Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove) announced the Assembly passed legislation he supported that would make the use of portable electronic devices while driving a primary offense (A.8106). Such devices include mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), handheld devices with mobile data access, laptops, pagers, two-way messaging devices and electronic games.
Our Long Island high school athletes in track and field have proven to be among the best in New York State. It is with great disappointment that Nassau County’s Mitchel Athletic Complex, once considered “The World’s Biggest Stage, a showcase for the best competition the world has ever seen…,” [Goodwill Games] has let the field events deteriorate to the point of forcing our high school athletes and other famous high profile meets to seek other venues for their competition.
With the death of Elinor Zatlin last week, Glen Cove lost a dynamic, compassionate, wonderful woman who contributed those very qualities to our community and its history. Mrs. Zatlin, a true gentlewoman, always had a smile and gentle words of wisdom to share whenever I would run into her at the supermarket, at the Boys & Girls Club on quite a few Election Days, and at local events. We comforted one another when we talked about coping with the tragedy we both faced. She was an incredible person, all embracing. Mrs. Zatlin was a presence in Glen Cove that will be missed by everyone.
Eternal Be Her Memory.
Saturday, May 7, Village Square was abuzz with activity and a spirit that only senior citizens can generate. City of Glen Cove Mayor Suozzi, Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos and a host of community leaders were at the Fifth Annual Senior Recognition Day—-an idea conceived five years ago by Bob Howard and endorsed by Mayor Suozzi in recognition of one of the city’s most precious assets—-senior citizens.
Today, I voted for the Public Integrity Act of 2011, which seeks to implement across-the-board ethics reform. This legislation contains some positive changes, but lacks follow through on many of its promises. For instance, a provision that would strip public employees convicted of felonies of their pensions not only exempts teachers, but also allows for other exceptions. For example, those showing that the forfeiture of their pension would create financial hardship may be exempt altogether from the punishment. The legislation also gives the power to district attorneys to choose whether they should pursue forfeiture, immensely weakening this portion of the legislation, which I believe should be automatically enacted on all officials convicted of felonies related to their office. The flawed pension forfeiture provision is only one example from a bill that lays the foundation for positive change, but fails to follow through on the details.
As all of you know, for personal family reasons I have decided not to seek re-election as your county legislator. My daughter transferred to a high school which specializes in dramatic arts to pursue her studies in theatre. For the last eight years my family made sacrifices to support my decision to serve in government. Now it is my turn to place my daughter’s educational needs first. I want to focus fully on helping her achieve her future goals.
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