Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
The trusted “Two Pauls” were locked in for another two years as the Village of Mineola held its Organization Night on Monday, April 7. Local officials swore in Paul Pereira and Paul Cusato, as well as Village Justice John P. O’Shea and acting village justice Jackie Carway.
The event took place at the Village Hall Community Center, with Senator Jack Martins, Nassau County Court Judge Scott Fairgrieve, Village Attorney John Spellman and Mayor Scott Strauss accepting/hearing/give the oaths.
O’Shea takes over for Richard O’Callaghan, who recently retired, as village justice. Mineola resident Jackie Carway was tapped to serve as acting village justice, in the event O’Shea is unavailable. Trustees George Durham, Dennis Walsh and Mayor Scott. The three will be up for re-election next year.
Cusato, a longtime member of the Mineola Fire Department, was first elected to the board of trustees in 2004 and has been re-elected every two years since. He will be serving his sixth consecutive term.
“Over these past 10 years, I’ve always tried to do my best,” said Cusato. “The next two years will not be any different. I will listen to our residents, respect their opinions and respond to their needs. Our goal is simple: to make Mineola the best that it can be.”
Pereira thanked his wife Deanna and his children, Andrew, Sophia and Anna for supporting his drive toward public life.
“[My family] is the reason I do this,” he said. “[They are] the reason I can do this. Every time I put a tie on, [my kids] go ‘daddy, you have another meeting? It does some times break my heart but I know we’re doing this so they have a great quality of life.”
These two village board veterans have overseen the development of many key undertakings in the village, most recently the ongoing revamp of Memorial Park. The village purchased a bandshell 73-feet wide and 38-feet deep in February as part of a park overhaul.
“I’m looking forward to working to move this administration forward over the next two years,” Pereira said. “There are some great things going on as we speak and there are some great things on the horizon.”
Cusato and Pereira have more in common than their first names; both are graduates of Mineola High School (Pereira in 1989 and Cusato in 1966). In fact, Cusato is one of the founding members of the Mineola High School Alumni Foundation and Pereira is currently a history teacher at the school and the coach of the boys soccer team.
“They’re two great men and two strong members of this administration,” Strauss said. “They have done great things and more great things are to come.”