Michael Zangari was elected last week to lead the Glen Cove Democratic Committee after a November election that saw the once-dominant local Democrats reduced to a single member on the city council.
“We’re hoping in 2017 we’ll get more Democrats on the council,” said Zangari, a political newcomer who ran unsuccessfully for the council on Nov. 3.
As recently as 2012, Democrats held all seven seats on the council, including the mayor’s post. There still are nearly 50 percent more registered Democratic voters in Glen Cove than registered Republicans.
“Right now, it’s just a matter of getting more and more people out to vote,” Zangari said.
Daniel Cox, who also unsuccessfully ran for council Nov. 3 as a Democrat and voted Monday for Zangari, said the new chairman “knows the kinds of things we need to do in the next two years for Democrats to have success again. He’s got incredible heart, and he really loves this town, and it shows in everything he does.”
Five Republicans now sit on the council, including two who ran as candidates for the Glen Cove United party. Mayor Reginald Spinello is an Independence Party member.
Democrat Timothy Tenke won his re-election bid, but Michael Famiglietti lost his, finishing seventh out of 18 candidates for six non-mayoral slots on the council. Zangari placed ninth.
Zangari said the party is recruiting a mayoral candidate for 2017. In 2015, the party backed Spinello, who also ran on the GOP, Independence, Conservative and Reform lines. Spinello’s performance in his second term will help determine whether Democrats will field their own candidate in 2017, Zangari said.
Zangari, 56, is a medical-equipment pricing analyst and showroom manager.
Ann Famigliette, who headed the Glen Cove Democrats for eight years, was elected vice chairwoman. She could not be reached for comment.