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.”
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.