Incumbent village trustees Brian Daughney and Nick Episcopia are being challenged this election season. Their challengers, Michele Harrington and Jon Segerdahl, respectively, will run against them in run-offs Jan. 31 in the Estates and East.
Here's a closer look at the current village trustees:
Brian Daughney has served as Estates trustee since May 2010. At the Jan. 17 Estates Property Owners' Association (Estates POA) resident electors' meeting, the nominating committee placed Daughney into nomination to serve a two-year term on the village board effective April 1.
Trustee Daughney has lived in Garden City's Estates section for approximately 11 years with his wife, Jacqueline Goode. They have two pre-school age children.
Professionally, Daughney is a corporate and securities lawyer and is a partner in the New York office of Becker Poliakoff, LLP. With 23 years of corporate and securities law experience, Daughney has represented entrepreneurs, startups, small cap and middle market companies through the various stages of their development.
Daughney is a former Estates POA president and director. He also served on the association's nominating committee and Bylaws Committee while serving as a director.
As trustee, he has served on the Finance Committee, Traffic Commission and the Insurance Review sub-committee. He currently serves as trustee liaison to the Cultural and Recreation Commission, the Architectural Design Review Board and the Board of Appeals and Planning Commission.
A run-off election in the Estates will take place in the Stratford School lobby Jan. 31 from 4:30-9 p.m.
Nick Episcopia, first elected a village trustee representing the East in 2005, is Garden City's current second deputy mayor.
At the Jan. 17 Eastern Property Owners' Association (EPOA) resident electors' meeting, the nominating committee unanimously placed Episcopia into nomination to serve a new two-year term as village trustee effective April 1.
Trustee Episcopia and his wife, Dorothy, have lived in the village for 38 years, raising two children here. Their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren also live in the East.
He served on the EPOA board as vice president and later president from 1998 to 2005.
While a village trustee, he has served as fire commissioner, building commissioner, public works commissioner, liaison to the business community and library board, chair of the vacancy committee and chair of the Environmental Advisory Board. He also serves on the Mayor’s Committee on St. Paul’s, the finance and compensation committees and the public information committee.
“I firmly believe in taking a pro-active stance in such matters as labor negotiations; taxation, budget and finances; building, zoning and planning; and the pressures from outside of the Village of Garden City that affect the health of our business community and our quality of life,” Episcopia said. “My professional expertise in real estate and major construction lending enable me to ask direct, on-point and probing questions regarding any potential development of the St. Paul’s building, the HUB, and sites within the village, as well as our village administration’s method of reporting to the board of trustees."
A run-off election in the East will take place Jan. 31 at Stewart School from 4:30-9 p.m.