Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00
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?
Tim Tenke (D)
1. The most pressing issues are the ones Mayor Suozzi and our team have been working on - finances - cutting spending and reducing our deficit. We’ve succeeded to a large degree. The deficit is down 79 percent and the city’s debt is down more than 16 percent. Another problem, illegal housing, has also been addressed. We’ve strengthened code enforcement with a special prosecutor, bringing more cases to court, and getting rulings in our favor. We have a new director of Code Enforcement who’s getting the job done. He was hired so Code Enforcement could be its own entity, not part of the Building Department as it was in previous years. This office has its own staff and its own budget line. We are now much more able to go after violators. Our goal is not to increase revenue, but to have compliance with the building code, which contributes to everyone’s safety and well-being.
2. I’m anxious to see all of our work at the waterfront as it is now coming to fruition. In addition to the waterfront project, the new over-55 town houses at the Congregation Tifereth Israel site will be wonderful for our seniors and the downtown Piazza will bring new life and an increased tax base to the city. With all of these projects, we’ll be providing jobs and housing that will be affordable for our children so they can continue to live and work in Glen Cove. I’m looking forward to seeing the completion of all these efforts that will make our city even better than it is today.
3. That we have everything here in Glen Cove. We have schools, beaches, parks a golf course, ball fields, our own police and fire departments, EMS. Glen Cove offers everything to everybody. That’s my favorite thing about being in Glen Cove.
4. Senior Trial Attorney, Geico Insurance Company (23 years)
Past City of Glen Cove Planning Board Member
City Council Member since 2005
Married, Karen (21 years)
Two daughters, one in Glen Cove High School and one in Robert M. Finley Middle School
5. Member, Glen Cove Kiwanis;
Member, Nassau County Bar Association;
Former member of the Glen Auxiliary Police;
Former intern, Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office.
Dr. Eve Lupenko (D)
1. Glen Cove is an historic community, and we need to blend aging structures with modern, environmentally-conscious innovations. This enormous undertaking requires professional planning. To minimize the burden to taxpayers, we need to maximize the procurement of grants, and encourage the right-fit of forward-thinking businesses to take the place of former out-of-date industries. We need to create infra-structure to withstand precarious weather patterns, and preserve open spaces.
2. My vision is to see all Glen Cove’s children be happy, healthy, confidant and educated - to have all the opportunities and raise their families here. To achieve this, I will encourage healthy, family-friendly businesses. I will help develop even more programs, especially for those in most need of guidance, and provide assistance in educational planning. I will promote even more health and safety-related programs and family-friendly activities. Keep it green - keep it healthy.
3. My favorite aspects (Glen Cove’s most valuable assets) are its coastal location and its parks. The past several years have seen the groundwork being laid for, ultimately, a flourishing waterfront re-development project. Nearly all the brownfield properties have been remediated, and infrastructure is being planned, with building to begin in 2014. With continuity of management, I look forward to the proposed water-sport and refreshment kiosks, restaurants, and preserved open spaces, in addition to the planned businesses, to attract current/new residents and workers. Our parks received major renovations and improvements recently, especially our flagstone Morgan Park, and the golf course’s facilities and playground.
4. I am a board-certified dermatologist specializing in adult and pediatric medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology for over 15 years. I am on staff at NSLIJ-Glen Cove and Winthrop University Hospitals. I am a resident for nearly 22 years, engaged to be married this spring, and have two sons, ages 12 and 15. Currently, they are active in Glen Cove Junior Soccer (one a referee,) City Camp (one a counselor-in-training,) and one is a hospital volunteer. We enjoy performing in musical theater together, and are regular fixtures at the extensive array of Glen Cove family events.
5. I am fortunate to serve on five boards where I have been able to gain environmental and management experience, as well as improve the quality of life for Glen Cove’s residents. The CDA (Community Development Agency) is responsible for the rehabilitation and revitalization of residential and commercial sectors, and fosters economic growth. The waterfront is a major focus, and I serve on the finance committee. As treasurer of the Glen Cove Arts Council, we bring concerts, plays, museums, the ballet, and music/art lessons to underserved children. The YMCA promotes healthy families, and on its scholarship committee, we support children who might not otherwise get to experience camp, and provide weekly teen nights. The Community Scholarship Fund assists graduating seniors in accomplishing their educational goals. I have served as a two-term president of my 140-home neighborhood association, managing common properties, social events, and day-to-day maintenance.
