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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

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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