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Letter: Thank You To Our Departing County Legislators

With the announcement this week that County Legislator Robert Troiano will be leaving the Legislature in January to take a job in town government, I came to the sad realization that we will be losing both of our current County Legislators, as Legislator Richard

Nicolello’s district has lost the portion of Westbury that he has long represented due to redistricting.


The loss of these two lawmakers is significant as both have represented Westbury for a long time, and both have worked very hard making sure that Westbury was not forgotten at the County level.


Legislator Nicolello, now the Deputy Presiding Officer of the Legislature, has represented the western portion of Westbury since the inception of the Legislature almost 20 years ago.  Most recently, he worked with me on (pending) pedestrian safety improvements at the Westbury Train Station, and he was instrumental in the implementation and funding of the Post Avenue Traffic Calming and Road Resurfacing Project that will resume in the spring of 2014.


Legislator Troiano has represented the eastern part of the area for two terms on the Legislature, but before that, served the community as a Town Board member and as a long time school board member and President.  This past year, Legislator Troiano worked very hard with me, the village board, the school district, and virtually every other elected representative of the Village on every level, to oppose and defeat a PILOT tax abatement proposal that would have cost Westbury taxpayers approx. $7 million over the next 10 years.  It was an important and unified effort on the part of all, but Legislator Troiano was a real leader in that fight.


So you see, both Rich and Robert have been terrific advocates and fighters for the Westbury community, and we will miss both of them as our County legislative representatives.  


We will be counting on two newcomers to the Legislature to replace their efforts. One, life-long Westbury resident Laura Schaefer, while new to government, is a smart and diligent attorney who will quickly come up to speed on the issues affecting our community.  I know that she will be watching out for us.  The new representative in the second legislative district will be determined by a special election early next year, and we hope that that person will also come from our part of the district (Westbury or New Cassel).  We will make certain that we develop a good working relationship with whoever that person turns out to be, so that Westbury will be assured of continuing to have two diligent representatives working hard on our behalf.


I want to publicly and personally thank both Legislator Troiano and Legislator Nicolello for all that they have done for Westbury, and I look forward to continuing to work with both of them in their new capacities on our community’s behalf.


I also welcome Laura and the yet to be elected second legislative district Legislator to their careers in public service, and I look forward to working with each of them in the best interests of Westbury.


Peter I. Cavallaro


Mayor of Westbury


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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