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Capobianco sworn in to Glen Cove City Council

Republican Joseph Capobianco after his victory in the

Republican Joseph Capobianco after his victory in the Glen Cove City Council race on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 in Garden City. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello swore in Joseph Capobianco to the City Council on Tuesday before its regularly scheduled meeting.

Capobianco, a Republican, won a special election last month to fill the seat of Nick DiLeo, a Democrat, who died in April.

As the meeting opened, each City Council member and Spinello welcomed Capobianco, who is a partner with the Garden City law firm Reisman Peirez Reisman & Capobianco.

The new councilman faced a standing-room-only crowd, many of whom came to speak about the city's animal shelter.

"What a great turnout for my presence," Capobianco quipped. "It's a joke. It's a joke. Thank you very much for all coming."

Spinello thanked former City Councilman Anthony Jimenez, a Democrat, who was appointed in July to temporarily fill DiLeo's seat. Jimenez served in that role after several council members opposed appointing Capobianco, who had been Spinello's choice.

The swearing-in of a fourth Republican caps a multiyear effort to wrest control of the city from Democrats, who dominated the six-member council for 20 years.

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