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Letter: Reginald Spinello, Mayor of the 'Gem of the Gold Coast'

It was a beautiful day in Glen Cove.  Jan. 1, 2014, the sun was shining, the Wunsch Arts Center auditorium in the Finley Middle School was filled to capacity with enthusiastic residents, and the future of Glen Cove was outlined in a profoundly spirited and exquisitely presented Inaugural Address delivered by new Mayor Reginald Spinello. A consistent theme throughout his address was, “Glen Cove is once again open for business.”  Mayor Spinello noted his additional promises of restoring the quality of life to the residents of Glen Cove, in reversing the trends of the previous administrations, and in providing “an open, honest, transparent and hardworking government.”  Mayor Spinello stated, “I promised during the campaign that I would focus on quality of life issues, and I intend to keep that promise.”

 

The pomp and circumstance, the exquisite flag processional with members of the Glen Cove Police Department, Volunteer Fire Department, Harbor Patrol, Emergency Medical Services, Auxiliary Police, United States Coast Guard, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars was awe inspiring.  After a welcoming address by Paul Meli, Master of Ceremonies and the Chairman of the Glen Cove Republican Committee, the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, and Invocation, the Honorable Edward Mangano, Nassau County Executive, presented an inspiring and very positively focused speech.  The Oath of Office was administered by the Honorable Judge Richard McCord and Glen Cove had a new mayor. 

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello, with a beaming smile stated, “It’s been a long time in coming, and I’m pleased to announce today that Glen Cove is once again open for business.  We’ve got a lot of work to do to reverse the trends of the last 20 years, but if I didn’t think we could do it, I wouldn’t have run for mayor.  My vision for our city’s future is very positive.”... “After more than two decades of one-party rule and one-party ideas, the voters have asked for a change in the way Glen Cove is governed.  And I intend to lead that change.” As one of his first orders of business, Spinello said he is going to direct his attention to the illegal housing problem which he stated has been a burden on our community and on our honest, law-abiding citizens stating, “So long as I’m the mayor, the illegal housing business will no longer be business as usual in Glen Cove.  If we’re going to respect each other, we need to start with a mutual respect for our laws.”

 

Spinello also cited the negative trend in our business environment over the years and he intends to encourage all of us to support our local businesses and to revive our business community.

 

With numerous applause and standing ovations throughout his address, Mayor Spinello reiterated, “Glen Cove is officially reopened for business.”  The positive vibe, the enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers, the thrill of a new era for Glen Cove - it all leads one to really believe that we can once again become the “Gem of the Gold Coast.”

 

Grace Slezak


News

In an unusual change of venue, the Glen Cove City Council held its Sept. 23 meeting at the Webb Institute instead of City Hall. Before the meeting, more than 100 residents and the council members were given a tour of the college. 

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello said,  “Keith Michel [Webb President] suggested we could use the venue for the city and I thought having a city council meeting there would be an ideal way to show off the city’s precious history. I am hoping that the Holocaust Center will also allow us the opportunity next year.” He added, “There are a few other notable places in Glen Cove to have meetings like this to showcase the city.”

It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without 

a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records. 


Sports

Glen Cove Junior Soccer got off on the right foot with its annual parade through the city ending at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13. The parade had boys and girls from kindergarten to 10th grade march along with coaches and parents in their colorful uniforms. At the parade terminus, Glen Cove elected officials cheered the children on as they sat down on the field lines to hear the opening comments.

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 


Calendar

Live Music - September 24

Whiskey Tasting - September 25

Play Bingo - September 26


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