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A New Face For Glen Cove

The results are in and it’s official: Reggie Spinello will be the next mayor of Glen Cove, beating incumbent Ralph V. Suozzi by a mere 74 votes. The official numbers were announced last Wednesday after the absentee ballots, emergency ballots and affidavit ballots were counted by the Nassau County Board of Elections.

 

“I wish to congratulate Reggie Spinello on his election as our city’s next mayor,” said Mayor Suozzi. “I have worked very hard for the last eight years to serve the city I love so much. While I am saddened to be leaving City Hall, I am very proud of the fact that I am turning over the City of Glen Cove in far better shape than it was when I took office in 2006. I look forward to working with Mayor-elect Spinello over the coming weeks to assure a smooth and orderly transition.”

 

“Although the challenges are many, our residents can rest assured that I will dedicate all of my time, talent and energies to the revitalization of our city,” said Spinello. “I look forward to working with the city council and our many great employees to ensure that Glen Cove becomes the thriving gold coast community we want and expect it to be.

 

“In order to ensure a smooth and effective transition,  I will be asking the mayor and City Council to freeze all non-essential hiring, personnel changes and promotions, and appointments or reappointments to boards, agencies and commissions so that, in accordance with the voters’ wishes, my new administration can put its own team in place and start making a difference as soon as possible,” Spinello continued.

 

“I thank Mayor Suozzi for his service to our city and anticipate his full cooperation during the transition,” said Spinello.

 

Spinello , a member of the Independent party who ran on the Republican line, received 3,433 votes, while Suozzi received 3,359, according to election officials. Incumbent DiLeo defeated Republican Kristina Heuser by 80 votes, widening the gap that had been just a 20 point difference before all of the ballots were in. The final count was DiLeo 3,076, and Heuser 2,996, officials said. Republicans will now hold three of six council seats, which had previously been a

Democratic majority. Democratic Councilmen Tim Tenke and Michael Famiglietti were also re-elected, as was Republican Anthony Gallo, Jr. Newly elected to the council were Republicans Efraim Spagnoletti and Pamela Panzenbeck.

 

“It was exciting to be a part of this democratic election process,” said Spagnoletti. “The people were engaged and their voices were heard at the polls. It is what makes this country great. I look forward to serving this great city and moving it forward in the right direction.”


News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com