Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
If you ride into Locust Valley, you might be surprised to see a “Reggie Spinello for Mayor” sign sitting on the corner of Forest Avenue and Weir Lane. And you might think that to be odd at first blush, wondering why anyone who doesn’t live in Glen Cove would care about its politics. Well, perhaps it’s not so odd after all.
What happens in Vegas may very well stay in Vegas, but what happens in Glen Cove doesn’t necessarily stay in Glen Cove. Surrounding communities, like Locust Valley, Lattingtown, Glen Head, Sea Cliff and Old Brookville are significantly affected by Glen Cove’s fortunes. People from these communities shop in Glen Cove’s remaining stores, share Glen Cove’s remaining amenities with friends and families who live in Glen Cove, go to the movies in Glen Cove when it can manage to keep a movie theater open, buy food in Glen Cove, go to restaurants in Glen Cove, use doctors and the hospital in Glen Cove, and perhaps most importantly, rely upon Glen Cove to sustain itself as a vibrant community which reflects well not just on the value of its own real estate, but on the values of the homes in its neighboring communities.
When Glen Cove does well, all the villages which abut it do well. It does not make a single homeowner in a surrounding town happy to see the closure of a store in Glen Cove. When a beach closes in Glen Cove, or when its schools do not do well, real estate values in Glen Cove suffer, and so do the real estate values in its neighboring communities. No, not one of Glen Cove’s neighbors are the least bit happy to see the city they rely upon for so many things fail at the hands of politicians who, for decades, have been running it into the ground through breathtaking incompetence and personal political agendas.
And that’s why there’s a “Reggie Spinello for Mayor” sign on Forest Avenue in Locust Valley. The folks next door may not be able to vote in Glen Cove’s election, but that doesn’t mean they can’t express their opinion on who they wish to see running the place. There’s a symbiotic relationship between Glen Covers and their neighbors.
If Glen Cove voters will put someone into office who can turn it around and bring good businesses back to town, they can rest assured that the people next door will jump at the chance to help restore the city to sound fiscal health by frequenting its commercial establishments and adding to the expansion of economic activity that creates revitalization and brings a place back to life.
Every homeowner who lives in a community next to Glen Cove only wishes it well because of the simple principle that Glen Cove’s success is a win-win for everyone. And that, in a nutshell, explains why Reggie Spinello for mayor has captured the interest of everyone around and there’s a sign up on Forest Avenue to prove it.
Michael A. Levy