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New Year, New Mayor

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.

News

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com