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Brightwaters race has 3 candidates running for 2 trustee seats

The Village of Brightwaters Village Hall is shown

The Village of Brightwaters Village Hall is shown on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Credit: John Paraskevas

Three people are vying for two open Brightwaters Village Board trustee seats in the June 20 village election.

Former trustee John Valdini and newcomer Thomas Zepf are running on the Greater Good party line, while Gregory J. Proce is running on the Integrity party line.

Valdini, 59, grew up in Massapequa and has lived in Brightwaters for 25 years. He graduated from York College in Pennsylvania in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in community and therapeutic recreation. He owns a construction company and is part owner of a Bay Shore restaurant.

He has served one previous term as trustee, from 2009 to 2011.

He said he is running again because he sees an opportunity to help out. “I always try to be there when people need me,” he said.

While he praised the current administration’s record, Valdini said if elected he would work on “informing the public better on upcoming projects. I think there should be a monthly flier . . . showing the status of existing projects and upcoming projects, and not just send out emails. Not everybody gets emails.” He also supported creating a master plan to guide growth in the village.

Zepf, 46, grew up in Islip and has lived in Brightwaters for 15 years. He graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania in 1993 with a political science degree, and received his law degree from St. John’s University in 1998. He’s a real estate attorney and used to coach CYO basketball and PAL soccer.

Zepf said he’s running for the board because he wants to “give back.” He wants to continue “the direction the current administration is going in” and would work on improving local infrastructure. “We need a long-term plan in the village as far as capital improvements,” he said.

Proce, 48, lives in the Brightwaters house he grew up in. He studied business at Southern Connecticut State University. He owns a landscaping, moving and demolition company. He also sits on the village planning committee, the Bay Shore Summit Council, the Bay Shore Beautification Society and the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce.

He said he is running because he wants to “take care of my neighborhood.”

“I feel it’s my time to give back to the neighborhood that raised me,” Proce said. If elected, he said, he wants to encourage community involvement in village events. “I just want to make sure that the money is being spent in the right areas, and I just want to be part of the community,” Proce said.


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