My name is Gladys Ilacqua and I have been a resident of Glen Cove all my life. I am the youngest of 12 and during Superstorm Sandy, my eldest sister, Marie McCauley (85 years old), passed away on Nov. 1, 2012.
Something has to be done about the Long Island Power Authority! We are paying some of the highest power rates in the U.S. while LIPA risks our lives, limbs and homes with poor management and antiquated equipment!
Information has recently come to my attention that the catastrophic power outage we have suffered this week is due in a great part to disorganized executives and management at LIPA, and a poorly maintained infrastructure. It is a fact that many of the poles and much of the power equipment on Long Island hasn’t been replaced since the 1920s. The 1920s!
I was just reflecting over the last week. I’m the type of person that is not at all comfortable in the dark and quiet from losing power. I did manage to get a hold of a CD player and decided I was in the mood for a little Phil Collins. The song, “Another Day in Paradise” came on and I really got caught up in it. I played it about four times. And although I have heard it many times before, I looked at it a little differently this time.
The Mutual Concerns Committee would like to extend its gratitude to Jack Pierce, the Sea Cliff Fire Department and all those who donated food for the food drive held at the fire house last week to benefit our organization.
The emergency pantry at Sea Cliff Village Hall was low on food and once again, Jack initiated a food drive. Within a week, the much-needed food was delivered to the pantry.
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.
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