Sitting trustees find new roles for a new board

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Trustee Robert Milstein may have lost in his bid for the seat of village president, but he said on Friday that he feels his role as a trustee for the next two years has notably shifted.

Milstein spent his last two years as a dissenting voice on the board. With his fellow slate mates all elected to four-year terms, however, he said Friday he perceives himself as the "senior leader of our party."

"I'm only one vote, but the writing is on the wall that the NLP has the votes. What does that mean? It means we have to be responsible and we have to be accountable," he said. "We're not going to go in and act like idiots."

However, he also said he doesn't believe the new board will be monolithic in its opinions.

"I have sway because I've been involved a little longer, but these are smart people," he said. "There may be days when people wonder if we're the same party. That will happen."

Meanwhile, Trustee Ray Johnson will also be in a distinctly different position for the remaining two years of his term. He has consistently supported policy positions that contradict the New Leadership Party platform, and openly supported the VMA candidates in the recent election.

Johnson said last week, however, that he's confident he can work with the new board.

"Some people said they're hopeful the board will work together. I'm personally committed to working with every board member. We'll find common ground, have an understanding and move forward together," he said. "That's for me what the message was on Tuesday. People want us to move ahead together and make sure people are not just heard, but listened to."
?#34;Katharine Grayson

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