Trustee big to serve ‘home’

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It is said that a house does not make a home. A home requires a lot more than a floor, walls, windows, and a roof. Similarly, there’s more to East Williston than a group of houses that make it a great community. East Williston is the kind of hometown that we can cherish, and the place my wife, Lauren, and I feel at home and inspired to raise our three children. With this in mind, I wish to announce my candidacy for village trustee.

East Williston is filled with love and a sense of belonging called, “community,” where neighbors feel part of each other’s lives with a real stake in the prosperity and beauty of the whole village. We all have a voice with many opportunities to be heard. Living in an incorporated village affords us the ability to improve our hometown at a very direct level of participation as can be seen by our active committees and groups.

We have been blessed with a strong village government that has worked together to build East Williston. As both Mayor Zolezzi and Deputy Mayor Jim Daw retire from service, I am encouraged that Trustee David Tanner has decided to run for mayor.

I am seeking election along with Bonnie Parente to fill the two vacant village trustee seats.

I hope to continue in the tradition set by the current board. I am confident that both David Tanner and Bonnie Parente are well qualified to lead us into the future along with myself and the current trustees, Mike Braito and John Ferro, whose contributions to our village are numerous.

My wife, Lauren, and I feel privileged to raise our three children in a community like East Williston. We are both very involved in our community. I own Reality Roofing Inc., a local family-run business. I am a Chaminade High School graduate, have a BA in Finance from Hofstra, and a law degree from St. John’s University. I regularly speak as a business turnaround expert and as a director in the Rotary Club and as president of the Chamber of Commerce, I have come to know many of the local issues and fellow residents.

My real joy is coaching my children. I am actively involved with East Williston Little League, St. Aidan’s Basketball, Mineola Soccer and serve as my oldest son’s Boy Scout Leader. My wife, Lauren, serves as a class mom at Northside, is active in the PTO and is a ready volunteer with many local causes.

As your village trustee, I will continue to work towards keeping East Williston a great place to live and raise a family. I will strive to keep our village safe, encourage fun involvement with a sense of community that includes both young and old, work toward a financial plan that will help keep the cost of maintaining a home here reasonable and predictable, and continue to improve and build for tomorrow.

Please vote on March 15 for David Tanner, Bonnie Parente and myself, Bobby Shannon.

Sincerely,

Bobby Shannon

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