Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
Republican voters face difficult choices on Nov. 5. Mayoral candidate Reggie Spinello, a registered member of the Independence Party, supported Mayor Ralph Suozzi’s budgets and authorized him to borrow (i.e., increase debt) for city employee termination pay in 2012. He also supported the mayor’s punitive fee on new businesses that would require more than five parking spaces in Glen Cove’s public garages.
Republican city council candidate Linda Darby, a registered Democrat, is a former avid Suozzi campaign supporter. She boldly asked us to “vote for Ralph Suozzi” and viewed him as “independent of any political favors” in the Sept. 30, 2005 edition of the Glen Cove Record Pilot. It is no surprise that Ms. Darby continues to maintain her Democratic Party affiliation while assuming the Republican brand. Under Glen Cove Republican Party Chairman Paul Meli, the brand has become the “I Hate Ralph Party” of disaffected Democrats. This could explain why Mr. Meli chose her over strong Republican women who wanted to run for city council this year.
Republican voters have no compelling reason to vote for Mr. Spinello or Ms. Darby; however, there are candidates who we can trust. I am voting for inspirational leaders such as Tony Gallo and Efraim Spagnoletti.