Glen Cove voters on Tuesday elected City Council Member Reginald Spinello as Mayor, defeating incumbent Ralph Suozzi, according to unofficial results. As of midnight Suozzi had not conceded.
Spinello, an Independence Party member, would be the first candidate running on the Republican line to win the mayoralty since Republican Donald DeRiggi won re-election in 1991.
Spinello beat Suozzi 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent, according to unofficial results. The results showed Spinello with 3,269 votes, 115 more than Suozzi. Suozzi, who has served four 2-year terms, is the cousin of Thomas Suozzi, who lost his bid to be Nassau County executive on Tuesday.
Unofficial results also showed Republicans taking control of the City Council from the Democrats, winning three of six City Council seats, plus the Mayor's office, which is considered a member of the council.
Republican Anthony Gallo, Jr. was re-elected to City Council as were Democrats Timothy J. Tenke, Michael T. Famiglietti and Nicholas A. Dileo, according to unofficial results. Joining the City Council are Republicans Pamela D. Panzenbeck and Efraim Spagnoletti.
Meanwhile, Long Beach Democrats swept three open seats in the City Council election. Incumbent Democrats Scott J. Mandel and Eileen J. Goggin and newcomer Anthony P. Eramo won seats, according to unofficial results on Tuesday. The five-member City Council will be entirely Democratic since its lone Republican, John McLaughlin, did not run for re-election and none of the Republican candidates won.
"It's a clear message from the residents that they agree Long Beach is on the right track and that we've righted the ship," said Mandel, who is the City Council president. "This is a mandate that they believe and trust in our progress."
Mandel said reconstruction of the boardwalk destroyed by superstorm Sandy a year ago was important to residents.
"The boardwalk was a part of the recovery, albeit a large part, but it's just a symbol of the progress we're making," he said. "This is something we were able to complete in under a year, under budget."
Also in Long Beach, Judge Roy Tepper, a 69-year-old Democrat, easily won re-election with 53.8 percent of the vote. Tepper has been a Long Beach city judge since 1987.