Tony Jimenez (D)
1. My biggest issue is that we maintain a safe and healthy environment for our kids and our young adults. One effort I favor is a building development policy that would create next generation housing as part of any major housing development, so our great community can be available to our children as they start out as adults and have children of their own. I’m also a big proponent of after-school programs for kids like the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA, the city sports programs, programs at the schools and others, but we can certainly be doing more to keep kids active and engaged.
2. We need to continue Mayor Suozzi’s law enforcement and infrastructure policies. The mayor’s efforts have resulted in one of the finest and best equipped police departments in Nassau County, one that’s commensurate with the better police departments throughout the country. That is borne out by the fact that Glen Cove is among the top 15 safest cities in the U.S., according to FBI statistics. Mayor Suozzi has also done a great job maintaining our infrastructure with highway repairs, lighting, cameras and signage. I will keep supporting those efforts as a member of the City Council.
3. I have to return to our children. A lot of people have kids, but they also have to go to work each day. We need to provide support for those families so kids have activities and supervision after school. I’m chairman of the Glen Cove S.A.F.E. community committee (Substance and Alcohol- Free Environment) and I am a youth mentor. The mentoring program connects responsible adults with kids from the various neighborhoods, similar to a Big Brothers program. I believe that if you give children guidance and encouragement, they benefit from your interaction with them and the example you provide.
4. Deputy Commissioner of Jurors, Nassau County
Vietnam Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient
Married, Kathy (29 years)
5. 20-year member of Glen Cove EMS, former chief;
Board of Directors, Glen Cove Kiwanis;
Vice-Commmander, Young-Simmons American Legion Post;
Volunteer, homeless shelter, soup kitchen and St. Rocco’s Feast;
Martin Carmody (D)
1. Glen Cove is a great place to live and raise our children. I believe our future will be even better. I support local businesses and the expansion of business opportunity. Incentives through the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) can be used to target specific downtown development. I support Mayor Suozzi’s efforts to continue to reach out and solicit businesses relevant to our city’s character, part of our new marketing campaign. The development of a new business incubation zone in Glen Cove could deliver new entrepreneurs.
The development of the Glen Cove waterfront into a new neighborhood with homes, marinas, shops and restaurants is the correct direction for our city. What’s been done to date is wonderful. We have parks, esplanades and open spaces with access to the creek and Hempstead Harbor for all Glen Cove citizens to enjoy. We can allow responsible growth while protecting our existing neighborhoods.
2. I am strongly committed to responsible development in Glen Cove that will respect our history and heritage while expanding the city’s revenues - without burdening current home owners. By developing apartment residences in the downtown area, we can offer more choices to young adults who want to live in Glen Cove. For our children, we should develop first-time home ownership opportunities through condo construction that will conform to our current landscape. Young adults should have the opportunity to purchase affordable first homes and enter the real estate market. This will provide new neighbors downtown to support local business and bring energy to our town center.
3. Our beaches, the Long Island Sound, and our city parks are integral to our quality of life. My family and I love to sail, swim and fish. The preservation of these natural assets is a top priority. Our city has a strong commitment to providing our children with the opportunity to participate in sports with excellent fields and courts. As a long-time soccer, softball, and baseball coach, I will continue to support our exceptional sports programs.
4. BS, Industrial Design, Kent State University
Resident of Glen Cove since 1986
Senior Design Engineer at LI technology firm with 25+ years of experience in manufacturing, product development and production.
Married: Cheryl Carmody, teacher at Glen Cove’s Deasy School
Children: Annanda (23), Emelia (21), Marty (19), Ryan (16)
5. Board of Directors of the Glen Cove Junior Soccer League – Past secretary, Past registrar;
Past member Industrial Development Agency (IDA)
PTA member GCSD – Coordinator and designer of the middle school and high school parent-built musical sets for past 10 years;
Leader of the July 4th Children’s Bike parade with my wife, Cheryl, parade founder;
Member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Glen Head.
