Students To March For Change


Students from Glen Cove High School will join the national March For Our Lives movement on Saturday, March 24. A resolution was added to the agenda at the Glen Cove City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in response to students’ request for a safe route to march.
Glen Cove High School senior Will Casale spoke at the meeting on behalf of “district students who demand safety in our schools.”

“We are here in solidarity with the survivors and victims of school mass shootings, especially the students of Parkland, FL. We are here because we are too young to vote, but our voices must be heard,” said Casale. “With collective voice, we refuse to accept one more needless death of an innocent child or protective teacher in our schools.”

The council voted unanimously to approve the resolution to allow the march.

“The city definitely will support you in this,” said Mayor Timothy Tenke.

The rally will begin at Robert M. Finley School at 11 a.m. and will go down Forest Avenue and end at Pratt Park. The event is in conjunction with the march in Washington DC, where children and families will demand that their “lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings.” The mission of the movement is to “demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.” Visit

During the public comment period, Zefy Christopoulos asked for an update on Crescent Beach and whether or not it might be open this year.

Tenke said that he met with Department of Health, has had meetings with DEC and county and the plan is for D & B Engineers to run cameras up the pipes that are suspected of dumping raw sewage into the creek. The project will be funded by Nassau County and is expected to start in two weeks. He said he will be meeting with homeowners in the area on March 10 to let them what’s going on.

“I’m taking this very seriously and want to see the beach open this year,” said Tenke.
Several people addressed their concerns about the Glen Cove Mansion subdivision development after an exhaustive planning board meeting the previous week left many feeling unsatisfied that it is basically a “done deal.”

Councilwoman Marsha Silverman suggested the city council hold a joint meeting with planning board to revisit the master plan, noting the plan has a provision to revisit it every two to three years.

“Obviously we can’t retroactively change any decisions that have made but…perhaps we can see what has been done and look at where we can go from here,” said Silverman. “Councilwoman Panzenbeck and I sat through the planning board meeting and heard a lot of valid concerns from the public. I think a lot more due diligence could be done and we can at least assess where we stand on it.”

Tenke agreed. “I would like to know what the planning board is thinking…we’ll certainly sit down and see what’s going on.”

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Long Island Marches To Save Lives On March 24

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