I was stunned on seeing a recent letter to the editor. As I read I had a feeling of deep despair creep over me for in that letter were the details of a plot by a group, Four Years 4 Glen Cove, to hijack the city government by eliminating the wasteful two-year terms to have officials serve for four, yes four years. And the letter went on to imply that this attempt to derail the political patronage system was massively funded by a few persons.
Well, you can imagine my dismay. I was so caught up by this revelation that I followed the published link to the damning evidence, preserved on the New York State web site http://www. elections.state.ny.us/DisclosureReports.html, to see for myself this reportedly egregious plot.
I read that a very interesting idea was presented by a Glen Cove resident at a recent city council meeting. The suggestion was made that the mayor and city council members take up a charter revision that would prohibit them from raising their salaries during their current terms in office. By doing so, they would ensure that any proposed increase would be effective only to those officials that may be elected in the next general election. This idea was not even brought up for discussion by the mayor or the city council.
To the Residents of Glen Cove: the Glen Cove Proposition to change the mayor and council terms from two years to four years is a good government initiative. It will ensure less time spent focusing on elections and more quality time spent focusing on the business of running the city. If the proposition passes on Election Day, this Tuesday, Nov. 2, then the individuals elected in the next city election (in 2011) will serve a four-year term beginning January, 2012.
This letter is in response to last week’s letters from Glen Cove residents addressing the proposition for the City of Glen Cove that will be on the ballot in Glen Cove on Election Day, Nov. 2. Our goal is to set the record straight for voters as to what the proposition really is about.
Using the words “term extensions” in last week’s letters misleads the voters into thinking that the proposition will extend the terms of those currently in office. This is absolutely not the case. The following is the explanation of Proposition 1 as described by the Nassau County Board of Elections:
I want to thank you for your kind words in a recent editorial. I greatly appreciate your comments as to the value and validity of my contributions on various issues of public concern.
You are correct that, long before the current referendum for a four-year term was proposed, I urged the formation of a bipartisan commission of citizens to study our entire city charter, including the length and staggering of terms of office, or even a system of council districts that would elect their own representatives, versus having council members serve “at large.” Indeed, when, more than a year ago, the mayor and council raised, and then withdrew, the idea of extending terms of office, I urged them to hear what the public had to say about our form of government, and how it might be improved upon, rather than presume that they knew best and impose a single choice upon us.
My association with Kerry, like many others, was from St. Pat’s CYO basketball. Kerry ran the program for many years, getting as many local kids involved as he could. By playing in the league, he made hundreds of local children feel special each year. I watched as he opened up early on Saturday mornings and spent the majority of his day at the gym.
You know times are bad when the law and good government start looking better on TV shows than in real life. Whatever happened to operating a campaign that rides on “accomplishments,” instead of building upon negatives that are no more than distortions of the truth? The public deserves more than that and its about time this election step it up some notches and focus on what candidates have done or plan to do.
Generally speaking, televised debates between local candidates are usually an effective cure for insomnia. Lavine vs. Germino on News12 Long Island was anything but. The exchange was interesting and informative; a must see for interested voters.
The highlight was challenger Germino’s statement referring to the Business Council of New York State Pro-Jobs Voter Guide. The Pro-Jobs Voter Guide scored incumbents in both the state Senate and Assembly on their voting records over the past two years. Apparently the Business Council of New York State has rated incumbent Lavine a flat zero percent for job growth.
Like so many of us taxpayers, I am angry about the NY State Legislature’s budget failures too, with taxes climbing and services diminishing. I hope that a lot of incumbents get what they deserve this November when we vote them out of office. I hope that they don’t get good jobs as lobbyists working against our interests for deep pocket special interest groups when they leave their elected offices. That would be business as usual. Let them get real jobs and do something productive for a change.
What a warm and wonderful reception the Glen Cove Downtown Sounds program has received this summer! The response from our seniors has been incredible. Many attended the weekly events throughout the season and had been consistently impressed and extremely complimentary about each program.
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