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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

Zachary Gotterbarn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72, is an extraordinary 9-year-old who recently exhibited maturity and courage beyond his years. While riding in a car with his mom, Zachary sprang into action to help his young cousin who was choking on a cookie. Without hesitation, Zachary quickly used the “finger sweep,” a technique he learned in Scouting, and dislodged the cookie blocking his cousin’s airway. Zachary saved his cousin’s life. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council commended Zachary for his heroic act. Glen Cove Volunteer EMS Chief Tom Kenary presented Zachary with an honorary EMS member pin and tee-shirt. Zachary is pictured with Mayor Spinello, the City Council, and his family. 


In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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