Wow, Glen Cove—what a thrill it was to meet so many of you—hundreds and hundreds, in fact—over the course of the last five months of my campaign for the open City Council seat.
Thank you for answering your doors and your phones, introducing me to your families and friends, and welcoming me in to your homes.
I would like to thank the Glen Cove voters for giving me the opportunity to complete Nick DiLeo’s term as City Councilperson. Nick was a special person, and I know I have large shoes to fill. I would also like to thank Anthony Jimenez, who replaced Nick on an interim basis, for his service to our city during his long tenure as Councilperson. Anthony exemplifies the ideal public servant, and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
I’d like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. This is one of my favorite times of the year because it allows me to be involved in the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Toys program in Glen Cove. The prominent Toys for Tots collection boxes will soon be seen in many places, but Glen Cove is particularly proud of a special Toys for Tots event that collects hundreds of toys for needy children.
This week I attended the town hall meeting regarding Glen Cove Hospital plans to be a Specialized Treatment Center for those infected with the Ebola virus. I learned that as of 10 short days ago our little hospital is equipped and CDC approved to treat one Ebola patient with a designation to treat up to two in the works.
Before I proceed, please note I am a fan of preparedness and applaud Cuomo’s proactive stance across New York State. *See list below for designated facilities. Further, I understand the science and find a level of comfort in such. My concern is I do not have an equal level of comfort that Glen Cove Hospital is the best choice. The other Ebola treatment centers are much larger university and research hospitals such as Emory.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it was hard to avoid the story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Portland woman who ended her own life under Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act.”
Maynard quickly became the face of the hot-button topic when her stage four diagnosis of glioblastoma (a type of brain tumor) became public and announced that she was an advocate for the right to die.
What in heaven’s name was the prior Glen Cove mayor, city council and planning board thinking when they gave a go-ahead for The Villa project? In my career as a business/market developer, before entering into an agreement with any company, we always asked, “What kind of partner will they be? Is it a company in good standing? Is it honest? Does it have a good product that provides value to our customers?”
The entire Pemberton family would like to express our sincerest appreciation to everyone for the outpouring of help and sympathy during our mourning the loss of our mother, grandmother and wife, Vera Pemberton. Losing her leaves a large void in our family and it was comforting to see so many in the community come forward and help as they did.
On behalf of the Glen Cove Youth Bureau, I would like to thank all of the individuals, businesses and organizations that so generously donated school supplies and monetary assistance to this year’s Fill-a-Bookbag program. I would also like to thank Mayor Reggie Spinello for supporting not only this year’s drive, but also for his overall and continued support of youth programming in the city.
Each year, I watch more of my friends and family leave Long Island, driven out by skyrocketing taxes and a lack of good paying jobs. From Glen Cove to Plainview, I’ve seen life-long Long Islanders forced to leave their grandchildren behind and young families who must abandon their roots to seek out jobs and affordable housing elsewhere. Businesses that have employed Long Islanders for generations pack up and move out of state. Yet our Assemblyman continues to bury his head in the sand and respond with the same tired tax and spend approach.
In the upcoming election for the Glen Cove City Council the best choice is Joe Capobianco to move Glen Cove forward. Joe has made Glen Cove his home since he emigrated from Italy as a child. He has become an accomplished attorney and has the needed knowledge and skills that are required to be a council member in our city that is forever changing.
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