Glen Cove has something for everyone. We offer magnificent beaches, a scenic golf course and lovely tree-filled parks, providing our residents with a summer vacation paradise in their own backyards. Recreational boaters will find full-service marinas, a city yacht club, and a fully renovated launch ramp offering easy access to our refreshing North Shore waterways.
HOSPITAL: I coordinated a town hall meeting held in City Hall on February 12 to discuss the status of the Glen Cove Hospital. It was great to see so many residents from Glen Cove and our surrounding communities join my colleagues in government, the Committee to Save Glen Cove Hospital, physicians, nurses and staff from the hospital. We had a lively discussion that quite a few people said should have taken place more than eight months ago. The Hospital COO, Mark Solazzo, Dr. George Dunn, the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer David Battinelli, a hospital senior vice president, Jeff Kraut, and the hospital’s executive director Susan Kwiatek fielded our questions and provided us with a firm commitment that the hospital will continue to provide inpatient beds based on the needs of the community. Additionally, surgery along with an anesthesiologist will continue on a 24-hour basis.
WATERFRONT: On February 19 a town hall meeting was held to discuss the public amenities and open space components of the redevelopment project. A detailed description of public parks and amenities that will be built funded and maintained in perpetuity by the redeveloper, RXR was shown to the many members in attendance. Among the many items for public use will be a connection to the Garvies Point Preserve, small boat basin, kayak and paddle boat rentals, lawn amphitheater, playground, restored wetland ecology and habitat, full service luxury marina, yacht slips, restaurants, ferry terminal, esplanade bike path, cafes, coffee shop and restaurants.
VERIZON FIOS: I have coordinated a public hearing that will be held at 7:30 P.M. on March 11, 2014 in the Main Chambers of City Hall, for the purpose of considering a proposed initial franchise agreement for cable television service in Glen Cove with Verizon New York Inc. For your convenience, copies of the franchise application and of the proposed franchise agreement are on file at City Hall and may be viewed during normal business hours, between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday-Friday. A copy of both documents is also available on the City of Glen Cove website: www.glencove-li.us.
EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE/HEALTH BENEFITS CONTRIBUTION: Since 1995, the premiums for health insurance have quadrupled and to reduce the cost to our City’s taxpayers I redefined the eligibility requirements for future employees and retirees. Effective January 1, 2015, only full-time City employees will be eligible for health insurance and employees hired after January 1, 2015, unless required by a collective bargaining agreement, must have ten years of full-time public service within New York State whereby five years of which must be with the City of Glen Cove to be eligible to continue on the City’s health insurance plan upon retirement. In addition, unless otherwise required by a collective bargaining agreement, City employees hired after January 1, 2012 that are otherwise eligible for health insurance are responsible to pay 10 % of the insurance premium. Of those employees eligible to continue in the health plan upon retirement, they are responsible to pay 10 % of the insurance premium each month to remain on the City’s insurance plan.
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS: As specified in our municipal code, the installation of carbon monoxide detectors is mandatory for multiple dwellings, as well as in one and two family dwellings. The detectors are being installed in all City buildings and I have begun working on legislation to require their installation in all places of public assembly. Having checked with the director of facilities for our school district, I was pleased to confirm that all our school buildings are equipped with the detectors.
THE PIAZZA: The Piazza project in our downtown is currently moving through our planning board process. The project is a mixed use development that includes residential over 25k sq. ft. commercial/retail. Additionally, the project includes 20k sq. ft. of open space in the heart of our downtown. A Panera Bread drive-through is being proposed as part of the project.
To Discuss Awarding a Franchise to Verizon to Provide Cable Television Services
Mayor Reginald A. Spinello announced that a public hearing will be held by the Glen Cove City Council at 7:30 P.M. on March 11, 2014 in Glen Cove City Hall Main Chambers, 9 Glen Street, Glen Cove, New York 11542, for the purpose of considering a proposed initial franchise agreement for cable television service in Glen Cove with Verizon New York Inc.
All interested persons will have the opportunity to be heard during the Public Hearing.