The Village of Lynbrook has a woman trustee, for the second time ever and the first since 1991.
AnnMarie Reardon, 42, an aide to Assemb. Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook), was appointed to the position Tuesday night by Mayor William Hendrick.
"The board and I are thrilled to be working with AnnMarie Reardon, and I know she will do an outstanding job representing the residents of Lynbrook . . . focusing on the needs of our families and seniors," Hendrick said.
He said she is the village's second woman trustee. Her term is for one year, and Reardon said she plans to seek election to the part-time post.
She was appointed after a series of political moves: Nassau Legis. Francis Becker (R-Lynbrook), announced he would not run for an 11th two-year term, Village Justice C. William Gaylor announced he would run for Becker's seat, and trustee Thomas Atkinson stepped down to be appointed village justice. He was also appointed Tuesday night.
Reardon, married and the mother of four, grew up in Malverne and moved with her family to Lynbrook in 2005. She said she is "very much looking forward to working with the mayor and the other trustees."
Mary Colway, a lawyer still living in Lynbrook, said she believes she was the village's first woman trustee. "I think there had been a woman village justice or something like that. She was a lawyer, too," she said. "But I think it's wonderful that a woman is on the board. I'm thrilled and wish her all the best of luck."
Colway was elected trustee in 1989, and won a bid for mayor two years later, serving one term.
Reardon said she thinks "it's important that a woman is on the board. Sometimes, a woman who is also a wife and a mother can help share a different perspective."
Reardon, a graduate of Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale and Nassau Community College, gained both her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from Adelphi. She worked in a number of schools and agencies before going to work for Curran nine months ago.
She helps the assemblyman with constituent outreach and helps people in the district with problems or issues that may arise in situations like superstorm Sandy, said Curran spokeswoman Leslie Rothschild. "She also represents the assemblyman at events."