Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00
In a room filled with family, friends and supporters, Glen Cove Councilwoman Delia DeRiggi-Whitton recently held a meeting at Page One restaurant in Glen Cove to announce that she had been asked by County Legislator Diane Yatauro of the 18th district to run for her position when she retires, after serving since 2003.
Ann Famigliette, chair of Glen Cove Democrats, presided over the meeting with Roni Jenkins, chief strategist of Friends of Delia, and Rob Schurz, campaign manager, addressed the gathering as did Delia’s parents Judge Donald DeRiggi, former mayor of Glen Cove, and his wife Dr. Millie DeRiggi, a well known historian.
Delia asked everybody in the room to introduce themselves and state what they felt are the problems facing Nassau County, apart from taxes, as everyone knows that is a major problem. “I am so grateful to have my closest supporters here who have insight into the issues we are facing in our area- we’re off to a great start!”
Delia then spoke of her commitment to economic development in our area, protecting programs aimed at seniors, youth and veterans and improving education opportunities for our kids—all while maintaining fiscal responsibility. People also related their connections to Delia, whether she had been a good neighbor or friend, and the work she had done as Glen Cove City Councilwoman. Most recently Delia performed the Heimlich maneuver on an employee of Wells Fargo Bank, saving him from choking on a pretzel.
Diane Yatauro announced in April that she would not seek re-election in November, in order to spend more time with her family.
As well as Glen Cove, the 18th district includes Sea Cliff, Bayville, Locust Valley, Glen Head, Brookville, and Jericho.