Nancy Howard emerged as the winner in Tuesday’s special election in Rockville Centre, and will continue to serve as a trustee on the village board until July 5, 2021. Howard defeated challenger Michael Scalere for the open seat by a vote of 757 to 680, according to the unofficial results.
Howard, 60, was previously elected twice, in 2011 and again in 2015. She served as deputy mayor from 2011 to June 2017, when she stepped down to move to Florida, where her husband, Dave, was working. They returned to Rockville Centre in January 2019. They have lived in the village for more than 25 years, and have raised their four children here. Last June, when Trustee Edward Oppenheimer retired, Howard was appointed to the board to take his place.
“My priority will be focusing on protecting the fabric of our community,” Howard said. “Infrastructure improvements have received steady attention; we’ve made great strides, which bolster our home values.”
Howard was a human resources recruitment and management-training executive at RH Macy’s and Salomon Brothers. She then left work to take care of her children. She has held leadership roles in the PTA, the South Side High School Booster Club, the Rockville Centre Education Foundation and the Community Fund. In Florida, she consulted on the campaign of a mayoral candidate in Fort Lauderdale, and was asked to serve on a civic advisory group on infrastructure and smart growth.
“I will continue seeking grant opportunities, which have helped us keep village taxes down,” Howard said. “I’m now working with my fellow trustees to create regulations to beautify our downtown. I believe creating an upgraded and more unified commercial appearance that matches the charm and identity of our residential areas is important. I want to ensure that we do everything in our power to increase home values.”
Briana Bonfiglio contributed to this story