A proposal to monitor water at Crescent Beach in Glen Cove, which has been closed since 2009 because of bacteria contamination, has failed to win approval in the city council.
The proposal by Mayor Reginald Spinello would have set up two testing programs in what was hoped would be a step toward reopening the 2.5-acre beach.
"We need data . . . if we're going to do anything," Spinello said before Tuesday's 3-3 vote.
Some residents at the meeting balked at spending about $100,000 on a testing regime when there was no guarantee the findings would allow the beach to open. The city has spent about $40,000 in the past two years on water testing in the area but has not pinpointed the source of the bacteria, Spinello said. Tests show the bacteria comes from the digestive tracts of animals or humans. The area is served by septic systems.
Spinello is an Independence Party member who ran on the Republican line, but two Republicans and one Democrat voted against the proposal. They cited costs when the council is discussing a long-term solution of building sewers in the area.
"I have reservations about spending additional money on testing," Republican Anthony Gallo Jr. said, explaining his "no" vote. Gallo said he also wanted more information about legislation being reviewed by the city attorney that would increase regulation of septic systems.
Republican Efraim Spagnoletti, who also voted no, said the city should focus on building sewers. "What we really need is a feasibility study," he said.
Democrat Timothy Tenke also said the city should spend money for a sewer feasibility study and voted no.
The mayor was supported by Republican Pamela Panzenbeck and Democrat Michael Famiglietti.
The council usually has six members, but the death of Nicholas DiLeo has left the group with five. The mayor's vote resulted in a tie. The city leases the beach from the North Country Colony homeowners association in return for road maintenance. 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. "If you go this route and just wait for sewers, it's going to be a long wait," he said.
After the meeting, Spinello said he would look at options to move forward.