While Tenke said he is eager to see Glen Cove return to its former status as the “commerce and cultural center of the North Shore,” he remains strongly opposed to the council’s vote to float a $97 million bond to build amenities on the Garvies Point waterfront property. The city won’t see full tax revenue for that property for 40 years, the life of the bond, he said, making it “not a good deal for the taxpayer.” Tenke believes that, as development projects in Glen Cove get underway, it is vital to simultaneously develop a game plan for attracting businesses. He proposed creating a coalition between the Downtown Business Improvement District and the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce to make that strategizing a priority. One establishment Tenke hopes to see added is a youth or community center to give kids somewhere to congregate and play, especially during winter months. The key to success for the city’s development, and in general, he said, is listening more to residents’ concerns.
Tenke, 55, of Glen Cove, is a six-term Glen Cove councilman running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. He graduated from Saint Leo University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice before securing a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University. He has worked as a trial attorney for the insurance company GEICO for about 27 years, and joined the City Council in 2005 after serving on the Glen Cove Planning Board for two years. Tenke was the only Democrat re-elected to the council in 2015. He serves as the city’s liaison to the golf commission and is a Glen Cove Democratic committee member. Tenke is married and has two children.