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Letter: Breaking the Law or Revenue Generating?

Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00

On Dec. 1, I started my day. I left my home in Glen Cove, where I have lived for over 34 years. I drove through our beautiful town to Starbucks. I ordered my coffee. I had to wait while they brewed a fresh pot. I looked around while waiting. School Street was decorated for the holidays - Rita’s new Italian ice store, Gold Coast Realty, the new jewelry store. I felt good. School Street was breathing again. Starbucks gave me my coffee free because of the wait. I was happy to be in my town.


Editorial: Tom Suozzi

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Wednesday, 02 December 2009 20:36
Not speaking from any political bent, it was simply an interesting run as journalists to follow Tom Suozzi’s terms as county executive. He was working to helm a county through an urgent financial crisis and complex social evolution and he acted as such - bringing brave ideas to the table on issues ranging from debt, to crime, to shrinking industry, to growing poverty to the exodus of young people and the loss of natural open spaces.

Letter: Thanks for Passing Legislation

Written by Susan Somerville, RN Friday, 27 November 2009 10:46

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is deeply appreciative that the Nassau County Executive and the Legislature have approved the legislation that requires certain chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards. The policy will directly empower consumers to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.

Heart Disease and stroke remain the counties’, the states’ and unfortunately, the nation’s number one risk of death. Obesity directly results in dangerous conditions for your heart, including high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. By allowing consumers to know the calorie count of the items they purchase at chain restaurants, we are assisting individuals in the knowledge that certain foods will be less likely to make them overweight or obese.

According to a July 2009 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are heavier than ever, with more than 26 percent of our country’s population now confirmed as fully obese. Through menu labeling, consumers are motivated to make smarter decisions and live healthier lives. By approving this measure, the County Executive and the County Legislature have provided a welcome tool in our battle against the obesity epidemic.

On behalf of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, I applaud you for approving this policy.

Susan Somerville, RN
Chairman, Long Island Board of Directors

American Heart Association
Nassau County Resident



Letter: Thank You Marie Coyle

Written by Robert N. Pemberton, Sr. Friday, 27 November 2009 00:00

Marie Coyle’s scrutiny of both me and Assemblyman Lavine on the subject of the unpopular quarterly MTA Payroll Tax he supported and voted for is not only commendable, but is also objective. I find no fault with her criticism of me. The dialog she describes as having had with Assemblyman Lavine is enlightening. I believe her veracity to be accurate. All of this is an indicator of her interest in, and knowledge of the pulse of our local business community.

It is gratifying to learn she is also vehemently opposed to the extremely regressive MTA Tax and that she has made this fact known to Assemblyman Lavine. Hopefully, more of your readers will do the same. His office is at 70 Glen Street and his phone number is 676-0050.

I encourage Ms. Coyle to continue interacting with Assemblyman Lavine in his office on this volatile matter. She and the Chamber of Commerce are spheres of influence in Glen Cove. Since he agrees that she and the Chamber have raised some valid issues it might be in his best interests to now take a positive step forward by sponsoring legislation to immediately rescind this unfair quarterly MTA Payroll Tax.

I’m not going to hold my breath that he will in fact do this, but I do want to bring to his attention that if he doesn’t do something “real quick like,” there is the possibility that the Nassau County election phenomenon of Nov. 3, 2009 might in turn not be too kind to his re-election success on Nov. 4, 2010.

Between now and then, because of the unpopular quarterly MTA Payroll Tax he supported, I anticipate, as each quarterly MTA Payroll Tax comes due, he will experience proportionately reduced campaign financing and an increasing groundswell of voter discontent. I’ll leave it to your readers to decide at the polls on Nov. 4, 2010 whether our Chuck Lavine is part of the Albany problem, or part of the Albany solution?

In closing, may I express my gratitude to Ms. Coyle for taking the time to contact your paper describing her feelings, interest and positive actions in this matter of mutual concern.



Letter: Thanks for the Support From Linda Darby

Written by Linda Darby Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00

I would like to thank the people of Glen Cove who supported my run for city council in the recent election, including the other members of the Glen Cove Alliance and the Republican Party.

The experience was an enlightening adventure for me and I enjoyed meeting and speaking with many residents I otherwise might not have met. I will continue to be a concerned and involved citizen of the community I love.

I would like to congratulate the re-elected administration and I hope that our city prospers and develops positively during the next two years.



A Reader’s View: New Mammogram Guidelines Are Irresponsible

Written by Tara E. Butler Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00

The federal government’s newly released guidelines for breast cancer screening are not only irresponsible but deadly. Or perhaps the government’s Preventive Services Task Force is simply involved in a sick deal made to appease insurance companies. I leave that up to the reader to decide.

The federal government’s criminal attempt to unravel the hard work advocacy groups, researchers and physicians have done to raise breast cancer awareness is an injustice.

