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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

The Mayor’s Annual Snapper Derby had plenty of kids, fish and fun on the Pryibil Beach Pier in Glen Cove this past Saturday. On the pier were lots of parents and children fishing for prizes. Below the pier the snappers in the water were only too happy to cooperate with the children trying to catch them. For a while it looked like the children were “catching” and not fishing.

The Glen Cove City Council’s decision to allow amplified music at outdoor cafes at last week’s special meeting was music to the ears of The View Grill manager Frank Venturino. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision to allow music from the period of Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the only council member to vote no on the resolution.

 

“We just want to have some background entertainment for our patrons while they are at our restaurant,” said Venturino. “We don’t plan to get wild with the music. We just want to support local talent who entertain people with a microphone and maybe an acoustic guitar from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.”


Sports

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.

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.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



Columns

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