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Parente To Run

East Williston Deputy Mayor Bonnie Parente announced that she will seek election for the Town of North Hempstead’s District Council 2 seat.  Parente, a Republican, was elected to the East Williston Village Board in 2011. She decided to run after the Republican party approached her to challenge the seat’s expiring term.

 

“I always thought I would be good for that,” she said. “My term as a deputy mayor ends in 2015 and so it seems like the right next step.”

 

Parente feels her work in the village, specifically issues with the East Williston Fire Department and water rate tussles between the village and Williston Park, has prepared her for a bigger role in town government.

 

“The issues run the gamut,” she said. “I don’t want to be a one issue candidate. We need someone on the board that can represent the people in the unincorporated areas as well as the incorporated areas.”

 

Parente grew up in Mineola and attended Mineola High School before earning her bachelors degree in banking and finance from Hofstra University. 

 

She attended Touro Law School and worked Jackson Lewis LLP, an international labor law firm from 1999-2003. Parente was hired by Newsday as an attorney and labor relations manager before becoming the director of human resources for the New York Racing Association in 2005, spearheading contract negotiations with the NYRA’s bargaining units. She currentlys runs her own private practice in Mineola, which opened in January 2013.

 

“The town is a large employer and I come with nine years as an HR director and almost 20 years of experience as a labor attorney,” she said. “ I feel that skillset is missing on the board.”

 

Parente is an active member of the St. Aidan’s Parish Council and a gold mentor to Nassau County Girl and Boy Scouts. She is also a trained mentor for Cub Scouts.

 

The 2nd council district seat is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“My main focus is accomplishing positive things for the residents and community groups of Council District 2, and representing all my constituents to the best of my ability, whether they live in a village or an unincorporated area,” he said. “During my first three months as councilman, my office has been, and will continue to be, a voice for every resident of this district.”

 

 The 2nd town council district includes Albertson, East Williston, East Hills, Greenvale, Manhasset Hills, North New Hyde Park, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Heights, and Searingtown. District residents will vote in a special election in November with the winner to serve the remaining year in Dwyer’s term. The election for a four-year term will be held in November 2015.

 

Parente will be holding a fundraiser on Wednesday, May 14 at TR’s Great American Pub in Williston Park.


News

New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro gave a local laundromat until Wednesday, Oct. 15 to appear in village court to address property issues, mainly appearance and a lack of signage, or face arrest.

 

A final letter was sent to the tenant, Lofaro said.

New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro gave a local laundromat until Wednesday, Oct. 15 to appear in village court to address property issues, mainly appearance and a lack of signage, or face arrest.

 

A final letter was sent to the tenant, Lofaro said.


Sports

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 

The Sewanhaka Indians relied heavily on its offense in the first two victories and head coach George Kasimatis relies on one player to set the tone for his group; senior, running back Brenton Mighty. 

 

Mighty is versatile as a running back, as he possesses the ability to run hard between the tackles, lower his shoulder and run into the defender, or run to the outside and break one deep. He also has good hands and is utilized by quarterback Elijah Tracey, as a receiver out of the backfield. 

 

“He makes such a difference in the run game,” said Kasimatis. “Teams have to respect that and it opens up the pass and the possibility for a lot of play action passes.”


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