Spinello’s next term would be a continuation of his current administration, where “every promise I’ve made, I’ve kept,” he said. After taking over a city in “dire financial straits,” he said his first two budgets saw a combined $3 million surplus, and he announced in early October that the city was out of deficit financing. Spinello added that a 0.5 percent average annual increase in residential taxes, paired with a nearly 10 percent increase in home values, has created equity for homeowners. The city’s development has gained momentum as well with the progression of large-scale projects such as the Village Square and Garvies Point. Garvies Point alone, Spinello said, is slated to create 1,000 jobs and bolster an economy that has seen 70 new small businesses open up during his two terms. Spinello said a central focus in the future would be identifying more affordable housing options and continuing the crackdown on illegal housing. “I’m proud of the work my team has done,” Spinello said. “Glen Cove is finally waking up from a long sleep.”
Spinello, 65, of Glen Cove, is an incumbent vying for his third term. He is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University, and is a retired business executive who’s operated a slew of businesses, including in pharmaceuticals and retail. Spinello made an unsuccessful run for mayor in 2007 before being elected to the City Council in 2011. As mayor, he is chair of the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency and the Community Development Agency. He previously chaired the city’s annual Feast of St. Rocco for seven years — he remains a trustee for the church — and sat on the Glen Cove YMCA board of directors. He is married with one child.