I am writing to you as I have done in the past, asking for your vote in our upcoming East Williston Village election on March 15, 2011.
This time however, my request is a little different. I am seeking the position of mayor.
As many of you may already know, in December our current mayor, Nancy Zolezzi announced that she would not be seeking a fourth term. Deputy Mayor James Daw also announced that he would not be running for re-election.
After some careful thought, I realized the best way I could continue to serve the village was to step-up, dedicate more time and serve as mayor, thereby making way for a new generation of village leaders, to start serving as trustee.
I have asked Bonnie Parente and Bobby Shannon to run with me and serve as incoming village trustees. Bonnie grew up in Mineola and currently serves on our Village Board of Zoning Appeals and as a leader in the Girl Scouts. Bobby grew-up in Williston Park and serves as an East Williston Little League coach and Cub Scout leader. Both are attorneys. We look forward to having the entire village get to know us better, as we go door to door these upcoming weeks before election day.
The expansion of our village office, and my experience on the board over the past 13 years, will enable me, as mayor, to work with our village office staff to provide even better “customer service” to you, the residents.
I hope you agree that serving with the current village board, our accomplishments have been significant: establishing a village court, repaving every village road and devising a master plan for the redevelopment of our downtown and village hall facilities, to mention a few.
Our mayor has been gracious enough to credit me as the catalyst for the master plan redevelopment and providing the financial acumen, which allowed us to judiciously invest in these projects.
In closing, let me first thank our Mayor Nancy Zolezzi for her service and continued support. I have said it several times privately and now say it publicly, “You are one tough act to follow!” Secondly, let me once again ask you, our residents for your support and vote for the team on March 15, 2011. I cannot be elected without your vote, nor can I succeed as mayor without your valuable input and support. Although having learned a great deal these past 13 years serving as village trustee, there is always more to learn.
David E. Tanner, Village Trustee and Candidate for Mayor