Michael Famiglietti (D)
1. As a Glen Cove City Council member, my focus has always been on advocating for public safety, and this remains my top priority. I have consistently been a proponent for public safety and strongly believe that the key to quality of life begins with a successful public safety program. With the recent retirement of 14 City of Glen Cove police officers, I will continue to advocate to ensure that the police department has all of the necessary officers, manpower and resources to keep the city safe.
2. Keeping the next generation in our community is essential to the future of Glen Cove as a community. We must focus on ways that we can provide opportunities for young people to stay on Long Island, support their families and raise their children here. Current planned projects, such as the piazza project and the waterfront project are critical ways we can offer our youth affordable, next generation housing in an environment that is conducive to local job creation and will assist in expanding our local tax base.
3. Glen Cove is a unique Long Island community with a wealth of resources for our residents to enjoy. The community I call home has a wonderful location on the water and numerous recreation facilities afforded to us. I love the diversity of our neighborhoods and a fantastic variety of restaurants and dining options.
4. Graduate of Seton Hall University, BS and Springfield College and Columbia University Schools for Non-Profit Management
Retired 20-year President and CEO of the YMCA of Long Island, taking the organization from near bankruptcy to a strong, vibrant, healthy and successful community based organization with state of the art facilities and programs.
Former Sr. Executive for the YMCA of Greater NY and former Program Director for the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club.
Married to Linda Famiglietti and father of Emily Famiglietti
Member of the Democratic Party
5. City Council member and liaison to the recreation department; senior negotiator for the police and CSEA contracts.
Member of the Finance Committee
Former Lector and Eucharistic Minister for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Member of the North Shore HS, City of Glen Cove and the NYS Hall of Fame.
Nick DiLeo (D)
1. Bringing residents into the downtown to support existing business and attracting new businesses is absolutely essential for moving the downtown area into the future. Glen Cove is poised to realize incredible growth in an otherwise stagnate economy. The development of the waterfront, the downtown and the gateway project will attract new residents to Glen Cove which in turn will revitalize our downtown. We are moving in a positive and exciting direction.
2. Illegal housing is a problem that communities throughout Long Island continue to struggle with. We need to continue our current path of taking all legal measures possible to ensure the safety of our most vulnerable residents. Illegal apartments are not safe and are often maintained by landlords whose only goal is to maximize the rental return from these illegal residences. We have continued to strengthen our enforcement with a focus on fines and penalties for landlords who break city code. By addressing this issue, Glen Cove reduces the burden on city and school services, and maintains a better quality of life for our neighborhoods and community.
3. The incredible beauty of our parks, beaches and recreational facilities available to our city residents and the wonderful selection of restaurants are second to none. The many different events and activities in our community, such as the summer-long Downtown Sounds, and the parades that honor our veterans and encourage our youth help define our community spirit. Our police and fire departments and our emergency responders provide a safe environment that can be enjoyed by all. We need to be sure that these simple elements that make up our quality of life are never forgotten by those entrusted to represent the interest of our community.
4. Life long Glen Cove resident, married to Deborah for 30 years. Father of Danielle and Nick Jr., grandfather to Emery.
Owner Of C.A.M. Associates/The DiLeo Agency Insurance for over 30 years;
C.W. Post/LIU Grad B.A Criminal Justice. Adelphi University Graduate studies paralegal;
Glen Cove School System proud graduate.
5. Past president and current member of the Glen Cove Rotary (Paul Harris fellow);
Personally sponsored a child through “The Gift of Life Program” enabling a life-saving heart surgery and rehabilitation;
Former member of Glen Cove Planning and Zoning boards;
Active member of St. Rocco Church and former altar server.
Linda Darby (R)
1. The most serious issue facing our community is what State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has cited: Glen Cove is one of the most fiscally stressed municipalities on Long Island. This is reflected by our downtown. There are many empty storefronts and the sidewalks and curbs are crumbling. Since the movie theater has closed, there are no entertainment venues for families or people of all ages to frequent. Small businesses are either hurting or closing because there is no anchor to attract people to the downtown.
