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Pictured are Sea Cliff Deputy Mayor Bob Haim, Carol Vogt and Tom Murphy

Sea Cliff Deputy Mayor Bob Haim has announced his candidacy for mayor of the village. Haim is running to succeed Eileen Krieb, who is retiring after three terms.

Longtime Sea Cliff residents Carol Vogt and Tom Murphy announced that they are running for village trustee positions. Haim, Vogt and Murphy have received endorsements from Sea Cliff's Civic Progress Committee.

Haim has been a Sea Cliff trustee for six years, acting as liaison to the downtown revitalization task force and the Nassau County Police Department. He has served as deputy mayor for three years. A vice president for Hoshizaki America, Haim was formerly a project manager for the real estate department of Nassau County. Haim prides himself on the fact that in 2007 he was awarded a citation for bringing his multimillion-dollar construction projects in on budget.

"I have the experience, background, and personality to handle the job of mayor," Haim said. "My career has spanned 36 years as an executive. I've been a Sea Cliff village trustee for six years, with the last three years as deputy mayor. In addition, before becoming a trustee, I served on numerous village committees and task forces."

Trustee candidate Vogt has been active in Sea Cliff civic life for more than 30 years. She has served on both the planning and zoning boards, as well as the board of tax reassessment review. Vogt has also been an officer of the Landmark Association, the Civic Association, and the Sea Cliff 125th Anniversary Committee.

"Working with so many boards and organizations has taught me how to deal with the interesting and complicated ways in which residents and groups interact with each other, especially at times when controversial issues arise," Vogt said. "I would like to serve as trustee to be able to preserve and build upon the unique village life that others before me have worked so hard to create."

Tom Murphy was a member of the North Shore School District Board of Education from 1999 to 2007. He was school board president from 2004 to 2006, following a two-year term as vice president. Murphy enjoyed a successful 15-year career in the financial industry and is now pursuing a masters degree in theology. He has lived in Sea Cliff for 26 years. He and his wife Kathy have raised five children in the village.

"My proudest accomplishment as school board president was fostering a high level of respect among the members of the board," Murphy said. "We were able to sit down and hammer out solutions to issues, looking at both sides of the story. That's the mindset I would bring to the village as well. It's important that people know you're willing to hear them and understand them."

Village elections will be held on Wednesday, March 18.


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