As Saturday night eased into the earliest part of Sunday morning, something truly wonderful began to unfold. Marine Sergeant Sal Cavallaro III returned to his home in Glen Cove from being in Afghanistan for 9 months to the thankful relief of his family and friends.
We are greatly dismayed at the attack that our police chief and other members of the Glen Cove Police Department were subjected to in the recent Letter to the Editor entitled “Privileged Council.” Police Chief William Whitton and the members of the Glen Cove Police Department are public servants whose sworn duty is to protect the security and property of Glen Cove residents at great risk to themselves. They are an integral part of, and essential to, our community as first responders and in providing a safe environment in which our children can grow and thrive. They are the driving force behind the excellence of the Police Department’s programs to educate schoolchildren against drug use and their participation in Glen Cove’s National Night Out Against Crime. They are doing great work for our community and they should be applauded.
As Assemblyman Lavine stated on Feb. 3 [at a press conference], there are “extraordinarily well-financed special interests, whose narrow agendas are far too often adverse to the well-being of the people of our state...” He could be referring to a New York State pension fund scandal. Last December, then New York State Attorney General Cuomo fined lobbyist Patricia Lynch $500,000 for her role in coordinating “pay-to-play” investments—i.e., political contributions to the former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s campaign got investments from the multi-billion dollar state pension fund.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino announced that he will be holding a Public Hearing on the Consolidation of New York State Agencies on March 7 at 11 a.m. in Albany, to examine the impact of proposed agency consolidations on the affected agencies, delivery of services, the State workforce and citizens.
On Friday, Feb. 4, the Glen Cove High School Class of 2011 held its annual Senior Fashion Show. With the help of many, it was an extremely successful benefit that will help increase the funding for end of the year activities for our seniors. With over 200 people in attendance at the high school auditorium and 52 seniors modeling in the show, this event would not be possible without the tremendous efforts of our many volunteers and vendors.
As co‑chairs for the fashion show, we would like to especially thank all of the parents who volunteered to help with the show in addition to our wonderful fashion show Steering Committee: Diane Bruschini, Teresa DiPaola, Shirley Melillo and the Senior Class advisor, Jason Bieder.
Sometimes I forget how nice people can be. Here is an example.
My wife and I go to Pryible Beach every day, and so, even with the unplowed entranceway over the weekend, I thought I would give it a try. As my wife had tacitly suggested, I got stuck.
AAA would not help because we were on an unpaved road, so push and dig was all we could do. Within minutes three people from Bayville were working alongside us. It was a tough job and our front wheel-drive Honda was sinking deeper and deeper as the wheels raced.
I think our city council should wear powdered wigs and be renamed the “Privileged Council” since they obviously think of themselves as entitled to special privileges. They get a $10,000 salary while members of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, who work harder, volunteer their time and receive no salary. Now we see that the Privileged Council awarded themselves family health coverage at taxpayer expense even though they only work part-time. Please show me a job in private industry where part-time workers get this benefit. To add insult to injury, they make zero contribution to the cost of their care. Private sector employees pay about 20 percent of the cost of individual health coverage. State employees contribute about 10 percent. Worse still, if members of the Privileged Council don’t accept health coverage paid by the taxpayers, they get an opt-out payment of $2,000! Think of that. If they don’t need or want the coverage, the taxpayers still get whacked and these same people determine our tax rate. Does it shock you that taxpayers spend over $300,000 per month for city employees’ family health coverage and none of these employees contribute a dime?
I read recently that Senator Schumer has asked that discounts be available for Mets fans to ride the proposed “phantom” ferry from the Glen Cove location.
Is Senator Schumer aware that presently we citizens have not heard anything about a ferry operator interested in running the ferry even though we now have an $11 million federal stimulus project in the works to provide for a terminal and other components of the project? Again let’s ask the question about ferry ridership, not during the baseball season: why would a commuter from Port Washington or Manhasset going to the city travel east to get on a ferry which would then move west?
Continued discussion of the resolution passed at the last Glen Cove City Council meeting of 2010, that gives the same 100 percent taxpayer-funded benefits to non-union city employees that are contractually provided to union employees, may seem like beating a dead horse, but it raises some very valid points about what may be a flawed process at best, and at worst… well, I’ll leave that to the reader.
First – Mayor Suozzi introduced the resolution stating that it applied to full-time non-union city employees. After further prompting, it became apparent that it also applied to some who are not full-time city employees - city council members - who voted unanimously for its passage, and the city attorney.
I was extremely disappointed in the comments attributed to Mayor Suozzi in response to inquires made by one of our taxpaying citizens. Mr. Suozzi’s personal attacks on Mr. Meli, as relayed by this newspaper, were outrageous, inappropriate and should be condemned. Taken by themselves, they were obviously meant as an instrument to stifle the opinions of a citizen who has opposing views than the mayor.
Our city needs citizens who are not afraid of speaking out if they are unhappy with the status quo. That is the only way things improve. Differing opinions should not be met with personal insults.
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