The Waterfront Project is a public/private partnership. Both parties have a financial stake in its success but it has suffered a complete reversal from its original intent. The developer states in the FEIS, that economic times govern their decisions. As a business, the only thing that matters to them is their bottom line. Glen Cove’s responsibility is to its citizens and taxpayers.
Over the years, the developer has changed the project drastically. In a stunning reversal in 2011, the developer switched the vision of the project. The previous proposal described a high-density site, 65 percent for affluent condo owners (who, it was hoped, would become commuters on the city’s new ferry) and 35 percent rentals. Instead, in the 2011 proposal, 65 percent were to be offered as rentals to a work-force housing market and 35 percent would be marketed as high-end condos. Our mayor, planning board and city council approved this change.
The communities of Glen Head and Glenwood Landing have a unique opportunity to decide how central Glen Head will look; now and for generations to come. After years of fenced-in stagnation, the former Sunoco Service station at the corner of Glen Cove Avenue and Glen Head Road will be developed and the Community will have a say in what goes there. For some background, the Town of Oyster Bay (TOB) negotiated a contract with Sunoco Corporation to purchase the property and it was TOB’s publicly stated intent to make it a Town Park. Sunoco did not live up to the terms of the contract by removing the resident oil contaminants and the TOB, correctly, cancelled the purchase agreement. But Sunoco has now cleaned the property and development can start. But what is to be developed there? The originally envisioned Town Park or a new two-story bank building owned by the First National Bank of Long Island (Bank)? George Pombar, president of the Glen Head-Glenwood Civic Council, an association of 10 local civics, has organized a meeting of invited TOB representatives and Bank personnel to discuss both proposals so our community can understand the residential impact when one of the proposals is selected. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the North Shore Middle School.
I’m writing in response to remarks made by North Shore School Board President Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi in a Feb. 15 article. Ms. Genovesi is requesting legislative action to address a roughly $7 million budget shortfall. However she failed to mention that several of my legislative colleagues and I have worked closely with her and other board members over the past year to achieve a solution to this problem.
We have met with Ms. Genovesi and other members of the school board at the offices of state Senator Marcellino, which was attended by Senator Martins and Assemblyman Lavine, as well as the office of the Nassau County Assessor. While we explained to all concerned on numerous occasions that the state can neither compel a privately-owned and-operated company such as National Grid (the owner of the facility) to halt its ramping down of the Glenwood Landing plant nor provide an extra $7 million to make up the difference, there are steps we can take.
Spring is a time of renewal. It will be welcome this year after an historic blizzard, which followed a power outage that had most of sitting in freezing houses for weeks.
From my seat in the Legislature, there is renewal that needs to happen and I am concerned that the county executive’s administration here in Nassau is – once again – not taking the needs of our area seriously.
More than month has passed since our beloved son, brother, uncle and brother-in-law, Nunzio Izzo, was murdered. I would like to thank the community of Glen Cove, Mayor Ralph Suozzi and his administration, the Glen Cove Police Department including Lt. Det. Nagle, most especially Detectives Van Allen and Albin, and Nassau County Detective Nardo. Together they all worked long and hard to help solve this senseless crime. They should all be congratulated for outstanding work on this case.
Words cannot describe the outpouring of love and support from our relatives, friends, and the entire community of Glen Cove. We have suffered a tragic loss that can never be replaced and will never be forgotten.
On behalf of my wife, myself and my family and the entire Izzo family I want to thank everyone for their love and support and may God continue to bless you.
On behalf of Mayor Bruce Kennedy and Trustee Carol Vogt, I wish to thank those individuals who recently took the time to sign their names to our nominating petitions. Through your support our names will appear on the ballot for the upcoming village election on March 19 to be held from noon to 9 p.m. at the Department of Public Works located on Altamont Avenue.
The stated goal of the North Shore School District is to foster bilingualism by providing an expansion of language instruction starting from kindergarten. Research shows that there are advantages in having a bilingual mind; however, the research does not show that there are better languages to be bilingual in (except there are statistics that show that Italian speakers have a lower occurrence of dyslexia). Part of their plan is to give kindergarteners instruction in Mandarin Chinese and then Spanish starting in the third grade.
At the height of the Cold War, progressives in education told us that we should study Russian and Soviet Studies in order to “get ahead.” In the mid-‘70s and into the ‘80s the language that would insure a “brighter future” was Japanese. What happened? Time proved these predictions wrong just as it will prove the current “language du jour” will not achieve the stated goal of bilingualism and/or give these students a “leg-up” in their secondary education and in life.
Aside from number of speakers in the world and a booming economy, Mandarin Chinese does not offer any real advantages. China is a brutal dictatorship that, while somewhat stable now, can change radically. There are no major advances in scientific research from China. Medicine in China is folkloric, and if there were many great works of Chinese literature they would have been translated into English. Aside from that, it is a language that is difficult for Westerners to learn and there are little connections to our community. Many of our neighboring school districts have offered and then canceled their Chinese programs.
In December, at North Shore, they held the world language national honor induction ceremony. Of the languages that are currently offered at North Shore, Spanish had 2.3 percent of those enrolled, inducted, French 3.4 percent, Latin 4.9 percent, and Italian had 4.5 percent. This literally speaks volumes! It is not that the students who study Italian are smarter or that the Italian teachers are better; it is a reflection of the student’s motivation to learn Italian. This is something that the administration is overlooking in favor of being “in vogue”; but sadly in contrast to their intended goal of bilingualism!
The North Shore Board of Education does not wish to lend credibility to any anonymous paid advertisements by responding to such ads; however, “An Open Letter to the North Shore Community” dated Jan. 25, is wrong on the facts. To begin, the issue raised in the ad was directly answered by the board more than a year ago, and posted on the board website. Here again are the facts.
“Quite as important as legislation is vigilant oversight of administration.”
- President Woodrow Wilson
While I wasn’t looking for a fight during this recovery, I was elected to do a job. I am fighting to hold Nassau County accountable on how it spends millions of dollars after superstorm Sandy.
My concern started when constituents contacted me about major tree cutting in Nassau County nature preserves, like Welwyn in Glen Cove. While I was able to eventually stop the work, the devastation in Welwyn would pull me into a much bigger fight.
Taxpayers have nothing more to give. But, in trying to be careful with their money, I have met with total resistance.
I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the Glen Cove Police Department, and specifically Det. Albin and Lt. Nagle, for the terrific job they did for my local company. One of my technicians recently realized a company laptop was missing from his vehicle. He did not recall exactly when he had used it last and we had not yet reported the item as stolen. Det. Albin identified my company as the owner of a recovered laptop and called to notify us that it had been found among other recovered items during an ongoing investigation of a suspect. I went down to the police station and was able to get my laptop back right then and there. As an owner of a local Glen Cove business, it is great to know that the Glen Cove Police Dept. is on the job and looking out for us. Thank you very much!
Peter Warzer, President
Long Island Video Enterprises LIVE, Inc.
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