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Letter: Carpe Diem!

On May 24, Mayor Suozzi and the city council voted to pass a resolution recommending to the planning board approval of the project known as Piazza Glen Cove.

It needs to be mentioned that no notice was ever given to the public that this was an item on the agenda to be considered. When questioned about this by Paul Meli, the mayor simply said that it was an add-on at the last minute, yeah right!

At the June, 2011 meeting, the planning board held a public hearing on the issue of the Glen Cove Piazza.

At that hearing, yours truly questioned the independence of the planning board since several members are now serving way past their chartered time, hence at the pleasure of the same body that recommended approval of the project.

In rebuking my questioning, Chairman Thomas Scott, in a clear attempt to discredit me said: “I need to straighten you out on your misstatement, indeed you made many. This board does not make final decisions on any application. We make recommendations to the city council, if we vote in favor of an application and the city council does not see fit that it benefits the city they can rip up that recommendation and do as they see fit.”

As it turned out, Chairman Scott’s statement was the biggest misleading statement of the year, since on the special meeting of Aug. 10 the planning board voted to grant final approval for special use permit and site plan approval for the project.

In so doing, they ignored their own concerns expressed at the July hearing, when Mr. Scott said that the board could not have approved the project with the building known as 18 Village Square, owned by City Councilman Nick Di Leo, smack in the middle of it all.

When confronted, again by yours truly and others, on the question of holdovers (board members allowed to serve beyond their chartered time), Mayor Suozzi simply said that he keeps them on because “they do a good job” and “they serve the city well.”

It is clear that what some of these board members do a good job of is follow instructions depleting the independence that is required of them. In my opinion this board is only serving the mayor well; by approving projects for developers who have given Mayor Suozzi tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.

As for Thomas Scott’s zeal for this project one can only wonder, in fact I am, if he is looking to move, perhaps, to a more accommodating rental in the middle of town.

Truth is, the powers that be have Glen Cove in a choke hold and do what they please just because they can. In two short months we will have the opportunity to prove them wrong by voting the current administration out of office and, remake Glen Cove our city not their kingdom.  My fellow citizens: seize the day!

Pasquale Cervasio