After close to four years of working literally side by side at Lynbrook Village Hall, Brian Curran and Bill Hendrick have officially parted ways, as of today.
Curran, Lynbrook's mayor since 2007, is now the 14th District representative in the state Assembly, where he'll represent the village and several neighboring towns in Albany, roughly three hours away. Hendrick, on the other hand, will move less than three feet to his right, as he takes up Curran's old job as the mayor of Lynbrook. He had previously served as Curran's deputy mayor.
Curran tendered his resignation as mayor on Dec. 20, followed by the board appointing Hendrick mayor, effective today.
Several of the projects that the two have worked on, including plans to renovate the Lynbrook movie theater, and below the Atlantic Avenue railroad trestle are now in the hands of Hendrick and the rest of the village board.
Because Hendrick was appointed by the board, rather than elected by Lynbrook residents, his term only lasts until April 2011. He would have to run in the village's March 2011 general election for a chance at a regular four-year term.
Hendrick's first village board meeting as mayor will be Monday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.
Bob Barra's last day as 14th District Assemblyman was yesterday. The Lynbrook resident announced that he was stepping down earlier this year.