For the past three years many residents of Glen Cove have reached out to me and shared their frustration with having only one choice for a cable provider. Throughout my first and second terms on the City Council, I have consistently argued in favor of allowing and acquiring Verizon FIOS to be a cable option for the residents of Glen Cove. On Tuesday, March 11, the Glen Cove City Council voted 5-2 in favor of approving a Cable Franchise Agreement between the city and Verizon.
While I can sympathize with G. Valente’s letter regarding the Villas/Livingston, I am afraid this is another lesson in futility. The powers that be in Glen Cove are determined to literally turn Glen Cove into a city. I am open to development but almost every proposal put forth has unreasonable and uncharacteristic density for this area. The waterfront will look like a city of its own once completed. However, lower density and more thoughtful planning and design could have provided a more aesthetically appealing mixed use project.
Unfortunately, developers don’t really care what we think, it’s all about the money. Too many people who attended planning board meetings and let their voices be heard have given up the fight. I applaud your efforts, and I hope you are successful, but I am not optimistic. B. Hall
I have read several articles and letters to the editor about “saving” the massive Glenwood Landing Power Plant main building and converting it to a community center or some other public facility.
Not once have I seen anyone lay out the cost to do this, and to maintain and run the huge edifice for such a purpose. Just the cost of converting this large multistory structure for any community use would be in the range of $25 to 50 million, possibly more. This would include full restructuring of the interior to meet current code, a complete new HVAC system, elevators and ramps for the handicapped as well as facilities, offices, public space, windows, water and electric modifications and on and on.
When I began my second term this year as a Nassau County Legislator, I was proud to be named Ranking Member of the Health & Human Services Committee.
Health issues have always been a priority for me. My own daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 3, which caused me to become active on health-related concerns. As a board member of the Long Island Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, my involvement in local efforts has led to about $800,000 in fundraising for diabetes research, which I believe is rapidly pointing to a cure. I also actively seek to engage with other local health efforts, like the wonderful Glen Cove CARES and Relay for Life events. I have honored people at the Legislature who have made major strides in raising awareness and funds as well, such as Laura and Anthony Perfetti, who have done so much to promote the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and Lori Schneider and Matthew Ruderman of Penelope’s Odyssey, who focus on improving the lives of children with cancer.
The Villa is an unprecedented super high density, huge mega-monstrosity project comprised of six buildings which tower over the vicinity. The developer has sought to violate the current zoning law by seeking “bonus densities” which almost quadruples the size of the complex. Livingston is seeking to build five-, six-, and seven-story structures to contain 196 units in six buildings on a site whose topography prevents any such building to be even considered since it is on a 70-foot gradient (a very steep hill) which will have disastrous erosion problems, flood neighboring properties and impact Glen Cove Avenue itself. There is no amount of drainage which can stop the volume of the flow of water down this cliff. Since the top of this steep hill is the fundamental supporting framework for a neighborhood of houses, if erosion occurs and the hill collapses, it could destroy the entire existing neighborhood.
So, once again our school district finds itself the subject of a negative story in Newsday and all the local newspapers. This time it is because one of our elementary schools ran out of fuel oil! Because of this, when the oil burners were finally restarted, somehow, fumes filled the building, causing students to seek emergency room treatment, some lasting all day, according to parents at the last school board meeting. How could this happen? That school is equipped with both oil and gas burning boilers so even if the oil ran out, which has never happened before, why wasn’t the gas turned on?
In the last issue of the Record Pilot, the article “Trying To Save The Power Plant” stated that Karin Barnaby has gotten “no response” from politicians. While she has not gotten a direct response from the Town of North Hemptead about her petition, she says she has met at length with Assemblyman Chuck Lavine to discuss the project, and that Senator Chuck Schumer has been a “great resource” through his Long Island office, which has been in touch with National Grid and with TONH Supervisor Judi Bosworth. Bosworth submitted the following statement past press time for the last issue: “The town will have a regulatory role in the redevelopment of the property at the Glenwood Landing Power Plant but is not the owner of the plant. We are beginning a community visioning process for West Shore Road and Hempstead Harbor and will look at all opportunities to revitalize that area.”
You know Old Man Winter has overstayed his welcome when even a middle school student will say he doesn’t want any more snow days.
(The following is a copy of a letter recently sent to Michael Dowling, president and CEO of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish health system)
Dear President Dowling:
Thank you for the call from your office regarding my letters, expressing the deep and real concerns of the community and local physicians about North Shore-LIJ’s proposal to convert the almost century old Glen Cove Hospital to an urgent care center, eliminating 103 hospital beds, the highly ranked orthopedic surgery center and drastically downsizing other units. To close, emasculate and diminish a century old, highly respected and profitable hospital, ranked in the top 15 percent of the many great hospitals of the state of
New York, requires an extraordinarily compelling rationale.
First, as I have concluded my first term and begun my second, I’d like to thank all of you who first voted for me to become your Nassau County Legislator two years ago and now all of you who have voted to re-elect me.
It has been a pleasure and honor to serve you so far and I am grateful for the chance to continue the important work we have been doing together.
My new district, the 11th LD, incorporates Sands Point, Port Washington, Flower Hill, Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Glen Head, Glenwood, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove.
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