To the Editor,
It has been an honor to have served the residents of the Village of Airmont for eight years. When I was first approached to run for the office of trustee, I was surprised and flattered. Having taught history and government for 30 years, and having a Masters Degree in Political Science, I felt that I had the appropriate background to understand the complexities and the limits of the power of government.
After the sudden passing of Mayor Dennis Kay, I was asked to serve as mayor until the next general election in March, 2013. I was hesitant because I knew that this undertaking was an arduous one, but felt that I was up to the task. I ran for reelection in 2013 because I believed the village still needed my direction and administration.
At this time I have decided not to run for reelection in 2015. I will be supporting the candidacy of a trustee whom I appointed to fill my unexpired term in 2012, Philip Gigante. Phil is an attorney and a business owner who has served the village actively and has aided me in my administration of the village government. He and his wife, Christine, have two young children. Young families are the future of Airmont. They wish to preserve and enhance our village’s quality of life.
Airmont is a desirable place to raise a family. Our local elementary school, Cherry Lane, has been designated a National Blue Ribbon school for its excellence in education. As a retired teacher I can appreciate all that it takes to achieve such status. I would like to thank the people of Airmont for entrusting me with the position of mayor. I will stay informed concerning the administration of the village and will stay active in our community.