Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00
The talk going around Glen Cove is that lots of voters will be voting against the incumbent mayor come November, not necessarily for the other guy, whoever he might be.
“Tis more the pity,” as the poet might say, since the “other guy” happens to be a man of real substance with the smarts and experience to fix Glen Cove’s dismal finances, currently the worst in its history.
Reginald Spinello is not just “the other guy.” He is the mayor Glen Cove. I don’t say this as a member of his party, which I’m not. I’m an independent voter who will be voting for Mr. Spinello on the Republican line and Tom Suozzi for County Executive on the Democrat line.
This past June, New York State’s comptroller, Thomas Napoli, issued a devastating critique of Glen Cove’s finances. He characterized Glen Cove as the “most financially stressed municipality” on Long Island and the second most in the state. The comptroller’s report all but named Mr. Spinello as the answer to Glen Cove’s economic prayers. An enormously successful businessman, Spinello knows finances from A to Z. Born in Glen Cove’s Orchard, he made his way to the top echelon of industry solely through his own efforts. In the process, he came to deep understanding of management and budgets.
Plus he is a great guy, friendly and approachable. Plus, plus he won’t be satisfied with shuffling papers. Rather he has a burning desire to get things done. In other words, he’s the antidote to Glen Cove going bankrupt.