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By   5 months ago

Glen Cove City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti wants your buck.  Per the New York State Board of Elections website, the parsimonious politician created his campaign finance committee this past January.  His treasurer is Adam J. Sackowitz.  Sackowitz, who is a former East Meadow School Board candidate and resident of Westbury, supported the Glen Cove United (Team Gallo) […]

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Behind the Scenes?

By   1 year ago

According to Wikipedia, Efraim Spagnoletti has been Glen Cove’s only councilman since Feb. 2014.  For those who are not familiar with the website, any user can edit its pages.  As a check on that process, the website’s moderators monitor them and remove spam or libelous content.  Per Wikipedia’s guidelines, a person who writes on a […]

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Here’s a Buck, Wish You Luck

By   2 years ago

How much has second-term, Glen Cove City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti donated to any political party or candidate required to report to New York State Board of Elections?  $465   “Friends of Reggie Spinello” and “Friends of Tony Gallo,” which are the two political committees that primarily funded Spagnoletti’s election to the council in 2013 and […]

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Where’s Spagno?

By   2 years ago

“Where’s Waldo” is a notable series of illustrated children’s books by Martin Handford.  Handford would conceal “Waldo,” a character who wore a red and white striped shirt, in various amusing scenes.  As finding Waldo has been a head-scratcher, so has been locating Glen Cove City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti at times.  Per a FOIL request, Spagno […]

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An Open Letter to the Mayor and City Council of Glen Cove

By   2 years ago

Dear Mr. Mayor and Honorable Council Members: At the May 5, 2015 pre-council meeting, Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti stated, “I’ve been in the Orchard for the last 13 years…I’m at Grove Street.”  You may hear the councilman’s statements here (they begin at minute 20): https://soundcloud.com/mike-bruschini/may-5th-pre-council-meeting. Through the FOIL process, I recently requested a copy of Spagnoletti’s initial […]

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SEC: Spagno…Who?

By   2 years ago

Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti campaigned on his “vast financial experience” that began with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); however, documents obtained by the Beacon place doubt on his self-glorified past.  On September 3, 2015, the SEC responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request “seeking documentation or confirmation that Efraim Spagnoletti worked […]

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Glen Cove’s Future At Stake

By   2 years ago

Make no mistake–things are tough on Long Island and in Glen Cove. We’re all either looking elsewhere or are surrounded by people who talk about leaving due to lack of business opportunities or the cost of living. A recent report by the nonpartisan group Reclaim New York shows that most working people have little left over (if […]

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Gallo: I’d “Absolutely” Consider Spending $40mil+ to Default on Waterfront Agreement

By   2 years ago

At an informal debate held after the council meeting Tuesday night, mayoral candidate Anthony Gallo said he’d consider defaulting on the City’s Land Development Agreement with the waterfront redeveloper RXR Glen Isle. This came in response to an anonymous written question posed to Mr. Gallo about whether he’d break the agreement related to the Waterfront. A […]

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    A Few Loyal Republicans

    By   4 months ago

    Robert Herrera, who claims to be a Trump campaign volunteer, called Glen Cove City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti “one of the few loyal Republicans left in America and especially in New York.”  Open that checkbook because there is a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.  Sources tell the Gold Coast Beacon that Spagnoletti has been actively courting […]

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    Transparency for Thee, but Not for Me

    By   6 months ago

    When Glen Cove City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti ran for re-election in 2015 on the Team Gallo (Glen Cove United) ticket, he supported “comprehensive conflict disclosure requirements for elected and appointed City officials.”  Now it seems that he believes in “transparency for thee, but not for me.” Per multiple Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.) requests, the […]

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    Giving Peace a Chance or Bunny Ears to a Veteran?

    By   1 year ago

    As a follow-up to the last article about Glen Cove City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti’s lack of decorum on Memorial Day, here is another example of it.  Maybe he did not intend to give bunny ears to a veteran; however, when you look at the whole photo, you will see who on the Glen Cove City Council […]

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    I’m a Councilman and I have the Right to Talk

    By   1 year ago

    Politicians make mistakes–some more than others.  President Barack Obama mispronounced “corpsman” as “corpse-man” when referring to a member of the U.S. Navy.  Former President George W. Bush remarked that certain individuals “misunderestimated” him. During this past Memorial Day parade in Glen Cove, Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti felt it was appropriate to march with the council and […]

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    Behind the Scenes?

    By   1 year ago

    According to Wikipedia, Efraim Spagnoletti has been Glen Cove’s only councilman since Feb. 2014.  For those who are not familiar with the website, any user can edit its pages.  As a check on that process, the website’s moderators monitor them and remove spam or libelous content.  Per Wikipedia’s guidelines, a person who writes on a […]

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    Where’s Spagno?

