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?
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.
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