Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00
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.
The following is a profile on Jefferson:
Beaumont Jefferson has resided in the village’s Sherwood Gardens section for the past 16 years. Professionally, he has 24 years experience in banking and currently serves as vice president of a major bank. On a local level, Jefferson is a past member of the village’s Community Development Agency as well as past president and current board member of the Sherwood Civic Association and the chairman of the Westbury Amateur Baseball Association (WABA) – Little League.
When appointed to the Westbury Village Board of Trustees last year, Jefferson stated he was “honored” for the opportunity and was looking “forward to working with the mayor, trustees and the entire Westbury Village team to address community concerns and maintain and enhance the services that make our village a wonderful place to live.”
Now, eight months since being appointed, Jefferson said his professional and community experiences, coupled with his dedication and commitment to the village, make him the right man for the job. “I’m running for trustee to be in a position where I can participate in the decision-making process on issues that will impact the village, its businesses and the day-to-day lives of its residents,” Jefferson told The Westbury Times. “I am the candidate of choice because I have proven my continued commitment and dedication to the community over the past 16 years through my involvement in civic and volunteer organizations. I also believe that my professional experience in the financial industry has equipped me with the skills necessary to contribute to the village’s continued success.”
According to Jefferson, how the amount of funding made available to the village as a result of the recent economic downturn will affect the village is among the top issues facing Westbury right now. “Although this is not a unique issue to our village, it requires us to look for creative ways to be more efficient,” he said, adding that to address the issue, he will continue to look for ways to cut costs and increase efficiency while maintaining our levels of service.
“The current economic downturn requires the village board to look for creative ways to do more with less. If elected, the number one priority on my list would be to continue to work with the mayor and the trustees to find ways to reduce expenses while maintaining and improving our current levels of service,” said Jefferson.
Code enforcement is another area that requires attention. “In regard to code enforcement, we have dedicated additional resources to our enforcement department … I will further address code enforcement issues including partnerships with civic associations, education of new residents on village laws, review of code enforcement data and follow-up with code enforcement staff on outstanding complaints,” Jefferson said.
In Jefferson’s opinion, maintaining and improving services available to village residents and ensuring that Westbury continue its downtown smart growth, including the redevelopment of the Post Avenue movie theater, are top on his “to do” list. “Development of the theatre site is key to completion of [the village’s] downtown renovation,” he said. “I believe that these goals are key to preserving the character and quality of life of our community.”
Jefferson said he will work to achieve these goals “through partnerships with my colleagues in the village, building alliances with other levels of government and, most importantly, by listening to the concerns and needs of our residents.”
When asked what he loves most about the Village of Westbury, which he and his wife Luisa have chosen to raise their 12-year-old son Brandon in, Jefferson said, “I love the character of the village, the diversity, location, the people and the ability to get things done at the local government level.”