    By   2 years ago

    “Where’s Waldo” is a notable series of illustrated children’s books by Martin Handford.  Handford would conceal “Waldo,” a character who wore a red and white striped shirt, in various amusing scenes.  As finding Waldo has been a head-scratcher, so has been locating Glen Cove City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti at times.  Per a FOIL request, Spagno […]

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    Some Waterfront Opponents Call for Glen Cove Boycott

    By   2 years ago

    In full disclosure, Mike Bruschini (founder of the Gold Coast Beacon) and I are administrators of a Facebook group known as the “Glen Cove Forum.”  I recently posted a screenshot of a website known as “boycottglencove.com” and called the group “fanatics.”  The group, which is allegedly known as “Boycott Glen Cove,” wants to punish local […]

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    Double Standard is the New Standard

    By   2 years ago

    Author’s note: Information on the photos has been partially redacted for this article.  It did not originally appear that way. I recently conducted a social media experiment.  Can individuals who post similar public information on Facebook both comply with the social media giant’s so-called “standards?”  Some can more than others.   “Drew Jones” (a.k.a. “Desmond Vonsmittened”) […]

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      Ippo the Hippo

      By   2 years ago

      Hippos are known to be very aggressive.  They are also known to mark their territory by spreading their defecation.  In the Town of Oyster Bay, some could draw comparisons to a powerful bureaucrat known as Frederick Ippolito. Newsday recently reported that federal authorities arrested Ippolito, who is the Town of Oyster Bay Commissioner of Planning […]

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      Ramadan: Fix Oyster Bay Line for Faster Commute, Growth

      By   3 years ago

      The Long Island Railroad is currently in the process of soliciting feedback for its scheduled fare and toll hike. The hike is expected to generate an additional $252 million per year, with another hike expected in 2017. It is past time the LIRR confronts the state of the Oyster Bay line, and the increased revenues […]

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      Kennedy Switch Why We Can’t Have Strong GOP

      By   3 years ago

      Leave it to a big-government Democrat to remind the GOP why they can’t succeed electorally in New York even in the wake of 2012. Speaking to Newsday, Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) noted the shame “when a candidate like Mayor Kennedy who happens to be fiscally cautious but socially progressive cannot get the nomination”. Lavine was referring to Sea […]

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      Glen Cove Ferry Could Provide Alternative if LIRR Strikes

      By   3 years ago

      MTA and Long Island officials said Friday that Glen Cove’s currently unused ferry terminal could be used for special service purposes in the case of a strike. In addition to shuttle buses that would carry up to 15,000 to subway stops in Queens and carpool areas on Long Island, the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal could […]

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        Infamous Rat Terrorist Dies in Prison

        By   6 months ago

        http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/notablecases/moussaoui/exhibits/prosecution/AQ00108.jpg The New York Post reported today that Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the infamous mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, died in prison.  Good riddance to garbage.  He was an associate of Fadil Abdelghani, a former client of New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine.  Lavine defended Abdelghani in the mid-90s. Defendant Fadil Abdelgani followed with the […]

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        Ippo the Hippo

        By   2 years ago

        Hippos are known to be very aggressive.  They are also known to mark their territory by spreading their defecation.  In the Town of Oyster Bay, some could draw comparisons to a powerful bureaucrat known as Frederick Ippolito. Newsday recently reported that federal authorities arrested Ippolito, who is the Town of Oyster Bay Commissioner of Planning […]

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        NYTimes: Patient in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola

        By   3 years ago

        NYTimes: Patient in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola http://nyti.ms/ZK2eau

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        The K-12 Road to Serfdom

        By   3 years ago

        There’s been an interesting exchange in written letters to Newsday’s editors this past week about the Glen Cove “cheating” scandals. The most recent, by a Coram resident, disregards the original writer’s concerns as conspiracy thoughts. “The writer implies that the guilty parties may have had a valid reason for cheating, or perhaps were coerced by some dark, […]

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        Glen Cove Ferry Could Provide Alternative if LIRR Strikes

        By   3 years ago

        MTA and Long Island officials said Friday that Glen Cove’s currently unused ferry terminal could be used for special service purposes in the case of a strike. In addition to shuttle buses that would carry up to 15,000 to subway stops in Queens and carpool areas on Long Island, the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal could […]

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        Glen Cove Piazza Developer Granted $1 Million For Eminent Domain

        Don't eminent domain me, bro

        By   3 years ago

        The Beacon has learned of nontransparent workings underway that would grant the developer of the Glen Cove Piazza $1 million towards efforts to oust Robert Sztorc of State Farm from his property in the Village Square. The Executive Director’s Report from the February 11 meeting of the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency boasts “The Piazza project is back on […]

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