De La Fuente said the city’s Latino community needs “a voice” on the City Council. “We have 30 percent of the population here and have no one to represent us in the city government,” she said. “People don’t get the services they deserve.” For example, she said, there should be more Spanish-speaking police officers. De La Fuente said she would help Spanish-speaking and other residents get better access to city services. She opposes the Garvies Point waterfront development, because of the tax breaks that are both “a good deal for the developer but not for Glen Cove residents,” and because of its size, which she said would bring too much traffic and other problems into the city. De La Fuente said the city should do more to require developers to build affordable housing.
De La Fuente, 58, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. De La Fuente had for years owned a cleaning business in Glen Cove, which she closed last year. She graduated from Nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe high school in her native Chile and has lived in Glen Cove for about 40 years. She is married with five children.