Gaitley will be the first openly gay man elected to the Glen Cove City Council
By profession, Gaitley is a voice and speech coach and worked for many years in arts administration. He also has a keen interest in health, fitness, and nutrition, and is a certified personal trainer. Having run a theater company for many years and in having worked in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, Gaitley not only has strong leadership and communication skills, but also a foundation in administration, community building, and fiscal responsibility.
A long-time advocate for the arts and community involvement, Gaitley often volunteers in preparing meals for North Shore Sheltering (Men’s Shelter), is a member of the North Shore Historical Museum, and serves as an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church. He also serves on several boards and committees. For the City of Glen Cove, he serves on the Community Development Agency Board and the Memorial Day Parade Committee. Additionally, he is chairman of the Committee for the Community Easter Dawn Service involving eight area churches, is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival. With a brother who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, a father who served in the Navy during WWII, and a mother who served in the Cadet Nurse Corps, he was especially honored to recently be invited to join the board of Heroes Among Us. The organization serves Veterans and their families.
Gaitley and his husband, Jim, live in the Landing area of Glen Cove.