It was standing room only at the inaugural ceremony for Mayor Reginald Spinello and members of the Glen Cove City Council on Jan. 1. Judge Paul Meli and Judge Joseph McCann administered the official oath of office to Spinello and city council members Joseph Capobianco, Nicholas A. DiLeo Jr., Pamela Panzenbeck, Efraim Spagnoletti, Timothy J. Tenke and Roderick Watson. Special guest Sen. Charles Schumer acknowledged Spinello’s successes in the areas of economic growth, stabilizing taxes and taking a hard line on illegal housing for the city and noted his work with the mayor on the waterfront project as part of his remarks.
In his inaugural address, Spinello said, “My promise this year is that my administration will concentrate on smart growth in our community—from our waterfront redevelopment to the revitalization of our downtown, I expect 2016 to be a watershed moment in turning Glen Cove into the vibrant municipality that it should be. Our vision is simple: make Glen Cove a “go to” destination for commerce, recreation, entertainment, culture and waterfront living. We’re intent on infusing our local economy with new jobs, expanded tax revenues from sources other than homeowners and residents and bringing in young professionals, empty nesters and new families who will appreciate the benefits of an affordable suburban city with beautiful surroundings and easily-accessible beaches.”
The mayor concluded his address with an invitation to the community.
“Please join me in becoming part of a team that nurtures our land for safe, sensible and smart development, that plants seeds of innovation with new and creative programs like Single Stream Recycling, which will save money and benefit our planet, that aggressively tackles suburban weeds like illegal housing and that sees the potential of achieving Glen Cove’s promise—making our city a center of commerce and culture and a place you can be proud to call your home.”
The ceremony was hosted by David Zatlin, chairman of the Glen Cove Republican Committee, and featured a Presentation of Colors by representatives of the Glen Cove Police Department, Harbor Patrol, fire department, EMS, auxiliary police, U. S. Coast Guard Flotilla 1203, American Legion Posts 76 and 1765 and VFW James E. Donohue Post 347.
Michael Renga, a second-grader at Glen Cove’s Gribbin Elementary School, led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance while singers John Brakatselos and Millie Sullivan sang the National Anthem and “God Bless America.” Victoria Crosby read an original poem she wrote, “First Day.”