SEA CLIFF CIVIC PROGRESS PARTY ANNOUNCES ITS NOMINEES FOR UPCOMING VILLAGE ELECTIONS
January 4, 2014 --
The Sea Cliff Civic Progress Party announced today that they are nominating former three-term Trustee Elena Villafane and Zoning Board of Appeals member, Kevin McGilloway to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Sea Cliff Village Board. They are also nominating John P. Reali for re-election as Village Justice, a position he has held since 1990. The election will be held on March 18th. Two current Village Trustees, Tom Powell and Peter Hayes have chosen not to seek another term.
Elena Villafane served as a Board Trustee from 2003 until 2008 during Eileen Krieb's tenure as Mayor. While on the Board, Ms. Villafane acted as liaison to the Sea Cliff Fire Department, the Library Board, the Beach Committee and the Senior Action Committee. She is currently a member of the Fund Raising Committee of St. Boniface Church, where she previously held a position on the Real Estate Advisory Committee. She is a past Treasurer of the Glen Cove Chapter of the Lioness organization and former Council to and a member of the Glen Cove Day Care Center Corporation; she also served on the Glen Cove Business Improvement District Board. A member of both Nassau County and the State of New York Bar Associations, Ms. Villafane is a partner in the Glen Cove law firm of Pollin, Prisco & Villafane. She is a graduate of Union University, Albany Law School and The College of Mount Saint Vincent. Ms. Villafane is a 34 year resident of Sea Cliff. She and husband, Dan Kelly, have two daughters, who are graduates of North Shore Schools.
Kevin McGilloway, a member and past Chair of the Sea Cliff Zoning Board of Appeals, has served on the Board since 2005. He is also a 21-year member and past Chair of the Board for the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, dedicated to educating children with severe physical and medical disabilities. For the last 19 years, he has served as a Board member and past Chair of Abilities, Inc. an organization that offers rehabilitation programs for disabled adults seeking gainful employment. Mr. McGilloway, who holds Masters Degrees in Computer Science from New York University and in Finance from Long Island University, has made a career of applying technology to solve business problems. He was Chief Information Officer at Lehman Brothers for seven years and CIO for AXA/Equitable for five years. He was also Head of Strategy & Business Development for Bloomberg, LLP’s enterprise businesses. Mr. McGilloway is married to Jane, who taught at the Sea Cliff Elementary School and served as PTA President of the elementary, Middle and High Schools. They have lived in Sea Cliff for 27 years and have four daughters who graduated from North Shore Schools.
First elected to serve as Village Justice in 1990, John Reali has served in that position for 23 years. Between 1980 and 1990, he served as a Village Trustee. A graduate of Queens College and St. John’s Law School, he was admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in the United States Federal Courts, Eastern District. He is a past Director and current member of the Nassau County Bar Association. He is a member and Past President of the Nassau County Magistrates Association that presented him with the Hon. Frank J. Santagata award for professionalism and devotion to justice for all. In 1994, Mr. Reali was named the NY State Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for Nassau/Suffolk Counties. For 12 years, he served as a Director of the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee that coordinates pro bono legal services on Long Island. He has been the Bar Association’s coordinator for the Jericho Middle School Mentoring Program for 12 years. He served six years in the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves and is a member and Past Grand Knight of the James Norton Council, Knights of Columbus. Mr. Reali and his wife, Doreen have five children and eight grandchildren between them.
It was explained in the Civic Progress Party's candidacy announcement that "for 68 years . . . the Civic Progress Party has never missed nominating qualified residents to run for positions on the Village Board and as Village Justice. Civic Progress is not Democrat or Republican, nor Conservative or Liberal. It has no philosophy other than to identify and nominate people who will guide our Village with integrity and common sense. It generally uses the many Village organizations, boards and committees as a “farm system” where residents demonstrate ability and dedication. As an Incorporated Village, Sea Cliff relies on its citizens coming forward to govern it. The Civic Progress Party acts as a structure to encourage and support them. We urge residents to vote in the Village election next March 18th." Daniel Maddock currently serves as the Party's chairman.
The deadline for filing as a candidate in the Village election is in early February.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
The Sea Cliff Civic Association will hold a Meet the Candidates Night on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 8:00pm in Village Hall on Sea Cliff Avenue.