The surprise at Village Hall on Monday night had nothing to do with the fact that Mayor William Hendrick’s usual seat was filled. It had everything to do with who it was filled by.
For one night, local Boy Scouts took over the Lynbrook Board of Trustees meeting, learning about the local government and its many departments as part of “Good Government Night.”
The evening served two purposes. One was to fulfill some of the scout’s government merit badges. The other was to give some of the younger scouts a look into the governmental process and carry on what has become a yearly tradition, according to a scoutmaster.
Cub packs 84, 85, 363, and Boy Scout troops 121, 332 and 336 all participated in the event.
Select scouts acted as members of the government, reading statements regarding the function of their position or departments.
Steve Santiago of troop 336 acted as Mayor Hendrick, facilitating the evening by introducing each department and asking the mock board if they had any questions on each presentation.
Troop 332’s Anthony Girardi played the role of Deputy Mayor Alan Beach and gave the first report.
“One of (Beach’s) main duties is to assist the Mayor in the running of the village government,” Girardi said. “If and when the Mayor is unable to attend a meeting or function, it is his pleasure and responsibility to represent him.”
Similar reports followed from the remaining “Boy Scout Trustees” and scouts representing the Recreation Department, the Department of Public Works, the library, the justice court, the Fire Department, the Emergency Management Department, and Lynbrook-TV.
Chamber of Commerce President Bill Gaylor was the only “non-scout” to give a report. Gaylor urged residents to shop locally for Valentine’s Day.
“There are cards, gifts, candies, restaurants, specialty shops and so many more businesses in Lynbrook,” Gaylor said. “If you can’t figure out what to get for Valentine’s Day, I think you can go into any of the stores, restaurants, or businesses in Lynbrook and buy a gift certificate. They will all accommodate you.”
As each scout read their report, the trustees stood behind them and beamed, thrilled that young Lynbrook minds were taking an interest.
“This was a wonderful event,” trustee Hilary H. Becker said. “It really gives us all optimism about our future knowing that we have fine young men like (the scouts) here tonight that will, hopefully, be someday serving our country in a different capacity.”
Prior to the meeting, the board voted to dedicate a portion of Horton Avenue to the memory of former fire chief and Deputy Mayor. DeCarlo passed away on Jan. 23 at the age of 86. Details on the official dedication will be announced at a later date, according to Hendrick.