A member of the village’s board for a decade, Peter Cavallaro began his mayoral term in April 2009. As Cavallaro approaches the anniversary of his first year in office, The Westbury Times sat down with him as he reflected on his transition from board trustee to mayor, his first year at the helm and what’s in store for 2010.
Cavallaro, a private practice attorney for over 20 years with experience in corporate and municipal law, land use and zoning, was first elected to the village board in 1999. Prior, he served as a member of the village’s planning board for almost 12 years. As trustee, he served as commissioner of both public works and personnel and was an audit and claims commissioner and building department liaison.
With a 39-37 lead at the end of the third quarter in a game against Newark Central High School, from the Rochester area, on Saturday, March 20, the Westbury High School Green Dragons were just one quarter away from playing for the state championship. However, Newark would outscore Westbury 18-9 in the final quarter, ending the Green Dragons’season. However, the loss can’t take away from the outstanding seasons coach Dave Graff and the boys had.
On Friday, March 19, as part of Women’s History Month, United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and junior and seniors at Westbury High School explored the life of three famous African-American women through an interactive program offered by Cablevision’s Power to Learn, a multi-faceted initiative dedicated to integrating technology into education, and the AETN Biography Channel. Also participating in the program was A&E Television Networks Chief Historian Dr. Libby O’Connell.
In last week’s Village of Westbury election, Beaumont Jefferson was elected to the board after running unopposed. He will complete the year remaining on the term he was appointment to last July after former trustee Peter Cavallaro was elected mayor.
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilwoman Viviana Russell recently joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and a cadre of local and state elected officials to host a community briefing to announce a $892,000 North Hempstead grant award to help meet capital costs for the proposed New Cassel Community Center.
“This all started with a visioning process where this community made it clear what they wanted from government,” said Kaiman. “They wanted a Main Street with a pharmacy, a bank, and a supermarket. They also wanted more housing and a community center. I would like to thank Senator Gillibrand for walking the walk with us.”
The Westbury High School boys basketball team won the county championship title, as they topped Elmont 45-42 in the Nassau Class A boys basketball final at Hofstra University on Saturday, March 6. Then, for an encore, they defeated Harborfields 58-56 on a clutch basket in the final seconds of the game by Sheldon Hagigal, who had a game-high 33 points, to win the Class A Long Island title.
Saying the Senate Democrats have put an additional burden on New York State residents during the country’s worst recession in the last 80 years by overspending and overtaxing, Republican Jack M. Martins announced he will be running for New York State’s 7th Senate District in order to protect the interests of the residents and taxpayers.
Martins, who has been the mayor of the Village of Mineola for the past seven years, believes it is time for a change in leadership in New York in order to alleviate the state of its financial crisis.
Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro announced that he is instituting regular “Meet the Mayor” office hours at Westbury Village Hall, starting on March 11.
In making the announcement, Mayor Cavallaro said, “The job of mayor is really a 24 hours a day, seven days a week job, and I am on call at all times. I am always available to meet with residents or others at their convenience. However, I think it is useful to our residents for the mayor to have a certain number of fixed office hours at village hall during convenient times so that residents can come in without having to make an appointment, to meet with me about a particular question or problem that they have.”
Residents of the Incorporated Village of Westbury will take to the polls March 16 to cast their vote for trustee. This year, Beaumont Jefferson is running unopposed to complete the year remaining on the term he was appointed to last July; the seat became available as a result of former trustee Peter Cavallaro being elected mayor.
Elections are Tuesday, March 16 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the following polling sites: 1st, 2nd and 8th Election Districts: Westbury Village Hall, 235 Lincoln Place; 3rd and 4th Election Districts: Powells Lane Elementary School, 603 Powells Lane; 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th Election Districts: Westbury Recreation Center, 348 Post Avenue. Residents unsure of their election district can contact Westbury Village Hall at 334-1700 for information.
Nassau County Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt, who in January had proposed pay raises that were approved for the three top leaders of the Nassau County Legislature, including himself, earlier this month expressed his desire to have those raises rescinded. On Monday, Feb. 22, the legislature voted unanimously on that request.
The pay raises, which were initially approved at the Jan. 25 meeting, would have increased the annual stipend of the Presiding Officer from $67,500 to $99,500. The increase for John Ciotti (R.-North Valley Stream), the Deputy Presiding Officer would have increased to $84,500 from $62,500, while the stipend for Minority Leader Diane Yatauro (D.-Glen Cove), would have increased to $90,500 from $63,500. The base pay for all legislators is $39,500.
The Jan. 25 vote went along party lines, with 11 Republicans voting for the increase and eight Democrats in opposition.
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