OLD BROOKVILLE BOARD TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON MONDAY TO DISCUSS LAW EXTENDING TRUSTEES', MAYOR'S TERMS OF OFFICE
The hearing, at 6:30 on Monday, September 23, will be on whether to enact proposed Local Law 2-2013, entitled “Terms of Office,” which will extend the terms of office of the Mayor and Trustees to four years in the Village of Old Brookville and establish biennial elections in odd-numbered years.
SEA CLIFF VILLAGE BOARD TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS TREE ORDINANCE.
On Monday, September 16, the Sea Cliff Board of Trustees will be holding a Town Hall Meeting in order to “conduct an informal review of the tree ordinance” and to get input from community members on their views of the current policy, and thoughts on whether it ought to be revised in any way.
The current tree ordinance was adopted in 2010. It provides for the formation of a Tree Committee, which is currently made up of Trustee Carol Vogt, Building Superintendent Drew Lawrence, and two community members - Cecelia Wheeler and Russell Gorog - and requires that a resident wishing to take down a tree that is greater than 8 inches diameter at a height of 4.5 feet, first obtain a permit before removing it. Under the ordinance, the Tree Committee has the authority to grant or deny tree removal application permits. Determinations for issuing permits are based on several factors, including, the “condition of the tree with respect to disease and danger of falling, and proximity to existing or proposed structures and interference with utility services; the necessity of removal; . . . the impact of its removal on ecological systems; . . . the impact of the removal on the existing screening of any public street bordering the property; and, whether the tree is a specimen tree.” In the case of site plan and subdivision applications involving the removal of trees, the Committee issues a statement of findings and recommendations to the Planning Board.
The current policy replaces one adopted in 2005 that allowed residents to remove one tree per year without a permit. Any subsequent removals required approval. In an interview with Northwordnews, Trustee Carol Vogt explained that this previous policy was difficult to enforce as it was often unclear whether a resident had already removed a tree.
At the August 15 Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Kennedy announced the Town Hall meeting. Trustee Vogt added in her statement that there are no current proposals being debated, but the Board would like to “get an idea [from the community] of the direction we want to go in.” In her Northwordnews interview, Ms. Vogt described the tree issue as reflecting the classic tension between what is viewed by many as promoting the general welfare, in this case by protecting the character of the village, and protecting the property rights of individuals against government intrusion. The Village, she said, wants to strike the right balance. The question, she continued, that needs to be considered is “What role
should government play in determining whether or not a resident can take down a tree?"
The September 16th Town Hall Forum will be held at 8 pm in the second floor meeting room of Sea Cliff Village Hall.
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UPDATE: SEA CLIFF'S WICKED WEED IS DEAD
The Giant Hogweed. Photo courtesy of NYS DEC.
August 10 - - The Giant Hogweed, a highly toxic and invasive species of plant that was found growing near the bottom of Tilley’s Steps in Sea Cliff a little more than a month ago, is no more.
Trustee Tom Powell reported the discovery of the weed at the July 7th Village Board meeting, and said that the Village had notified the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and sought advice on how to safely get rid of it. At the Village Board Conference this past Monday, Powell stated that the unwanted plant had been killed.
Village Administrator, John Mirando, recently explained that the Village followed the steps that the DEC recommended in its reply. “With directions from DEC, we purchased a herbicide and special protective garments to work near the weed. The Herbicide was applied and the weed covered in a plastic bag. Once the weed died it was removed and disposed of with our normal yard waste.”
Although beautiful and innocuous in appearance, the Giant Hogweed has extremely poisonous sap that is far more toxic than that of the poison ivy plant, and can permanently scar or even cause more serious problems, such as blindness, to the person who is unfortunate enough to come into contact with it. The watery sap causes photo-dermatitis, a condition that makes skin especially susceptible to ultraviolent rays, and will cause severe burning and blistering if the affected skin is exposed to sunlight. The plant was introduced to the United States by gardeners during the early 20th century who were attracted to its towering height (it can grow to 12 feet) and its lovely white flowers, and often used it as an ornamental feature in both home and botanical gardens.
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FOR ITS GRAND OPENING, WOODPECKER HALL HOSTS FUNDRAISER FOR NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC ADVOCATE CANDIDATE SIDIQUE WAI
August 2 - - Thursday night, Woodpecker Hall, the newly renovated buildings at 311 Sea Cliff Avenue, officially opened its doors for a “Grand Opening” hosting a political fundraiser for Sidique Wai, a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for New York City Public Advocate. Read more
DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY? GOLD COAST LIBRARY HOSTS PRESENTATION BY NYS HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES OFFICIAL
Assemblyman Edward Ra and Gold Coast Library Director Michael Morea
August 8 - - This past Tuesday evening, the Gold Coast Public Library in Glen Head, hosted an Emergency Preparedness presentation by Patrick Beckley, the Regional Coordinator of the Long Island Office of Emergency Mangement.
Two local Assemblymen Michael Montesano (R-Glen Head) and Edward Ra (R-Franklin Square) who represent Old Brookville and Glen Head were at the event to facilitate the discussion.
