Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) submitted the following statement after Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address:
“Our state’s agenda this year is simple, but bold: getting Albany out of the way so we can move the middle-class forward. By ending the cycle of high taxes, bureaucratic and political nonsense and mismanagement of our education system, we can create the more affordable, vibrant communities our families expect and deserve.
On the first day of a new college course my brother always told the students, “Today you have a grade of 100 (A). What you do with it is up to you.” The newly elected Glen Cove City officials started their term of office on Jan. 1. They start with a grade of 100. What will they do with it remains to be seen.
Over the past eight years the City of Glen Cove has progressed forward and upward. At this point in time it has reached a level of involvement with the community and support to the residents and businesses that has not been seen in the past. Mayor Suozzi and the city council, the city departments and commissions and all of those involved have raised the bar to a very high level and have shown that level of close support to, and strong management of, Glen Cove can be maintained.
Interesting. However John Owens left out an important point [in his column “Mastering Math Shouldn’t Be Optional”], and one that I made at a recent school board meeting.
I asked if this Common Core curriculum was going to improve the ability of our children to make change at the check-out counter or anywhere else. The answer was “No.”
First, I’d like to thank the paper for keeping the community informed on Common Core. It is definitely something most parents are talking about, some fearful, a few taking a tone of defiance. In the end, my wife and I take the position that it is better to have a universal standard in this country than have different standards originating “from the community.”
As we look to the year ahead with promise and hope, it is difficult to assess where we are now and where we are headed without first grasping the importance and relevance of the last three months of 2012.
Perhaps 2013 will be remembered as the year in which the Long Island community came together to repair the structural, physical and emotional damage incurred in October, November and December of 2012: when neighbor to neighbor we worked to rebuild our island, to find a way to improve electric service and infrastructure; to give our veterans a plan for the future, return our residents to good jobs, provide our neighbors food for their tables, and to protect our children and loved ones from mentally
ill people with guns.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the residents of Glen Cove for electing me to serve as one of the newest members of the Glen Cove City Council. I am thankful for your overwhelming support and look forward to serving you and our community. For those of you that did not vote for me, I plan to work hard and hope to earn your future support.
During this holiday season, I encourage all of us to remember that regardless of political persuasion, we are all united in our hopes for a better Glen Cove. As a first generation American, I understand sacrifice and the hard work needed to achieve success. You have entrusted me with your vote and in return I will not forget my solemn obligation to fight for you – the hard working tax payer.
With the holidays soon approaching, the rehab staff at Glen Cove Hospital would like to show our deepest appreciation to our valued volunteers. Through the years, they have been providing us with their help in physical therapy, occupational, speech and recreational therapies. We are honoring them with a holiday luncheon to show our sincere gratitude for their dedication.
After serving as a councilman for almost 14 years in Glen Cove, I am nearing the end of my service. I have worked with three different mayors and 13 other councilpersons and have great respect for all of them. I tried to do my best to provide good government to all Glen Covers. I found the job to be exciting, thrilling, frightening, challenging and rewarding.
(The following is a copy of a letter sent to Board of Regents member Roger Tilles on Nov. 4)
The Glen Cove Teachers Association supports the New York State Allies for Public Education in their call for the resignation of New York State Education Department Commissioner Dr. John B. King Jr. Commissioner King’s actions during a recent NYS PTA town hall meeting in Poughkeepsie mirrored his established pattern of ignoring the concerns of parents and educators. The cancellation of the future town hall meetings shows a lack of leadership from Commissioner King.
The Dec. 3 vote approving the $19.6 million North Shore infrastructure bond issue was a tremendous victory for our students and our schools. Maintaining facilities in proper repair allows our outstanding teachers and administrators to provide the first rate education that our district is noted for.
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