Panzenbeck’s main agenda is continuing to remedy the city’s finances, which included deficit budgets and were “in a terrible state” when she joined the council, she said. She cited successes of the current administration as: A $3 million combined surplus from the past two years’ budgets; a nearly 10 percent increase in homes’ sales prices; a slated $9 million debt reduction by the end of this year; and stabilized taxes with “very minor” annual increases. Panzenbeck is also focused on attracting new families to the area — she lauded a recently opened dog park in Dennis Brian Murray Park as an example of community building — and wants to encourage more minorities and other residents at-large who aren’t participating in local politics to get into government. “The financial picture is probably the thing I’m proudest of,” she said. “ . . . My big thing really is just to keep up the momentum and the level of work and level of accomplishments that have gone through.”
Panzenbeck, 64, of Glen Cove, is an incumbent seeking her third term on the council. She is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. Panzenbeck graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a teacher certification, and obtained her master’s degree in human resources from the college as well. She retired from her position as a high school business and computer education teacher in the Levittown school district in 2008 after 34 years. Panzenbeck acts as the council’s liaison to the Glen Cove Youth Bureau and the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District, and is a member of the Beautification Commission and Glen Cove Senior Advisory Council. She is also a Glen Cove Hospital volunteer and a trustee, lector and fundraiser for St. Patrick’s Church. Panzenbeck is married and has three children.