this storm both physically and emotionally.
His daily telephone messages, filled with concern for his constituents, gave great comfort to this former mayor of Glen Cove’s granddaughter. Thank you, Mayor Suozzi.
The 11th Annual Sea Cliff Holiday House Tour, which was held on Saturday, Dec. 1, was a huge success.
On behalf of the Mutual Concerns committee, I would like to thank the following people: The homeowners who have generously shared their beautifully decorated homes; the people who came from near and far to participate in this event; the many wonderful volunteers, without whom this day would not have happened; Sherlock Homes Realty; Atria of Glen Cove; The Sea Cliff Arts Council; The Creative Arts Studio; St. Luke’s Church and the 59 merchants and individuals in this community who donated food for the lunch and gifts for the raffle baskets.
The proceeds of this tour will be used to provide nourishing meals and holiday baskets for those in need and to maintain the senior lunch program at St. Luke’s.
Mutual Concerns Committee
County Executive Mangano has agreed to hold an informational meeting on the West Shore Road plans he has created with Nassau’s Department of Public Works engineers. I will continue to advocate on your behalf to the county administration, but it will also be helpful for your community leaders to come discuss the plans with the people directing the project. We expect to hear details on things like emergency plans, detours and whether the road can be open on weekends.
We would like to offer our thanks and congratulations to all citizens of the surrounding areas of Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Glen Head, Locust Valley, Lattingtown, Bayville and Oyster Bay. When we began the Share and Care Thanksgiving Feast three years ago, we were uncertain how the community would respond to it. We were also stunned at the amount of people that were in need of it.
For those of you who aren’t aware, we just had our 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Feast at St. Patrick’s Church in Glen Cove for those in need. It is sponsored by seven distributors of Boars Head and supported by two local Knights of Columbus Councils.
Outraged over continued power outages in Nassau County and the lack of transparency from the Long Island Power Authority, Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) is preparing legislation aimed at preventing another abject failure.
“Long Islanders pay some of the highest utility rates in the nation and have every right to demand their money’s worth in service, accountability and transparency,” said Lavine. “A LIPA Customer Bill of Rights, written into state law, will help to protect us from another devastating failure.”
On Oct. 29, I signed a proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency within the Village of Sea Cliff due to what was then the impending Super Storm Sandy. This proclamation directed the Department of Buildings and the Department of Public Works to take whatever steps may be necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure and other such emergency assistance as deemed necessary and as directed by me.
The decree suspended the requirements for first obtaining a permit (a) for the removal of any tree pursuant to chapter 121 of the Village Code and (b) pursuant to chapter 48 of the Village Code for the construction, replacement, or remediation of any building or structure damaged or demolished due to the storm named Sandy. In accordance with New York State Law, these suspensions were initially valid for five days and are subject to successive five-day extensions. I have subsequently extended the suspensions so that they expired on Saturday, Nov.17.
The polls closed days ago – and now for weeks and weeks, we are subject to the eyesore of political candidates signs all over our towns. The election is over so why are the signs still out? Why are they lying in the roads and strewn on people’s lawns and businesses? Where are the people that put up these signs?
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