I envision a long-term plan of action to revitalize the Glen Cove downtown. Revitalization improves the image of the downtown, offers residents a real sense of place, encourages historic preservation and provides more retail options, services and employment opportunities. This in turn will serve to prevent blight and abandonment, increase safety in our community, grow our tax base and help our community become more financially stable. Glen Cove is fortunate to have an IDA (Industrial Development Agency) and a CDA (Community Development Agency), both of which were initiated by New York State to foster revitalization in local communities. The IDA and CDA if used properly are valuable tools to bring both small and big business to Glen Cove.
2. When elected I will work closely with the mayor to fully utilize the IDA and CDA. Glen Cove once was the center for commerce and culture for the surrounding towns and villages. With much effort put into revitalization, I see Glen Cove becoming once more the center for growth in new businesses and cultural arts.
3. Glen Cove is a beautiful area situated on the North Shore of Long Island on the L.I. Sound. It is home to magnificent beaches, parks and is rich in history. It is also rich in the diversity of its people - the variety of nationalities and religions. These combine to make Glen Cove a city I have always been proud to call home.
4. I am a fourth generation Glen Cover and graduate of Glen Cove High School. My daughter also attended and graduated the Glen Cove school system. I have worked for more than 20 years in physical therapy with developmentally disabled students. I earned a masters degree in school counseling, and I am presently working with developmentally disabled adults in the community as an activities coach. I also teach swimming to children, including those with special needs.
5. As a community activist, I lobbied successfully for seat belts to be provided on all Glen Cove school buses. I have served our community as a member of the Glen Cove IDA and Tree Commission. Presently I sit on the Glen Cove Zoning Board of Appeals. I am also on the Board of Trustees for the North Shore Historical Museum and have been since 2001. Recently the museum opened its doors after years of fundraising and restoration efforts. I am very proud of the work that the entire board has accomplished by completing this endeavor. This museum is an asset to the downtown and community by presenting culture, entertainment and history of the North Shore area.
Pamela Donaldson Panzenbeck (R)
1. Glen Cove is plagued with fiscal issues, major increases in taxes for homeowners and business owners have not seemed to help. A major review of the way our budgets are constructed and our tax dollars are spent is in order.
One of the major problems in Glen Cove is the length of time our elected and appointed officials spend in office. Leadership in the community is, in some areas, weak and predictable. Term limits could solve some of these problems.
2. I would love to see our downtown area return to the hustle and bustle that it once was, a place to go meet friends, eat, shop!
In terms of the city government, I believe it is time to institute term limits for all elected officials.
3. I most love the beauty of Glen Cove, the public beaches, the golf course, parks, and our ever shrinking green space.
4. I am a lifelong Glen Cove resident—fourth generation. My ancestors settled in the Landing area and on Maple Avenue. I am married to Bob Panzenbeck and we have three children: Bobby, Billy, and Laura.
I taught business and computer education teacher in the Levittown Public Schools (Division Avenue High School) for 34 years, having served as the Central Treasurer of the Extra Curricular Account for 15 years. I am presently retired.
5. Member of the Glen Cove Hospital Auxiliary and currently serve as its treasurer.
Member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. My husband and I were honored as the Aides to the Grand Marshal in the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Parade—March 2013.
Religion teacher and lector at St. Patrick’s Church.
Ticket booth Chair of St. Patrick’s Spring Fling and Carnival.
St. Rocco Parish Feast ticket booth chair.
SCO Family of Services Development volunteer.
Former St. Patrick’s Blood Drive co-chair—semi-annual event—15 years.
Tony Gallo (R)
1. My desire for the City of Glen Cove is not to be an average city, but to become the greatest city in our modern era. There are a number of issues presently facing the City of Glen Cove. One local issue that prevents us from being the best we can be and that must be resolved is to be more aggressive in paying back all of our debt obligations. Our debts have been passed on to our residents and have burdened the tax payers and commercial businesses of Glen Cove. I believe that aggressively paying down our debts will create financial freedom for the City of Glen Cove and then our City will flourish and become vibrant again with the right vision. Some argue that debt is the way all governments operate. However, I believe that we must operate differently and more efficiently in order to become the best we can be.
2. I will continue to advocate for and would love to see the creation of a state of the art recreational facility on the waterfront. This recreational facility/sporting complex will provide the youth, senior citizens and families of Glen Cove with opportunities to participate in life-long recreational activities in a fun, healthy and peaceful atmosphere. Additionally, I would like to also see new businesses that focus on providing the youth of Glen Cove with a fun, safe, entertaining place for youth to enjoy with friends and family. We are a city of approximately 28,000 residents it would be ideal to have a movie theater, bowling alley, a Dave and Busters and even a roller hockey rink in town.
