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Emilio Grillo, Katie Conlon elected to Rockville Centre village board

Kevin McDonough re-elected village justice in uncontested race

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Emilio Grillo and Katie Conlon were elected to four-year terms on the village board in Rockville Centre's election on Tuesday.
Emilio Grillo and Katie Conlon were elected to four-year terms on the village board in Rockville Centre's election on Tuesday.
Christina Daly/Herald

When polls closed in Rockville Centre on Tuesday night, incumbent Emilio Grillo and newcomer Katie Conlon were elected to the village board for four-year terms over challenger Mark Albarano. Grillo and Conlon both ran on the RVC Family Party line, while Albarano ran as an independent.

Grillo received 1,157 votes, while Conlon garnered 1,136 and Albarano netted 915. Kevin McDonough received 1,222 votes in an uncontested race for a four-year term as village justice.

Grillo received 1,157 votes, while Conlon garnered 1,136 and Albarano netted 915. Kevin McDonough received 1,222 votes in an uncontested race for a four-year term as village justice. Grillo asaid he ws “humbled and honored” to be re-elected to a third term after also getting voter support in 2013 and 2017.

“As I pledged in my campaign, I look forward to finishing what I started and remain committed to continued collaboration with our mayor and village board, and a civil, honest and transparent government.”

Grillo has been a resident of the village since 1999. He was the village prosecutor from 2004 to 2013, and first ran for trustee in 2006. He is now a partner at the law firm Goldberg Segalla.

Conlon was born and raised in Rockville Centre, and is now raising her three children in the village. When she moved back to the area 12 years ago, she left her job as a nurse practitioner at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Since then she has immersed herself in local organizations, and has been president of the Hewitt PTA, a member of the Mercy League and a coach for the Rockville Centre Soccer Club.

"I look forward to bringing my vast experience, unique perspective and dedication to the board," Conlon said, "and I am humbled that the community has placed trust in me." 

She also expressed her gratitude to those who helped her and to the community for its support and encouragement.

Albarano, a lifelong village resident, was embarking on his first campaign for local office. He spent 26 years at the New York Police Department, and has been the commissioner of public safety for the Town of North Hempstead since August.

Tom Carrozza contributed to this story.