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City Mourns Councilman DiLeo

Glen Cove was in mourning last week following the sudden death of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo, 56, who had served on the Glen Cove City Council since 2006. He was re-elected last November.

 

A city council meeting had been scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, but was canceled after the news of DiLeo’s passing.

 

“We are all deeply saddened and our hearts are heavy with the untimely passing of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo. Glen Cove has lost a good friend, a great leader and one of its favorite sons,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello in statement posted on the city’s website. “Nick was a city council member since 2006 and was always the voice of calm and reason when dealing with the complex issues confronting our city.”

 

DiLeo ran on the Democratic, Working Families and Glen Cove Voters lines; owner Of C.A.M. Associates/The DiLeo Agency Insurance for more than 30 years, he was active in supporting new business development in the city and supported projects aiming to revitalize the downtown and the waterfront. One of the issues of concern to him during last year’s election was illegal housing and was in strong favor addressing the issue and strengthening enforcement by penalizing landlords who break city code.

 

The city council is now left with a vacant seat; per the city charter, the mayor and city council are required to appoint a person to fill the vacancy until the next general election, which will occur in November. The winner will then serve the remainder of the term until the next election.

 

Aside from being a member of the city council, he was former member of both the Glen Cove Planning and Zoning boards and was an active member of St. Rocco Church is remembered as a family man. He personally sponsored a child through “The Gift of Life Program,” enabling a life-saving heart surgery and rehabilitation, and the family has requested that donations to the program be made in his name.

 

“Nick always put family first,” said Spinello. “Before beginning any conversation, Nick would ask, ‘How’s the family?’ His family was the center of his universe and true source of pride and pleasure to him. Please keep Nick, his wife, Debbie, their children Nicholas and Danielle, and his granddaughters Emery and Lyla in your thoughts and prayers.”


News

Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015. 

 

The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.

Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families. 

 

This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar. 

 

I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”


Sports

The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition. 

The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.


Calendar

Annual Shop Glen Cove Showcase - November 19

Native American Feast - November 22-23

NSHS Fall Musical - November 21-22 


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