About 200 Glen Cove residents took time out of their holiday celebrations to head down to City Hall to welcome the new mayor and members of the Glen Cove City Council on Jan. 1. On a bitter cold New Year’s Day, the main chambers of city hall were packed for the inauguration of Mayor Tim Tenke and the swearing in of the Glen Cove City Council members. The ceremony included the color guard, the singing of the National Anthem and a blessing by Rabbi Irwin Huberman of Congregation Tifereth Israel. Tenke’s daughters, Natalie and Grace, led the Pledge of Allegiance, and the entire ceremony was hosted by Rev. Roger Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Glen Cove.
The oath of office was administered to Tenke by Jeremy S. Weinstein, who said he has known Tenke in a professional capacity for many years and was honored to be asked to do so.
“He has a earned a reputation among all of the judges, the court personnel, attorneys and his adversaries as a man who clearly respects human beings, has a great knowledge of the law, a great temperament and I think in every word, a consummate gentleman,” said Weinstein.
Council members Joseph Capobianco, Nicholas A DiLeo, Jr. and Pamela Panzenbeck were sworn in by Paul Meli. Kevin Maccarone was sworn in by Richard McCord; Tammy Robbins swore in Marsha Silverman and Michael Zangari was sworn in by Robert E. Pipia.
Williams congratulated the city council members and new mayor after they were all sworn in.
“Our support now will go toward them as they lead our city in greater dimensions of experiencing the spirit of democracy right here in the city of Glen Cove,” said Williams.
Victoria Crosby, Glen Cove’s poet laureate, read a poem she wrote titled “Cove Unity” that included the verse:
“Our leaders should always be people of integrity, with ethics and morals that truly reflect their dignity and respect, and show honesty to the people they serve, for that is what our citizens deserve.”
Kathleen Deegan Dickson introduced Tenke, noting that she has known him since they worked together in their fathers’ law offices. She gave some background on him and his family, highlighting his devotion to the city by his service as both a planning board member and a city council member.
“Tim is going to be a great mayor,” said Dickson. “He knows what our city needs and he knows our city.”
Tenke then gave his inaugural address, thanking the members of the city council and those in attendance, as well as outgoing mayor Reginald Spinello, noting he did a good job as mayor and appreciated that he made his transition into office easy.
“Today we are embarking on a new journey, one filled with excitement and hope—the excitement of the challenge and the hope that I get it right,” Tenke joked. “The city has many moving parts that require attention. Glen Cove had been the economic and cultural center of the North Shore for many years…we have a lot to offer here, but there’s still more room to grow.”
Tenke noted how the diversity within the community—ethnic, racial, social, religious, sexual orientation—is so important to this city.
“Glen Cove is the definition a melting pot and that’s what makes us unique,” he said. “We as a government must provide services which are blind to biases. Our laws and codes must be enforced uniformly and impartially.”
Tenke also talked about the importance of a transparent government.
“I feel strongly that the residents should have access to their government; they should feel comfortable coming into this building, and should ask questions and get answers,” said Tenke. “This administration will follow these principles to address the problems that face this city.”
Other highlights of his speech included the importance of the city’s finances—he said he’d like to see the yearly budget projected out five to 10 years—and said he would be working the Downtown Business Improvement District and the Chamber of Commerce to try to get more storefronts filled. He said he will fight against illegal apartments which can create fire traps, parking problems and hazards. In terms of making Glen Cove more green, he said he would like to have more buildings with solar panels, more bike paths and more foot paths and said he would like Crescent Beach open this year.
He extended praise to the city’s first responders and the city’s services. One thing he said he would like to do is add another officer to the police department’s of Crime Prevention Unit. He also thanked the city’s veterans, saying, “They’ve given so much and they are always willing to give more.”
He concluded by saying that he is grateful for having the honor of serving as mayor and is optimistic about working with the council.
“The door to the mayor’s office will always be open,” Tenke said.