Someone at Glen Cove City Hall just had a brief moment of clarity: they realized that construction of that concrete eyesore that is our new ferry terminal was actually illegal under the city’s own law. oops!
Here is the statute:
§ 121-17. Improper or insufficient notification. If the Harbormaster determines that a regulated activity has been undertaken without a coastal erosion management permit and does not meet the emergency activity criteria, then the Harbormaster will order the immediate cessation of the activity. In addition, the Harbormaster may require: Removal of any structure that was constructed or placed without a coastal erosion management permit. A. The return to former conditions of any natural protective feature that was excavated, mined or otherwise disturbed without a coastal erosion management permit.
In short, it seems that the new Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and other construction which has now begun is being done in violation of City Local Law Section 121 – the Ferry Terminal seems to have been constructed without them ever receiving the requisite “coastal management erosion permit.”
What is Mayor Spinello and the Planning Board’s response? Why, they’re going to repeal their own law, of course! Tonight (12/27/16) – in the middle of a holiday week with almost no notice Glen Cove has scheduled a “public hearing” on repealing their own, apparently inconvenient, law. Kind of like what a despot does in a totalitarian regime.
I’m not sure what’s more disturbing, the fact that Glen Cove is so utterly disorganized that it spent millions of dollars breaking laws on its own books, or that their incredibly negligent and unethical response is to strike said law from charter, with essentially no public review or input.
These are the people we’re to trust with a billion dollar development project that most Long Islanders do not want? These are the folks we’re to trust to monitor and maintain highly technical toxic monitoring wells at Garvies Point?
From last-minute 100 million dollar bonds, to a hypocritical Special Counsel, this is just another bullet point on the long list of reasons not to trust Glen Cove officials, and to tell our Long Island and state officials you’re against the proposed mega-development at Garvies Point.
Update from our friends at the Committee for a Sustainable Waterfront:
During City Council’s hearing held on December 27, 2016 concerning the City’s proposal to repeal its Coastal Erosion Hazard Area Law (Chapter 121), the City’s attorney stated that the Waterfront property falls under the jurisdiction of the City’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP)(see attached video).
However, the City represented to Supreme Court Justice Brandveen that “Resident Petitioners appear to be operating under the incorrect assumption that the City is somehow obligated to implement an LWRP”, telling the court that the City of Glen Cove does NOT have an approved LWRP (these statements are found at pg. 143 of the City’s Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Petitioners’ Amended Petitions and Complaints and in Support of Motion to Dismiss and/or for Summary Judgment).
Update II – this one just keeps getting better…
At the hearing, Glen Cove Officials now claimed Chapter 121, which regulates activity in an area called “COASTAL EROSION HAZARD AREA,” does not include Garvies Point and Glen Cove Creek.
They are passing the regulation of this area to the D.E.C., which is fine by us, but if the COASTAL EROSION HAZARD AREA does include the Garvies Point waterfront project then it seems like they broke their own law by not going through the proper permitting process for the new Ferry Terminal!
So which is it, Mayor Spinello, does the Coastal Erosion area now not include Garvies Point, or did you break your own law constructing that eyesore of a Ferry Terminal (with no ferry service, of course). Consult your high-paid special counsel from Westchester for the most appropriate answer…
We see over and over again how corrupted and disorganized this entire project is:
- The “Mystic Seaport like Resort” we were promised morphs into 11-story, 1,100 unit apartment buildings + a 3-story parking garage for thousands more cars
- Land the City of Glen Cove claimed as “cleaned up” is reported to still be toxic
- Major amendments are added to the project after it’s acceptance, using outdated and now irrelevant SEQRA findings
- A $100 million+ bond is foisted upon the residents of Glen Cove due to a few small paragraphs (as Zarin cited) in the agreement with RXR
- The “thousands” of permanent jobs promised by Mayor Spinello is reduced to 222
- Last-minute “public” meetings are called, with almost no notice, often during holidays and inconvenient times
It’s time that residents of the North Shore demand this development be completely reevaluated.