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.
Our Long Island high school athletes in track and field have proven to be among the best in New York State. It is with great disappointment that Nassau County’s Mitchel Athletic Complex, once considered “The World’s Biggest Stage, a showcase for the best competition the world has ever seen…,” [Goodwill Games] has let the field events deteriorate to the point of forcing our high school athletes and other famous high profile meets to seek other venues for their competition.
With the death of Elinor Zatlin last week, Glen Cove lost a dynamic, compassionate, wonderful woman who contributed those very qualities to our community and its history. Mrs. Zatlin, a true gentlewoman, always had a smile and gentle words of wisdom to share whenever I would run into her at the supermarket, at the Boys & Girls Club on quite a few Election Days, and at local events. We comforted one another when we talked about coping with the tragedy we both faced. She was an incredible person, all embracing. Mrs. Zatlin was a presence in Glen Cove that will be missed by everyone.
Eternal Be Her Memory.
Saturday, May 7, Village Square was abuzz with activity and a spirit that only senior citizens can generate. City of Glen Cove Mayor Suozzi, Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos and a host of community leaders were at the Fifth Annual Senior Recognition Day—-an idea conceived five years ago by Bob Howard and endorsed by Mayor Suozzi in recognition of one of the city’s most precious assets—-senior citizens.
Today, I voted for the Public Integrity Act of 2011, which seeks to implement across-the-board ethics reform. This legislation contains some positive changes, but lacks follow through on many of its promises. For instance, a provision that would strip public employees convicted of felonies of their pensions not only exempts teachers, but also allows for other exceptions. For example, those showing that the forfeiture of their pension would create financial hardship may be exempt altogether from the punishment. The legislation also gives the power to district attorneys to choose whether they should pursue forfeiture, immensely weakening this portion of the legislation, which I believe should be automatically enacted on all officials convicted of felonies related to their office. The flawed pension forfeiture provision is only one example from a bill that lays the foundation for positive change, but fails to follow through on the details.
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