Mr. Beckley gave a PowerPoint presentation which offered advice on what to do before, during, and after an emergency.
He emphasized the importance of developing a family emergency plan, with which everyone in the household should be familiar. The plan should include who to call and where to meet in case of an event that causes family members to become separated. In addition, he stated that all family members should be familiar with basic first aid, and older children and adults with CPR. An emergency kit should also be set up, that at the very minimum would be able to sustain one's family for three days, but preferably seven to ten days. The kit should include water, food, a flashlight, basic tools, a whistle, and first aid supplies.
During the discussion that followed Mr. Beckley's presentation, Assemblyman Michael Montesano commented that a question he got frequently after Hurricane Sandy, is "where do I get copies of the all the important documents, like a deed or birth certificate, that I lost?" He suggested to the Gold Coast audience, that important documents be kept in ziploc bags and fire resistant boxes, which can be purchased at office supply stores like Staples.
For more information on what to do before, during, and after an emergency go to www.ready.gov.
UPDATE: MAYOR SUOZZI ANNOUNCES PETITION DRIVE IN AN EFFORT TO HALT CHANGES AT GLEN COVE HOSPITAL
Early this morning, on the City of Glen Cove EMS
Facebook page, Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi announced that he was initiating a petition drive in an effort to persuade North Shore-LIJ Health System to reconsider its decision to end inpatient and other medical services at Glen Cove Hospital. The electronic petition
he said would not be likely to be up and running until tomorrow. However, a hard-copy version of the petition would be available at The Chemist pharmacy on Forest Avenue, and another was being started at the Glen Cove Senior Center. Mr. Suozzi also supplied contact information for the North Shore-LIJ CEO and President of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Suozzi’s posting can
be found at https://www.facebook.com/glencoveems.
UPDATE: GLEN COVE MAYOR SUOZZI MEETS WITH NS-LIJ VICE PRESIDENT; ASKS THAT DECISION TO CLOSE GC HOSPITAL FOR INPATIENT SERVICES BE RECONSIDERED; CALLS ON HOSPITAL OFFICIALS, GOVERNMENT LEADERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY TO WORK TOGETHER TOWARDS A SOLUTION
July 31 -- In a message posted on the Glen Cove
EMS Facebook page early this morning, Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi stated that he met with Mark J. Solazzo the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System yesterday afternoon, and expressed to him his concerns “about the many anticipated impacts on the City of Glen Cove Emergency Medical Services (EMS), hospital employees, and businesses and residents in Glen Cove and nearby communities,” that will result from the closing of inpatient and other health service facilities at Glen Cove Hospital.
“Glen Cove Hospital employs about 1200 people,” Mr. Suozzi wrote, “Those employees provide quality healthcare services to Glen Cove and our neighboring communities. Their jobs are undoubtedly important to them and their families. Those employees also eat in our
restaurants, shop in our stores, and use many other services. In other words, they’re significant contributors to our local economy.”
According to the Mayor, Mr. Solazzo would soon be releasing a “fact sheet” that would be shared with the community. Arrangements are also being made for Mr. Suozzi to meet with the health network’s CEO and Board of Trustees President.
Mr. Suozzi went on to say that while he recognizes “that NSLIJ is making a business decision based on how health care is evolving and economic realities, [he] strongly feels that some of the changes that are being contemplated must be reconsidered.”
The Mayor stated that he has reached out to our representatives in Albany and Washington, as well as Governor Cuomo, and asked that they join him “in urging NSLIJ to postpone this decision in order to encourage a broader discussion about the future of the Glen Cove facility.”
He also called on the community to write or call their elected representatives, and hospital officials in an effort to get NSLIJ to reconsider its decision.
“Let’s work together for the good of Glen Cove,” Mr. Suozzi concluded.
(Story by T. Madden)
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Glen Cove Hospital to Shut Its Doors for In-Patient Services
Last evening, Glen Cove Hospital employees learned that the North Shore Long Island Jewish Healthcare system would be shutting the hospital’s doors for inpatient services. The move is expected to be fully implemented by April, 2014.
The Glen Cove facility will continue to offer outpatient day surgery, a 24 hour emergency room, an outpatient cancer treatment center, and the family practice clinic. Its rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric services, surgery, Cardiac Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit will close.
According to Newsday, Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi expressed concerns not only about the closing’s impact on the community’s access to medical care but also on the local economy, as he wondered whether local medical offices would remain in the area.
The decision to end inpatient services will affect hundreds of the 1200 hospital employees. Many will be transitioned to other facilities and some are concerned that they will lose their jobs altogether.
A hospital spokesperson stated that recent implementation of provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, led administrators of the country's 18th largest health system to make this decision, Newsday reported.
Under the provision of the new law, medical providers, will receive greater reimbursement for preventative care and health maintenance services than they did previously, but less for tests and procedures. Under the traditional fee for service system, providers receive reimbursement through Medicare and private insurers based on the quantity of services provided, thus, according to critics, creating an incentive for overprescribing tests and performing procedures that were not essential.
The rationale behind the new federal law’s provision is to slow down the rapid rise in healthcare costs. It creates under the Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Program a shared savings arrangement that seeks to incentivize keeping costs low, and "quality over quantity". Such programs are being adopted by many private insurers as well.
