Mayor, City of Glen Cove
Ralph Suozzi was elected mayor of Glen Cove, New York in November 2005. During his administration, City finances have improved steadily. Mayor Suozzi has vastly improved the city’s budget process, reduced debt while simultaneously shedding expenses, developed new sources of non-taxpayer revenue, and successfully lobbied Washington D.C. and Albany to bring much needed federal/state funds to Glen Cove.
Mayor Suozzi is a former business executive with more than 30 years experience in corporate leadership, including CBS Television and American Express. In his executive role at American Express, Mayor Suozzi directed teams that designed, deployed, maintained and trained professionals on systems that affected more than 100,000 employees worldwide. Mayor Suozzi, a former ten-year member of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, is a life-long resident of Glen Cove and the son of the city’s former mayor, Vincent “Jimmy” Suozzi.
Planning & Innovation
Ralph Suozzi has identified and acquired millions of dollars in government grants to clean up the local environment and help the city to finance capital projects and public safety initiatives. Mayor Suozzi has made Glen Cove a leader in Smart Growth efforts. He enacted a new Master Plan, the first in 55 years, to guide modern zoning and redevelopment efforts and introduced Visual Simulation Legislation to assist planners, professionals and everyday people through digital visualization of any proposed large development projects.
Newsday recently lauded Mayor Suozzi for his "determination" and "innovative" effort to preserve the Glen Cove Mansion, one of the last remaining Gold Coast homes on Long Island's North Shore. The newspaper's editorial page, addressing the potential demolition of a cherished Manhasset property, said, "They could start by taking a look at how Glen Cove innovated to try to save the John and Ruth Pratt mansion on Dosoris Lane" and cited Mayor Suozzi's initiation of a new innovative Estate Preservation Zone in the City’s zoning code.
Infrastructure, Quality of Life & the Environment
Mayor Suozzi’s administration has been focused on quality of life, infrastructure and public safety improvements.
He created Glen Cove’s first ever Electronic Waste (E-Waste) recycling program and has increased participation in the City’s annual Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O.P.) residential hazardous waste disposal program through aggressive marketing. The mayor has saved the city money and energy with new energy efficient LED lighting saving over $46,000 per year. In addition he has rebuilt and rehabilitated roads, sidewalks, curbs and drainage structures in hundreds of locations throughout the city.
In 2009 Mayor Suozzi built a state-of-the art handicapped accessible playground at Stanco Park for children ages 2 through 12. Mayor Suozzi has also made improvements to Morgan Park by the addition of lights to the parking field, handrails for the steps near the concert stage, rehabilitated parts of the sea wall and rebuilt the iconic gazebo that was destroyed during a 2012 storm. At the Glen Cove Golf Course major improvements include connecting the facility to the sewer collection system (2009), replacing the Cart Barn, replacement and upgrades to the entire electric system and transformer, repair to storm-damaged netting, handicapped accessible bathrooms at the View Grille (formerly Soundview) and the removal of dead trees and stumps and replacement with new trees throughout the course. In addition the tennis courts are currently out for bid and slated for rehabilitation this fall, followed by the rehabilitation of the basketball courts.
Youth, Veterans & Seniors
Mayor Suozzi has worked very closely with our City’s Youth, Seniors and Veterans. In 2007 he built a new Youth Center, and in 2008 he acquired a five year $4 million NYS Community Learning Grant in collaboration with the Glen Cove School District, the Youth Board and the Boys and Girls Club. The Mayor has maintained funding levels and improved services at the Glen Cove Senior Center including a complete upgrade of the facility and its utilities. Mayor Suozzi has demonstrated his admiration and respect for all Veterans by the addition of permanent flagpoles, lights, new landscaping and re-bronzing of all monuments. He recently appointed Korean War Veteran and former Commissioner of Public Safety Ben Farnan to head a committee to replace a long-lost WWII Memorial honoring local veterans from the Landing Area.
Public Health & Safety
In 2006 the Mayor made his first trip to Washington D.C. to engage the NYS Congressional Delegation and federal agencies to help secure funds for environmental cleanups, rehabilitation of city infrastructure, and law enforcement technology improvements that have made community policing more time and cost effective.
The Mayor secured 100% federal funding from grants through the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) that provided the Glen Cove Police Department with Digital Fingerprinting Technology. This reduced a multi-week manual system into a high-speed digital process that searches all nationwide electronic databases for criminal matches. Additionally he secured 100% funding for the design and implementation for the security camera system in the downtown and the downtown garages.
In 2007 the Mayor instituted the Emergency/Community Notification (ENS) System which is sometimes referred to as a “reverse 911” system. The ENS is used to notify residents and businesses of alerts related to weather, scheduling of city services, special events, and other significant community notifications.
Mayor Suozzi expanded and modernized the community’s water distribution and alarm systems ensuring that our water supply meets all federal and state standards. This upgrade ensures that we have sufficient capacity to meet daily demands as well as excess capacity for fire safety, mechanical failure, and maintenance.
Ralph Suozzi is a Vision Long Island & NYCOM Award Winner, an expert panelist for Sustainable Long Island and was selected as advisor to the New York State Conference of Mayors. He has been recognized officially by the Long Island Planning Council, the Long Island Index, Vision Long Island and the New York League of Conservation Voters. Mayor Suozzi was one of just four mayors nationally invited to participate in a panel discussion at the Environmental Protection Agency's 2011 Brownfields Conference in Philadelphia. In 2012 Mayor Suozzi was one of just 30 mayors nationwide to serve on the U.S. EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee. He was selected for the Energeia Partnership Class of 2012, a think-tank organization focused on challenges facing Long Island leaders from a variety of businesses and disciplines.
He’s been honored by the Nassau County AHRC Foundation for his humanitarian efforts and both the Nassau County Chapter of the NYS Society of Professional Engineers and the Long Island Contractors Association for his focus on infrastructure improvements. The North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary and Matinecock Rod & Gun Club presented awards to Mayor Suozzi for expending extraordinary effort and resources to restore and maintain the critical tidal flow of Dosoris Pond. The waters of Dosoris Pond are refreshed with each tide, now bringing forth an abundance of marine life and aquatic birds that were once lost.
Ralph Suozzi has a Bachelor of Science from Long Island University’s C.W. Post College and is a 1974 graduate of Glen Cove High School. He is a member of the following organizations: Small Communities Subcommittee of the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), St. Rocco’s Church, Sons of Italy, Knights of Columbus, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, North Shore Historical Museum, NAACP, Glen Cove PTA & SEPTA, Glen Cove Beautification, Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department Benevolent Association, Morgan Park Summer Music Festival Executive Committee, Inter-Agency Council and is a 30-year volunteer of St. Rocco’s Feast.
Mayor Suozzi and his wife, Jane, also a lifelong resident of Glen Cove, have two sons,
Alex (11) and Carter (8).