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Saltaire Village to elect mayor, trustees

Two Saltaire Village officials who faced off in the 2010 mayoral race will meet again Friday as voters elect a mayor and two trustees for two-year terms.

In 2010, incumbent Robert L. Cox III defeated trustee Hugh A. O'Brien by seven votes out of 168 cast. Both are running for mayor again this year.

Cox, 60, a former corporate attorney in New York City who operates two Sylvan Learning Center franchises, has been mayor for two years and was a trustee for 10. A Bay Shore native, Cox said he and his wife bought a house in Saltaire in 1985 and live there from March to November.

Cox said as mayor, he and the board have introduced a balanced budget with no tax increases, repaired village property and protected the beach from erosion. "I want to continue to do what I can to make sure Saltaire is prepared for the future," he said.

O'Brien, 59, who ran his family real estate business in New York City until retiring in 2004, said he has spent every summer -- and some winters -- in Saltaire since childhood. O'Brien has been a trustee for 21 years and said he wants to provide more accessible village government. If elected, he said he would hold weekend office hours.

"We've had in the last few years some misplaced priorities," O'Brien said, adding he opposes selling village-owned open space.

Trustee Bruce Rich will not run again. Incumbent John A. Zaccaro Jr., 48, hopes to win a fourth term. He is one of four trustee candidates.

Zaccaro, son of 1984 vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, is a real estate developer in Manhattan. He spent childhood summers in Saltaire, where he has owned a home since 1997. Zaccaro said his expertise in development and finance has given him an edge in helping restructure village debt and offering insight and leadership on capital projects.

Frank Wolf, 71, dean emeritus of the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University, has owned a house in Saltaire since 1983. Wolf was a trustee from 2000 to 2002 and has served on the planning board and the zoning board of appeals. Wolf said he is concerned about maintaining the village's infrastructure, and that regular fire safety inspections should be a priority.

Tara A. Griffin, 53, is sales director for Apple iPhone and iPad in the United States and Canada. A 20-year Saltaire homeowner, Griffin and her family live during the school year in Irvington in Westchester County. Griffin, a trustee of Saltaire's Roman Catholic church for 10 years, said she would use her team leadership experience to forge a sense of community on the board and throughout the village.

"We've stopped talking to each other," she said.

Ann M. Connolly 59, is a professional management consultant and lifelong summer resident of Saltaire who lives in Pelham, also in Westchester. Connolly bills herself as a problem-solver and said she wants to preserve open space, implement routine fire safety inspections and restore trust and transparency to village government.

Voting is noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall.

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