MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- One year after Zachary Fisher acted as village mayor for a day, his younger brother Jacob took the role, which their mother Stefanie bid on in a silent auction to raise money for the Mamaroneck Avenue School PTA.
Not to be outdone, Zachary, 8, took the post of village manager for a day this year. The Mamaroneck residents are the sixth and seventh elementary school students to act as mayor for the day.
"They've consistently expressed an interest in local politics and we think it's important that they know who the mayor is and what goes on in this town," Stefanie Fisher said.
After school Tuesday, Jacob, 6, and Zachary met mayor Norman Rosenblum at Village Hall, then Village Hall at the Regatta, where he explained his job and how local government works.
"I think it's great just to get the kids involved on a very simple level like that," said Rosenblum, who took the family out to Molly Spillane's Pub before the Board of Trustees meeting that night.
Rosenblum, who has participated in the PTA fundraiser since his first year as mayor in 2009, gave Jacob his seat, the gavel and microphone to open the Oct. 11 meeting. He presented the first and third graders with a proclamation recognizing their status as mayor for a day, before the two went home to do their homework.
"I think it makes a really positive impact on the psyche of the kids that government is open and friendly," said Rosenblum
The Fishers bid $100 for mayor and $50 for village manager in a silent auction held at the Mamaroneck Avenue School carnival in April, Stefanie Fisher said.
"It's wonderful that they had this opportunity," she said. "I think we'll make sure they write a nice thank you note and keep in touch. And hopefully, we'll find another way that they can stay involved."
When Rosenblum asked Jacob what he wanted to be when he grew up, Jacob replied, "I want to be mayor."
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