Dead and Living in Glen Cove

An appeal to the residents of Glen Cove to attend the September 27 City Council and Planning Board meeting @ 7:30 p.m. and save the area behind the Boys & Girls Club on Glen Cove Avenue.

 It’s just weeks from the final days of summer and Labor Day will be upon us before we know it. For most, it will signal the end of summer. The family of hawks living in my backyard all summer have gone.  Along with their departure so, have my dreams. 

What were those dreams? That I, with my neighbors would be able to wrestle the Developer to the ground along with the City Zoning, Planning and Council Members and convince them that Rooney Court is worth saving. That my neighbors and I, who have been paying taxes do matter. And that as a united body, reason would fill the minds of these men and women, the Developer and City Council members. That surely profit in ones pockets would not be the defining factor. Once they were able to put the faces and names together, names associated with deeds, and as deed holders we are entitled to the preservation, tranquility and yes, assurance that the investments we all made in our properties would be givenenormous consideration.

How was it that some six-plus surrounding parcels were purchased during the period of 2004-2008 by the Developer without anyone knowing it?  What did he know? Did he have the ultimate vision that the City of Glen Cove would createan overlay zone, with incentives and bonuses to make a difficult to develop, steep hill area into a gold mine? 

Three years ago two men were roaming my property, surveying the parcel behind my house and when asked the nature of their visit they became uncomfortable and left in a hurry. My husband and neighbor visited the City’s building department the following business day to inquire. The city building department’s personnel assured them that nothing was planned. 

But at that time, the parcel of the Boys and Girls Club had been subdivided. Section 21, block 244, Lot 63 has been divided into two lots, 66 and 67. Lot 66 has been sold to the Developer and is the initial ground breaking parcel.  What was once parcel 63 zoned for social/recreational (property class code 534.14) has become lot 67 for the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club, and lot 66 was changed to residential zoning (property class 311.11) to accommodate the Developer, all with the stroke of a pen. 

Our close knit cul-de-sac will go through a gross transformation soon and less than 200 feet from our homes we will be looking at a five story structure towering over us. Privacy will be gone, the trees and hawks along with the little piece of heaven will all cease to exist. The tree landscape that buffers all of our properties will be gone forever! 

So, who is responsible? Everyone! This includes the City Council members, Zoning and Planning Board members as well as, the Developer. And how did I find out? I was at Razzano’s when I overheard two contractors speaking about a ground breaking large project. Some days later, my neighbor notified me of a council meeting that was going to address the pending project. Pending? How can one call it P-e-n-d-i-n- g? When it has been in the works behind the scenes for many years and I feel like my neighbors and I knew nothing.  We trusted our officials in City Hall when we were told nothing has been approved as of yet. If it has not been approved, why did this gentleman invest millions already by purchasing multiple parcels along Glen Cove Avenue? What is he going to do with them? He is going to build his 100 million dollar project, part of the Master Plan. The Master Plan’s goals and objectives:  “Protect and enhance Glen Cove’s established residential neighborhoods, while providing a variety of housing options to meet the needs of current and future residents. Protect the scale, density and character of Glen Cove’s stable and well-maintained neighborhoods. Promote liveable, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible growth.” 

And Rooney Court, Rooney Court is just collateral damage. 

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Gary B August 29, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Well said. I couldn't agree more....
Mack Fit August 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I think an anti-corruption agency needs to be in place in Glen Cove. How long can the misuse of small government power go on? A new order needs to be in place to safeguard the rights, health and safety of it's citizens. Why have Glen Cove's citizens been so willing to pay their taxes and continue to allow the same old criminal enterprise to sell them out decade after decade?? It's absurd. The people have to take their city back or the corruption continues ... Why allow this corrupt and inept government continue to spend our money in anyway they choose??? Have you all forgotten that it's our blood sweat and tears that line their pockets?
Marc Rosen August 30, 2012 at 02:14 AM
You say that, but if someone ran as an independent, someone who had no blood ties to ANYONE who's lived here for generations, who would vote them in?
Marc Rosen August 30, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Phht! "Anti-corruption"? That's not even possible in a place like this anymore. Glen Cove is LITERALLY incestuous in its dealings, and by that, I mean that a large percentage of its residents are blood related!
Martin Low February 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Glen Cove Police Corruption is especially heinous. Join our community to fight corruption at https://www.facebook.com/groups/604845319565047/


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