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New Hyde Park's mayor won't seek re-election

Robert A. Lofaro, mayor of the Village of

Robert A. Lofaro, mayor of the Village of New Hyde Park, speaks during a public meeting on March 3, 2016. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

New Hyde Park Mayor Robert A. Lofaro announced Tuesday night that he would not seek re-election and would end his 18-year presence on the village’s governing board. 

Lofaro said he has served on the board long enough and wants to step down. He said he’s unsure of his immediate plans after he leaves in April. 

“I love what I do and it was a privilege to serve,” Lofaro said after finishing the February board meeting. “But at least I’ll have my Tuesdays free now.”

Lofaro first joined the board as a trustee in 1999. He spent 12 years as deputy mayor and became mayor in 2013. 

Lofaro said he joined the board hoping to improve the village’s infrastructure. He said a color-coded map on the village’s department of public works website shows all the roads that have been improved since he joined the board. The map is a point of pride, Lofaro said. 

“And we did all that while keeping taxes reasonable,” he said. 

Lofaro’s likely successor will be Deputy Mayor Lawrence J. Montreuil, who first joined the board in 2001. Montreuil is the only person to file paperwork to run for mayor. The petition deadline has passed and the village’s election day is March 21.

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