Months after the death of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo left a vacant seat on the Glen Cove City Council, the seat remains open, despite the efforts of the mayor and council members to reach an agreement.
In a meeting that quickly turned from ambitious yet efficient to contentious, at points getting downright ugly, the vote to appoint Joe Capobianco to the council was ultimately tabled.
The resolution for the appointment was saved until the very end of the meeting, and Mayor Reginald A. Spinello announced the decision to appoint Capobianco to the seat, reading the city charter, which states that the decision is left to the council for filling the seat until the next general election. He started to call for public comments when Councilman Tim Tenke suggested that was against protocol.
“It’s not proper to take comments on appointments,” said Tenke.
Spinello then polled the council on whether or not to allow public comments. Councilman Anthony Gallo, Jr. said he thought it best to ask Capobianco if he wished to have the council members speak;
Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti said he sided with Tenke and expressed his displeasure with the method of the appointment.
“I have said before I felt the candidates should be vetted before the city council,” said Spagnoletti.
Responding to Spagnoletti, Spinello said, “Capobianco became the choice of the Republican Committee, which you are a part of...I was told there were no objections...you didn’t ask for a caucus. The public gets to make a decision in November, but not now. Now, we are obligated and get to make a choice.”
Spagnoletti said, “I support him as a candidate in November but not tonight. When they asked for an aye vote, I remained silent. When they asked for a no vote, I remained silent because I don’t know
Joe Capobianco or what he stands for...the candidate should be made public...it’s a fundamental principle called democracy.”
Spinello noted that he has had seven weeks to speak to him and ask him about where he stands.
Councilwoman Pam Panzenbeck, who made the motion to table to the vote, said, “I feel the mayor worked hard to find someone who would work well with all of us.”
Capobianco said, “I know I am a qualified candidate.” He began by saying he would not lower himself to the level of the council members, but then called out those members for not expressing the same support in public as they did to him in private, calling the behavior “disingenuous.” He said, “I’m not looking to have an agenda...I’m just here to pick up the garbage.”
Councilman Michael Famiglietti, a Democrat, said that while he respects and admires Capobianco, he would not have voted in favor of choosing him as a candidate for fundamental reasons.
“It’s very unfortunate that politics and a self-serving agenda have gotten in the way of good government,” said Spinello.
Resident Kathleen Lappano said, “A lot of people may not be pleased with what happened tonight, but...this is exactly what should be happening in a public forum...we have a dilemma...what I see is a government that is working despite being down one good man.” She then quoted an email that had apparently been circulating earlier in the day and said, “Give the vote back to the people of Glen Cove.”
The council passed a total of 18 resolutions as well as numerous appointments at the meeting, including the passage of legislation regarding sewer use and private wastewater disposal to specifically address the problems at Crescent Beach. Spinello explained that it would help make residents more accountable for their waste and any contamination they may cause. He noted the city’s service of providing annual pump-outs to those residents at no charge.
Erin Reilly, the city’s grants administrator, said that a lot of homeowners with cesspools do not know how to maintain them and the new code would help teach them.
One concerned resident said, “It’s not my responsibility as a taxpayer to teach them how to maintain their cesspools.”
Grace Slezak, a local real estate agent, noted that there are 129 homes in Glen Cove who are not hooked up to sewers, and said there is no longer a sewer tax charge on homeowners’ tax bills. “Those 129 households should pay for their cesspool clean outs,” she said.
Spinello said, “We are trying to have clean water in Long Island Sound and make people more accountable for their systems.”
The council also passed a resolution to enter into an agreement with Soli DG, Inc. as ferry operator consultant; Spinello explained that this is an experienced firm that has reviewed all previous letters of interest and will put together the Request for Proposals (RFPs).
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
The Brady Brothers may only be 15, but they are already making a name for themselves. Sea Cliff twins Dylan and Cody Brady are determined to make their mark on the music industry and follow through with their number one passion. The North Shore High School juniors spent their entire summer working on their EP, You + Me, which was released last month on iTunes, and Dylan has also been pegged for a “Make Your Mark” segment currently airing on the Disney Channel.
The Brady Brothers have music in their blood, and being twins, also feel that collaboration they have as a duo works better than any other band combination they’ve experienced thus far in their careers.
Dylan, who says he has been singing since the day he was born and took up the drums at age 6, notes, “We know each other so well; when we’re on stage, if I want to do something different, I can look at him a certain way and he’ll know what I’m saying.”
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
The North Shore Schools Women’s Cross-Country team traveled to Canton, New York (a few miles away from Canada) to compete in the SUNY Canton Pre-State Invitational. This will be the location for the upcoming New York State Cross-Country Championship in November. Starting where they left off last season, the Vikings placed first by more than 40 points.
Entering the season, the team had a winning streak of 76-0 in league competition and won six consecutive county championships.
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
The Falcon Pride Athletic Booster Club and a generous group of alumni have hit one out of the park with their assistance in upgrading the high school softball field.
Throughout the process, former and current Falcon softball players worked together for a good cause.