Glen Cove mayor wants Anthony Jimenez to fill council seat temporarily
Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said Monday he is nominating Anthony Jimenez to serve as an interim City Council member until the November election.
Spinello, an Independence Party member, also said Republican candidate Joseph Capobianco has withdrawn from consideration for an interim appointment, but still plans to run in November.
The mayor has called for a special meeting July 15 at 6:30 in City Hall to vote on Jimenez, a former city councilman. The announcement follows the public flare up of dissent in the City Council after Spinello sought to appoint Capobianco to fill the seat left vacant by the April death of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo.
"It's time to move forward and continue growing our great city," Spinello said in a news release.
Capobianco withdrew reluctantly, but did not want his appointment "to be a political distraction," Spinello said.
"Joe wants the voters to decide in November whether he should be on the City Council," Spinello said.
Jimenez, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid in November. Spinello said that Jimenez would bring knowledge of city government and issues -- which will be important in an upcoming budget vote -- and has no interest in running again in November.
The proposed appointment of Capobianco faced opposition from Republican Councilmen Anthony Gallo Jr., who objected to the process, and Efraim Spagnoletti, who wanted to leave the decision up to the voters. The two Democrats on the council had said they wanted a Democrat to fill DiLeo's seat. Capobianco had the support of Republican Pamela Panzenbeck.
If Jimenez is appointed, Capobianco will face Democrat Theresa Moschetta for an open seat in November.