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 page without creating an account has his or her computer IP address recorded for public view.
On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at 14:23 (2:23 pm), a person used the computer network registered to Helms Bros., Inc. of Bayside to add “Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti” to the Glen Cove Wikipedia page. A minute later, the person changed “leader_name” to “leader_title” regarding “councilman.” At 14:31, the writer placed Spagnoletti under “Notable People” of Glen Cove with the following information: “Councilman of Glen Cove, Former US Securities and Exchange Commission Examiner, worked on Wall Street.”
Helms Bros. is a car dealership in Queens. The Beacon contacted the company to confirm if Spagnoletti had any association with it. A representative confirmed that it had employed him but declined to provide further details without his approval.
About a year ago, another anonymous writer also had delusions of grandeur. “Mineola1,” a username that appeared on Newsday’s website, wrote that Spagnoletti is the “only one that does what is right for the city [of Glen Cove] and has the courage to lead.”
The Beacon raised questions about strange similarities in writings under that pseudonym and statements by Spagnoletti. Furthermore, the stealth commentator rehashed a story about the Glen Cove mayor wanting to raise his salary from $100,000 to $150,000. Maybe it was coincidental that Spagnoletti spread the pay-raise rumor to members of the community and mineola1 repeated it. The Beacon did investigate it and found no evidence of a planned raise for the mayor and city council.
After publishing the article about mineola1, Jeffrey Izzo, who is a former Glen Cove United/Team Gallo volunteer and donor, oddly admitted to being the writer at a Glen Cove City Council meeting on Apr. 28, 2015.
Izzo supposedly backpedaled from his public declaration.
At the May 5, 2015 pre-council meeting, Spagnoletti deflected questions about the username and denied spreading the pay-raise rumor. Former Councilman Michael Famiglietti stated that Spagnoletti told him Councilwoman Pamela Panzenbeck was the culprit behind the rumor. Spagnoletti didn’t “remember” the conversation.
Councilman Famiglietti: When I asked you if you were the individual that spoke to the now-called ‘blogger,’ you said, ‘No, it was Pam Panzenbeck.’ That’s what you told me.
Councilman Spagnoletti: Michael, I honest to God don’t remember that.
As with mineola1, the secret editor of the Glen Cove Wikipedia page seems to be Spagnoletti’s fan. Who used a car dealership’s computer in Bayside for the three edits on that website regarding a Glen Cove City Councilman?