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.
“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
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