Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira elected as mayor of Mineola

Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira elected as mayor of Mineola
Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira is running unopposed for Mineola's mayoral seat. Current Mayor Scott Strauss is not seeking re-election. (Photo courtesy of the New Line Party)

Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira was elected mayor of Mineola in Tuesday’s village elections. He will succeed Scott Strauss, who served the village for 11 years and did not seek re-election. 

Pereira was first elected to the board in 2008 and became deputy mayor in 2011. He has lived in Mineola for over four decades.

Voting numbers were unavailable on Wednesday morning, but election results will be certified Wednesday night at the Mineola Board of Trustees meeting. 

Also elected were Trustee Janine Sartori, who finished out current North Hempstead Councilman Dennis Walsh’s term, and Jeffrey Clark, who takes the seat vacated by Trustee George Durham. Durham did not seek re-election after 11 years on the board. 

All three officials ran on the New Line Party slate and were uncontested. Pereira will be sworn into a four-year term Wednesday, with Sartori and Clark being sworn in to two-year terms Wednesday as well. Scott Fairgrieve, the village justice, also ran unopposed and was re-elected.

With Pereira’s election, his current seat becomes vacant. Someone will be appointed to fill his seat and finish his current term, similar to what Trustee Sartori did for Walsh’s term.

In Williston Park, Mayor Paul Ehrbar was re-elected alongside Trustees Kevin Rynne and  Bill O’Brien, and Village Justice Kevin Kiley. 

Ehrbar received 222 votes, Rynne and Kiley each received 228 votes and O’Brien received 225 votes. All four officials ran uncontested on the Integrity Party slate. 

Ehrbar, first elected in 2010, begins another four-year term after winning a 2018 re-election bid against former Williston Park Fire Chief Anthony Gagliardi. Rynne, who is deputy mayor, and O’Brien  were re-elected to their fourth and second terms, respectively. 

Kiley has been in his current role with the village since 2007.

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