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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

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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