‘Topsy Turvy’ City?


With Glen Cove mayor Reggie Spinello somehow absolving himself of any personal responsibility, the city council voted 4-3 with his deciding vote in favor of tax breaks for the wealthy redeveloper of the Garvies Point waterfront project. No amount of objections and genuine concerns about the plan from a determined audience was going to change the outcome.

Imagine the mayor disavowing his choice of Glen Cove native Scott Rechler as the developer, as if it came out of thin air.

Without blinking, Mr. Spinello said, “I didn’t create this project, I didn’t pour the toxins in the water, but I inherited it. My job is to bring economic growth into this city and to turn Glen Cove around.”

Indeed, topsy turvy comes to mind.

Amy Peters, who is part of the 105-member group that has brought Glen Cove and Spinello to court on several ramifications of the waterfront project, put it succinctly before the city council which voted in a tie after all of the bombast for and against. “I feel like we’ve been sold a bill of goods,” Peters said without mincing words. “I feel like the developer is taking advantage of the city.”

And, unfortunately, Mayor Spinello has given him the proverbial key.

—Joe Krupinski

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