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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Support Oppenheimer, Grillo

Rockville Centre residents are fortunate that in this election, there really aren’t any bad candidates for the village Board of Trustees. Any of the four hopefuls would likely prove a productive member of the board.

But we believe that two of the candidates — Edward Oppenheimer and Emilio Grillo — are the best choices, and we endorse them for the board’s two open seats.

Oppenheimer, one of two incumbents who are running, is an accountant, and his experience has consistently proven to be a boon to the board. His pragmatic, numbers-oriented approach and knowledge of accounting procedures were important in the preparation of this year’s budget, and can only help the village in the future.

Oppenheimer is also unafraid to ask difficult questions, a quality that is often overlooked in candidates for political office. He pursues details with purpose, giving residents more information about issues and forcing the board to publicly discuss matters that would otherwise be voted on without a word.

He has spent nearly his entire life in the village, and while that is not required to hold office, it certainly helps. And as a former county legislator, Oppenheimer has more legislative experience than all three of the other candidates combined.

Our second choice is Emilio Grillo. Grillo chose to run with incumbent Kevin Glynn on the Common Sense ticket, but Grillo is clearly the better choice. A commercial and civil defense attorney, Grillo has been a village prosecutor since 2004. He is smart, savvy, level-headed and well-informed about village issues. He’s also a longtime volunteer, having worked with charities at St. Agnes, the Community Fund, the Mayor’s Golf Committee and more.

Most importantly, Grillo came to us with ideas. He has a vision of a beautified downtown and aesthetically pleasing village entrances. Like the other candidates, he wants to bring in more business, but unlike Glynn, he has ideas on how to do so: expand the waived parking fees to include weekends, and potentially give tax credits to businesses to entice them to come to Rockville Centre.

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