The only thing he accomplished was a weakening of his bargaining position by desperately trying to consummate an 11th hour deal.
I remember Mr. Grella from my time on the Planning Board and from years of attending City Council meetings. He was one who had the full community of Glen Cove at heart and was never reticent on expressing his advice and opinion to anyone. Always to the point and always fair.
Men and women in uniform sacrifice every day across the globe for the freedoms we enjoy here at home. Every year on Nov. 11, Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to thank them and recognize their dedication. The commemoration carries the purpose of President Woodrow Wilson’s official Armistice Day proclamation in November 1919 to “be filled with the solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.”
We currently have over 106,200 troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to tens of thousands more stationed worldwide. Every day, soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. There are a number of national and local ceremonies on Veterans Day that honor their heroic deeds. One of our nation’s most moving tributes is the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The remains of unidentified soldiers from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are at rest here.
On Sunday, October 30th, the Nassau County Legislature approved my budget for 2012 that includes the tough medicine needed to help our County to recover from decades of poor fiscal policies. Most importantly, the budget represents an opportunity to work cooperatively to achieve success for our residents. The budget, developed in consultation with NIFA, sets forth a comprehensive plan that makes Nassau County fiscally stronger each year over the next four years.
Despite the fact that the Democrat Minority Conference failed to support the budget, for a second consecutive year, I have been able to provide a budget that addresses Nassau’s issues without raising property taxes and I implore them to join me in working together to successfully implement the enacted solutions.
I want to commend the Record Pilot and its editor, Matthew Piacentini, for sponsoring and moderating the Mayoral Debate on Oct. 29 between Mayor Suozzi and Paul Meli, the Republican candidate for mayor of Glen Cove.
Just a note to thank you for hosting the Mayoral Debate between Paul Meli and Ralph Suozzi. As a concerned taxpayer, homeowner, and business owner in Glen Cove, your publication, the Record Pilot, has been very instrumental in informing the public of the issues at hand.
(Editor’s Note: Last week the Record Pilot reported on a review of the City of Glen Cove 2012 proposed budget done by the NYS Comptroller’s Office. Because the review was first made available close to press time, the mayor did not have an opportunity to share his comments on the review and his 2012 budget. This op-ed provides that opportunity.)
My first day as mayor, in 2006, I sent a letter to the NYS Comptroller requesting a comprehensive audit of our City’s finances. This audit was important since it:
1) Identified and documented the scope of the financial mess I had inherited.
2) Provided recommendations to correct structural issues that became part of the City’s budgeting methods and spending practices over the course of several years.
3) The October 2006 NYS Comptroller’s audit report also created a history that no one can rewrite. The facts are the facts.
Oh really? Well today, and before, when we owned a sewer system, we paid no specific sewer tax. So the fee to be levied by Nassau County will be nothing?
Please raise your hand if you think that the ferry is being built by a developer at no cost to Glen Cove taxpayers. If you raised your hand, you’d be wrong. It’s being built by the City of Glen Cove. When the project was announced in September, 2007, Cara Longworth, then the executive director of the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency, said (see the Media section on the Ferry link on the City’s website) the project was expected to cost $16.9 million, that the federal government will finance most of it with some matching grants from the city “but we hope to cover any outlays with rent” from a restaurant planned for the second floor of the terminal. Ms. Longworth’s prediction about restaurant rent covering the city’s outlays is laughable on its face. You and I both know that the taxpayers are going to get whacked. How much will our taxes have to absorb? We don’t know because Mayor Suozzi hasn’t told us. Oh, did I mention the $85,000 per year in maintenance costs to be borne by the City (pg 4-27 of the Final Design Report on the same Ferry link)? Who are we building this ferry for?
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