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Emma Flahive Serves as ‘Mayor for a Day’

On Tuesday, June 1, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi was joined at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Glen Cove Ferry Project and Boat Basin by a very special guest. Emma Flahive, a seventh-grader at All Saints Regional School, was proud to serve as “Mayor for a Day.”

In the fall, Mayor Suozzi was asked to participate in a fundraiser for All Saints Regional School, located here in Glen Cove.  He was happy to donate the very first opportunity for one lucky student to serve as “Mayor for A Day.”  Emma’s grandmother was the winner of the auction and Mayor Suozzi invited Emma Flahive and her family to join him for this groundbreaking ceremony.

As “Mayor for a Day” Emma joined local elected officials on the stage at this important occasion for the Glen Cove Ferry Project and she led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Emma spent the morning meeting the members of the Glen Cove City Council, the Deputy Mayor, the Chiefs of the Police and Fire Departments and many professional engineers and consultants who were very impressed with her interest in the environment, her level of inquiry and her insights.  Mayor Suozzi then invited Emma and her mother to accompany him on a tour of City Hall in the afternoon, followed by a one-on-one opportunity to speak with him about the wide variety of projects occurring in Glen Cove.  Emma even took home a souvenir to remember the day, her very own construction helmet from the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal groundbreaking.

“It was an honor to introduce Emma Flahive as ‘Mayor for the Day’ at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin.  This was a wonderful educational experience for Emma, as she had the unique opportunity to learn, hands on, what it is like to be the Mayor of Glen Cove” said Mayor Suozzi.  “Emma had the opportunity to sit with me and discuss many of the projects we are working on and I am confident that this was a positive experience for her. She is a very bright young woman and I know that she will achieve great things during her lifetime.  I would like to thank her principal for allowing her the opportunity to join us for this occasion.”

“Saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ferry Terminal was a moment I will never forget” said Emma.  “It was an amazing feeling to be introduced as ‘Madam Mayor.’ When Mayor Suozzi told me that he drives around Glen Cove to take note of the areas that need attention, I knew how much he cares about this city and the people who live here.  I thank him for giving me this wonderful experience and I will cherish my memories of this day.”