A Glen Cove city councilman is challenging the sitting mayor in November's election.

Two-term City Councilman Anthony Gallo Jr. announced Wednesday afternoon that he will run against Mayor Reginald Spinello.

Gallo, a Republican, was first elected to the council in 2011 and re-elected in 2013. He was the top vote-getter both times he ran.

"Basically what I want to do is serve the people of Glen Cove," Gallo said. "I know the community and I believe in a better Glen Cove."

"I have learned that even when advocating for causes that would benefit the public, unfortunately there are political forces that emerge and create a culture that becomes a disservice to the community," he said.

He is a lifelong city resident and teaches physical education and health in the Glen Cove schools.

Mayor Reginald Spinello, an Independence Party member, said Wednesday he will seek re-election to a two-year term.

Spinello, who ran on the Republican line, defeated then-incumbent Mayor Ralph Suozzi in the 2013 election.

"It really doesn't matter to me who my opponent is," Spinello said. "I'm going to be running on my accomplishments."

The mayor and all six council seats are up for election on Nov. 3.

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The Republicans took control of the council last November, in a special election after more than two decades of Democratic control. Last year's election left the council with four Republicans, two Democrats and one Independence Party member.