I think our city council should wear powdered wigs and be renamed the “Privileged Council” since they obviously think of themselves as entitled to special privileges. They get a $10,000 salary while members of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, who work harder, volunteer their time and receive no salary. Now we see that the Privileged Council awarded themselves family health coverage at taxpayer expense even though they only work part-time. Please show me a job in private industry where part-time workers get this benefit. To add insult to injury, they make zero contribution to the cost of their care. Private sector employees pay about 20 percent of the cost of individual health coverage. State employees contribute about 10 percent. Worse still, if members of the Privileged Council don’t accept health coverage paid by the taxpayers, they get an opt-out payment of $2,000! Think of that. If they don’t need or want the coverage, the taxpayers still get whacked and these same people determine our tax rate. Does it shock you that taxpayers spend over $300,000 per month for city employees’ family health coverage and none of these employees contribute a dime?
I read recently that Senator Schumer has asked that discounts be available for Mets fans to ride the proposed “phantom” ferry from the Glen Cove location.
Is Senator Schumer aware that presently we citizens have not heard anything about a ferry operator interested in running the ferry even though we now have an $11 million federal stimulus project in the works to provide for a terminal and other components of the project? Again let’s ask the question about ferry ridership, not during the baseball season: why would a commuter from Port Washington or Manhasset going to the city travel east to get on a ferry which would then move west?
Continued discussion of the resolution passed at the last Glen Cove City Council meeting of 2010, that gives the same 100 percent taxpayer-funded benefits to non-union city employees that are contractually provided to union employees, may seem like beating a dead horse, but it raises some very valid points about what may be a flawed process at best, and at worst… well, I’ll leave that to the reader.
First – Mayor Suozzi introduced the resolution stating that it applied to full-time non-union city employees. After further prompting, it became apparent that it also applied to some who are not full-time city employees - city council members - who voted unanimously for its passage, and the city attorney.
I was extremely disappointed in the comments attributed to Mayor Suozzi in response to inquires made by one of our taxpaying citizens. Mr. Suozzi’s personal attacks on Mr. Meli, as relayed by this newspaper, were outrageous, inappropriate and should be condemned. Taken by themselves, they were obviously meant as an instrument to stifle the opinions of a citizen who has opposing views than the mayor.
Our city needs citizens who are not afraid of speaking out if they are unhappy with the status quo. That is the only way things improve. Differing opinions should not be met with personal insults.
Time and again I have heard the mayor state that we are experiencing one of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and indeed we are!
The disagreement comes in when I see the mayor run the city and its finances as if we were living through a booming economic period.
This disagreement and my disbelief strengthened upon finding out how the mayor is continuing to cater to his loyal power base by continuing, maybe even expanding, the number of individuals who are continuing to benefit from a very generous benefits package at the expenses of the taxpayers.
On behalf of the Graziose family we would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to each and every individual who helped and acknowledged us in our time of need. We knew Larry had so many friends but we were truly astonished at the amazing turnout. He was so loved.
I am not typically one to toot my own horn, but Sea Cliff once again has set the standard for snow clean up. While the county and town roads were barely traversable, Sea Cliff streets were plowed and sanded, allowing for safe passage.
The real credit for this goes out to the hard-working men at the Sea Cliff Department of Public Works. These men worked for 27 straight hours, napping and eating when necessary at the garage. Residents were able to go to work on Monday morning (although once they left Sea Cliff the roads got treacherous) and Village Hall was open on time. The snow was completely removed from the streets and sidewalks of the business district within 24 hours, keeping our shops and restaurants open.
I would like to express my gratitude to the whole DPW staff and the tremendous leadership of John Mirando and Jimmy O’Donnell for your dedication and service to the residents of Sea Cliff. You guys sure make a mayor look good!
Bruce Kennedy, Sea Cliff Mayor
In the Dec. 16 edition, the Record Pilot reported that the mayor had made a statement regarding the proposed increases to fees concerning commercial building permits; minimizing these increases, he reportedly said that it could have been only $ 99 increase per $100,000 of estimated construction cost.
As it turns out, his “could be only $ 99” is actually $300, the same amount that, as I reported in a previous letter, was proposed at the Nov. 23 public hearing and now voted into law by our administration, on the Dec. 28 meeting.
I would like to thank our residents, businesses and the employees of Nassau County for their patience and cooperation during last week’s blizzard. With the storm dumping over 16 inches of snow in our community, County employees mobilized early the morning after Christmas Day to deal with its cleanup. Crews were instructed to plow lanes adequate for travel in both directions. First priorities for snow removal included major thorough fares and access to emergency services. In all, over 100 County employees were involved in clearing roadways and dropping over 2,880 pounds of salt on our roadways. When those County roadways were cleared, snow plowing operations were sent to assist towns and villages who requested such help with residential streets.
“We got it,” That is what our mayor and city council must have thought when they came up with this new one!
In the spirit of consolidation of services, and cost cutting initiatives, yeah right, for their constituency; they must have thought why not go all the way? Why not consolidate the three branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial) into just two?
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