3. The City of Glen Cove is located on the Gold Coast of Long Island. Geographically, we have one of the most beautiful and greatest locations in New York State. However, what I really appreciate about the City of Glen Cove are the
great and caring people of Glen Cove. Glen Cove’s greatest asset is that we are a diverse community of people who care.
4. I have been a life-long resident of Glen Cove for the past 36 years. I have taught health and physical education in the Glen Cove Schools for the past 14 years. I have been happily married to my wife, Orietta.
5. I am the Co-Chair of the Glen Cove S.A.F.E. (Substance Abuse Free Environment) Coalition. I take a lot of pride being a member of this fine coalition which is made up of parents, clergy and residents of Glen Cove. This coalition collaborates and works as a team in order to help and educate the community of Glen Cove about substance use and abuse.
Kristina Heuser (R)
1. There is a tremendous issue with the appearance and vibrancy (or lack thereof) of the downtown. The tax burden is just too great for small businesses to bear, so to correct the problem, we must start there. I will not vote for tax increases (this goes for residential property taxes, too) and will employ strict and honest budgeting practices to regain fiscal health for the city with the goal of cutting taxes. We must stop the loitering and public intoxication that is visible downtown. I will put forth legislation that will combat these problems. Once the downtown is cleaned up and the taxes are under control, our downtown will be more inviting to start-up businesses and businesses looking to relocate.
Another issue significantly negatively impacting our city is illegal housing. Besides the visible impact in the neighborhoods themselves, illegal housing put an excessive strain on our infrastructure and our schools. For the same reason, we also need to scale back – perhaps even put a moratorium on – multi-unit/high density residential development.
The fact that Crescent Beach has been closed for the last five seasons is inexcusable and is illustrative of how completely ineffective and inept the current administration and council is. I will address this issue immediately and put all of my efforts into ensuring that the beach is open to residents this summer.
2. In addition to what I highlighted above, I would like to see and will work hard to bring about a performing arts center (perhaps at the old Coles School) and improved facilities at the Glen Cove golf course not just for golfers but for families, too, including the tennis and basketball courts. I also plan to explore the possibility of a family pool complex for our residents. I also am intent upon improving the operation and efficacy of the City Council, and to that end I will work towards appropriate amendments to the City Charter. I will be a vocal and active participant of the council who is always accessible to and communicates with all of the residents.
3. Some of my favorite things about Glen Cove are the beaches, wooded preserves, and Garvies Point. I also love the diversity Glen Cove offers. My most favorite thing about Glen Cove, though, is my spiritual family at Glen Cove Christian Church, as well as the larger community of believers here in Glen Cove.
4. I have a B.A. in government from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. I am an attorney in private practice. I serve as a pro bono attorney for the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and I am an “allied attorney” with the Alliance Defending Freedom. I also serve as the Vice Chair of the Civil Rights Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, and as a member of the Nassau County Youth Board. I am a mother of two daughters, Anna (age 9) and Sophia (age 6). I am married to John DiMascio, an attorney and the Republican candidate for the Nassau County Legislature (11th District).
5. I serve as a deacon of the Glen Cove Christian Church, where I direct the children’s Christmas pageant and sing with the church’s praise team. I am the president of my neighborhood association, the Red Spring Colony Association. I am active in the parents associations of my daughters’ schools, cook for the North Shore Sheltering Program, and have coached intramural junior soccer and softball.
1. After eight long years of the current administration, 18 consecutive years under the control of the same political party, it’s time for a change in Glen Cove.
Taxes have increased over 60 percent since the current mayor took office and there is no relief in sight. In spite of the tax increases, the city spends every dollar that it can extract from the residents and still remains deeply in debt. The bond rating is close to junk bond status which severely limits our financial options. We are unable to invest in needed infrastructure improvements like the repair of the on-going pollution of Crescent Beach and the clean-up and expansion of our water supply. The administration’s “Master Plan” calls for up to 2,000 additional high density, residential units added to the city’s existing inventory of empty homes and apartments. This will promote the expansion of illegal housing and further deteriorate the value of existing residences.
