Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00
Glen Cove was in mourning last week following the sudden death of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo, 56, who had served on the Glen Cove City Council since 2006. He was re-elected last November.
A city council meeting had been scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, but was canceled after the news of DiLeo’s passing.
“We are all deeply saddened and our hearts are heavy with the untimely passing of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo. Glen Cove has lost a good friend, a great leader and one of its favorite sons,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello in statement posted on the city’s website. “Nick was a city council member since 2006 and was always the voice of calm and reason when dealing with the complex issues confronting our city.”
DiLeo ran on the Democratic, Working Families and Glen Cove Voters lines; owner Of C.A.M. Associates/The DiLeo Agency Insurance for more than 30 years, he was active in supporting new business development in the city and supported projects aiming to revitalize the downtown and the waterfront. One of the issues of concern to him during last year’s election was illegal housing and was in strong favor addressing the issue and strengthening enforcement by penalizing landlords who break city code.
The city council is now left with a vacant seat; per the city charter, the mayor and city council are required to appoint a person to fill the vacancy until the next general election, which will occur in November. The winner will then serve the remainder of the term until the next election.
Aside from being a member of the city council, he was former member of both the Glen Cove Planning and Zoning boards and was an active member of St. Rocco Church is remembered as a family man. He personally sponsored a child through “The Gift of Life Program,” enabling a life-saving heart surgery and rehabilitation, and the family has requested that donations to the program be made in his name.
“Nick always put family first,” said Spinello. “Before beginning any conversation, Nick would ask, ‘How’s the family?’ His family was the center of his universe and true source of pride and pleasure to him. Please keep Nick, his wife, Debbie, their children Nicholas and Danielle, and his granddaughters Emery and Lyla in your thoughts and prayers.”