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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.     

Glen Cove Wikipedia page as of 3/13/16

Glen Cove Wikipedia page as of 3/13/16

 

IP address of Wikipedia page user

IP address of Wikipedia page user

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.”    

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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?

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  1. […] During this past Memorial Day parade in Glen Cove, Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti felt it was appropriate to march with the council and gab on his cell phone.  Despite there being a photo of him doing it, do not expect a mea culpa.  If history repeats itself, we should anticipate a sheepish explanation by the councilman such as, “I own many cellphones, I’m not sure which one you are referring to” or “I was on the phone with my team of attorneys.”  Do not be surprised if one of his disciples has the audacity to take the blame for the call–nuttier things have happened at city council meetings. […]

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