January 15, 2009 | 185 views
Going forward with 'Pride'
"For the good of the village, we decided that we would put aside any differences that we had in the past," said Tom Miccio, who, along with David Penso, will be for running as members of the new party for a seat on the village Board of Trustees in March. Two seats will be contested - one of which is now Penso's. Trustee Richard Clifford has chosen not to run for a second term. In Lynbrook, candidates run at large, so the two who garner the highest vote totals will win the seats.
Miccio served on the board for 16 years, until 2005, as a member of the Independent party - the last five of those years as deputy mayor. In 2005, Penso won a seat for the then newly formed Reform Party, and Clifford, of the Independent Party, was also elected. In the most recent village election in 2007, Mayor Brian Curran, Deputy Mayor Bill Hendrick and Trustee Alan Beach ran as New Vision Party candidates, and all three were elected. (Hendrick was appointed deputy mayor by Curran.)
Last August, the United Village Party was born, co-founded by Clifford and Miccio. The Independent Party had dissolved, but the board remained divided among three parties, with New Vision in the majority - which led to some argumentative, and sometimes unruly, meetings. "We have come to realize that [the United Village and Reform parties] needed to come together for the good of the village," said Miccio.
"It's important that we have a two-party race in the next election," explained Penso. "... [When] you have three votes, it's a watered-down, split vote. Our similarities have always been greater than our differences."
Miccio said that the televised board meetings have reminded him of telecasts on Comedy Central. "It's viewed and laughed at not just in our own village, but by others in Nassau and Suffolk counties," he said.