It is wonderful to see that Alison Metzler has announced she is challenging Dennis Donnelly for the trustee position from the East. I have known Alison 40 years and I can attest to the fact that she is dedicated, honest and hardworking with no personal agenda whatsoever.
Alison and her husband, Billy, a second generation Garden City resident, have volunteered throughout the village and I was thrilled when she became involved in the fight to rid Garden City of overdevelopment with AvalonBay. Alison has become involved in keeping an eye on the Town of Hempstead IDA (TOHIDA), COVANTA, the HUB and other projects that impact life as we know it in our village.
For many years, the faces of the different POAs have remained the same: it is inspiring to see so many new people step up to get involved. Mayor Bee himself told us all to get involved in our village and participate at each level, I too recently volunteered for my POA as a director and I am thrilled to see Alison run for trustee representing the EPOA. Our own Mayor Bee states, "be wary of those who are 'seeking the office' instead of having the office seek them!" This couldn't be more true in the case of Alison Metzler, we need her in our village government keeping a close watch. Alison has had so many people ask her to take on this volunteer trustee role; she feels compelled to take the challenge we've put before her and for that I am thankful.
Political experience is a non-issue. Alison grew up in Garden City, she has been actively involved in the community and she knows the issues. Moreover she is a working mom - a trial attorney with involvement in contract negotiations and various facets of law - in other words she makes things happen and isn't easily backed into a corner. Her background will make her a valuable addition to the board during a time when we face many crucial decisions that will affect the future of our village. Alison will do right by her fellow residents to help us in this difficult economic crisis. She is as concerned as the rest of us about wasteful spending by the village on "consultants" and "studies." Alison Metzler listens to her fellow residents. Perhaps someone who does not have many years in our village politics is just what we need, I think we're all sick and tired of the spending and waste!
It is apparent that those who want to hang on to their "power" feel threatened and will lash out in a less than professional manner. However, it is time to get some new faces into our POAs. So many residents feel they can't find the time with work and family but Alison is leading by example and standing up for something that is a part of her: Garden City.
It is refreshing to see a new face in the EPOA, and I hope everyone in the Eastern section of Garden City gets out to vote for Alison Metzler on Feb. 3 at Stewart School from 4:30 to 9 p.m.