Glen Cove Proposes New Commission

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Several public hearings took place at the Glen Cove City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24, including the proposed establishment of a City of Glen Cove Charter Revision Commission, which would consist of nine members appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council. The purpose of the commission is to recommend changes to the current charter.

One resident said, “I don’t believe administrations have the right to come in and revise the charter…I think it’s a very slippery slope and I don’t support it.”

Marie Rummo asked, “What is it that you’re trying to fix? What has caused this to come to the forefront right now?”

“It’s just a matter of getting some bipartisan review on the charter…just a group that is volunteering its time to read through the charter and make some recommendations,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello.

Glenn Howard told the council he thinks it’s important to have a plan to periodically review the charter read through and it’s important not to let it go and become out of date.

According to the proposed resolution, the vote for which was tabled, all appointees to the commission must be Glen Cove residents who are required to attend regular meetings. The commission will have the authority to conduct public or private hearings at city hall.

The commission may appoint and remove, with the approval of the city council, consultants it may require to provide technical assistance in the revision of the charter. Compensation for such consultants, advisory services and technical assistants shall be appropriated as needed with the approval of the city council, said funds to be made a charge against a city budget.

The second public hearing pertained to adding an article to the city charter regarding the “defense and indemnity of officers and employees” which provides employees with defense, generally represented by the city attorney, in a civil action or court proceeding.

City Attorney Charles McQuair said he could not find anything in the charter that gives employees this protection.

The resolution, which was passed unanimously, states, “The city shall provide for the defense of the employee in any civil action or proceeding in any state or federal court arising out of any alleged act or omission which occurred or is alleged in the complaint to have occurred while the employee was exercising or performing, or, in good faith purporting to exercise or perform his powers and duties within the scope of his public employment.”

The full resolutions can be viewed on the city’s website, www.glencove-li.us.

A resolution was also passed for the city to enter into a contract agreement with Cove Animal Rescue (CAR) for the operation of an animal shelter, located at 40 Shore Rd., effective March 1 through Feb. 28, 2020.

Stefan Geiringer, the treasurer of CAR gave a presentation to explain the changes they intend
to make at the shelter, starting with the design
itself and the proposed enclosures and expansion. He said that as the building now exists, dogs and cats are both on the inside of building and don’t have a chance to get outside. He said the current design has “lots of walkways that take up a lot of space and accomplish nothing in regards to the animals.”

The $300,000 project that CAR has planned will enclose an area with glass and add windows that will open and open up the space for the dogs to have more room. Geiringer said they will have staff at the shelter until 8 p.m. so dogs can be relieved, and employees will come in again at 7:30 a.m. to let them out and make sure they are properly fed.

“The money is coming from donations,” Geiringer clarified. “An anonymous donor gave $300,000 to help us accomplish what we’re doing. We are not doing anything unlawful to the interest of the taxpayer to the City of Glen Cove…we are just trying to treat these animals humanely, just like what you would do in your home.”

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