Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00
With the announcement this week that County Legislator Robert Troiano will be leaving the Legislature in January to take a job in town government, I came to the sad realization that we will be losing both of our current County Legislators, as Legislator Richard
Nicolello’s district has lost the portion of Westbury that he has long represented due to redistricting.
The loss of these two lawmakers is significant as both have represented Westbury for a long time, and both have worked very hard making sure that Westbury was not forgotten at the County level.
Legislator Nicolello, now the Deputy Presiding Officer of the Legislature, has represented the western portion of Westbury since the inception of the Legislature almost 20 years ago. Most recently, he worked with me on (pending) pedestrian safety improvements at the Westbury Train Station, and he was instrumental in the implementation and funding of the Post Avenue Traffic Calming and Road Resurfacing Project that will resume in the spring of 2014.
Legislator Troiano has represented the eastern part of the area for two terms on the Legislature, but before that, served the community as a Town Board member and as a long time school board member and President. This past year, Legislator Troiano worked very hard with me, the village board, the school district, and virtually every other elected representative of the Village on every level, to oppose and defeat a PILOT tax abatement proposal that would have cost Westbury taxpayers approx. $7 million over the next 10 years. It was an important and unified effort on the part of all, but Legislator Troiano was a real leader in that fight.
So you see, both Rich and Robert have been terrific advocates and fighters for the Westbury community, and we will miss both of them as our County legislative representatives.
We will be counting on two newcomers to the Legislature to replace their efforts. One, life-long Westbury resident Laura Schaefer, while new to government, is a smart and diligent attorney who will quickly come up to speed on the issues affecting our community. I know that she will be watching out for us. The new representative in the second legislative district will be determined by a special election early next year, and we hope that that person will also come from our part of the district (Westbury or New Cassel). We will make certain that we develop a good working relationship with whoever that person turns out to be, so that Westbury will be assured of continuing to have two diligent representatives working hard on our behalf.
I want to publicly and personally thank both Legislator Troiano and Legislator Nicolello for all that they have done for Westbury, and I look forward to continuing to work with both of them in their new capacities on our community’s behalf.
I also welcome Laura and the yet to be elected second legislative district Legislator to their careers in public service, and I look forward to working with each of them in the best interests of Westbury.
Peter I. Cavallaro
Mayor of Westbury