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Munsey Village trustee resigns halfway through 2-year term

At a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018,

At a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2018, Antonio D'Angelo was appointed to fill former trustee Patrick Hance's open seat. Mayor Frank DeMento administered the oath of office. Credit: Newsday / Christine Chung

Munsey Park Village Trustee Patrick Hance has resigned after serving half of his two-year term, writing in a resignation letter that he no longer had “adequate time to devote” to the position since starting a new job.

Mayor Frank DeMento read the resignation letter at the meeting on Wednesday, where the board appointed Antonio D’Angelo to replace Hance, who was elected to the board in March 2013.

When asked when Hance resigned, DeMento did not address the question, instead stating that he “really did not want to be misquoted.” Village Clerk-Treasurer Tara Gibbons also declined to comment.

The board then appointed D’Angelo, who DeMento said was previously a member of the Building Advisory Committee and works in professional services on global tax and finances for multinational companies.

Village officials did not respond to questions about the selection process or whether D’Angelo would assume Hance’s responsibilities of overseeing insurances, finances and emergency management.

Trustee Lawrence Ceriello said after the meeting that the board was looking to D’Angelo for financial expertise.

At the meeting, the board also voted to approve three inspectors for the March 20 election: Edgar and Linda Fitzsimons and Catherine McDonnell. The deadline to appoint inspectors was last Thursday, according to state election law, though there are no penalties for the tardiness, according to a Nassau County Board of Elections pamphlet.

Village officials have not responded to questions about whether the election is contested. Trustee Jennifer Noone and John Lippmann are up for re-election. Two residents, Brian Dunning and Nathy Yakaitis, said they have filed petitions to run. Ceriello said after the meeting that Noone was running to defend her seat and that Lippmann would not be seeking re-election.

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