Capobianco said he fully supports a clampdown on illegal housing — an initiative the current administration has pushed for with increased code enforcement. Not only is the practice illegal, he said, but it’s also “a danger issue.” Capobianco described one example of illegal housing as when a landlord rents out knowingly to “five, six, seven, eight people who aren’t related.” He’s supported various developments in Glen Cove as well — notably the $1 billion Garvies Point waterfront project, the Village Square residential and retail project and the Villa condominium project — which he believes are vital to attracting new business and bolstering the city’s tax base. Capobianco is also backing the council’s environmental endeavors, which include planned solar paneling at the fire department’s firehouse and an electric car charging station in a municipal parking garage near City Hall. “We’re moving in the right direction for making things more environmentally safe and sound,” he said.
Capobianco, 57, of Glen Cove, is running for his second full term on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from LIU Post, and received his law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. Capobianco has worked as an attorney for the Garden City law firm of Reisman Peirez Reisman & Capobianco since 1990, handling commercial disputes involving real estate, bankruptcy and other issues. Elected to the council in 2014 in a special election to fill former Democratic councilman Nicholas DiLeo Sr.’s seat, Capobianco said his accounting and legal backgrounds “enable me to review the budgets and resolutions — whether they’re properly worded, whether we need to give notice, whether there needs to be a public hearing.” He previously served on the Glen Cove YMCA board, and was on the Nassau Health Care Corp. board of directors for about 10 years. He is a member of the Sons of Italy. Capobianco is married and has three children.