“Glasnost,” which Robert Germino references in this section, means in English: “Openness.” In the Soviet Union, it was a policy that forced the oppressive, faulty government to become transparent. (This contributed to the fall of the USSR.) The policy of “Openness” allowed newspapers to report freely on political and governmental issues. For someone in the government - or apparently wishing to be in the government, like Germino - to say that Glasnost applies to newspapers says a lot. The idea was that the papers would be the ones free to report news, not that papers should be pressured and maligned by the politically motivated. What Germino is creating seems to be a climate similar to the one in the USSR that caused the need for Glasnost to begin with.
The failed Republican candidate points out that our report about the city council meeting did not quote in entirety a public comment made by a Glen Cove resident. Germino says one has to ask “why.”
Your coverage of the discussion concerning the city’s contract offer to the CSEA at last week’s Glen Cove City Council meeting, as well as the mayor’s subsequent comments, failed to mention that, according to my knowledge, although the offer calls for no increase in 2010, it contemplates a 5 year contract that includes increases of 4 percent per year in the last 4 years. That averages almost 3.4 percent per year over the life of the contract, not including step increases and fringe benefits. A good deal for our hardworking city employees in today’s distressed economy, but one that will “saddle future taxpayers,” to borrow a phrase from the State Comptroller’s recent report.
On the morning of Dec. 1, 2010, our son, brother and uncle, Sal Taranto, met an untimely death. The tragedy has left an indelible imprint of grief upon each of our hearts. The circumstances of his death haunt us each day. To garner a positive out of what transpired is no easy chore. However, the overwhelming response of love, caring and support of the mayor, Sal’s brother police officers, friends, neighbors and acquaintances in the City of Glen Cove is impossible to express in mere words. Glen Covers all of our lives, we thought we knew the city well. We did not! In this time of unspeakable grief, the city rose to the occasion and proved it is truly a special place to live, a place which all of us can be extremely proud to call home.
With our deepest gratitude,
The Family of Salvatore P. Taranto
In a recent letter (“The Numbers Don’t Lie”), I urged those interested in the true state of Glen Cove’s finances to read the City’s Deficit Reduction Plan and the State Comptroller’s response, instead of relying on Newsday’s coverage or Mayor Suozzi’s spin thereon (“Good News About Glen Cove Finances”).
On behalf of the participants and staff of the Glen Cove Senior Center, we want to express our deep gratitude for the tremendous support that we received from you, the City Council, Department of Public Works, Glen Cove Youth Board, Glen Cove Housing Authority, and Stanco Enterprises, Inc., with the renovation process of the Lower Level, Adult Day Program quarters, and the recreation area.
The time has come for New Yorkers to take back their vote. The League of Women Voters of Nassau County believes this can come about only if legislators support an independent, nonpartisan commission for redrawing Assembly and Senate districts in response to the 2010 census. To achieve this end, the LWV has joined ReShape NY, a broad coalition of 30 advocacy, business, union, and civil groups calling on the Governor and state legislature to create an independent redistricting commission that draws district lines using fair and defined criteria while engaging the public in the process. If New York is to have a state legislature that is responsive to the interests of the constituents rather than keeping itself in office, citizens must demand this change from their legislators.
With so many competing voices on television, radio, blogs and social media, we can sometimes miss out on certain forthright messages that deserve special attention. Mike Barry’s Eye on the Island column in the March 10 edition, however, merits extraordinary recognition.
Entitled “Reform and the GOP,” the author’s premise is that New York’s Republicans can prove that they are not enemies of reform and that they can win the debate over their opposition to both public financing of elections and the fair and nonpartisan drawing of election districts. While former Mayor Ed Koch is incensed that every single Republican State Senator has rejected the solemn oaths they ceremoniously took to reform the political system, Mr. Barry reasons that the Republicans can save the day if Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos publicly confesses that signing the reform pledge was simply a desperate mistake, made in a moment of weakness just before the November election.
The wages and benefits of local government workers, police and school teachers are being discussed and debated across the country. Some have directed their anger at the above who provide the essential services that help our country run. Others wish to take away the collective bargaining rights in place for decades. With no negotiating rights, recognition and respect would be missing. Kind of like a batter already having two strikes on him when he steps up to the plate.
To all of my fellow Glen Cove residents who have supported me for the past eight years, I would like to extend a special thank you to all of you. Through the years, you have been very kind, supportive and always had faith in me.
I am now branching out into the music industry, which will expose me to music artists, writers and producers. Recently I was picked up by a manager in Los Angeles. I am also co-writing and producing my first album with two successful writers.
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