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?
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.
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