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Efraim Spagnoletti, Glen Cove city councilman, won't run again

Glen Cove City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti in a

Glen Cove City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti in a 2015 photo. Photo Credit: James Escher

Glen Cove City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti, who in the spring toyed with the idea of running for mayor, is not running for mayor or for re-election to the council.

Spagnoletti did not file petitions by Tuesday’s deadline to submit signatures to run on an independent ballot line. The deadline for Spagnoletti, a Republican, to run in the Sept. 12 GOP primary was July 13.

Spagnoletti, 40, a senior vice president for an international investment advisory firm in Manhattan, said he did not think he could devote the necessary time to serve another term.

“I’ve had some additional responsibilities that have been added to my schedule that may involve travel and some late nights,” he said. “And there are other opportunities I’m exploring that are going to take up some of my time. [As a councilman,] I like to give my 100 percent to Glen Cove and the Glen Cove residents, and if I can’t do that, I didn’t feel like it would be fair.”

Spagnoletti said he also wants to spend more time with his wife, parents and other family members.

“I’ve done two terms, four years, and I’m proud of my voting record,” he said. “I was very humbled by the support I received from the voters of Glen Cove. I was the top vote-getter.”

Spagnoletti, who was first elected in 2013 with official GOP backing, did not receive Republican slating in 2015 or this year. Spagnoletti said he did not seek slating this year, but Glen Cove Republican Committee chairman David Zatlin said he showed an interest in it.

Spagnoletti won the GOP council nomination in 2015 despite the lack of party backing and also ran on the line of Glen Cove United, a fiscally conservative party critical of local GOP leadership. Zatlin said Spagnoletti’s primary challenge of endorsed Republican candidates is a key reason he didn’t receive slating this year.

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