Election Day in the Village of Mineola will take place on Wednesday, March 18 with voting taking place in the Mineola Village Hall community center. However, there won't be much fanfare this year since Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins, Deputy Mayor Larry Werther and Trustee Tom Kennedy will run unopposed for another two-year term.
Mayor Martins, who was first elected in 2003, will serve his fourth consecutive term. He also ran unopposed in 2005. He was challenged in 2007 by then-trustee Linda Fairgrieve, but won convincingly.
Also by his side for the next two years will be Werther and Kennedy. Werther was elected a trustee of the Village of Mineola in 2003 after he ran a successful campaign with Mayor Martins. He was appointed deputy mayor in 2003 and served in that capacity since.
Kennedy was appointed to the village board by Mayor Martins in 2007 to fill the vacancy on the board when former trustee John DaVanzo resigned the position. Kennedy ran successfully in 2008 and will now serve a full two-year term on the board.
The other two trustees who serve on the Mineola Village Board - Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira - have another year left on their terms, which don't expire until 2010.
Under Mayor Martins' administration, the village has focused on paying down its debt while putting forth balanced budgets. Mayor Martins and the board have also focused on expanding the village's tax base. A major initiative has been reassessing all of the properties in the village to create a more equitable property tax system.
Next month's election will be the first uncontested election since 2001 when then-mayor John P. Colbert, then-deputy mayor Lou Santosus and then-trustee Elizabeth Conlon were re-elected.
Organization night will take place in the Mineola Village Hall community center on Monday, April 6 at 7 p.m.