Candidates for Westfield Village Mayor - Vote for one
I have been selected by the Westfield Republican Committee to be their candidate for the office of mayor, a position I have held since 2005.
I have been a resident of the area for 56 years, married to Beverley for 53 years. We have a son, Bryan, and a daughter, Cindy, who are both graduates of Westfield Academy and Central School. We also have four grandchildren.
I graduated from Randolph Central School, and then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. I took undergraduate courses at Kansas State University and graduated from the New York State Police Academy. I retired from the State Police as a Criminal Investigator in 1976. I owned the Westfield News Room for four years, and worked for United Refining Company in Warren, Pa., for 15 years as a member of their security and loss prevention department.
My volunteer activities include membership in the Free and Accepted Masons for 57 years. I am a past member of both the Westfield Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. I served on the Westfield School Board of Education for 15 years, was a former member of the BOCES Board of Education and served on the Westfield Recreation Commission for several years. I am presently a member of the Former New York State Police Association and the American Association of State Troopers. I am also an active member of the Board of Directors for the Former Troopers Helping Hands Association, a non-profit group granting last wishes for terminally ill children. Recently, County Executive Greg Edwards appointed me to the Southern Tier West Regional Development Corporation Board of Directors.
I am Michael VandeVelde, and I am running for mayor of our fantastic little village. I have been nominated by the Westfield Democratic Party and the Westfield First Independent Party. I have previously served the village as a trustee under the mayorships of both Ron Catalano and our current mayor.
I am a lifelong resident of Westfield, having lived here my entire life except for the years I was away in the military. Following my time serving in the U.S. Navy as a Poseidon Missile Technician, I returned to Westfield to lead the construction crew for Dicar Pools and drove tractor-trailer for Worster Trucking during the winter. In 1980, I was hired at Fredonia State University where I worked for the next 30 years as a computer operator, Coordinator of Admin User Services and, finally, as Assistant Director of Computing Services. I served on numerous boards while at Fredonia including New York State's Computer Center Advisory Board for 12 years.
Westfield is facing some important decisions. With limited resources, the community needs leaders who can put money where it will do the most good. The only way to do that is by bringing people together and creating the kind of consensus we need.
I will bring new energy and a healthy positive attitude to the mayor's office. I will pledge to grow our tax base, to grow our population and to grow our jobs. I will provide the Village of Westfield with a strong vision, competent leadership and independent thinking based on my 30 years in state service, my local family roots and a good old healthy dose of common sense. I humbly ask for your vote on Tuesday, March 19.