Written by Jill Nossa Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00
Hundreds of people gathered for the inauguration of Reginald A. Spinello as mayor of Glen Cove, which took place on New Year’s Day in the Wunsch Arts Center at Robert M. Finley Middle School. The atmosphere was tinged with excitement and optimism for the future of the city as the city council members and new mayor were sworn in on the stage.
A number of elected officials were in attendance, including County Executive Ed Mangano, who expressed praise for the new mayor.
“Reggie Spinello is a good, honest man...he’s going to do an excellent job leading this city as mayor,” he said.
“Glen Cove has a friend in Nassau County,” he added. “Our door will be wide open for you, Mayor...if you need to cut through the red tape for business, we will be there for you...I am excited for this new partnership.”
The afternoon’s event was hosted by Glen Cove Republican Committee Chair Paul Meli, who also praised Spinello and his wife, Coleen. Several members of the Finley Middle School chorus sang the national anthem, Victoria Crosby read her poem, A New Day for Glen
Cove, and Councilmen Timothy Tenke, Michael Famiglietti, Nick DiLeo and Tony Gallo, Jr. were sworn in for another term, and Efraim Spagnoletti and Pamela Panzenback took their first oath as members of the Glen Cove City Council.
Spinello’s swearing in was greeted with a standing ovation from the audience. He spoke about his vision for the city and promised to deliver on his platform of reforming illegal housing and stimulating business growth.
“It’s been a long time coming, but as of today, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” he said. “My vision is a very positive one...I plan to have an open, honest, transparent government...there is nothing we can’t accomplish. I will prove that hiring me was a good idea. I am well aware of the narrow majority...I have a mandate for all of Glen Cove, to make it once again the gem of the Gold Coast that we all remember.”
He noted this would be a team effort, thanked the council members and said the team must include residents.
He said his top two priorities at this point are tackling the illegal housing problem in Glen Cove and generating ideas for making the city more business-friendly, including ways to attract new business to the area.
Regarding illegal housing he said, “It has to stop and I intend to devote my efforts to see that it does. The era of giving breaks to friends and supporters has ended...the illegal housing business is no longer business as usual.”
He continued, “I see a bright future for us,” noting that he plans to begin laying the groundwork for business development in Glen Cove and will get out and generate new business. He urged residents to think about shopping “Glen Cove first” in order to support local businesses and make sure those that exist can stay here. He also spoke about improving the reputation of the schools and noted that he is open to new and different ideas “coming from all quarters.”
“I want to see our city become a model of reinvention...I see nothing but better days ahead for our residents.” He said the movie theater will reopen in 120 days, and affirmed his campaign promise of giving 15 percent of his salary to certain organizations: 5 percent to youth activities, 5 percent to the Senior Center and 5 percent to veterans affairs.
“I aspire to no higher political office other than to serve as mayor of this fine city,” he said.