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Letter: ‘Supersize’ Glen Cove

What is happening to my town Glen Cove? Is our nightmare becoming a reality? Our town is sick. It is becoming obese, sliding down a financial cliff. Our leaders in City Hall created a plan, a Master Plan. This plan is so slick and complicated that only a few understand its implication. The key to the master plan is to “supersize” Glen Cove, a creative way to push through a plan that is as confusing as the health care plan. A plan orchestrated by the city council, past and current mayors who don’t hold a stake in our city as the tax paying citizens. A master plan authored to circumvent objections, pre-approved zoning, and generous bonuses for developers. Like a fast food chain making believe that bigger is better. With an increase in services like police, firefighters, city workers and teachers, our already stressed budget will only get worse. Our frail infrastructure being put to the test, our city can barely manage now.

Our neighbors are experiencing sewer issues, extensive flooding, streets and sidewalks in desperate need of repair, schools that are falling apart while school taxes are rising faster than ever before, without any improvement. The city has a tough time managing its finances. We can’t spend our way out of the financial crisis, nor can we “supersize” our town to fix our growing issues that are only getting bigger.

We all agree to clean up those blighted areas in our town, to beautify the areas. We must keep our trees and green space that make us so unique. Can’t we do this by scaling back these developments in proportion to the surrounding area?

We need to be realistic. Glen Cove is located too far north of an already congested Nassau County, a town hard to get to by car, train or bus. Do we truly believe that “supersizing” our town will help us rise above the rest and make Glen Cove the epic center of Long Island? We are the town with poor train service, clogged road systems and a soon to be costly finished ferry. Large scale emergencies will be a disaster.

Mayor, City Council and Planning Board: we are looking for the quality of life in Glen Cove, not quantity.

We the people of Glen Cove are standing up and our voices will be heard in city council and planning board meetings. Without our voices bulldozers will show up in our neighborhood soon. Trees will make way for concrete. The city is not looking out for us it is just looking for ways to profit under the terms of beautification.

It is never too late to fight, if you love our town, join the fight against the overbuilding of Glen Cove. Stand up against the mayor, council and planning, and say no to high-density buildings. The world is getting smarter by building smaller, keeping and creating more green spaces. Why is our town doing the exact opposite? It doesn’t make sense!

Would you buy an apartment for $500,000 looking out over industries, garbage transfer stations, while listening to the sound of concrete mills, the sounds of blasting firehouse horns? Are you willing to pay the growing cost of a school system, without any improvements in grades? Would you?

It is time for action, Glen Cove, it is time to take our town back, time to clean up the mess. It is time to tell our leaders to listen, make our town healthy, increase our green space, reduce heavy industry and ban large-scale buildings that suffocate our town. Your taxes will go up, not down.

Say no to “supersizing” Glen Cove!

Marcel Weinmann