On his facebook page, Mayor Suozzi stated that he would be meeting with North Shore-LIJ officials today to discuss the hospital’s closing.
Story by T. Madden (Information for this story was provided by a hospital employee, A Newsday report, and a statement posted by Mayor Suozzi)
KILLER WEED FOUND AT TILLEY'S IN SEA CLIFF
July 9, 2013 -- The Giant Hogweed, a highly toxic and invasive species of plant was found growing near the bottom of Tilley’s Steps in Sea Cliff, Trustee Peter Hayes reported at the July 8th Sea Cliff Board of Trustees meeting.
The weed is about 7 feet tall, but in an area that is largely inaccessible. The Giant Hogweed has beautiful white flowers and can grow to about twelve feet in height. However, it also has extremely poisonous sap that is far more toxic than that of the poison ivy plant, and can permanently scar or even cause more serious problems, such as blindness, to the person who is unfortunate enough to come into contact with it. The watery sap causes photo-dermatitis, a condition that makes skin especially susceptible to ultraviolent rays, and will cause severe burning and blistering if the affected skin is exposed to sunlight.
The discovery has been reported to the State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Village is expecting a response shortly on how to kill the weed.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, Sea Cliff resident Jim Campbell suggested that the Village put up a signing warning passersby of the danger. Trustee Hayes replied that he thought that that was a good idea. Mayor Kennedy agreed and said he he considered it, but that the location of the plant is on a very steep slope and largely inaccessible.
Go to the department of environmental protection website for more information about the Giant Hogweed. (story reported by T. Madden and written by C. Elorriaga)
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NS SUPERINTENDENT MELNICK WARNS OF 19%
TRASH TALK AT MONDAY'S SEA CLIFF VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
August 15 -- At Monday’s Sea Cliff Village Board meeting, Trustee Peter Hayes reported changes taking place in the collection of trash and recyclables that are intended to make life easier for residents, and cut costs in the long run for the village.
The new recycling procedures, which were announced in a mailer at the end of July, went into effect a little more than two weeks ago. Residents no longer need to bundle paper or crush cardboard. Paper recyclables can simply be placed in a cardboard box or recycling container, and boxes inside of other boxes, and left at the curb on recycling day. Also, sanitation crews will come by twice during recycling day – on the first run to pick up glass and metal, and a second time for paper and cardboard.
With no longer having to bundle paper and cardboard, village officials are hopeful that residents will be less likely to throw recyclable items into the regular trash and instead put them into a cardboard box or the recycling bin. Village Administrator John Mirando explained a few days after Monday's meeting, "Particularly in the area of paper and cardboard, when people really pay attention there is a lot of cardboard that can be recycled - cereal boxes, pasta boxes, toothpaste boxes, cardboard from hangers, paper towel and toilet paper carboard rolls, etc.” For each 1% reduction in solid waste, the village will save approximately $2500 annually, according to Mirando.
Along with the new recycling procedures, two new sanitation trucks arrived at the end of July, that were purchased six months ago through a state contract, each for $165,000. The new 20 yard trucks, which will be replacing trucks purchased in 1997 and 2000, have the ability to compact 850 pounds of trash per yard, as opposed to the older trucks’ 500 pounds per yard. This will nearly double the capacity of the trucks, allowing them to compact up to 8.5 tons as opposed to 5 tons per load, significantly reducing the number of trips the trucks will have to take to the dump.
The old 1997 sanitation truck will become the new village sander, replacing a truck purchased in 1986. The village will look to sell the 2000 truck, and the truck that had until recently been the youngest in the fleet, bought in 2008, will remain in service as a spare for when the new trucks, which will be running five days a week in winter and six in summer, are pulled from service for maintenance or unexpected breakdowns.
In addition to the new trucks, the Village is considering a new home for its garbage. Currently, village solid waste is brought to the Winters’ Brothers Facility in Glen Cove and recyclables are dumped at the Sea Cliff yard in 40 yard containers and picked up by Metropolitan Recycling in Westbury. Mr. Mirando explained that the village is considering using the Town of North Hempstead facility because of “potentially lower tipping fees [the charge that is levied per ton of trash], and to eliminate a messy operation at the village yard.” (T. Madden)
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SEA CLIFF VILLAGE SEEKING GRANTS TO RENOVATE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY
August 10 -- At this past Monday’s Sea Cliff Village Board Conference, the trustees discussed proposed
renovations to the Sea Cliff Children’s Library and efforts to secure funding for the project.
The proposed upgrades include renovating the bathroom so that it is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, adding an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system, converting from oil to gas heat, and installing a new ceiling with improved lighting.
According to John Miranda, the Sea Cliff Village Administrator, the projects are contingent on the Village securing two grants – one for $50,000 from State Senator Carl Marcellino’s office, and a second for approximately $160,000 from the New York State Dormitory Authority. Neither grant has been awarded yet, so the timeline for the renovations is unknown at this time.
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SCORES ON GRADES 3-8 STATE TESTS FALL SIGNIFICANTLY ACROSS NEW YORK;