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.”
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.
As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”