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Spinello As Mayor?

Reggie Spinello is projected to have won the race for mayor, ousting Mayor Ralph Suozzi by a narrow margin. The hotly contested race showed a divide among city residents, some with a love and devotion for the four-term incumbent, others ready for Glen Cove to go in a new direction. The unofficial results reported at the close of last week’s polls show a 115 point win for Spinello, though absentee ballots yet to be counted could swing the results the other way.

“I felt we ran a very good campaign,” said Spinello. “We delivered a clear message and I think people want change and new leadership.” 


He said that he plans to stick to his platform of fighting illegal housing, stabilizing taxes and revitalizing business in the area should he take office in January.


The absentee ballots are due this week, and the results should become official by the middle of next week, once all votes have been counted.


As of now, City Council winners are incumbents Tony Gallo, Jr., Nicholas DiLeo, Michael Famiglietti, Timothy Tenke and newly elected Republicans Efraim Spagnoletti and Pamela Panzenback. Some of those votes are also close enough to change when the official results come in. 


What does seem to be clear is the re-election of Gallo, who won 10 percent of the vote, higher than any other candidate at this time.


“I am humbled by the support that I received and I am very thankful and grateful and look forward to continuing to serve our community,” says Councilman Gallo. “I will continue to serve and represent the people of Glen Cove with the lessons taught to me by my dad which are anchored with the values of respect, being honest, fair and by having integrity.”


For the past couple of months, lawn signs and billboards covered the neighborhoods for both candidates, and in the days leading up to the election, bright, colorful signs were posted on Ralph Suozzi’s billboards, sporting messages like

“Saved Glen Cove Mansion,” “Movie Theater Re-Opening” and “Waterfront and Piazza Groundbreaking,” indicating that, well, he might have been scared of losing his job. But that almost desperate attempt at proving himself may have helped to narrow the margin, evidenced by the strong showing of support voiced by voters at Landing Elementary on election night.


“We voted for Ralph Suozzi because the finances have improved,” said Mr. & Mrs. Vijayendran, referencing the recent news of the Moody’s upgrade. “We feel secure. He also listened to our comments about the waterfront and scaled back the size of the buildings.”


They said they voted for all Democrats, which included Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and Tom Suozzi. “We think Mangano wasn’t right.”


Lynne Albukerk said she and her husband moved to Glen Cove 11 years ago and have seen steady improvement in the city over the years. “There was very little commercial activity back then,” she said. “I think we’re on the right track at this time.”


As to the county, Albukerk said, “It’s sad that a county as wealthy and diverse as ours is in such a poor financial status. There are a lot of areas in which there could be a reduction in our costs.”


“I know Ralph and he’s a good guy,” said one woman who did not want to give her name. “I think he’s doing a good job...except for him, I voted Republican across the board.”


Lorraine Emeghebo said she is registered as an Independent, and voted Democratic because he “likes what the candidates stand for.”


Another couple said, “We voted for the Suozzis-  they’re good people” and another man who wished to remain anonymous said, “I voted for my family, the Suozzis.”


In the race for county legislator, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton beat John DiMascio for the seat in the 11th LD.


“I want to thank all my supporters and the people who voted for me. It has been an honor to serve Nassau residents on the Legislature and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my work,” said DeRiggi-Whitton. “I won by a solid margin that shows two important things: first, people appreciate the work I have been doing as a Nassau County legislator; second, if you have a good track record, you can successfully run a clean campaign without stooping to false statements and negative attacks. As far as redistricting, I will miss the residents of the old 18th LD, but I hope they know I am still here to serve all of Nassau and will continue to fight on their behalf. In my new 11th LD, it has been a pleasure getting to know my new constituents and I look forward to working with Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Glen Head, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn, Sands Point and Port Washington.”