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Nassau Democrats pick insurance exec to run for Glen Cove council seat

Nassau Democrats nominated insurance executive Theresa Moschetta to run for a vacant Glen Cove City Council seat at their convention on Tuesday.

Moschetta, 55, serves on the city's zoning board of appeals, having been appointed in 2005 by former Mayor Mary Ann Holzkamp. She served on the city's industrial development agency for two years.

She has spent most of her professional career at Liberty Mutual Insurance where she is an account manager for national corporate clients. Her job has taken her around the country where she said waterfront and other redevelopment projects have given her ideas about Glen Cove's potential.

"There are wonderful things happening around the country -- great development projects, urban revitalization projects and it's about getting the right people in the room," she said. "We can do that in Glen Cove."

The council seat has been vacant since the death of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo in April. The Glen Cove charter calls for the mayor and City Council to appoint a City Council member but it's unclear whether that will happen or if the seat will remain vacant until the November election. Mayor Reginald Spinello confirmed that Joseph Capobianco, an attorney, has been considered as a possible appointee. The death of DiLeo, a Democrat, has left the council with three Republicans, two Democrats and an Independence Party mayor who ran on the Republican line.

Moschetta, who moved to Glen Cove in the early 1980s, said she became involved in local issues first through the Thompson Park neighborhood association that worked on changing the zoning of Sea Cliff Avenue to prevent multifamily housing from being built.

She said that if elected, she would want to work with neighborhood associations to make sure they had a voice on the council.

"Working on the zoning board has made me realize how important those boards are to a community because the decisions that are made on those boards can impact the residential character for years to come," she said.

Her family moved to Seacliff from the Bronx when she was 7. She went to North Shore High School and earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Moschetta has been a regular campaign contributor, giving more than $24,000 to mainly Democratic candidates and issue organizations including Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) and District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Her contributions included $13,425 over several years to the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee Inc. political action committee that supports Democratic women office seekers.

"Gender equity is a good goal to have for the council," she said, adding, "The council should represent the diversity of the city."

City Councilman Timothy Tenke, a Democrat, said she was an intelligent and energetic candidate who regularly comes to council meetings.

"She's very involved in the town," he said. "She wants to hear what's going on with the city."

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