We’re witnessing the proliferation of regional and national chain stores across Glen Cove… Make no mistake – these chains open here at an epic cost to our often struggling, mom ‘n pop businesses.
Not only do these unsightly chain stores take bread from the mouths of our Glen Cove residents, they – alongside the massive over-development taking place in Glen Cove – work to make our so-called Gold Coast City into a more urban, less desirable place to live or work.
Seeing these chain stores open (and more are on the way) made us wonder, just where is the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce? This is the organization that’s supposed to help local, small businesses. Their Mission Statement is clear: “To enhance the health & profitability of its member businesses…” Just how do these national chains – which funnel profits out of Glen Cove to a far-off corporate headquarters, typically pay minimum wage to employees and take excessive advantage of every possible tax break and loophole – help the local business owner?
Do you think all of our local auto mechanics were hurt by the opening of Mavis Discount Tire? Of course. Do the several Dunkin’ Donuts now open hurt our delis and cafes? Absolutely. We could go on, but you get the picture.
Glen Cove business owners just faced a large tax increase because Mayor Reggie wrongly bet on Garvies Point being further along by now. He had no Plan B. oops. But why is our Chamber of Commerce so silent – in this and all the other issues destroying small businesses in Glen Cove? The answer is lies in our iron-fisted mayor and his perverse plan to urbanize Glen Cove:
Much like our Planning Board, the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce have morphed into a team of spineless lickspittles who exist only to do the mayor’s bidding. They blindly put forth a statement in full support of the development at Garvies Point, without having looked under the hood. This is the organization to help us??
It’s interesting to note that RXR Realty is a paying member of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce. Isn’t it a bit odd to have Uniondale-based corporation as part of our local Chamber? Can the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors take a truly unbiased assessment of the Garvies Point development when RXR Realty is a member business? Just another conflict of interest in a very long list of conflicts of interest…
We’ve already written on the myriad ways the development at Garvies Point will hurt Glen Cove business – be it massive traffic increases, unrealistic revenue projections, transient residents who shop mainly online, etc.
So I asked someone on the Chamber’s Board about the quite unexpected $120 million bond RXR Realty had just, uhmmm, well, pressured our City to take on. He didn’t even know about it! Are you kidding me? When I mentioned “11 stories” he replied that RXR is asking for that know that it will be reduced – that “they’re not really going to build that high.” Wrong again – Scott Rechler and RXR have every intention of building 11-story apartment buildings in Glen Cove – this is not some ruse to reduce the height later and placate us.
It’s frightening – and disheartening – that the Chamber of Commerce can release a statement of blanket support for this proposed development without seemingly knowing even the most basic facts about it. So don’t take their word for it!
So if you’re a member of our Chamber of Commerce, or thinking of becoming one, it’s fair to ask: are they doing anything to help you, or are these just another bunch of toadies serving at Mayor Spinello’s command?