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Glen Cove Candidates React to Election Results

Candidates reflect on their campaigns as the absentee ballot count awaits.

Glen Cove candidates, as well as residents, eagerly await the final results of Tuesday's election.

, however the absentee ballot count could ultimately decide several close races.

, D, leads , R, with 117 votes for mayor; , R, leads , D, for county legislature; and Timothy Tenke, D, leads Pamela Panzenbeck, R, with 38 votes for the sixth seat in Glen Cove's City Council.

Republicans and Anthony Gallo Jr. have already secured their places on the council, along with Democrats Michael Famiglietti, Anthony Jimenez and Nicholas DiLeo.

Mayor Ralph Suozzi appeared relieved speaking to reporters at the Metropolitan Tuesday night.

"It was a tough campaign, but in the end we saw the people's choice," he said. "There was a lot of negative campaigning and misleading information, but in the end, people showed their trust in our team."

Moments before, Republican challenger Paul Meli spoke to an energized crowd at Tappo Restaurant.

"No matter what the outcome, we have a say in Glen Cove now," he said, with regards to Gallo and Spinello's wins. "We'll say no to runaway finances, no to endless debt, and if anybody's waiting for a concession speech, it's not going to be tonight."

Although early results favored DeRiggi-Whitton as the winner for Nassau County Legislature, 18th District, Germino said he remained hopeful as the final ballots were tallied.

“I knew that [the race] was close. Then, I was getting bits and pieces of information from Republican headquarters that the numbers were looking good throughout the district for me,” he said in an interview with Patch.com early Wednesay. “I have three words for Mr. Jay Jacobs for prematurely declaring my opponent the winner: Dewey defeats Truman.”

Gallo said he hopes to bring a healthy balance to the council as holder of the first of two Republican seats since Councilmen John Maccarone and Steve Gonzalez took office 16 years ago.

"I am definitely humbled by the response of the people," he said. "I really appreciate voters' confidence in me."

Council candidate, and newcomer, Martin Carmody, D, did not place in the top six. However, he thanked his supporters via Facebook Wednesday. 

"I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to run for Glen Cove City Council. It was a great experience," he said Carmody. He also thanked the his wife Cheryl and his family for their support. "Congratulations to the elected council. Best wishes to every candidate and for the success for our beautiful city!"

Kristina Heuser, R, another candidate in the bottom six, reflected on her campaign: "I think it went well. People are ready for a change, and I think we saw part of that tonight."

