Robert Lofaro has officially announced his candidacy to run for mayor of the Village of New Hyde Park. The current deputy mayor made the announcement via e-mail on Monday morning, coming several days after Daniel Petruccio said that he would be retiring as mayor of the village after a 12-year term.
“I think he’s an unbelievably great choice, I think Bob has all of the tools necessary,” Petruccio said of Lofaro during an interview on December 28. “He’s been my right hand and sometimes my right and left hand, a man of his character is beyond question, his love for the community, I think he’s going to be a great mayor and I know he does it almost begrudgingly; I don’t think he’s looking for the position but he wants a nice, smooth succession from the things we’ve accomplished so he’s decided to sacrifice his time. I give him a lot of credit.”
Lofaro, who has been a board member for 14 years, said in the announcement email that among the accomplishments that he and the rest of the village administration are most proud of are the recent AA rating from Standard & Poor’s on the village’s finances as well as the continuing road improvement project which was started in 2001. New Hyde Park recently completed an additional 1.5 miles of roadwork in 2012.
“And who couldn’t be more proud of our department of public works who displayed to our residents how proficient they are at their trade during the clean up and reconstruction work performed after Superstorm Sandy and the subsequent Nor’Easter,” the e-mail read.
In addition to the mayorship, the seats currently occupied by trustees Lawrence Montreuil and Donald Barbieri are also up for election. Both men have announced their intention to seek reelection. The village election will be held on March 19, 2013.