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Glen Cove restores recreation commission

Glen Cove City Hall is shown.

Glen Cove City Hall is shown. Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Glen Cove officials have reinstated the city's recreation commission, which was defunct for more than a decade.

The City Council appointed five people, who will serve three-year terms, at its Oct. 14 meeting. They also appointed another five people to serve as representatives of the various youth leagues for a year.

"The Recreation Commission is the perfect vehicle to grow and expand our sports programs and facilities," said Mayor Reginald Spinello, in a statement.

The commission, which has no budget and whose members are unpaid volunteers, will help oversee the city's recreation operating budget and capital projects, said Darcy Belyea, director of parks and recreation.

The commission's work will also include reviewing the budgets and fee structures for all leagues and entities using city services; and seeking additional outside groups to use the facilities, according to a statement from the city.

"It had been inactive for quite some time, and I think it's a good idea to re-enact it because it gives us a more formalized approach to developing policies for our parks and recreation department," said City Councilman Michael Famigliette, the commission's acting chairman.

Councilman Anthony Gallo Jr. is the council's liaison.

Belyea, who has worked for the city for 19 years, said the commission existed until 2001, and as members' terms expired, people were not reappointed.

"It was something that I wanted to revive but never had backing for," Belyea said. "We are looking to maximize our programs and to use our facilities in a more efficient way."

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