A proposal to monitor water at Crescent Beach in Glen Cove, which has been closed for five years due to bacteria contamination, failed a vote in the city council Tuesday night.
The proposal by Mayor Reginald Spinello, an Independence Party member who ran on the Republican line, would have set up two testing programs in what was hoped would be a step toward reopening the beach.
"We need data if we're going to help, if we're going to do anything," Spinello said before the vote.
But two Republicans and one Democrat voted against the proposal, citing costs of around $100,000 on collecting data that may not have led to the beach reopening even as a long-term solution of connecting the area to the city's sewer system in the area was being discussed.
The council usually has six members, but the death of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo last week has brought the body down to five. With the mayor's vote, the ayes and nays were evenly split.
"I have reservations about spending additional money on testing," Republican Anthony Gallo Jr. said, explaining his "no" vote.
Republican Efraim Spagnoletti, who also voted no, said, "We've done plenty of testing" and added, "What we really need is a feasibility study" to add sewers to the area.
Democrat Timothy Tenke said he agreed with Spagnoletti that the money could be better spent on a sewer feasibility study.
The mayor was supported by Republican Pamela Panzenbeck and Democrat Michael Famiglietti. Famiglietti said the additional data the monitoring would produce was needed.
After the vote failed, Spinello said he thought people didn't have all the information.
"The data we've had for the past five years was not the data that's needed," Spinello said. Spinello complained that he hadn't heard from council members that they were opposed to the plan even after weeks of considering it.
"If you go this route and just wait for sewers it's going to be a long wait," Spinello said.