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The “What, Me Worry?” Candidate

By   /  June 25, 2015  /  Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  4 Comments

This coming July 4th, we celebrate 239 years of independence from an oppressive sovereign.  Be prepared for politicians–especially those who are running for office–to speak tenderly of American freedoms as they wrap themselves in the flag.  Do their words or actions measure up? At this juncture, it should be no surprise to the reader that […]

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Spagnoletti: “Proud To Be Standing with Giacomo Vee”

By   /  June 23, 2015  /  Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  1 Comment

As a follow-up to “Team Gallo: Our Ideas Are So Good That You Can’t Tell the Truth,” the Beacon recently obtained further evidence of “Giacomo Vee’s” involvement with Team Gallo.  On May 23, 2015, Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti stated, “Great night at the campaign headquarters for Team Gallo.  Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti proud [emphasis added] to be standing with […]

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Team Gallo: Our Ideas Are So Good That You Can’t Tell the Truth

By   /  June 18, 2015  /  Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  4 Comments

Like prior dispatches, this article is not one that had to happen. Regular readers won’t be surprised to read that this article has been instigated into reality by the actions of Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti and supporters of Team Gallo. Dennis Giacomo “Jack” Vilella, who is a self-practicing bankruptcy attorney in New York City and an active campaign […]

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The Truth About The Pay Raise Story

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  No Comments

The suspicion that Mayor Reginald Spinello is trying to raise his salary was again aired at the March 10th city council meeting by residents and council members. One man remained silent. Since then, Robert Germino, whose FOIL request we reported on, has publicly challenged Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti to come forth as the source behind the allegations. Here […]

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Ippo the Hippo

By   /  March 21, 2015  /  Gold Coast, New York, Politics, The Beacon  /  1 Comment

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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Separate the Legislative and Executive to Preserve Individual Liberty

By   /  March 13, 2015  /  Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  No Comments

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Glen Cove Record Pilot on September 4, 2009. I request that my fellow Glen Cove voters consider the following questions: 1. How is my voice heard in Glen Cove government? 2. Why don’t we jointly vote for our mayor and deputy mayor? 3. Why is the […]

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No One Man Should Have All That Power

By   /  March 11, 2015  /  Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  No Comments

In 1986 the City of Beacon, New York looked to Glen Cove as a model for their transition away from a part-time “commission” form of government. The Evening News reported that in 1980 Glen Cove revised its charter to impose a “strong mayor” style. To follow the city council is to know that is what […]

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Germino: Gallo’s Primary Challenge Could Be Historic for Glen Cove

By   /  March 10, 2015  /  Politics, The Beacon  /  No Comments

Republican Party leaders most likely view Tony Gallo’s primary challenge as unbecoming a “good party soldier.”  A good party soldier clicks his heels and snaps to attention on cue–not someone who bucks the party’s leadership.  The one word that does not drip from the party leader’s mouth is “dissent.” The unctuous machine, which is headquartered […]

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Rummo: Stiffer Penalties Would Deter Tampering with Charter

By   /  March 2, 2015  /  Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  No Comments

The Glen Cove Charter contains the Code of the City of Glen Cove. It is our local Constitution and contains the legislative rules that guide our City government and affects the lives of our citizens, in a myriad of ways, from A to Z (Alarm Systems to Zoning Laws). It is of the utmost importance […]

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More Federal “Stimulus” Money for the Ferry Terminal

By   /  December 1, 2014  /  Economy, Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  1 Comment

Here’s a letter to the editors of Newsday. I’ve written a couple of letters into the paper, namely one was a response to the Editorial Board’s assertion that a plan to reduce the tax and regulatory burden “wouldn’t create jobs”, and the following. Here’s the news this writer felt compelled to respond to: “The ferry […]

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