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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

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

 

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

 

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.

Several local artists are featured in an exhibit hosted by LIU Post, now through Aug. 27, titled “Endless Summer – Visions of Long Island.” The exhibit is a fundraising event for the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior (NCF-OWW), a non-profit organization centered on providing much-needed items to the wounded men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

 

 Photographer Roni Chastain of Glen Cove is one of the featured artists.

 

“I am thrilled to be participating in an exhibit to support the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior,” says Chastain. “Our war veterans deserve to be supported for the work they do to protect the USA. I do believe in giving back and have volunteered to photograph several fund raising events over the past few years. This includes Komen Walk for the Cure, Hope in Motion, Kids Triathlon. I will be photographing the walk for Gift of Life in September.


Sports

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.

Sailing fans from Glen Cove are invited to the 32nd Knickerbocker Cup, or K-Cup, Race, hosted by Port Washington’s Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, which will include three of the top-10 world-ranked match racing skippers. 

 

The racing competition will be preceded by an opening ceremony and welcome cocktail party, followed by an All-American BBQ Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. 


Calendar

Good Reads - August 13

Sunset Serenades - August 14

Wine Tasting - August 15


Columns

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