President’s Message

President Bonnie Parente, Mayor of the Village of East Williston

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as President of the Nassau County Village Officials Association, and I thank you for your confidence and support.

I am especially grateful to past President Nancy Zolezzi who brought me to my first meeting many years ago, and to Mayor Peter Cavallaro for your confidence in me that led to my role on the executive board. Both of you have been friends and mentors and I am truly appreciative. There are big shoes to fill in this role after former Presidents Elliot Conway, Nora Haagenson and Dan Serota have left their marks. As we approach fall, it’s apropos to say that each of these prior presidents moved the ball forward, or outright tackled the quarterback. I hope to continue their incredible initiatives. We must not lose sight of our fight to maintain Home Rule, to challenge the botched implementation of bail reform and accompanying discovery rules, and to do what we can, collectively, to address the effects of illegal immigration on our villages.

There will also be a few issues I plan on bringing to the forefront. One in particular that I would like to keep in our crosshairs is the growing fragility of our volunteer fire services. I grew up in a volunteer firefighter family and have the greatest respect for the role of volunteer. Without our continued support, financial and otherwise, we will lose what we sometimes now take for granted. Growing federal (OSHA) regulations threaten to raise the financial burden on villages. This needs to be reviewed and considered.

We have a strong team in place with Mayors Elena Villafane as First Vice President, Steven Weinberg, as Second Vice President, and Paul Pereira as Treasurer. I also hope to engage Dennis Siry, President of the Suffolk County Village Officials Association as a partner. Strength in numbers.

Sincerely,

 

 

Mayor Bonnie Parente