To say that a woman does not have to have a mammogram until the age of 50 and then only every other year is misleading. Also, to deter them from doing a monthly self-breast exam is remiss.

The federal government’s proclamation that biopsies performed on benign tumors are needless is also negligent.

At the age of 39 I have had a fine needle aspiration and core biopsy and, trust me, they weren’t fun. However, the relief I felt when I was told my biopsies were benign, especially being the daughter of a breast cancer survivor and the niece of someone who succumbed to the disease, was anything but needless. What is the old adage? “It is better to be safe than sorry.”

Yes, the task force agrees that women with a history should consider screening but remember cancer history has to start somewhere.

I urge all women to disregard these ridiculous guidelines and to practice diligence when it comes to your health.


Letter: Kiwanis: Best Wishes To Carol Sucharski

Written by Ann Marie Gailius Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00

Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove would like to take the opportunity to publicly wish our dear friend Carol Sucharski best wishes and congratulations as she starts a new life in Florida. It is with a heavy heart that we write this letter, for Carol has been the backbone of our club from its inception. Carol’s dedication and diligence to the youth of our community, whether it was her role in Kiwanis, Youth Board or school board, has made a profound and positive difference in the lives of so many families in the Glen Cove community. We will miss Carol greatly but know she is only a phone call away.

Ann Marie Gailius,

President, and the Board of Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove



Letter: Thank You Paul Meli

Written by John J. Hanley Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00


As a citizen of Glen Cove, I would like to express my appreciation to Paul Meli and his running mates for the efforts and sacrifices that they made in their recent run for the offices of mayor and city council this election season. They sacrificed family, work and personal time by putting their lives on hold because they each knew they had the desire and talent to improve our city. Individually, they are a very gifted group of concerned citizens who wanted a better Glen Cove. They gave the voters of Glen Cove a viable option and stimulated debate, whether at Stop & Shop, or in front of our houses while tirelessly walking door to door, about the condition of our city and the direction in which it is taking. I thank each and every one of them for making the sacrifice and giving me and my fellow citizens an option in the voting booth this year.




Letter: Chuck Lavine and the New MTA Payroll Tax

Written by Robert N. Pemberton Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

I hope you Glen Cove voters know that our senator in Albany, Carl Marcellino, was not in favor of the MTA Tax and voted No in the New York State Senate to its passage.

By comparison or contrast, our assemblyman in Albany voted Yes in the Assembly for passage of the MTA Payroll Tax.

I hope local voters will remember in November 2010, that he, Chuck Lavine, voted Yes for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Excise Tax that now imposes an additional payroll tax of one-third of one percent levied against both the private and public sectors for each person on their respective payrolls.

I have to wonder just who Chuck Lavine actually represents, us or his NYC cohorts? I also wonder why those who are currently serving in elected offices don’t reprimand him publicly: “Hey Chuck, enough’s enough - are you crazy or do you just go along to get along?”

Perhaps you can call Assemblyman Lavine at 676-0050 or write to / visit him at 70 Glen Street, Suite #1, Glen Cove, NY 11542 and ask him to personally inform you as to exactly how much tax money must the City of Glen Cove, the Glen Cove School District, and the County of Nassau now generate in terms of the payroll tax to help support the MTA thanks to him?

You can bet your life on it that Chuck Lavine will not give you a direct answer to your specific question. It is not his style, believe me.




Letter: In Appreciation

Written by Rae Grazioso Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

“We” the family of “Kara Marie Grazioso” wish to take this opportunity to sincerely acknowledge and thank all our participating city officials and services that responded and assisted us with our family emergency on the morning of Sept. 25, 2009, ie: EMS of G.C., G.C. P.D. and detectives – Nassau County Coroners Department – everything was handled very professionally by all parties involved, also religious clergy. The names are too numerous to mention; I don’t want to be remiss. You all know who you are!

The Minutolli family and staff at Dodge-Thomas - they always go the extra mile to make for a smooth transition in carrying out their services under the profound and personal leadership and expertise of Guy Minutolli – always a true and compassionate friend. She’s now with her Grandpa Graz and beloved Uncle Keith.

Thanks to all friends and neighbors who provided much needed comfort and/or donated the tons of food ‘n’ refreshments throughout and the friends who co-ordinated set up and service. The friends and relatives who traveled from near and far to pay their respects to “Kara’s Memory.” I never realized my granddaughter had so many, many friends. She touched so many people’s lives in many different ways. In return they’ve been very instrumental in memorializing her on Facebook with daily updates and events they’ve planned for fundraising, etc. It’s awesome the things these young people come up with. It’s wonderful – you know - thanks is just a word! There are times it seems not tobe enough!

My thoughts – my words! We live each day in her memory.

Rae Grazioso
(Gramma Graz)



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