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?
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi
Last month, I shared with you a vision for Glen Cove. This month I wish to express specifics as to how that vision can become a reality as we build upon Glen Cove’s Tradition of Quality so that we can create a Future of Excellence. What do I see for Glen Cove’s school district as we move into the second decade of the 21st century – together for children?
I see a district with a fully coordinated system of education – a continuum of discovery and skills development for all children. It is a district in which teachers and administrators – from pre-kindergarten to grade twelve – work together, by design, to create integrated and complementary curricula. It is a district in which each level of education serves expressly to prepare each child for the next level. And it is a district – a quality district – in which children and their parents always know what is required to reach the next level and are confident that the educators will help them get there successfully, with confidence and dignity.
Recently, Nassau County superintendents of schools received literature from County Executive Ed Mangano regarding his 2011 “No Property Tax Increase Budget.” As part of this proposed budget, Nassau County Legislators voted, strictly along party lines, to shift the financial expense of paying county assessment errors from Nassau County to the local school districts. We certainly agree that the assessment system is broken, however, shifting the responsibility to the school districts will not help fix it.
When he was elected last year, Nassau County Executive Mangano promised no tax increases. The Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt pledged no tax increases and no fee increases. It took each of them less than 10 months to renege on their commitments.
In the 2011 county budget, which I and my Democratic colleagues opposed, the Republican leadership enacted many tax and fee increases which include Parks and Recreation fee hikes totaling $2.3 million. Sewer and Storm Water charges will add an additional $20 million tax burden. New Traffic and Parking Violation fees will total $7 million. New Ambulance fees will total $8 million. New administrative fees at the County Clerk office will total $8 million.
As I had expected, my written concerns about the Glen Cove School District’s varsity football program under the direction of Pete Kopecky has created a firestorm in Glen Cove. I have read the letters criticizing me for my comments and have heard from a number of Glen Covers as well. But notwithstanding Mr. Checola’s recent comments, no one except a former varsity sports coach, has offered any solutions to the dilemma of turning the football program around.
I offered one solution already: Coach Kopecky’s retirement. I now offer a second solution to Glen Cove’s varsity football problem that was suggested to me after my previously published letter.
The Sea Cliff Holiday House Tour held on Saturday, Dec. 4 was a huge success! On behalf of the Mutual Concerns Committee I would like to thank the following people: The brave homeowners, who have generously opened their homes to us at this busy time of year; the people who came from near and far to see the beautiful homes; the many wonderful volunteers, without whom this day would not have happened; The Sea Cliff Village Museum and the Sea Cliff Arts Council, for sharing their exhibit and boutique with us; Metropolitan Bistro for the delicious assortment of appetizers at the After-Tour Party, Terry Sciubba and Sherlock Homes Realty for tickets and information; food from Arata’s, Atria of Roslyn, B. Brown’s Kitchen, Bernard’s, Brookville Deli, Cactus Café, Caggianos, Gonzalo’s American Café, Grassroots Bake Shop, Il Forno, KC Gallagher’s Pub, Leonetti’s Pastry Shop, La Famiglia, Nitalis Grill, North Shore Farms, Pine Hollow Country Club, Roslyn Claremont Hotel, Sea Cliff Bagel Café, Sea Cliff Market, Sea Cliff Yacht Club, Wells Fargo, and Starbucks; floral arrangements from: Greenleaf and Bloom, Jill Chaffin, Petals and Peppers, Dodds & Eder and Glen Head Florist.
The proceeds of this tour will be used to provide nourishing meals and holiday baskets for those in need and to keep the senior lunch program running. Thank you again.
Mutual Concerns Committee
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