One of Zangari’s main charges is to improve accessibility across Glen Cove for those with wheelchairs, canes, crutches and other medical supports. While he touted the city’s more than $360,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation this year to help construct new curb ramps, Zangari said he’d work to bring more buildings in Glen Cove — including those newly renovated — up to code as well. “I’ve always tried to fight for the little guy,” said Zangari, adding that as someone in a wheelchair, he takes the term “little guy” to heart. Zangari also applauds the current administration’s call to eradicate illegal housing.
Zangari, 58, of Glen Cove, is a registered Democrat, but is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. Zangari studied business administration at Farmingdale State College before entering the workforce. He’s been a medical equipment pricing analyst and showroom manager for Home Medical Equipment for seven years, and previously worked for a company that supplies wheelchairs to both private individuals and veterans. After an unsuccessful City Council run as a Democrat in 2015, Zangari was elected head of the Glen Cove Democratic Committee — a position he held from January 2016 to April. He then won Republican Party support for City Council in May. Zangari is a Glen Cove Youth Bureau adviser; a member of the Glen Cove Recreation Commission, the Sons of Italy and the Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove; and teaches able-bodied pre-K and kindergarten basketball. He is also a former conference commissioner for a local wheelchair basketball association. He is married with one child.