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Candidates picked for Glen Cove City Council race

Glen Cove Democrats and Republicans nominated candidates this week to run in November for the City Council seat left vacant since the death of a councilman last month.

The Nassau County Democrats chose insurance executive Theresa Moschetta at their convention Tuesday, and the Glen Cove Republican committee picked attorney Joseph Capobianco at a meeting Wednesday.

Councilman Nicholas DiLeo's death left the council with three Republicans, two Democrats and an Independence Party mayor who ran on the Republican line. The mayor and City Council can appoint a council member to serve until the November election. Several council members said they were unable to reach consensus, leaving open the possibility that the post will remain unfilled until November. The term will be for the remainder of the year and 2015.

Moschetta, 55, serves on the city's zoning board of appeals. She was on the city's industrial development agency for two years. She is also an account manager at Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Capobianco, 54, serves on the Glen Cove YMCA board and served on the Nassau Health Care Corp. board of directors. He is a partner at the Garden City law firm Reisman Peirez Reisman & Capobianco LLP, where he specializes in commercial law. He mounted an unsuccessful City Council run in 1995.

Moschetta said her experience on the zoning board has taught her that "the decisions that are made on those boards can impact the residential character for years to come."

She said redevelopment projects elsewhere have given her ideas about Glen Cove. "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."

Capobianco said he would bring his legal background and knowledge of the community to the office and would work to increase the tax base. "One of the things I would like to be able to do is attract new business and economic growth to Glen Cove," Capobianco said.

He also said the city needs "to crack down on the number of illegal housing situations."

Mayor Reginald Spinello praised Capobianco whom he knows from the YMCA board.

"He understands business, he understands finance and he understands Glen Cove," Spinello said.

City Councilman Timothy Tenke, a Democrat, said Mos-chetta was an intelligent and energetic candidate with long involvement with city issues.

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