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Last Updated: April 18, 2017
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Lattingtown Mayor Quietly Resigns

 The Leader Cover from 6/26/13 when Clarence was re-elected.

Clarence Michalis, the longest serving mayor in New York history, quietly submitted his resignation at the recent April 5th Lattingtown Board Meeting. Michalis was last re-elected in June, 2013, at the tender age of 91.

Michalis is such a well-known and respected fixture in the community. He is a retired C.F.O. of Bristol-Myers Squibb and well-known philanthropist amongst the communities of Nassau County and New York City. Michalis served the Village of Lattingtown as mayor for more than 46 years. He has also been a trustee of the North Shore Land Alliance, Oyster Bay Sailing Foundation and Commissioner of the Locust Valley Fire District. In New York City, his many posts have included the Chairmanship of The Cooper Union, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation as well as several trustee positions with the Citizen’s Budget Commission and the President’s Council of the Museum of the City of New York.

At that April 5th Board meeting, Deputy Mayor Robert Fagiola was unanimously appointed Mayor to serve the remainder of Michalis’ term.

Here is Clarence Michalis' Letter to the Editor:

To the Editor:

After 48 years of service to the Village of Lattingtown, I have resigned as Mayor. I submitted my resignation to the Village Board of Trustees at the conclusion of the Board’s April 5th, 2017 meeting. Thereafter, the remaining members of the Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Deputy Mayor Robert W. Fagiola Mayor.

Bob Fagiola was raised and lives in Lattingtown with his wife, Diane, and their two daughters. He is a lawyer and works in New York City and has been part of our village governance for close to twenty seven years. Bob served as the Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals and as a Trustee for three years and as Deputy Mayor this past year. I am confident Bob’s experience and knowledge will serve the Village well.

With deep appreciation to the wonderful residents of Lattingtown, I thank you for all your support.

Clarence F. Michalis

Muttontown Mayor Not Resigning

 Photo: Concerned Taxpayers of Muttontown

Last week Mayor Julianne Beckerman, the mayor of Muttontown for over 10 years, was charged with alleged tax fraud along with her husband. On April 6th, the Beckerman’s attorney filed not guilty pleas in the District Court of Hempstead. Beckerman and her husband, Adam Beckerman, are facing seven felony charges for allegedly not filing state tax returns for five years. If convicted, they face a maximum of five to fifteen years in prison.

Mayor Beckerman has stated she will not resign her position in the village. At a board meeting last Wednesday, a small tax increase of about $33 per million dollars of the market value of a home was proposed. The board voted 5-0 to adopt the fiscal budget for 2017-18. Two board members were not present for the vote. Beckerman was re-elected in 2014 on the slate of the Concerned Taxpayers Party. She ran with the goal of strengthening the village’s fiscal stability. Beckerman has reiterated her total dedication and hard work in the village of the unpaid mayoral position.