I want to thank everyone that came out in support of my candidacy, the budget and the turf field. I want to particularly thank those teachers that quietly supported my candidacy and who shared my desire for the implementation of “Best Practices” - an environment of academic freedom in the classroom and consistency in our educational priorities and programs.
Running as a reform candidate is never easy. But going along to get along is worse. I believe that election campaigns are good for the community and we have accomplished much. I believe in the value of the dialogue that has taken place. As a result of the election campaign, the board finally disclosed that Dr. Melnick entertained a lucrative job offer from another school district, but agreed to stay for a modest raise. We also received acknowledgement that we have stressed test preparation and questions too much, having ignored it for years. Balance is the new mantra, at least for the foreseeable future. None of this would have been disclosed without an election.
The current Glen Cove City administration recently announced the latest “new” revision of the Waterfront development plan. The plan, calling for over 800 residential units, was conceived and promoted by the current administration and its predecessor during a “bubble” real estate market. Of course we all remember those were the times that appeared to “guarantee” that the real estate market would increase in value forever. It seemed axiomatic that any investment in residential real estate could only increase the wealth of the investors, the buyers and by virtue of expanding tax receipts, the community invested in. This was seen as the best way to put the “gold” back into the “Gold Coast.”
At a recent Glen Cove City Council meeting, discussion once again turned to the mayor and council’s refusal to replace board and agency members whose service has exceeded the city’s 2-term limit. I contend, and submit to your readers, that replacing these “holdovers” from a pool of other qualified residents would not only serve the spirit and letter of our city charter, but also be more representative, putting our city in the hands of even more people with a stake in its future. Perhaps even more importantly, it would instill greater faith in the work of these bodies by eliminating any possibility that these holdovers could be influenced in their decisions by the mayor and council. Permit me to demonstrate.
The Friends of the Glen Cove Youth Board is a not-for-profit organization that was formed for the purpose of supporting and augmenting many of the awesome programs that are offered by the Glen Cove Youth Bureau. We provide this support by organizing fundraisers, assisting with grant seeking efforts, serving as mentors to youth and providing a source of community expertise and knowledge to the staff at the Youth Board. The Friends, as a group and individually, are constantly amazed at what the Youth Bureau does for youth in Glen Cove and are proud to support their hard work and endeavors.
The Youth Bureau operates on a year-round basis; however, as we transition from the school year to the lazy hazy days of summer, it is a good time to take a moment to reflect on what the Bureau has accomplished this year and to express gratitude to all who made it possible. This past year has been very rewarding and I would like to share some of the highlights with you:
Can’t I just say: you know her…vote for her? Really, who doesn’t know Amy Beyer? Who doesn’t know about her undying dedication to our schools and therefore to our children and our community?
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County, a non-partisan organization, which neither supports nor opposes any candidate or political party, is concerned about the County Legislature’s haste in re-drawing the legislative district lines. In doing this, the Legislature is not adhering to its own County Charter, subsection 113, which requires an advisory redistricting commission to be established to reapportion the county legislative districts based on the federal census.
This commission was never established. Instead, new district lines have been drawn and are scheduled to be presented to the Legislature for a vote on May 16. The League strongly believes that the public is being ill-served by this rush to get new district lines established in time for the 2011 election.
The concept of private property is in this country a tenet of its very foundational framework.
In the Declaration of Independence; “pursuit of property,” as one of the inalienable rights along with life and liberty, was replaced with “pursuit of happiness” because it increased the emotional motivational power of the revolutionary “slogan” making it more acceptable. The concept of property involved an intellectual understanding of a legal principle hence best left for the writing of the Constitution where in fact, in the 5th Amendment we find the phrase in the original meaning of life, liberty and property.
There are major things on the move at the county and the local level in our area. The Record Pilot would like to feature an election section where you can write in questions or concerns to get a conversation started. Ultimately, your feedback and our own research will drive news stories as well as opinion content in this section. We will also take it into account as we pose a series of questions to candidates on various topics.
On April 14, you responded to my “Friends of Robert Germino” Facebook note titled “Reporting the Truth?” My article referred to the media coverage of the March 22 public workers union rally at the Glen Cove City Council meeting. I juxtaposed a quote from the Glen Cove Record Pilot with a similar one from Glen Cove Patch (one of your competitors). Why would you and your competitor quote the same person almost verbatim but you omitted that person’s controversial statement? Should the readers of your newspaper know that a prominent community member accused someone of being a “terrorist” in the union contract negotiation with our city?
Please do not take umbrage at my questioning or Glen Cove Patch’s superior journalistic coverage of the same event. Although your April 14 editorial fouls the air, I will always defend your right to do it. I only ask that you relax your hostility towards those readers and voters who ask “why.” As glasnost reformed a rigid paradigm, your newspaper could benefit from a similar policy.
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