Delia DeRiggi-Whitton raised some very legitimate concerns about the Republican effort to fund the Coliseum. She noted that there was no answer to the question of who would be responsible for cost overruns to the $400 million building proposal, particularly with recent history showing huge problems on the Cincinnati Stadium costs exceeding estimates. She also pointed out that Mr. Wang was quoted as saying that he was losing $20 million a year on the Islanders but that he intended to pay the rent from the profits he made on the team, and to include some sort of revenue sharing to further reduce the county’s costs. This, as Delia suggested, doesn’t make sense.
Since we covered the Coliseum referendum and its local pertinence, it is important to mention that nothing written was meant as a judgment of the county executive. He, more so even than most elected officials right now, is a man with a very hard job. He is doing what he thinks is best to dig our county out of a catastrophic situation that was years in the making.
Our point was that readers should use these big issues to judge their candidates as much as those already in office. The reality is that the Legislature votes with their leaders.
On behalf of our family, I would like to extend sincere thanks to the Glen Cove Police, EMS, and NSUH-LIJ hospital staff for all their efforts on the morning of Tom’s passing, and to Jack Sheridan and his staff at McLaughlin Kramer Funeral Home for their guidance and support.
We would also like to thank all of our friends for the food, cards, phone calls and words of encouragement during this difficult time. Also, thank you to Janine at Page One and to Tony Gallego and Bob Canavan for their help. Many thanks to The Rev. Betsy Simpson, the choir, staff and parishioners at the First Presbyterian Church for conducting such a beautiful service in Tom’s honor.
Mayor Suozzi has put our city in the right direction since the first day he took office. He continues to do so everyday of his life with complete dedication to the City of Glen Cove, its people and neighbors. He has continuously improved every aspect of the quality of life that we all expected as citizens. As our city grows it will go through many changes and needs that have to be met. Growth is inevitable in every city across our country and necessary. With Mayor Suozzi’s guidance and supervision through these hard economic times our city will continue to prosper.
(This letter was sent to County Executive Edward Mangano and the County Legislature.)
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County strongly objects to the August 1 scheduling of a Nassau County referendum on the proposal to permit the county to borrow up to an additional $400 million for a proposed “Nassau County Hub Area Development” construction project, which would include a new Nassau Coliseum and minor league ballpark. Our reasons include the following:
The cost of doing this as a special election, projected to be approximately $2 million, is not necessary and would come at a time when Nassau County is already experiencing serious financial difficulties. Though the cost would be picked up if the vote is “Yes,” if it is “No,” the voters would have to bear this unnecessary burden. This risk can easily be avoided by scheduling the vote on the same day and on the same ballots as those for the general election in the fall. Most bond issue votes have been done that way in the past.
There was a full house in the City Council chamber for the Public Hearing before the Planning Board on the Village Square Piazza plan [on June 21]. It was good to see the community interest in this project even though many of the citizens present were just hearing about it for the first time.
Most of the buildings to be redeveloped in Village Square are owned by Mr. Puntillo, who is making application before the Planning Board to redevelop the current run-down property into mixed-use residential and commercial units in 4- and 5-story buildings. His team presented magnificent images from their 3D visual model depicting the project from all sides.
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.
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