Mr. Smith November 10, 2011 at 10:06 PM
UGH, Another one??? Please STOP spreading this lie! I'll say to you the same I've said to the others, SHOW ME A CONTRACT! You can't because a contract DOESN'T EXIST.
cc November 10, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Still no reply from the mayor???
janice zangari November 11, 2011 at 12:47 AM
..and now the Democratic Party Headquarters is calling me to find out whom I voted for on my absentee ballot - DeRiggi or Germino.....Is that kosher? Never heard of that being done before.
Tess November 11, 2011 at 06:58 AM
I heard Part time workers -- screaming with Joy - that the Mayor gave them all full benefits (and health insurance).........last minute.... They were at the polls all happy and telling everyone how happy they were now to have "benefits" for working for the town of Glen Cove..........so yes, something went down fishy ....... Hmmm is Suozzi learning from Obama now how to get over for peoples votes?? hmmmmmmm
Robert Panzenbeck III November 12, 2011 at 12:40 AM
People voting themselves money from the treasury. Inexcusable.
Robert Panzenbeck III November 12, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Look, everyone votes for what they believe is in their best interest, but this type of thing should be illegal. A credible council will respond to this by limiting bargaining in the weeks preceding an election.
Robert Panzenbeck III November 12, 2011 at 12:50 AM
And it's not the union's fault. It rarely is. But it's the job of the Mayor to represent the interests of the other taxpayers too. I think he may have put re-election ahead the taxpayers. He should really clarify what happened.
Poe November 12, 2011 at 01:05 AM
Robert,as a member of the union,I can tell you that these rumors are false.Wee didnt have a meeting with the mayor and we still do not have a contract.
cc November 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Still have not heard from the mayor?
Robert Panzenbeck III November 12, 2011 at 02:08 PM
j, thanks for the clarification. we'll see how this all shakes out.
cc November 12, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Hey "J" How come Ralph has not given an explanation of what really transpired? Don't you think the public would like to hear his take on it? All we hear is yours!
Mr. Smith November 12, 2011 at 08:53 PM
Apparently you don't read Newsday do you CC? According to Newsday, Ralph told them the union called the meeting on their own and he had nothing to do with it. If that isn't proof for you enough, then what is?
Mr. Smith November 12, 2011 at 08:58 PM
I highly doubt part time workers are getting full benefits. You probably mis-heard Tess. Last time I checked, part time workers weren't covered by any union and received no benefits what so ever in Glen Cove. That was a few years back, but I'm 99.9% certain that hasn't changed.
cc November 12, 2011 at 09:02 PM
I guess you believe in the tooth fairy also Mr. Smith.
Poe November 12, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Hey "CC" enough already.Listen charlie,dont you benefit if we get a contract?if you are who i think you are then you benefit directly.
Mr. Smith November 13, 2011 at 01:55 AM
You are a disrespectful jerk cc. I have yet to see a smart comment from you, in fact they keep getting progressively stupider. Does it make you feel more like a man when you insult me on here? Here is the article I am referring to: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/long-island-now-1.1732330/timing-questioned-on-glen-cove-union-vote-1.3313307 Here is the mayor's quote from said article: “The timing was chosen by them as far as I understand," Suozzi said. "They held a vote of confidence." Let me translate that quote into words you can understand: "I didn't call or hold a meeting, the union did it on their own."
Poe November 13, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Hey Mr.Smith,i think its pretty obvious that "CC" and a few others on here have other motives.They just keep the same issue going and going even when they get an answer thats not enough to shut them up.If "cc" is who i think he is than that explains it.Or members have been attacked by him while trying to do our job.The funny part is that his wife is a city employee.as far as the disrespectful comments go...You ever hear the saying "telephone tough guy"Thats him.
Lamont Zerga November 13, 2011 at 06:03 AM
who is i mr smith??
cc November 13, 2011 at 10:48 AM
Mr Smith I did not call you any name did I. I just feel you are delusional. Just because Ralph says something you take it as the holy grail? I guess you trust every politician that opens his or her mouth and yours is to be taken as gospel?
Mr. Smith November 13, 2011 at 02:17 PM
I'm delusional??? YOU are the who has been harping on and on and on about the Mayor not giving any kind of response and when I point out a published response to you, you ignore it!! Then you further prove yourself to be a jerk by insulting me, AGAIN! First you demand a response, then when you get the response, it's not what you wanted to hear, so you trash the response. You keep crying and begging until you get your way. You know who else does that kind of thing... a child!
cc November 13, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Mr Smith There you go again with name calling. Unfortunately the truth seems to bother you. You are a very trusting person that believes everything printed in Newsday and even the NYT must be the gospel from who ever spouts it.
Elena DiMarco November 13, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Hello. Let's refrain from using derogatory phrases, please. I understand the Glen Cove elections are a delicate subject right now, but please do your best to keep this a healthy debate. Thank you! Please e-mail me if you have any further questions regarding comments and our Terms of Use: elena.dimarco@patch.com
Mr. Smith November 13, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Oh so now I'm the one doing the name calling too? Wow. You can believe what you want cc, but all I ever said was that you kept harping on and on and on and on and on about the mayors response. Then when a response came, you chose to ignore it because it wasn't the response you wanted or were looking for! That's the simple facts here!
Mr. Smith November 13, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Apparently "cc" and the others motives on here is to be as rude and nasty as possible to those who call them out on their ridiculous comments. We don't share their views so we are automatically the bad ones and they feel the need to talk down to us. I for one don't stand for that kind of thing.
cc November 13, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Mr. Smith Do you think the mayor has been transparent in his administration over the last six years? Unless you just moved into town you should know better.
Mr. Smith November 13, 2011 at 07:01 PM
I have resided in Glen Cove for over 40 years. I have seen mayors come and go. I believe Mr. Suozzi to be a man of integrity and honesty. Apparently 51% of the voters agreed with me. You and 49% of the voters clearly do not feel that way and it is your freedom in this country to do so.
cc November 13, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Thank you for allowing me the freedom of free speech. You have your belief and I have mine. At one time I also believed in him only to see him change over the last six years and it only took less then six months after his first election.
vinny dinussi November 18, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Being a man of integrity doesn't mean he's competent to run the city.
vinny dinussi November 21, 2011 at 07:37 PM
I just learned that the alleged meeting between the CSEA and the mayor on the night before the election is going to be brought up at tomorrow night's City Council Meeting. If you want to hear the skinny straight from the horse's mouth, we should all attend. It will put this rumor to rest.
Tess November 14, 2013 at 05:08 AM
I am happy for new ideas and a fresh start. Let's have the Spinello team start to bring life to this town again, and help stop the corruption. Once the people see that he is doing good for our town, we will be able to stay in office and bring life and jobs back to our town ....

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