While we respect a person's privacy in difficult times, we feel we must extend our best wishes to Ann Galante. Mrs. Galante has not only been a dedicated public servant for many years but she is a remarkable person.
Growing up in a time when women didn't enjoy the same opportunities they do now, Mrs. Galante was a pioneer. She had an exemplary career in public service, even becoming the first and only woman mayor in Mineola history and that's a long history.
"Ann showed women we had the strength to use our leadership skills in the political arena. She showed us the courage when she ran for trustee of the Village of Mineola and she showed us the courage when she ran for mayor of the Village of Mineola. She showed us that we can use our skills to take care of a community, in a kind and loving way," said good friend and former village trustee Elizabeth A.J. Conlon at a breakfast held on Sept. 12 honoring Mrs. Galante.
In addition to her service to the village, Mrs. Galante also served as the Town of North Hempstead's Receiver of Taxes, a position she held until her recent retirement. During her tenure in public service, there were many well-deserved honors as well as many committees that benefited from Mrs. Galante's dedication.
But while her career in public service is what has been most publicized, those who know her thank her for the person she is and the qualities she possesses. Through her career, Mrs. Galante was a loving wife, mother and friend.
"I remember when I was first elected, I asked Ann for advice as a trustee. She said she would only tell me one thing - always be a lady. It proved to be the best advice I received because after the months of difficulty being a minority trustee, I received compliments for never losing my cool and keeping my head up even in difficult circumstances. Thank you Ann for being a good friend and mentor," Ms. Conlon said.
Mrs. Galante lives by her advice. She is a true example of what has made Mineola a great place to raise a family. Her dedication, generosity and kindness are why so many people care about her.
We want her to know that she is in our thoughts and prayers during this time of illness.
¬ Joe Rizza