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Ramadan: Fix Oyster Bay Line for Faster Commute, Growth

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Economy, Glen Cove, Gold Coast, The Beacon  /  1 Comment

The Long Island Railroad is currently in the process of soliciting feedback for its scheduled fare and toll hike. The hike is expected to generate an additional $252 million per year, with another hike expected in 2017. It is past time the LIRR confronts the state of the Oyster Bay line, and the increased revenues […]

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More Federal “Stimulus” Money for the Ferry Terminal

By   /  December 1, 2014  /  Economy, Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  1 Comment

Here’s a letter to the editors of Newsday. I’ve written a couple of letters into the paper, namely one was a response to the Editorial Board’s assertion that a plan to reduce the tax and regulatory burden “wouldn’t create jobs”, and the following. Here’s the news this writer felt compelled to respond to: “The ferry […]

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Slezak: The Villa at Glen Cove is No Villa

By   /  October 9, 2014  /  Economy, The Beacon, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Thank you for your outstanding turnout and participation in the very long, overdue Public Hearing we have ever had on The Villa Project.  This was the first time that WE, the people of Glen Cove and the neighboring towns, who are also adversely affected and will feel its ramifications as well, have even been given […]

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Lappano: The Taking Back of Glen Cove

By   /  October 7, 2014  /  Economy, Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

The Villa at Glen Cove has become a lightning rod for opposition to the building of high-density, mega residential communities in our town. Thanks to a handful of grass roots activists, the call went out to an otherwise uninformed populace, that this issue needed their immediate attention. To the surprise of the administration and the […]

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Villa Hearing: GC Beacon Called Out, Bonus Densities, Lappano’s History Lesson

By   /  October 6, 2014  /  Economy, Glen Cove, The Beacon  /  1 Comment

The City Council and Planning Board held a joint hearing this past Tuesday on  Livingston Development Corp.’s plans to develop the Villa at Glen Cove and on its requested “density bonuses and waivers”. The latter catches our attention, but not as much as getting called out by the applicant’s lawyer. Patrick Hoebich, representing Livingston, said […]

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Slezak: Stop Over-Development of Glen Cove–Sept. 30 Council, Planning Board Vote on Villa

By   /  September 13, 2014  /  Economy, Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  1 Comment

The overdevelopment of Glen Cove is taking place right now but few residents are aware of the process. It is imperative that the public now becomes informed, vocal, and assumes an active participation, to ascertain whether or not each specific project will be an asset or a detriment to the community at large. The will […]

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Urban Renewal: Have We Achieved Utopia?

By   /  August 9, 2014  /  Economy, Glen Cove, History, The Beacon  /  No Comments

Editor’s Note: I was at a barbecue last night and a guest spontaneously brought this subject up. “They took everybody and everything out of the downtown,” she said. “Nobody even uses the parking garages, and businesses have relocated along Forest Avenue and Glen Street.” This article originally appeared on the Glen Cove Patch website on December 10, 2013. […]

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After Hookah, Council Likely to Ban More Things

By   /  July 26, 2014  /  Economy, Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  2 Comments

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

The Glen Cove City Council voted Tuesday to ban “hookah lounges” within city limits after a persistent effort by the Mayor to bring the issue to a vote. The inspiration for the ban appears to have come from the Mayor’s personal beliefs. He said in an email to Newsday that although no entrepreneur has decided to risk a […]

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Council Adopts Controversial Local Development Corporation

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Economy, Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  1 Comment

Don't eminent domain me, bro

The City Council voted Tuesday, without holding a public hearing, to create a new entity of the kind that state comptroller Tom DiNapoli warns in a recent report enables governments to “circumvent the law” and exposes taxpayers to increased “risk of waste, fraud or abuse of taxpayer dollars or assets”. The new entity will be what is known […]

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Houston Miracle Resembles Glen Cove’s Free-Market Past

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  Economy, Glen Cove, The Beacon, U.S.  /  1 Comment

There’s an interesting article up on The Wall Street Journal website about Houston’s success story–”a blueprint for metropolitan revival”–that ought to be read and applied to Glen Cove to contrast the successes and failures of policy. Houston’s landscape of plains and grasslands and hot, humid weather isn’t what attracts people to the city. Yet since 2000, Houston has grown by 35%, while established […]

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