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Last Updated: January 17, 2017
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The Villa Begins
The very long 8-ft.wooden fence on Glen Cove Ave. erected next to the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and Melillo Center, up the hill to Ralph Young Ave. has cordoned off 4.1-acres of property, which will become The Villa complex. Nearly a decade ago Livingston Development Corp., of Flushing, proposed a 252-unit complex to city officials. Livingston acquired the acreage over the years, which had a small apartment complex with stores, two houses, and a small manuafacturing building on the site. After much debate, the Glen Cove planning board voted 6-1, on March 15, 2016, and approved the site plan for a proposed 176-unit luxury condominium complex. Supporters say the complex would provide an economic boost for the city.
Roni Epstein and Marsha Silverman, filed a lawsuit in January, 2016 seeking to annul City Council approvals for “density bonuses” to allow Livingston to build more than double the number of units allowed. Their house and yard are on a hill above the site. The plaintiffs cited that the complex would ruin the neighborhood, their views and tranquility. Epstein and Silverman filed another lawsuit in September, charging that, the cutting of large trees on the property, did not have the proper permits.
The planned residential development, will be multi-tiered garden condominium units comprising of six 2-4 story buildings, with a pool, fitness center and theater for residents. Underground parking spaces of up to 500 spots are planned for residents of the units. Prices range from $325,000-$800,000.
Livingston Development, Corp. agreed to pay the city’s legal bills concerning the lawsuits brought by Epstein and Silverman.
Rally to Save Affordable Care Act
Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Congressman Tom Suozzi and Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth
“Mend it, don’t bend it,” was the refrain on Sunday, January 15th at the Yes We Can Center, Garden Street in Westbury, referring to the congressional plan to repeal ‘Obamacare.’ More than 1500 supporters attended the rally (and one lone protester who stayed outside), which was organized by Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (D, 4th District) and Congressman Tom Suozzi (D, 3rd District) to save critical health care programs such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) and Medicaid/ Medicare. Part of a National Day of Action, the rally was one of dozens of events throughout the country that took place on Sunday.
Suozzi addressed the crowd, noting that within a few days the country would have a new president, Donald Trump, which did bring a few boos. Reminding the attendees that the president-elect has stated he would repeal and replace the ACA, looking to make healthcare more affordable. That ideal, making ‘healthcare more affordable’ is one that should appeal to both the republicans and the democrats. Suozzi noted that the ACA is not perfect, and reforming it is not a bad thing, but to scrap it without a replacement program would put more than 20 million people at risk. Repealing the ACA would affect more than just those that get their health coverage through the ACA, but the entire healthcare industry. And because the healthcare industry is such a huge part of the US economy, repealing the ACA without a replacement in place would be economically devastating to the country.
There is more to the ACA than just offering insurance plans on the healthcare marketplace. The Act requires insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions; to allow children up to age 26 to be covered under their parent’s policies, to stop insurance companies for charging women more than men, and to limit coverage through lifetime caps.
In general, most Americans like these ideals.
“Let’s try to help people out,” Suozzi said, “Losing the ACA without a replacement is quite importantly, a matter of life and death.” In the hour-long program there were several ‘everyday’ speakers who touched on the positive effect the ACA had on their lives, and how keenly it’s loss will be felt.
In her two years in Congress, Kathleen Rice noted there were several votes on repealing the ACA, but none that passed. She said that in speaking to colleagues on both sides of the aisle, some stressed that it isn’t right, “repealing without replacing.” She spoke to the crowd, reminding them that having rallies and writing letters is the way to get congressional attention.
Suozzi was in complete agreement with Congresswoman Rice and encouraged the crowd to write letters, and keep the dialog going. He encouraged those in the crowd to share their personal stories about the positive effect of the ACA, by messaging him or posting on his facebook page.