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City Retirees, New Hire Recognized

Retired Department of Public Works employees Mike Salentino and John McKenna  were recognized by the City of Glen Cove at last week’s city council meeting for their years of service to the city, and a new police officer was brought on board.

Mayor Reginald Spinello and members of the City Council thanked the men and presented them with citations before allowing them both to say a few words.

 

“It’s the police department, fire department and EMS that gets the job done -those are the people we should be thanking,” said Salentino, who was with the department for 42 years. “And, the public works department, the unsung heroes.”

 

The city passed several resolutions, including one to authorize the city and the CDA to enter into agreements with Nassau County for the 40th year for the purpose of undertaking a community development program and project activities under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; the program has received a 35 percent drop in funding and supports programs including the Youth Bureau, the Senior Center and SAFE.

 

The council passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Jack McDougal to provide professional service in connection with educating local youth on the dangers of alcohol and drug use, at a rate of $2,500 per month, and a contract with

MG Golf Corp. to provide services of a golf professional. Spinello said that the golf course has lost about $500,000 over the past five years, and that the new contract eliminates the $75,000 a year paid to the golf professional. Instead, the golf pro will lease the driving range and pick up revenues and expenses associated with it. 

 

“This year we are attacking the expense side...it is good restructuring,” said Spinello.

 

“The goal of breaking even this year seems reachable,” said Councilman Mike Famiglietti before casting his vote in favor of the resolution.

 

Chief of Police William Whitton introduced the new police officer, Carlos Fernandez, who is a 1996 graduate of Glen Cove High School. Bilingual in Spanish and English, several comments were made by council members and the public about the benefit his language skills will have on the community.

 

“Congratulations on joining what I call ‘Long Island’s Finest,’”said Councilman Nicholas DiLeo. 

 

Fernandez will replace Officer Ralph Bruschini, who died earlier this year. The police force was reduced from 52 to 46 after retirements in 2012. Three recruits were hired last year, which will bring the total number to 49 on staff.