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Oral Histories: Voices of Glen Cove

Since 2009, the Glen Cove Public Library has worked to preserve the voices of Glen Cove's past. We have collected interviews with people from the Glen Cove area - including mayors, politicians, merchants, lifelong residents, etc. These interviews capture the personalities, poignant personal stories, and behind-the-scenes decision-making that brings history to life. Transcripts of the oral history interviews are accessible in the Robert R. Coles Long Island History Room.

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Video snippets below. For full length interviews, click on underlined names.

Oral History Interviewees

  • Berkley, Irma Louise (1929-2020) - Lifelong Glen Cove Resident

  • Capobianco, Angelo (1930-2020) - Glen Cove Military Historian

  • Cherubini, Gloria

  • Cocchiola Stango, Stella (1916-2015) - Owner of Stango's Restaurant

  • Danchalski, Michael - Glen Cove Veteran

  • DeRiggi, Donald - Glen Cove Mayor 1988 - 1993

  • DeRiggi, Mildred Murphy, PhD - Former Director of L.I. Studies Institute at Hofstra and Former First Lady of Glen Cove

  • Farnan, Bernard - Glen Cove Veteran

  • Finer, Arthur and Rhoda - Rhoda worked in the Glen Cove Community Development Agency for 20 years; founding member of Senior Citizens Advisory Council.

  • Glen Cove Housing Authority Robert Grawbowski, Board Chairman and Eric Wingate, Executive Director

  • Hobbs, Walter

  • Jackson, Stanley

  • Jennett, Anna

  • Jimenez, Anthony - Vietnam Veteran, Veteran Affairs Director for the City of Glen Cove and former Glen Cove City Councilman

  • Johnson, William (1925-2021) Lifelong Glen Cove resident and Tuskegee Airman

  • Lavine, Charles New York State Assemblyman: 2004 - Present

  • Mainwaring, Wilma Case - Lifelong resident of Glen Cove

  • Middleton, James (1926-2017) WWII Veteran, Glen Cove Director of Veteran's Affairs: Founder of the Glen Cove American Legion Young Simmons Post 1765 and World War II Veteran

  • Morales, Mercedes - Lifelong Glen Cove resident and Community Volunteer

  • Morgan, Harry - Great grandson of J.P. Morgan Jr. President of the Trustees of Morgan Memorial Park

  • Moore, Kenneth - Glen Cove Veteran

  • Moores, Joseph - Glen Cove Veteran

  • Muldoon, Joseph

  • Nielsen, Fred - Glen Cove Veteran

  • Paddison, Walter J. (1928-2015) - Lifelong Glen Cove Resident

  • Parente, Alan - Mayor of Glen Cove 1980-1984

  • Petrash, Antonia and Jack - Former Glen Cove Business Owners; Antonia - Former Director of the Glen Cove Public Library

  • Panzenbeck, Pamela - Mayor of Glen Cove 2021 - present

  • Price, Terence - Glen Cove Veteran

  • Renaldo, Margaret Ann - Lifelong Glen Cove Resident

  • Reilly, Margaret A. - Educator and Former First Lady of Glen Cove Mayor Joseph Reilly

  • Richardson, Elin Mainwaring

  • Schwartz, Frank

  • Shotwell, Edna Patrick

  • Singer, Burton - Third generation resident of Glen Cove and one of the former partners of Singer's Department Store in Glen Cove

  • Spinello, Reginald (Reggie) - Glen Cove Mayor: 2015-2017

  • Stailing, Margaret Mary

  • Stillwagon, Howard - Glen Cove Veteran

  • Suozzi, Joseph (1921-2016) Mayor of Glen Cove 1956-1960: NYS Supreme Court Justice 1960-1975; NTS Associate Justice of Appellate Division 1976-1979

  • Suozzi, Marguerite (1924-2017) Founder of Morgan Park Music Festival; Matriarch of Suozzi political family (husband of Honorable Joseph Suozzi and father of Congressman Tom Suozzi)

  • Suozzi, Ralph - Mayor of Glen Cove 2006-2013

  • Suozzi, Thomas - Mayor of Glen Cove 1994-2001; County Executive of Nassau County 2002-2009; US Representative NY 3rd District 2017- present

  • Udell, Mark and Candy - Owners of London Jewelers, Glen Cove family business founded in 1926

  • Uhlendorf, Francis Ludlam - Lifelong Glen Cove Resident

  • Waldman, Carol - Executive Director of the Glen Cove Senior Center 2001-2019

  • Willson, Carolyn - Former Glen Cove Deputy Mayor, County Clerk and Community Volunteer

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