Thank you all for supporting me in this recent election and for supporting our fellow Trustees and Village Justice.
I am proud to say that our election had the largest voter turnout since a contested election back in 2001. I am also proud of the fact that we truly have a group of hard working and industrious people serving our residents.
At the Village Swearing In Ceremony I gave a State of the Village Address. Here is an excerpt from it:
“The state of the Village is sound. We recently approved our 2013/14 budget: we do not need to borrow from outside sources to balance our budget or pay our bills. We have streamlined expenses and have gone through every line item to squeeze out any possible savings.
We have reorganized our village office, increasing efficiency and maximizing our staff’s productivity, while keeping the high level of service our residents have come to expect. We have created an office of Emergency Management and appointed Bob Spina as its director. Bob also serves as Chairman of our Zoning Board. Bob is now certified by Nassau County Office of Emergency Management.
We are in the process of rewriting our village code. It is a long and diligent process so until the code is complete, we have adopted and approved a local law relaxing the volume restrictions on our homes so that it is easier to build or expand.
I have three priorities on my agenda:
1) Rebuilding our Village. We are finally emerging from the Great Recession. We have seen our home values decline 30-40 percent. Fortunately, the market has stabilized and is starting to rebound. In addition, Brookville has packed quite a wallop these past years from the many storms just over the last 18 months. Thousands of trees were uprooted and many homes suffered severe damage. Roofs smashed, windows broken, yards destroyed… It is our job to rebuild our Village, but
I can’t do it alone and our Government can’t do it alone. So I am asking for everyone’s help. If each resident does their part, and takes ownership, then others will follow suit. Please help us to keep Brookville as the kind of place where everyone wants to live and raise a family.
2) Safety. I want to continue our legacy that my predecessor, Caroline Bazzini, began. Her first priority was safety for our Residents and our Village.
Thank you, Mayor Bazzini, for all of your dedication and hard work throughout the years. I will continue to hold the position as a Police Commissioner for the OBPD and will work with the department and Bob Spina, our Director of Emergency Management, to ensure that our Village is well prepared for any contingencies that might arise.
3) Fiscal Responsibility. I will continue Caroline’s tradition, by keeping a tight rein on the village ‘purse strings’. No outside borrowing to pay our bills and meet our expenses, we will live within our means.
On a personal note, people always ask me why I got involved in Village government. I believe that public service is a noble calling and I am happy to give back to our community. I have been a resident of Brookville for over 18 years with my lovely wife, Cherie and our three sons, Stephen, Jonathan and Chase.
I am proud to serve our community. To quote President Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” It may sound corny, but I truly believe in those words, and I believe in giving back.
It is my pleasure to serve you over the next four years. And I thank you.
Daniel H. Serota