It is wonderful to see all of you in person and I welcome the NYCOM staff, the Office of the State Comptroller Staff, past presidents of the Society, The Board of the New York State Association of City and Village Clerks and my fellow finance officers to our annual meeting.
I want to thank Michael Genito for his leadership over the past year, Mary Ann Henderson, affectionately referred to as M1, for her guidance, Linda Pasquali for assuming the Secretary Treasurer roll and all the Board Members for their efforts and friendship. I look forward to working with all of you in the coming year.
We all have just been through an unprecedented time in history, and I know firsthand the challenges we all faced. Despite the adversity, you rose to the occasion and continued to serve your residents. You all should be commended and praised for your efforts.
For those of you who don’t know me, I am the Village Administrator, Clerk/Treasurer for the Village of North Hills which is a Village on the North Shore of Long Island. I have been in local government since 2010. I remember my first Fall School walking into the Great Room in Lake Placid and feeling like a child on the first day of kindergarten. I felt a bit lost but then some people started talking to me. The next thing I knew, I had dinner plans. All because someone made me feel welcome. Be that person who reaches out to make others feel included. I will always make that effort for each one of you.
Any organization is only as good as the sum of all its parts. This is your Society. I am open to all ideas and welcome member input and participation. Those who know me know that I make myself available and always respond in a timely manner.
I encourage all of you to reach out to me and the Board. If you have a question, are looking for a document or have an issue, send a request and we will circulate to the membership. Use all the resources available to you.
I look forward to collaborating with other organizations. I encourage you to pursue continuing education. Apply for the Thelma Pelych Advancement Award. Pursue your Credentialed Municipal Finance Officer Designation. Volunteer.
Being involved in the Society has given me an opportunity to travel around this great and beautiful State of New York. I would encourage all of you to visit Lechworth State Park, sample some speides in Binghamton, ride a rail bike in North Creek, walk the Village Green in Hamilton, milk a cow in Groton, stroll across the Walkway over the Hudson, or watch the waves crash on the beaches of Long Island. I am amazed at the diversity in each community and though our constituents are varied, and our geographic locations are quite different, we all must follow the same rules.
I thank all of you for having the confidence in me to be your President and I am grateful for this opportunity.