Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00
Jim Bumstead has announced that he is running for Williston Park Village Board Trustee in the upcoming village election, slated for March 15 at the American Legion Hall on Willis Avenue from 12 noon to 9 p.m. He will be running against Williston Park Village Trustee Barbara Alagna.
Bumstead has lived in Williston Park, with his wife Adeline, since 1991 when he moved here from Mineola. He has three children; his daughter is a Lutheran minister living in Wisconsin, while his two sons reside in southwestern Virginia.
While in Mineola, for over 10 years he was very active in community affairs. This included three terms as president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce. It was under his administration that the chamber began to grow by leaps and bounds. When he became president the chamber had about 60 paid members; when he left office it had over 150 and a substantial bank account.
He was the sole driving force behind the highly successful businessman’s Business Card Exchange which drew hundreds of participants and spectators and later converted into the annual Mineola Village Fair. Never lacking for ideas, he instituted many innovative programs for the chamber as well as other service organizations he belonged to.
Bumstead was also the second to be named “small business person of the year,” and received two executive citations from the county supervisor for service to the community.
His interest was not confined to the chamber of commerce. He was also a member of the original Kiwanis Club and served two terms as its president. It was under his administration that the Kiwanis Key Club was formed at the Mineola High School.
Jim is a well-rounded individual, a lover of the arts and sciences and an amateur photographer and author. He is a member of the Oyster Bay Fireman’s Benevolent Association, American Legion Post No. 144 and a past member of the Masonic Lodge in Sayville. He served two years in the Army and was honorably discharged. Further, he is an avid environmentalist and is a member of the Sierra Club, Long Island Chapter, as well as several other environmental organizations.
Bumstead formed his own party which he named the Quality of Life Party. He offers his life experience gained in banking and the community to the Williston Park Village Board as a trustee, with the emphasis on quality of life issues.