Beginning with my first encounter with Toni Labbate, I have been impressed with her dedication to our school district. I have seen her function in a variety of roles from mother to book club leader to member of the Legislative Action Committee (LAC). She also has served as treasurer of the Glen Head Parent Teacher Organization and is currently a member of the fifth grade graduation committee.
On behalf of the City of Glen Cove, I would like to thank everyone who made the City’s 100 Best Community Celebration such a success. As has been reported in the press, last fall, the City of Glen Cove was named by America’s Promise Alliance as one of the 100 Best Places for Young People in the United States. Glen Cove was the only community on Long Island to receive this designation, and one of only five in New York State. Over 300 communities from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico vied for this prestigious award.
I read your recent article covering Nassau County Executive Edward I. Mangano’s State of the County address with great interest (“Mangano Warns of 13 Percent Tax Jump,” Anton Newspapers, March 22 and 23), but I fear your story missed the point – by a longshot.
The county executive did not threaten a 13 percent property tax increase; in fact, he never even uttered the words. Further, setting the legislative agenda is among my many duties as presiding officer, and I assure you, there will not be a tax increase on the agenda this year, just as there was no tax increase on the agenda in the past two years. Where did you even get your information?
Some weeks ago, our State Sen. Carl Marcellino hosted a community forum at the Glen Cove Library. I don’t think he anticipated a packed room, nor the topics of concern: ‘fracking’ wastewater, the fate of the county STPs, and LGBT issues.
Over the past several months, there has been much speculation and criticism about the future of Nassau’s eight police precinct buildings. Though critics of this plan have expressed skepticism on realigning the current eight precincts into four, it is important to remember that all eight buildings will remain open and accessible to the public. The realignment of the precincts only affects the boundary lines of administrative paperwork and criminal processing, not the locations in which officers are located on the streets as some critics have stated.
(U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent the following letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to Anton Newspapers on March 16.)
Having attended board of education meetings for the last eight months, dear neighbor, I couldn’t help but notice that you probably were not there. The meetings were sparsely attended, and the audience consisted mainly of persons from within “the system.” My purpose in attending was to understand why the Glen Cove School System continues to consume an ever-increasing amount of tax dollars yet, based on the results of standardized testing, ranks close to the bottom of the school systems in Nassau County.
The issue is an unaffordable Nassau County government, and the streamlining of one of the contributing factors – the Nassau County Police Department. Our new county legislator expends more words in her newspaper column arguing the pros and cons of the legislative process than she does the pros and cons of the issue. If you are going to write a weekly column, please tell us something we don’t know.
Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton claims there is a ‘rubber stamp’ majority that is going along with the county executive. No news there. Perhaps because she is a new legislator, she hasn’t observed the ‘rubber stamp’ minority also at work in our county legislature, and is unaware that they are themselves a former ‘rubber stamp’ majority. The difference between the two rubber stamps: one says “Accepted” and the other, “Rejected.” The two political parties simply exchange stamps every few years.
Three bright red SUVs, driven by the village building inspector and two code enforcement officers, patrol our streets. The building superintendent wears a gold badge, no kidding. Property owners seeking permission for home improvements are often treated with annoyance.
Independent candidate Anthony Losquadro, running on Row A under the Property Owners Party banner, wants to change this undesirable atmosphere. Residents wishing to improve their homes and thus raise their value are faced with rising costs and some outlandish codes to obtain village permits to proceed.
I would like the county to be able to lower costs in every area of the budget… without hurting the taxpayers I was elected to represent.
The problem in the case of Mangano’s police precinct plan, however, is that the county executive has spent more energy convincing the public that this plan will work than he has spent on putting together a complete and clear plan for legislators to vote on.
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