Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00
Veteran Mineola Village Board Trustee Paul Cusato announced his run for re-election last week. If he wins in the at-large bid, Cusato will secure his sixth term on the board. Cusato, a longtime member of the Mineola Fire Department, was first elected to the board of trustees in 2004. The current board consists of Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira (the New Line Party announced his nomination last week), Cusato, trustees George Durham, Dennis Walsh and Mayor Scott Strauss.
Cusato has overseen the development of many key undertakings in the village. He served on a board that shepherded the rising $95 million Winthrop Facility on Second Street, developments of Station Plaza at the Mineola Train Station and the Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation Project.
“I just want to continue to serve the residents,” Cusato said. “I consider it an honor and privilege to be on the board. We have a great team.”
The longtime Mineola resident is excited to see the revamp of Memorial Park beginning to take shape. The Village of Mineola is soliciting public bids for construction related to a bandshell at Memorial Park. The plan is part of a park improvement project which includes reconstructing a gazebo that was damaged and taken down after Hurricane Irene in 2011.
“The gazebo at Memorial Park is a fulcrum for the whole park,” he said. “New pavement, lights, tennis courts...I want to see that through and other projects.”
The bandshell would be built on the south end of the park near the Mineola Memorial Library and 22 feet high at its peak. The village expects the cost to run about $100,000.
“It’s a great project and I’m really excited,” Cusato said.
Cusato is the lone representative of the Hometown Party on the village board. The New Line Party holds a 4-1 majority.
Cusato did not think he’d be campaigning for his sixth term when he was elected 10 years ago.
“The longer you serve, the more you understand the people,” he said. “I think they respect me.”
Petitions to run for one of the two open seats on the village board can be submitted starting Tuesday, Feb. 4. The deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 11. Election Day is Tuesday, March 18.