(Editor’s Note: We thank Mrs. McCann for her letter below. Just to be clear to her and our other readers, our policy has not changed. We reserve the right to run Op Ed pieces from candidates on important community issues. We felt the piece she references below raised one such important issue. We believe that Mr. Meli’s main point stood on its own and did not require interviews with the other parties, who always take full advantage of our circulation when they wish to bring something to the public’s attention.)
As a weekly subscriber to your paper I was excited to read about the final document from Glen Isle Partners regarding the waterfront project and scheduled public hearing on Sept. 20 (article on Page 1, Sept. 15 issue.)
The waterfront project is rearing its ugly head again. In case you didn’t see it (and why would you – it’s only listed in the Public Notices of the local papers), the next public hearing on the Glen Isle-RexCorp project to remake the waterfront will be held before the Planning Board on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. in City Hall.
This hearing is for the public to comment on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project. The Public Notices announcement lists a number of concerns that the public may wish to voice their opinions on. My particular favorites are “generation of additional traffic on local roads” and “increased demands on fire protection, police protection, emergency services… schools, and solid waste disposal.” But there are many equally important concerns for the residents to choose from.
But, if the whole vision of the waterfront – one that has been raising extreme responses in the collective imagination for so many years - is changing drastically, the community could use an update.
Workers were clearly doing their best out in the field to restore power to what was reportedly about half of all households on Long Island serviced by LIPA. Many workers even came from out of state, as Katie Piacentini reported on last week, to aid in the restoration effort. It is frustrating to hear Assemblyman Montesano say that some of these people were left idle due to a lack of organization back at the LIPA/National Grid offices. He is right to call for a better preparedness plan and better organization in general.
With the close of the summer, a big hearty thank you needs to go the wonderful Sea Cliff beach folks who made the beach such a great joy. Manager Anne Kopple, and assistant manager, Michelle Capobianco, along with the hardworking lifeguards, Alley Grande, Machlin Carballal, Tom Murphy, Kathleen and Mike Lennon, Mike Clausen and Mike Cuomo were there ensuring things always worked well. In addition to fun and sun, the beach offered a Sea Cliff Library Bookmobile with books and games for adults and children.
We had finished our business and were walking down the hallway at my bank. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, her father Donald and I then saw a strange sight. A co-worker of mine was seated at his desk, but his head was forward, resting on his computer. We watched mystified for some seconds. He did not move.
I take exception to Eric Alexander’s assertion in the Aug. 19 edition of Newsday, that anyone who voiced opposition to the recent Planning Board decision to approve the “Piazza” project is against a vibrant downtown. Nothing could be further from the truth.
His exact quote: “I don’t think you’ll ever please the people that don’t want a vibrant downtown.” I would like Mr. Executive Director of Vision Long Island to know that the only people who don’t want a vibrant downtown in Glen Cove are drug dealers and other miscreants – it’s bad for business.
On May 24, Mayor Suozzi and the city council voted to pass a resolution recommending to the planning board approval of the project known as Piazza Glen Cove.
It needs to be mentioned that no notice was ever given to the public that this was an item on the agenda to be considered. When questioned about this by Paul Meli, the mayor simply said that it was an add-on at the last minute, yeah right!
Our former editor’s article about this community’s response to 9/11 is a moving record of people trying to do good at the worst of times. It discusses things that are well worth remembering – to remind us of how we can come together.
The sad tragedy of that day is also something best memorialized as a community. As Glen Cove Mayor Suozzi said, to heal and bond and rejuvenate.
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