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Pereira, Cusato Announce Village Board Reelection Bids

Incumbent Mineola trustees currently running unopposed for new terms.

Paul Pereira and Paul Cusato will be seeking new terms on the this March. The two men each announced their candidacy on January 11 following a meeting at the .

As of yet, no other candidate has announced their candidacy for the board. Petitions for candidacy to the board were legally allowed to be circulated beginning on January 3. Both Pereira and Cusato stated that no person from their respective parties would be challenging the other for their seat. 

Pereira, a member of the New Line party, first ran for the village board in 2008 after being approached by then-. He was in 2011. A 1989 graduate of , Pereira has been an educator since 1993, and also serving as head coach of the boys varsity soccer team, including the team that won the Long Island championship in 2005. Pereira is also a former President of the Board at the Portuguese Center School from 2000-2009 and runs a soccer camp company called ‘Eurostar Soccer’ during the summer season. He is seeking his third term on the board.

Cusato, the sole member of the Hometown party on the board, is a longtime and current active member of the since 1967. He was first elected to the board of trustees in 2004 and won reelection in both 2006 and 2008. Cusato is a 1966 graduate of Mineola High School and has served as president of the and cofounder of the Mineola High School Alumni Foundation. He is seeking his fifth term on the board.

The election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20.

SLJ January 18, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Why was there no mention at the last village meeting?
Geoffrey Walter (Editor) January 18, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Quote from the article: “The two men each announced their candidacy on January 11 following a meeting at the village hall.” This announcement occurred after the meeting.
SLJ January 18, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Correct, but it was done after people had left, which is why I asked the question.
Artie Barnett January 18, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I think it would have been inappropriate for them to announce their desire for re-election from the dais of a Village meeting. This would give them a platform not otherwise available to others wishing to run.
SLJ January 19, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Letting people know that their postition as trustee is up for re-election, doesn't seem to be inappropriate. Telling it to the media, after everyone has left the room, seems a bit bizarre. Last election was the first time in a long time where there wasn't even a forum for the candidates to field questions, or give their reasons for running. Perhaps people just don't care anymore.

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