There is a clear choice for Manhasset-Lakeville water/fire commissioner on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Donald O’Brien has served as a commissioner for six years and has done what he committed to in his original campaign.
He has brought his career background in finance to the board, serving as its treasurer for four years and its chairman for two years.
During his two terms, he has implemented major changes in budgeting that have resulted in financing capital expenditures through the annual budgets.
There has been no new water district bond financing during the past six years and existing bond debt has been paid down by $10.6 million or 50 percent.
All budgets have been under the tax cap.
O’Brien has established a close working relationship with the fire chiefs.
He has a working knowledge of the issues related to fire protection, rescue, and the ambulance unit.
He refinanced the fire district bonds to reduce interest expense.
The fire department will be debt-free in 2017.
His contract negotiating skills for district contracts and his private sector management expertise, which includes working closely with attorneys on legal issues and accountants and auditors on the financial statements, are major assets for the districts.
His private sector real estate property management experience has been beneficial in matters relating to the operation and maintenance of the properties owned and operated by the water and fire districts.
We need to elect O’Brien for another term so he can continue to deliver for the residents of the district.
Let’s get out and vote to re-elect Commissioner Donald O’Brien on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Bayview Avenue Firehouse.
Elizabeth A. Parrella