The Glen Cove City Council honored the Glen Cove Jr. Football Cardinals midget team for bringing home the championship trophy last season after defeating West Hempstead 33-13 in the championship game and presented the coach and team members with a citation.
Coach Phil LaRosa said, “It’s what they take away from it that matters. It’s more than just the game, it’s more than just the season…it’s all that they learn that they can use in school and in life about teamwork and living up to your responsibilities, performing not only for yourself, but for your team. They all did an excellent job in coming together and showing us what it takes.”
The council also honored the Glen Cove High School football team for becoming Conference III Big Four Champions. In addition, coach Pete Kopecky was honored for his 100th career win. Linebacker Gaetano Famiglietti, recipient of the Bill Piner Award, and quarterback Mike Payton, recipient of the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award, were also recognized.
The council held a public hearing regarding a local law to amend a city zoning code to allow for an expeditious procedure for the rendering of decisions of the Board of Zoning Appeals; the resolution to enact the ordinance was tabled after the council heard feedback from the public.
Spinello said the short form will save time; attorney John Chase, council for the zoning board and the planning board, said the procedure was created about 10 to 15 years ago and used in other villages.
“It really helps to expedite things,” said Chase. “Basically, it alleviates drawing all of those findings and conclusions of law and the short-form decision will literally say, ‘approved subject to the following conditions.’ I think it will save a lot of time and money for the applicants.”
Resident Marie Rummo said that “transparency” is the goal of the current code. She said the current “provision clearly guarantees the transparency of the decision making process and is made available to the public.”
The proposed amendment would be presented in summary format; she said this method would remove transparency.
“Why should we give up transparency so that a decision can be rendered in haste to allow an impatient applicant…to quickly proceed with whatever project they are planning?” asked Rummo.
Drew Lawrence, a former zoning board member, said that “anything that can help for things to be more expeditious” is good. He said they use them in Sea Cliff for “slam dunk approvals” such as a fence or wall, something having to do with very minimal variances.
“My concern is with the wording. Are we going to limit this to approvals or also to denials?” said Lawrence. Regarding appeals, he said, “I don’t understand how an affidavit could be submitted if it is not outlined in the decision itself.”
Chase said that it would apply to both approvals and denials.
Under the law, he said those appealing a decision have 30 days to ask for a full statement of findings and then the board would file the long-form decision.
John Perrone, also a former zoning board member, said he thought that the short-form decision is fine for some situations, though in some cases, a long-form decision makes more sense and asked for a change of language.
After hearing the comments and closing the public hearing, the council voted to table resolution.
The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.