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Glen Cove politics fires up for fall campaigns

With Glen Cove Republicans having hosted an event Wednesday night, the two parties in the fall city election have formally kicked off their campaigns.

There are few unfamiliar faces. Mayor Ralph Suozzi, seeking his fourth term, will again square off with Republican Paul Meli, a trial attorney who also ran for mayor in 2009.

In the City Council race, five of six incumbents are seeking re-election under the Glen Cove Voters Party banner: Mike Famiglietti, president and chief executive of the YMCA of Long Island; Nick DiLeo, who owns a local insurance agency; Tony Jimenez, a former Glen Cove EMS chief; attorney Tim Tenke; and financial strategist Sean Dwyer. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, running for Nassau County Legislature, is replaced on the local ticket by design engineer Martin Carmody.

Republicans have nominated the following council challengers: Reggie Spinello, a retired pharmaceutical executive who ran for mayor in 2007; Pamela Panzenbeck, a retired teacher; John Hanley, an accountant and attorney; Filomena Ricciardi, a counselor and former college language instructor; Kristina Heuser, an attorney; and Anthony Gallo Jr., a city schoolteacher.

The challengers present themselves as fiscal watchdogs and point to the city’s operating deficit, annual tax increases and recently reduced bond rating. Suozzi’s Glen Cove Voters Party ticket cites significant capital improvement projects started in recent years, environmental cleanup grants that have been acquired, and identification of new revenue sources to reduce the deficit.

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