Written by Jill Nossa Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00
The results are in and it’s official: Reggie Spinello will be the next mayor of Glen Cove, beating incumbent Ralph V. Suozzi by a mere 74 votes. The official numbers were announced last Wednesday after the absentee ballots, emergency ballots and affidavit ballots were counted by the Nassau County Board of Elections.
“I wish to congratulate Reggie Spinello on his election as our city’s next mayor,” said Mayor Suozzi. “I have worked very hard for the last eight years to serve the city I love so much. While I am saddened to be leaving City Hall, I am very proud of the fact that I am turning over the City of Glen Cove in far better shape than it was when I took office in 2006. I look forward to working with Mayor-elect Spinello over the coming weeks to assure a smooth and orderly transition.”
“Although the challenges are many, our residents can rest assured that I will dedicate all of my time, talent and energies to the revitalization of our city,” said Spinello. “I look forward to working with the city council and our many great employees to ensure that Glen Cove becomes the thriving gold coast community we want and expect it to be.
“In order to ensure a smooth and effective transition, I will be asking the mayor and City Council to freeze all non-essential hiring, personnel changes and promotions, and appointments or reappointments to boards, agencies and commissions so that, in accordance with the voters’ wishes, my new administration can put its own team in place and start making a difference as soon as possible,” Spinello continued.
“I thank Mayor Suozzi for his service to our city and anticipate his full cooperation during the transition,” said Spinello.
Spinello , a member of the Independent party who ran on the Republican line, received 3,433 votes, while Suozzi received 3,359, according to election officials. Incumbent DiLeo defeated Republican Kristina Heuser by 80 votes, widening the gap that had been just a 20 point difference before all of the ballots were in. The final count was DiLeo 3,076, and Heuser 2,996, officials said. Republicans will now hold three of six council seats, which had previously been a
Democratic majority. Democratic Councilmen Tim Tenke and Michael Famiglietti were also re-elected, as was Republican Anthony Gallo, Jr. Newly elected to the council were Republicans Efraim Spagnoletti and Pamela Panzenbeck.
“It was exciting to be a part of this democratic election process,” said Spagnoletti. “The people were engaged and their voices were heard at the polls. It is what makes this country great. I look forward to serving this great city and moving it forward in the right direction.”