In the early 1960s my father carried me off a ship which brought 17 members of my family from Italy to the United States, the land of opportunity. Since that day my permanent residency has been Glen Cove. I was hospitalized (numerous times) in Glen Cove; played on the streets of Glen Cove; swam and fished in Glen Cove; learned to drive (and taught others how to) in Glen Cove. My first full-time job was in Glen Cove and I met the woman I am married to, in Glen Cove. While America is referred to as the land of opportunity, Glen Cove has always been my city of opportunity.
During my high school days I was involved in student government and was voted to be president of the student council of the Henry Viscardi School. I have always wanted to make a difference, to use the opportunities this country has given me to inspire others. I achieved that goal recently by inspiring my 8-year-old stepgrandson Logan as he was elected to be his third-grade class president at Connolly School.
Many people ask me why I want to run for a political office and my answer is always the same. I cannot complain about problems unless I become part of the solution. I plan to guide Glen Cove on the right path for the future. I hope to inspire the residents of Glen Cove to be involved in their community, to discuss their issues and concerns and to bring them to the proper authorities so they may be resolved through appropriate channels.
I am a firm believer in working with cooperation, to gain a goal. My involvement with sports has taught me the importance of teamwork. Compromises can solve problems. I am often underestimated due to my size and physical disability. Opportunities have been denied me as a result of that, yet I am determined to have hope for the future of Glen Cove, to pay attention to the needs of those around me, to look forward and not back, to educate myself and make a difference, for the people of Glen Cove. I have attended multiple Glen Cove pre- and City Council meetings to understand the mechanics of our city government and issues of our citizens. As a member of the Glen Cove Recreation Commission I am proud to have been part of a decision which has changed the atmosphere of baseball in Glen Cove to a more profitable and positive format. Interests close to my heart will always be the young people of Glen Cove, the mobility impaired, as well as senior citizens and veterans who deserve acknowledgment for their service to our country and community.
The City of Glen Cove has certainly changed since I arrived in this country, as a 5-year-old. I will take my responsibilities as a City Councilman seriously void of ulterior motives. It has been said, “You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.” As my stepgrandson Logan stated in his speech for class vice president, “I will make sure your ideas are listened to.” It will be my honor to have your vote for City Councilman and to serve the people of Glen Cove.
Democrat, for Glen Cove City Council