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Massapequa Park swears in trustee to finish term
Massapequa Park’s newest trustee, Daniel Pearl, sworn in earlier this week, said he’s “very excited” to serve the village as a public official.
Pearl, 40, who works as deputy commissioner for Oyster Bay Town’s environmental resources department, took the oath of office at Monday’s village board meeting.
His experience as a town employee, he said after the ceremony, will help in his new position with the village.
“I deal with the community,” Pearl said. “If they have problems, they contact us . . . I listen to to residents, what they’re interested in and what they’re upset about.”
Pearl, who has lived in Massapequa Park for 13 years and is a volunteer firefighter, said he does not “foresee any problems” in serving the village while working for the town.
He was appointed by Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna Jr. to fill the trustee position left vacant when trustee Harry Jacobson died in June at age 89.
Pearl is to complete Jacobson’s term, which lasts until March.
“Our final gift to Harry was to choose his replacement,” Altadonna said Monday, reading from a prepared statement. “This board has spent 12 years together as a working family [and is] trying to sort through the loss of a valued board member.”
Altadonna added that the board asks of Pearl “that he earns and continues to earn the privilege of being called a trustee of the village of Massapequa Park in the same tradition as one named Harry Jacobson.”
Pearl is to earn, as the other village trustees do, an annual salary of $6,088, village officials said.