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Anthony J. Tripp Sworn in as GCVFD Chief

The Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department recently held its annual installation dinner. This year, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi was proud to join Ex-chief William Swift, chairman 5th Battalion District, in swearing in the new chief of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, Anthony J. Tripp.

An unprecedented crowd of firefighters, families and friends gathered at the Waterview Club in Bayville to lend their support to the new chief and department officers Rodni Leftwich, 1st assistant chief; Joseph Solomito Jr., 2nd asistant chief; Philip Grella Jr, 3rd assistant chief; Lisa Dwyer, recording secretary; William Basdavanos, corresponding secretary; and Gilbert Tanaka, treasurer.

Ex-chief Vincent Martinez Jr. and Ex-Chief Michael J. Maher kicked off the evening with words of welcome. Following the installation of the chief and slate of company and squad officers, presentations were made to Ex-chief Vincent Martinez Jr. by Gregory May, legislative director for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who also presented Chief Martinez with a citation from Senator Carl Marcellino. Mayor Suozzi offered a few remarks following the installation of officers, expressing his fondness for the department and his sincere gratitude, on behalf of all Glen Cove residents, for the service of all of the volunteers. The mayor spoke fondly of Chief Martinez for all of the work he did in leading the department.

This installation was special for the mayor, he said, as his late father presided over the installation of Chief Tripp’s late father, many decades ago. Evoking tears from Tony Tripp, Mayor Suozzi said, “From one son to another, I offer you my best wishes as you lead the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department for the next two years.”

In his remarks, Chief Tripp thanked Ex-chief Vincent Martinez Jr. for his dedicated service to the department, adding, “I am sure we can move to the forefront in firematics within Nassau County. I intend to work with Mayor Ralph Suozzi and the City Council as well as our Board of Fire Commissioners for the best interests of our department as well as all of the residents of the City of Glen Cove.

”Congratulations to the New GCVFD Officers:

Chemical Engine Company #1
Vincent Shields - Captain
William Peet -1st Lieutenant
Justin Valeo - 2nd Lieutenant
Daniel Pietrafesa - Secretary
Andrew Graf Jr. - Treasurer
Thomas Underhill - Fire Commissioner
Hook & Ladder Company #1
Andrew Graf Sr. - Captain
Carlos Cardenas -1st Lieutenant
Eugene Martone Jr. - 2nd Lieutenant
Michael Glidden - Secretary
David McCalla - Treasurer
Robert Budzenski - Fire Commissioner
Pacific Engine & Hose Company #1
Robert Retoske - Captain
William Wandelt-1st Lieutenant
Douglas Arena - 2nd Lieutenant
Edward Makin Jr. - Secretary
Robert Sujeski - Treasurer
Theodore Valeo Jr. - Fire Commissioner
Engine & Hose Company #4
Patrick Peet - Captain
Michael Capobianco - 1st Lieutenant
Christopher Valeo- 2nd Lieutenant
William Basdavanos - Secretary
Robert Petrucci - Treasurer
Michael Maher - Fire Commissioner
Rescue Squad
Marvin Tate - 1st Officer
Justin Valeo - 2nd Officer
Luigi Meli - 3rd Officer
Peter Solomito -Secretary
Fire Police
Jeffrey Jackson- Captain
Vincent Martinez Sr. - 1st Officer
Ed Zimmermann - 2nd Officer
Fred LaMere - Secretary