I want to thank you for your kind words in a recent editorial. I greatly appreciate your comments as to the value and validity of my contributions on various issues of public concern.
You are correct that, long before the current referendum for a four-year term was proposed, I urged the formation of a bipartisan commission of citizens to study our entire city charter, including the length and staggering of terms of office, or even a system of council districts that would elect their own representatives, versus having council members serve “at large.” Indeed, when, more than a year ago, the mayor and council raised, and then withdrew, the idea of extending terms of office, I urged them to hear what the public had to say about our form of government, and how it might be improved upon, rather than presume that they knew best and impose a single choice upon us.
My association with Kerry, like many others, was from St. Pat’s CYO basketball. Kerry ran the program for many years, getting as many local kids involved as he could. By playing in the league, he made hundreds of local children feel special each year. I watched as he opened up early on Saturday mornings and spent the majority of his day at the gym.
You know times are bad when the law and good government start looking better on TV shows than in real life. Whatever happened to operating a campaign that rides on “accomplishments,” instead of building upon negatives that are no more than distortions of the truth? The public deserves more than that and its about time this election step it up some notches and focus on what candidates have done or plan to do.
Generally speaking, televised debates between local candidates are usually an effective cure for insomnia. Lavine vs. Germino on News12 Long Island was anything but. The exchange was interesting and informative; a must see for interested voters.
The highlight was challenger Germino’s statement referring to the Business Council of New York State Pro-Jobs Voter Guide. The Pro-Jobs Voter Guide scored incumbents in both the state Senate and Assembly on their voting records over the past two years. Apparently the Business Council of New York State has rated incumbent Lavine a flat zero percent for job growth.
Like so many of us taxpayers, I am angry about the NY State Legislature’s budget failures too, with taxes climbing and services diminishing. I hope that a lot of incumbents get what they deserve this November when we vote them out of office. I hope that they don’t get good jobs as lobbyists working against our interests for deep pocket special interest groups when they leave their elected offices. That would be business as usual. Let them get real jobs and do something productive for a change.
What a warm and wonderful reception the Glen Cove Downtown Sounds program has received this summer! The response from our seniors has been incredible. Many attended the weekly events throughout the season and had been consistently impressed and extremely complimentary about each program.
The negativity in the campaign against Chuck Lavine is downright strange. I read with great amusement the whining complaint that the Anton Community Newspapers won’t censor his “From the Desk of” columns.
As a reader, I know that for many years the Anton papers have adhered to a policy of “restricting the frequency of columns from incumbents up for re-election and not running columns from incumbents in the three issues prior to an election.”
The “MTA Payroll Tax,” more accurately known as, “more taxes again,” represents yet another bailout of the MTA, proposed once again by the Democrat-run state legislature. It spells disaster for the Long Island economy, which is already on life support. Despite the fact that businesses large and small are closing in towns all across the Island, this payroll tax puts an added burden on all employers including school districts. I believe the Glen Cove School District has already included it in its budget. This so-called “Payroll Tax” is designed to reach into every layer of Long Island’s population, cutting across all socio-economic lines. It will do this by increasing taxes on your driver’s license and car registration, rents for apartments and homes and through property taxes. As businesses and households are impacted by this tax, it’s fair to assume they will move off Long Island. No one can blame them for preferring to invest their hard earned money in a less parasitic state. As unintended consequences become reality, it’s possible that we’ll see a reduction in our representation in Washington since the House of Representatives is based on population numbers. We’re witnessing a crisis in the making.
“All politics are local,” the legendary Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil once said. That sage advice, however, doesn’t mean to imply that voters cannot draw some parallels between local and national politics.
One such parallel is in personalities. Nobody would disagree that the current speaker, Nancy Pelosi, is a woman of strong convictions and has a manner that forges ahead at full speed. There is nothing moderate about her; there is no compromise in her veins. The bottom line is that she knows better than anybody.
I’m sure most of you are not aware of this, but at last Tuesday’s Glen Cove Planning Board meeting there was an application for a Tire Retread Factory to operate on Garvies Point Road, which is our waterfront area. This area was rezoned for marine related businesses only. New Era Tire is looking to change this. The retreading industry creates a great deal of dust, noise, and noxious odors. This is the type of industry we have fought to remove from our waterfront for many years. There are many carcinogens found in the vulcanizing fluid (glue) and rubber dust that this type of business produces. Also, if the tire casings (old tires) are stored outside, pools of water will form in each tire making a breeding ground for West Nile Virus. If the tires are stored inside, the potential for a serious tire fire is significant. Tire fires are very hard to extinguish - the last one on Long Island took a week to put out! I am also concerned about the watershed from old tires entering Hempstead Harbor. To sum it up, to retread a tire, the old tire must be ground down (dust) and new rubber must be cured on top of the old tire using a vulcanizing fluid (glue) at temperatures of 265 degrees. The venting and noise from this operation will be heard and smelled in the Landing, our ball fields, Sea Cliff, our marinas, and our beaches. Who knows what long term effects it will have on our residents and the animals in Garvies Point Preserve, which sits directly behind this factory.
The Planning Board was insightful enough to open this agenda for public hearing on Sept. 21 at Glen Cove City Hall at 8 p.m. We urge all to show up and voice your opinion! Let’s not make the same mistake again and bring a dirty industry to our beautiful waterfront! Please attend!
Jim Coniglione, Former Owner of TireWorks in Glen Cove
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