Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi announced that he received more than 2,100 petition signatures for re-election as mayor of the City of Glen Cove. Together with his city council team of Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Nick DiLeo, Sean Dwyer, Mike Famiglietti, Tony Jimenez and Tim Tenke, Mayor Suozzi is endorsed by the Democratic, Independence, Working Family and Glen Cove Voters parties. In his initial successful bid for mayor in 2005, Mayor Suozzi said he created the independent Glen Cove Voters organization to, “remove political influence from local government and create transparency, accountability, and openness for residents and businesses alike.”
“We are extremely grateful for the community’s support and recognition of our team’s dedication and work,” said Mayor Suozzi. “Our team is committed to the people of Glen Cove and will continue to work through these challenging economic times toward a better future. We are strengthening our city financially through sound decisions, long-term planning, and attention to all things large and small.”
Mayor Suozzi and his team said they are committed to identifying and implementing solutions that meet both short-term and long-term objectives, touting recognition and praise that he has received for his focused and bipartisan approach to solving problems. The team said it worked with New York State to identify and fund the nearly $16 million deficit preceding this administration. They implemented the first comprehensive Master Plan for land use - the first in 55 years - setting the stage for targeted and strategic land development along the waterfront, city corridors, and the downtown area. They said they have adopted tighter budgets, operating efficiencies, new hardware and software technologies, a new financial ledger and payroll system, and private sector administrative processes and procedures. Over the past four years, Mayor Suozzi said he has eliminated more than $50 million in current and future operational expenses, reduced yearly insurance premiums by $65,000 per year or $260,000 to date, and successfully lobbied Congress for more than $4.3 million in federal appropriations, and $8 million in stimulus funds for the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal. The city is also generating more than $500,000 a year in revenue from non-taxpayer sources, said the mayor.
“Mayor Suozzi has tackled a wide array of issues relating to day-to-day operations, infrastructure investment, quality of life issues, and public safety resulting in solutions that benefit all Glen Cove residents. Examples are seen and felt throughout the city from street lighting and signage improvements, to the addition of a new Youth Center, upgrades at the Senior Center, investments in park amenities at Morgan Park and the coming improvements to the tennis, basketball, and children’s playground at the Stango and Old Tappan Road parks. The team is pleased to bring new enrichment events to the city including The Gold Coast Jazz Festival, Senior Day, and National Night Out,” said the campaign release.
Mayor Suozzi continued, “We are proud of our accomplishments and the manner in which we conduct city business - openly, honestly, and with full accountability. We are determined to achieve even greater results, providing quality leadership to the people of Glen Cove.”