When will we stop this mismanagement? Glen Cove residents are poorer than 10 years ago as certified by the Brookings Institute and published by the New York Times. Neighboring towns are flourishing by comparison. Are we unable to learn from their example?
2. As a member of the City Council, I will advocate and support the following initiatives:
Stop Tax Increases
Stop Wasteful Spending
Revitalize Our Downtown
Assist Local Merchants
Improve Our Quality of Life
Grow Our Revenue
Bring New Business to Our City
Increase Transparency of Government
Limit the Size and Scope of High Density, Residential Development
3. Historically, the Glen Cove Waterfront has been both a recreational playground and an economic engine providing the country and even the world with necessary and desirable products. Over the centuries, these have included lumber, clay, starch, tungsten, carbon paper, textiles, electronics, film, filtration products and many more. Did you know that Glen Cove was once the largest producer of starch and derivative corn products in the world? Tungsten was produced here in the largest plant in the United States and it supported the proliferation of electric lights and defense related products during World War II.
The Glen Cove Waterfront is a unique geographic area in that large quantities of bulk products can move in and out of the area via waterway, providing both easy access and low cost transportation. This is a formula for successful business development and jobs for Glen Cove residents and those of adjoining communities.
4. As a lifelong resident of Glen Cove, I have never seen a time when the need for a change in the political process is greater. Like many of you, I have been busily occupied working, raising a family and caring for loved ones. My wife and three daughters have embraced Glen Cove as their home. Unfortunately, the lack of local job opportunities and the high taxes makes it difficult for them to plan a future here.
My professional career as an industrial engineer has heightened my awareness of poor planning and wasteful public spending. I am an active political voice for change, criticizing the current administration’s continuous tax increases and the continuing deterioration of the downtown business community.
I have a master of business administration (M.B.A.) degree from Hofstra University and a bachelor of science degree from Clarkson University’s school of engineering.
5. I am an advocate for expanding the participation of residents in the conduct of local government and the over-sight of our children’s’ education in the public school system. For the past several years, I have attended Glen Cove City Council and school board meetings.
1. There are major issues facing Glen Cove and none greater than our financial situation. Thomas P. DiNapoli, State Comproller, identified Glen Cove as the most fiscally stressed municipality on Long Island, and one of the nine most stressed studied by the state. Source: Newsday - State: Glen Cove finances most stressed on LI (6/18/13). After eight years in office, this administration has been a financial failure. Glen Cove needs to get its budget under control before it is too late. In order to achieve success, a balanced approach of increasing revenue while decreasing expenses must be taken.
2. If elected, I would like to see a thriving down town area with flourishing stores and bustling people. Unfortunately, what we have now are abandoned store fronts and empty buildings. Glen Cove needs to lower its commercial tax rate in order to become competitive with its surrounding areas and become more business friendly (eliminating red tape) in order to attract new businesses to our area.
3. My favorite aspect of Glen Cove are the beaches and various parks it has to offer. They provide a family, friendly environment for residents to enjoy. It is for this reason that the Crescent Beach closure for the last 5 seasons has been a complete travesty. Not only is the ecosystem being damaged but it is also a health hazard to all. This administration refuses to do what is necessary to get it opened again.
4. I graduated cum laude from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s in business administration. I began my professional career with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and have held the position of Chief Compliance Officer for a multi-billion dollar asset management firm. During my career, I have worked diligently to enforce applicable security laws for both firms and clients alike. I understand financial statements and am especially keen in identifying deficiencies. My financial experience will serve Glen Cove well. In addition, I have successfully obtained the following FINRA security licenses: Series 7, 79, 6 and 63. He has been a featured speaker at various industry conferences. I have been married for nearly 12 years.
5. In addition to my vast financial experience, I am not a newcomer to serving the community. As a teenager, I volunteered to help patients at Glen Cove Hospital and have continued to serve in different capacities throughout my adult life. My volunteer time consists of working with various organizations to help those most in need by serving in soup kitchens, visiting the terminally ill, and providing a message of hope to those struggling with drugs and alcohol. I am also a recipient of a Sons of Italy scholarship.