‘Waterfront debt threatens our city’s future’
Last week, 13-year Glen Cove Councilman Tim Tenke, an attorney and lifetime resident, announced he will run for mayor of Glen Cove.
“I love my hometown and I am concerned about the massive $100 million in borrowing for the waterfront, the decline of the downtown and many other issues facing our city,” said Tenke. “I am proud of the work I have done for the city. I have worked with the previous and current mayors, but I can no longer sit by as the city takes on this humongous debt burden for the waterfront. The current administration’s enormous borrowing for the waterfront project is reckless and irresponsible.”
He continued, “Additionally, committing so much of the future tax revenues from the waterfront property for payment of bonds is not the in the best interest of the residents of Glen Cove. I cannot allow such a precarious financial situation put the future of our city at risk, and that’s why I am running for mayor.”
Born and raised in Glen Cove, Tenke’s family has been part of the fabric of the city and the surrounding area since 1902. Tenke graduated from Glen Cove High School in 1980 and after completing law school, he returned to his childhood hometown, started raising his family with his wife, Karen, and has been working as senior trial attorney for GEICO since 1991.
Tenke first ran for the Glen Cove City Council in 2005 and was reelected in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and in 2015; in 2015, he was the only Democrat reelected to the City Council.
“There is so much of the work I have done as a councilman that I am proud of,” said Tenke, “especially saving taxpayers money, as when we negotiated the transfer of our sewage treatment plant to the county, saving millions of dollars each year. However, we still have real problems that must be addressed in addition to our finances, such as downtown development and illegal housing, to name just a few.”
Tenke showed immediate support for his run by also announcing endorsements from Congressman Tom Suozzi, State Assemblyman Chuck Lavine and County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, all whom represent Glen Cove.
“Tim Tenke loves Glen Cove. Tim and I grew up together and he has devoted a big part of his life to our hometown. From city hall, and its finances, to the ball fields and the golf course, to the schools and our downtown, Tim knows Glen Cove and he is devoted to its success,”said Suozzi. “That’s Tim in a nutshell; a native son who knows every square inch of Glen Cove and will give his all to work as hard as he can, and as responsibly as he can, for our future.”
“I have known Tim Tenke and his family for many years. Tim demonstrates the best qualities of a public servant and is dedicated to the people of Glen Cove. He will make a great mayor and I am proud to support him in this election,” stated Lavine.
DeRiggi-Whitton said, “For the past decade I have had the pleasure of working with Tim both on the City Council and later when I moved to the county. Tim appreciates how important it is to keep Glen Cove both attractive and affordable for our residents. Expanding our tax-base by development is the best solution to help our taxpayers and Tim is fully dedicated to this idea.”
“To have three such esteemed and committed public servants as Tom, Chuck and Delia support my campaign for mayor means the world to me,” said Tenke. “Collectively they have spent decades working to make Glen Cove the best city to live and raise your family and to know they entrust me to lead a place they all love to their core.
Tenke continued, “I share that love, I have lived in Glen Cove my entire life. I am raising my family here and I know some of the city’s best assists like the ball fields, beaches and especially the golf course as well as anyone. There is nothing more important to me than to serve my neighbors and preserve what’s good about our city, while also rolling my sleeves up and tackling what needs to be fixed.”
Tenke has been a member of the Glen Cove Men’s Golf Club since 1995 and serves as the city’s liaison to the golf commission, he is a past member of the Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove and a current member of the Nassau County Bar Association.
Tenke and his wife reside in Glen Cove with their youngest daughter, a current student at Glen Cove High School. Their oldest daughter, a graduate of Glen Cove High School, is attending college up state.