The negativity in the campaign against Chuck Lavine is downright strange. I read with great amusement the whining complaint that the Anton Community Newspapers won’t censor his “From the Desk of” columns.
As a reader, I know that for many years the Anton papers have adhered to a policy of “restricting the frequency of columns from incumbents up for re-election and not running columns from incumbents in the three issues prior to an election.”
The “MTA Payroll Tax,” more accurately known as, “more taxes again,” represents yet another bailout of the MTA, proposed once again by the Democrat-run state legislature. It spells disaster for the Long Island economy, which is already on life support. Despite the fact that businesses large and small are closing in towns all across the Island, this payroll tax puts an added burden on all employers including school districts. I believe the Glen Cove School District has already included it in its budget. This so-called “Payroll Tax” is designed to reach into every layer of Long Island’s population, cutting across all socio-economic lines. It will do this by increasing taxes on your driver’s license and car registration, rents for apartments and homes and through property taxes. As businesses and households are impacted by this tax, it’s fair to assume they will move off Long Island. No one can blame them for preferring to invest their hard earned money in a less parasitic state. As unintended consequences become reality, it’s possible that we’ll see a reduction in our representation in Washington since the House of Representatives is based on population numbers. We’re witnessing a crisis in the making.
“All politics are local,” the legendary Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil once said. That sage advice, however, doesn’t mean to imply that voters cannot draw some parallels between local and national politics.
One such parallel is in personalities. Nobody would disagree that the current speaker, Nancy Pelosi, is a woman of strong convictions and has a manner that forges ahead at full speed. There is nothing moderate about her; there is no compromise in her veins. The bottom line is that she knows better than anybody.
I’m sure most of you are not aware of this, but at last Tuesday’s Glen Cove Planning Board meeting there was an application for a Tire Retread Factory to operate on Garvies Point Road, which is our waterfront area. This area was rezoned for marine related businesses only. New Era Tire is looking to change this. The retreading industry creates a great deal of dust, noise, and noxious odors. This is the type of industry we have fought to remove from our waterfront for many years. There are many carcinogens found in the vulcanizing fluid (glue) and rubber dust that this type of business produces. Also, if the tire casings (old tires) are stored outside, pools of water will form in each tire making a breeding ground for West Nile Virus. If the tires are stored inside, the potential for a serious tire fire is significant. Tire fires are very hard to extinguish - the last one on Long Island took a week to put out! I am also concerned about the watershed from old tires entering Hempstead Harbor. To sum it up, to retread a tire, the old tire must be ground down (dust) and new rubber must be cured on top of the old tire using a vulcanizing fluid (glue) at temperatures of 265 degrees. The venting and noise from this operation will be heard and smelled in the Landing, our ball fields, Sea Cliff, our marinas, and our beaches. Who knows what long term effects it will have on our residents and the animals in Garvies Point Preserve, which sits directly behind this factory.
The Planning Board was insightful enough to open this agenda for public hearing on Sept. 21 at Glen Cove City Hall at 8 p.m. We urge all to show up and voice your opinion! Let’s not make the same mistake again and bring a dirty industry to our beautiful waterfront! Please attend!
Jim Coniglione, Former Owner of TireWorks in Glen Cove
Fishermen will tell you that fish swim either upstream or downstream. Only dead fish go with the flow. Charles Lavine, incumbent state assemblyman from the 13th Assembly District, always goes with the flow, which explains his undeviating allegiance to the dysfunctional New York State Legislature and his party’s leaders. That form of behavior has marked his three terms in Albany. In that context, name one thing that Lavine has done for the 13th A.D. during six years in Albany? Just one? Actually there is a legitimate “accomplishment” Lavine has recorded, his sponsorship of the infamous “MTA tax” that increases car registration fees and payroll taxes for people in the 13th A.D., but not for upstate residents. Yes, you’re reading right: Lucky you, your car fees and payroll taxes are now higher than upstate residents’ because you live in the 13th, courtesy of Mr. Lavine. To his everlasting discredit, the MTA tax increase is Lavine’s defining issue. He, a lawyer, any lawyer, will call that discrimination and to make a finer point, “selective discrimination.”
By now, all Glen Cove residents should have received a copy of our Fall, 2010 Adult Education catalog. For your convenience, the catalog also appears on the School District website, http://www.glencove.k12.ny.us.
You’ll notice that we have added seven new courses this fall, including: Real Estate, Meditation, Personal Development, Drawing, Bandometrics, Body Sculpting, and Cooking (at Page One Restaurant). We think we have something for just about everyone.
My name is Matthew Bellomo. I am a Life Scout from Troop 6 and have been working on my Boy Scout Eagle Project. I have revitalized and enhanced the Morgan Park Gazebo and Garden area. I have worked very closely with Ms. Darcy Belyea (director of Parks and Recreation of the City of Glen Cove) in planning and carrying out this project. She, along with her staff, Debbie and Zach, have been extremely helpful. I would like to thank them for their support as I completed this project. I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the many wonderful individuals, families, local businesses and other organizations who so generously contributed to my fundraising efforts. Many thanks to: Mike Iannelli (Frank Iannelli & Sons, Masonry Contractors), Sal Di Maggio Landscaping and Michael Bellomo Painting Co. for all their time, assistance and expertise.
It was the 4th of July and I left my daughter in Oyster Bay early because my heart was bothering me.
Suddenly, coming down the hill from Oyster Bay around the pond, all systems of the truck seemed to fail. I tried steering with all my might to no avail. At the last second the vehicle stopped just at the fence guarding the pond.
Relief washed over me. Suddenly a car coming down the hill slammed into me. The driver got out, looked, saw no damage to his car. He took off, offering me no help. I was stunned at the apparent human disinterest. I then realized that all the subsequent cars would hit me as the visibility was none.
On the Legislature’s Special Session
Following spring and summer budget negotiations offering reckless borrowing, payment deferrals, and one-shot gimmicks, the Assembly Majority leadership, under direction from Governor Paterson, has finally settled on their deficit-closing plan: a phantom federal bailout.“Like the Roman emperor who made a desert and called it peace, Governor Paterson has demanded another unproductive special session and called it progress,” said Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head).
At this week’s city council meeting, the local Republican Committee chairman showed a sophisticated understanding of legal wording during a hearing on land use. He also made an educated point during a term-limit hearing.
Whether you agree or disagree with him, the Republican leader has offered valid points and insight at most public hearings and also during his own campaign last year.
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