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New Hyde Park board swears in new trustee

In New Hyde Park, village Mayor Robert Lofaro

In New Hyde Park, village Mayor Robert Lofaro swears in new trustee Donna Squicciarino. Credit: handout

Donna Squicciarino, an accounting consultant for the Village of New Hyde Park, has become the second woman trustee in the village's 86-year history.

Squicciarino, 42, was sworn in Tuesday to finish Robert Lofaro's term. Lofaro, a longtime trustee, was elected mayor in March. The term expires in 2014.

At the start of the meeting, the board approved Squicciarino's resignation as accounting consultant, a role she began more than a year ago. She works part-time as district treasurer for both the Sewanhaka Central High and Mineola school districts. Before that, she worked at Fleet Securities and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

"I've come to know a lot of people," said Squicciarino, a mother of two. "When an opening presented itself, I was really compelled to want to help."

Lofaro said there was no shortage of interest in the job, noting that he met with about a dozen candidates. Most were already in village-appointed positions, such as the zoning and architectural review boards.

In the end, Lofaro said, Squicciarino's financial skills were key.

Squicciarino, as a trustee, is tasked with beautifying the village and will serve as a liaison to the clerk's office. Paramount, she said, is "trying to maintain a suburban lifestyle; we don't want it to turn it into a city."

The first woman to serve on the board was Florence Lisanti, whose term expired in 2001, the village said.

Of joining the board, Squicciarino said she brings a "different point of view."

"I'm a mother, I have young children," she said. "I know I bring some diversity to the table, so that's a good thing."

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