Reggie Spinello is projected to have won the race for mayor, ousting Mayor Ralph Suozzi by a narrow margin. The hotly contested race showed a divide among city residents, some with a love and devotion for the four-term incumbent, others ready for Glen Cove to go in a new direction. The unofficial results reported at the close of last week’s polls show a 115 point win for Spinello, though absentee ballots yet to be counted could swing the results the other way.
“I felt we ran a very good campaign,” said Spinello. “We delivered a clear message and I think people want change and new leadership.”
He said that he plans to stick to his platform of fighting illegal housing, stabilizing taxes and revitalizing business in the area should he take office in January.
In celebration of Veterans Day, Glen Cove held two separate ceremonies on Monday morning honoring our local veterans. At 11 a.m., following annual tradition, city officials and veterans met at the doughboy monument outside of the Glen Cove Public Library; this year’s honoree was Howard Stillwagon, who served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.
“I first stood here as the mayor-elect in 2005,” said Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi. “I have embraced a deep respect and love for our veterans over the past eight years. It is my privilege to honor the men and women of our nation...and I will continue to honor them until my last breath.”
Earlier this year, a new business opened in the Glen Cove community. In late September, Lubriman Corp., an on-site oil change, car wash, car care and maintenance company, performed a free 12-point inspection to all types of vehicles from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce building.
“We had about 15 different cars, all makes and models that came during the day,” said Lubriman Managing Director Martin Jacobs. “Every car that came in from 2013 models on down was in need of some sort of maintenance whether it was fluid levels, tire pressure or worn out wiper blades.”
Good news came last week for residents who have missed a big source of entertainment over the past six months or so, with the announcement that the movie theater in Glen Cove will reopen early next year. The Dinoto Group, a Huntington-based real estate firm, purchased the Glen Cove Cinemas, located at 5 School Street, on Thursday, Oct. 31.
“After months of negotiation and Mayor Suozzi’s complete dedication to this process, we are happy to announce that we anticipate that Glen Cove’s much-loved theater will re-open in early 2014,” said Robert DiNoto, owner of the firm.
“Mayor Suozzi has worked harder than anyone to make the re-opening a reality and his resolve and persistence since the beginning of the process has been quite clear.”
The Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce will honor prestigious award recipients at its annual Gala on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Chamber annually presents The Pinnacle Award for Corporate Excellence, The Small Business Achievement Award, The Community Service Award and The Leadership Award. These honorees give of themselves in a way that truly sets them apart and helps Glen Cove to achieve the quality of life for its residents that are lucky enough to call this city “ home.”
The mansions in Glen Cove are a part of its history, and most of them are becoming just that: history. With a little foresight and a big investment, however, some are being preserved, and for a good cause. The former home of Lydia Pratt on Dosoris Lane, which had sat vacant for about five years, was recently renovated to become a designer show house to benefit the American Heart Association, and those interested in taking a peek at the glorious mansion can stop by for a tour from now through Thanksgiving weekend.
Kay Howard of Glen Head recently completed an inten sive 20-hour training program enabling her to become a hotline volunteer at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline.
She is one of 11 women who will be helping New Yorkers coping with breast cancer as trained volunteers at through the program’s hotline. As hotline volunteers, they take calls from people throughout the state providing emotional support and resource information.
The Adelphi Program, established 33 years ago, provides information, education and support to breast cancer patients, their families and the community.
Since October is Breast Caner Awareness month, each year the residents of Glen Cove take time out of their busy schedules to plant pink tulips. On Saturday, Oct. 12, Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S teamed up with the Glen Cove Beautification for their annual pink tulip planting. Not only does this benefit breast cancer, it also gives the town of Glen Cove a spring sprucing when the flowers bloom in April.
We posed five questions to each of the 12 candidates for Glen Cove City Council:
1. What are some of the issues facing the city today? How would you go about correcting/changing?
2. If elected, what would you like to see in the city?
3. What is your favorite aspect of the city?
4. Biographical information – please include your profession and family information.
5. Are you involved in any specific community organizations? Any accomplishments in these organizations?
Republican voters face difficult choices on Nov. 5. Mayoral candidate Reggie Spinello, a registered member of the Independence Party, supported Mayor Ralph Suozzi’s budgets and authorized him to borrow (i.e., increase debt) for city employee termination pay in 2012. He also supported the mayor’s punitive fee on new businesses that would require more than five parking spaces in Glen Cove’s public garages.
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