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Beach Named for First Italian-American Mayor

Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi hosted a beach-naming ceremony in honor of Luke Anthony Mercadante, the first Italian-American mayor of Glen Cove. With the assistance of Brian Mercadante, nephew of Luke, Mayor Suozzi arranged for this formal ceremony to rename the beach at Garvies Point “Mercadante Beach.”

City of Glen Cove councilmembers and Tara Butler of Assemblyman Lavine’s office were pleased to join Luke’s siblings, Rosemary Tripp and Dr. James Mercadante, as well as many generations of the Mercadante family in attendanc,e for a heartfelt tribute to this former Mayor.

Luke Mercadante was born in Glen Cove, the son of Italian immigrants from Sturno, Italy. He graduated from Glen Cove High School, Auburn University and the University of Georgia Law School, and went on to serve as a Major in WWII, as well as a military governor in Luxembourg during reconstruction.

Mr. Mercadante was mayor of Glen Cove and Nassau County supervisor from 1948 – 1951. During his second term as mayor, he negotiated the gift of the 700-foot frontage of a new beach and more than 5 acres of land which would include a new playground at Landing School, from Developer Realty Associates Inc. He later served as city attorney and became the first Glen Cove Rotarian to become district governor of Rotary District 7250.

Mayor Suozzi stated, “It is important for the history of our community and also to the Mercadante family to note the important contribution this beach frontage represents. This acquisition took place at a time when land was more readily available and our waterfront in this area was used for industrial purposes. The natural beauty of this particular location on Hempstead Harbor is something that future generations can enjoy because of Mayor Mercandante’s foresight. I am pleased that we have taken the time to dedicate this frontage in this man’s honor so that future visitors to this spot can come to appreciate the contributions of those who came before them. I am also very happy that Luke’s brother James and sister Rosemary and the greater family could be here with us today to provide this moment with the additional significance and honor it deserves.”