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Five Questions With Mamaroneck Trustee Candidate

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Scott Dufault is a candidate for village trustee in the Village of Mamaroneck, where he grew up. The Mamaroneck resident is a lawyer with Queens Law Associates, P.C. in Forest Hills, N.Y. and attended Washington College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1978. Dufault has been employed as a lawyer primarily in the area of criminal law since passing the bar in 1978.

Why did you decide to run? I have decided to run for the post of village trustee because I thought I could give back to the community by serving as a trustee. Because I am a court room lawyer, I am prepared to deal with the conflicts which can arise when issues are heated. That said, I hope to make local government a little less contentious. I would be a part of the team as a village trustee but, of course, I would use my independent judgment as to what I think would be best for the village.

Where do you see room for improvement and how would you go about making those changes if elected? It's our goal to begin work on making the village greener in terms of energy use, possible solar applications with street lighting, and eventually using more energy efficient and cleaner engines as new vehicles are needed. As part of that commitment, it is very important in my mind that we protect and sustain our parks and natural resources: wetlands, the harbor and the beaches. We need to be very careful not to allow overdevelopment of the coastal area. This is the part of Mamaroneck that belongs to all of us.

What are some of your short and long-term goals for the Village of Mamaroneck? I am concerned that there are few places where our kids can gather with other young people. I would like to see Harbor Island Club House improved as a place for young and old to use as a community gathering place. Florence Park is also a very nice park but could be better maintained and perhaps improved. We have given substantial rights to Sports Time with a long-term lease to operate the tennis courts at Harbor Island. They have done a good job of operating the facility but I want to make sure that Mamaroneck residents have the opportunity to play in whatever facilities are run or built by Sports Time.

What is the message you'd like to get to voters? I am running for village trustee because I think I can help clarify the issues facing the village and then hopefully make intelligent choices for our future.

How can voters reach you? I am a Mamaroneck resident of course and am in the phone book. I can also be reached at my office in Forest Hills, N.Y. at 718-263-9301.

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