ELMSFORD, N.Y. - No longer a full-time resident of Elmsford, Trustee William Zimkin said asking residents to give him a seventh two-year term wouldn't be the right thing to do.
"It just didn't seem right," Zimkin said. "It was a very difficult decision for me but I felt it best that I not run again. I don't believe in absentee landlords."
The retired electrician has confidence Ray Cordi, who was nominated by Democratic Committee members this week to run with incumbent Edward Rush in March, will more than adequately fill his shoes.
"I feel like I'm leaving it in good hands," Zimkin said. "I think he has a keen sense about him. He's a down to earth guy and I think that's what we need. I think I made a difference and left a good model for others to follow."
Looking back at his dozen years of service on the village board, the former village fire chief recalled one of the first issues he and the board faced was the Avalon project, which once was proposed for 880 units but was eventually cut in half.
"All the development was in Greenburgh but all the traffic was in Elmsford," said Zimkin, who in the past also served on the planning board and zoning board of appeals. "We were able to cut the project essentially in half and move the traffic to a road that makes sense."
Other accomplishments Zimkin mentioned fondly were building sidewalks on the north side of the village, improving water quality, finding a suitable location for the highway garage and providing recreational opportunities, such as a dog park, water spray park and refurbished tennis courts.
"We've been a progressive board," he said. "Being able to work together is how we were able to accomplish so much. I accomplished a lot of what I wanted to do but there's always more to get done."