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Low Turnout in Uncontested 2012 Mineola Election

Pereira and Cusato run unopposed to new terms on village board.

There will still be a pair of Pauls on the for at least another two years. Deputy mayor and trustee in the village election Tuesday night, which had some of the lowest turnout in recent memory.

“Hopefully this is an indication that people are happy with the direction of the village, people are happy with the leadership and people are happy with us,” Pereira said. “That doesn’t mean we can’t improve, we’re always looking to improve,we’re always looking to do our best and we certainly, I don’t, I’m sure Paul doesn’t want to rest on our laurels, we want to continue to work for the residents of the village. I think people recognize that we are, at the end of the day whether we’re Hometown Party or New Line Party, at the end of the day we want what’s best for the village.”

Pereira, a New Line Party member, garnered 304 votes while Cusato, the lone member of the Hometown Party, had 264 ballots cast in his favor. The results are uncertified as of Tuesday night. The board will meet Wednesday night at the to certify the results.

“There’s like no political affiliation at all,” Cusato said. “There’s like one big happy family. We work together, it’s great. I’m happy to be back. I’m happy to work with Paul and the mayor and the board.”

After the results were made known, members of the village board held a post-election dinner in one of the dining rooms of along with other party members and village officials.

“I think that the fact that we’re standing here together and breaking bread and I wasn’t really on the board yet when it was a different climate, I’m certainly glad that it is this climate now where we get to sit down together and work. There’s never been any animosity between Paul and I,” Pereira said. “Paul and I have known each other long before I got involved on the board, long before he’s got involved on the board, we have probably more in common than we have that separates us. When I came on the board it was never, from my perspective – and I think I speak for Paul as well – it was never ‘us’ versus ‘them’ and it was never me versus Paul, it was from the get-go, although the climate at certain times we’ve appeared that way, I don’t think that’s the climate today.”

This will be Cusato’s fifth consecutive term on the village board and the third consecutive term for Pereira.

“What’s important here is that both Paul and I have obviously chosen to not only make our way through this community – both being graduates of – but we have chosen to raise our families here and now we have chosen a long time ago, even before we both served on the village board to give back to the community, whether it’s through the or other organizations. So this is just a continuation of I think that both of us feel very strongly about the community we live in and as a result of that we feel like we want to give back and I hope the people appreciate what we do for the village.”

SLJ March 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Does anybody know how many registered voters there are in Mineola?
elkshead March 21, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Hardly a ringing endorsement of ANYBODY. This indicates that people are happy with the way the direction of the village? No. It indicates that there was an uncontested election. It's time for this village to GO !
Patti Purdy March 21, 2012 at 03:20 PM
i hardly ever miss a vote and even I didn't bother...
SLJ March 21, 2012 at 04:39 PM
The "climate" seems to have changed just within the last two years.
John Carway March 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Elkshead, where would you like the Village to go? You say it's time. I hope you don't have advocate the disolution of the village. That would be an unmitigated disaster. Just ask the people in the unincorporated area of the Town of North Hempstead. If you don't like something in the village all you have to do is go a few blocks to Village Hall most Wednesday nights and you can confront any of the elected officials. If you don't want to leave the couch you can just tune in the Village meetings on both Cablevision and Fios. No where else do you have the access to the government that most effects your life. Most if not all of the elected officials are even listed in the phone book.These are THE MOST ACCESSIBLE elected officials anywhere on the planet. And you think it has to GO? I believe we are blessed to live in this Village of Mineola. Is it perfect? Not by any means. But there are plenty of opportunities for us to get involved to make it better.
Tim Searvant March 21, 2012 at 07:37 PM
low turnout because there was no one else running. what a sham. 304 and 264 votes? where did the other 40 prople go? and at a public meeting a few weeks ago, they were being congratulated for returning to their positions. guess write-in votes did not matter.
SLJ March 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I do not believe people had the option to write-in votes.

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