I think that it is wonderful that we have three residents vying for the two open Trustee positions in this year’s Sea Cliff Village election, affording the community a choice. Two candidates, Jeff Vitale and Deborah McDermott, are presenting themselves in their first election, which I applaud and wish them both well. I am writing this letter in support of the third candidate, Dina Epstein, with whom I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with for the last five years (three on the Zoning Board and the last two as a fellow Trustee). During this time, I have come to respect and value Dina as a tireless advocate for Sea Cliff, someone who is passionately committed to do the ‘right thing’ for our village after thoroughly researching every topic. Dina has been a great colleague who has offered her time and considerable talent across a wide variety of initiatives–from environmental themes (most recently our new Butterfly Garden!) through revising zoning statutes–that have directly contributed to Sea Cliff’s growth and progress. In short, through her hard work and numerous accomplishments, Dina has earned my enthusiastic vote for Village Trustee. I encourage all residents to vote on March 21–and to seriously consider Dina as one of their Trustee options.