Old Westbury residents to vote for trustees Tuesday

Teri West
The Village of Old Westbury will hold its annual election Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Village of Old Westbury)

Old Westbury residents will vote Tuesday in an uncontested village election in which one trustee is running for re-election and one resident is running for a newly vacant seat.

Cory Baker, who has served one term, and Jeffrey Brown, who is seeking Leslie Fastenberg’s seat, will be the two names on the ballot.

Fastenberg announced that she was not running for re-election at the village’s May meeting and said she would not be attending her final meeting, which will be held the day before the election.

Baker is one of three trustees who won through a write-in campaign in 2015. The board has accomplished a lot since then, including extensive road repaving, tree planting and the implementation of a new water system, he said.

“We’ve been able to modernize our laws, rebuild our aged infrastructure and we’ve done that without increasing our tax dollars as a result, so I think I’ve served the community, the residents well,” Baker said.

Brown has lived in the village for about five years and is an attorney and partner at Leeds Brown Law.

He has four children in the East Williston school district. He’s someone who is newer to the village and is going to remain there for decades, Brown said, which he said would bring a different perspective to the village board.

“There is a concern about the village in terms of home values, and I want to try to work with this board to make this the best place it can possibly be,” Brown said.

Both Baker and Brown are running under a party they are calling the Old Westbury Party.

“We’ve met with him, he also has a wonderful vision,” Baker said of Brown. “ I think his goals are also aligned to make great improvements.”

Baker said that a goal for next term is working to make the village even more welcoming to potential residents looking to relocate.

Being fiscally responsible is also always a priority, he said.

“We have to be very prudent in how we do this and take a very practical approach, and I think we bring that level of responsibility,” Baker said.

Fastenberg is stepping down because of what she called a “persistent campaign to diminish my participation.” She said the other trustees and mayor often failed to inform her about changes or discussions, making it difficult for her to do her job.

Voting will take place at Village Hall from noon to 9 p.m.

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