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.
It was indeed stunning to read Planned Parenthood’s (Ms. Smith’s) defense of the indefensible, in a plea for continued funding of that organization. Notable also is the “extremist” label given to those who do not believe this organization is the benevolent “helper” of the millions of women they “serve.” The only thing extreme is the body count of the millions of babies who will never see the light of day; aborted due to PP’s “counseling” to those who wrongfully thought they had no other place to go and who, in their panic were glad to accept whatever would make things “right” for them. When a human face cannot be put on something (i.e. fetus instead of baby), the act becomes easy. How many minds were changed when sonograms were seen? How much mental human suffering has occurred for women who took their advice and when the panic and fear subsided, lived to regret their action?
Last month’s vote by the House of Representatives to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding reflects the pursuit of an extreme political agenda by the Republican House leadership.
It is also an outrageous assault on the millions of Americans who rely on Planned Parenthood for primary and preventive health care, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual exams, birth control, HIV testing, and STI testing and treatment.
Anyone interested in the true state of Glen Cove’s finances would be wise to read the city’s Deficit Reduction Plan (“the Plan”) and the state comptroller’s response thereto, versus Mayor Suozzi’s interpretation, or even Newsday’s coverage, thereof.
The unfortunate fact is that, as revealed by the plan and the review to which it responds, if you include the almost $13 million the city has borrowed to reduce the deficit, it has continued to grow.
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