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Formal lease extension offered to Glen Cove YMCA

The exterior of the Glen Cove YMCA in

The exterior of the Glen Cove YMCA in Glen Cove which is still negotiating with its nonprofit landlord on a new lease on Aug. 6, 2015. Credit: Uli Seit

The nonprofit that owns the land on which the Glen Cove YMCA sits has offered another lease extension to the YMCA of Long Island -- and again it's for far less time than Y officials want.

The Neighborhood Association is proposing a 1 1/2-year extension, board president Nicholas L. Martone said. Y officials want a guarantee of at least five years, saying they need the assurance before sinking $1.5 million into planned renovations.

The current lease expires at the end of the year. Martone said the association made two previous short-term lease offers, the first in January; but this was the first formal, written offer.

Martone said the board wants changes in the operation of the Glen Cove Y before agreeing to a long-term lease. But he acknowledged board members may not have told Y officials exactly what adjustments the association desires.

He said there are concerns about turnover, what he described as "a tremendous amount of resignations and possibly some terminations of [Glen Cove Y] employees" and relocations of others. "I think the Y does know what it needs to do," he said.

But Linda Armyn, chairwoman of the Long Island Y's board, said Y officials do not know what the association wants. She denied there has been staff upheaval in recent years.

Armyn said Y officials on Wednesday requested a meeting next week with the association to discuss the latest lease offer and find out what types of changes the association wants to see.

Martone said Thursday that association board members had not yet decided whether to agree to meet with Y officials.

As the lease nears its expiration, some Y members and community activists have accused association board members of secrecy and asked whether they plan to kick the YMCA off the 19-acre site they've run for about 60 years.

Martone said association board members have not approached anyone else about potentially taking over the property. But earlier this month, Jay Jacobs, owner of seven children's camps on Long Island and upstate, said in response to an inquiry from Newsday that two association board members had approached him several months ago to gauge his interest in running the property as a nonprofit, if negotiations with the Y fail.

Jacobs, the Nassau County Democratic Party chairman, said the board members -- whose names he could not recall -- told him they also were talking with other possible replacement operators.

Jacobs, who said he hopes the Y maintains control, said Wednesday that he had met informally with the board members but acknowledged, "They could have been completely acting on their own."


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