Nora Haagenson has been elected president of the Nassau County Village Officials Association.
The group represents all villages within the county. It allows officials to share ideas and effective practices of village governments.
In 2015, Haagenson became the mayor of Baxter Estates. She had been a trustee since 2010.
She will plan the NCVOA policy and manage its initiatives in her new role. Haagenson shared her goals in a statement to Blank Slate Media.
“Village government is the government closest to the people – the most efficient and effective vehicle for delivering services to residents,” she said. “The NCVOA plays an integral role in advocating for village residents and helping them maintain local control.”
During Haagenson’s mayorship, Baxter Estates’ planning board was founded. She also won nearly $1 million in grants, the village’s tree preservation law was strengthened and the sale of tobacco goods to people under 21 was prohibited.
“I look forward to working with all village officials as we continue to fight for our fair share of state and county funding,” she said. “As well as other critical issues and challenges we are facing as we continue recovering from the debilitating effects caused by the pandemic.”
Other new NCVOA officers include Elliot Conway, mayor of Upper Brookville as first vice president; Edward Novick, mayor of Old Westbury as second vice president; Bonnie Parente, mayor of East Williston as treasurer.
Haagenson also belongs to the Nassau County Police Commissioner’s Community Council, the Port Washington/Manhasset Office of Emergency Management, the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee.
Haagenson was an English teacher at North Shore High School before retiring. She graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English.