The Bellport Village elections will take place on Tuesday, June 21. Incumbent trustee Steve Mackin will be running for re-election, unopposed, for his fourth term. Additionally, trustee Maureen Veitch will not be running again, leaving her seat open. To fill the vacancy, resident Nathan Rohrmeier will be running unopposed. Each seat will be two-year terms.
Trustee Steve Mackin
Steven Mackin was elected to his first term in2016. As a Bellport resident for over 40 years and member of the Bellport Fire Department, he originally ran for trustee on the platform to offer a better handle on ever-increasing taxes and a younger perspective.
Mackin is a salesman who lives on Bieselin Road, with his wife Dina and three children, Hana, Ryan and Emma, who all attend South Country School District. Growing up in Bellport, Mackin said he participated in baseball and Cub Scouts, then served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He also is known for coaching baseball in the community.
“Keep pushing forward,” he said of his reason for running again. “I am honored to have served as a trustee for the past six years. I am looking forward to another successful term.”
“They say that all roads lead to home, and I find that adage to ring especially true when it comes to Bellport,” he said.
Rohrmeier was born and raised in Bellport, and though he said he was fortunate to spend a portion of his life traveling throughout the world, he has always known that Bellport was the place he would call home for the rest of his life. Now, he and his children are growing up in Bellport Village.
He graduated from Bellport High School, where he played football and lacrosse. He was also a Rotary Exchange Scholar, where he represented the country studying in the Philippines during his senior year. After graduating from BHS, he attended Clemson University, majoring in finance and minoring in real estate.
He has an educational background and 20-plus years of professional experience in various aspects of financial services with extensive knowledge of mortgages, municipal bonds, and an array of fixed-income products.
“As trustee, I will bring valuable insights to the board when balancing the budget, evaluating grant opportunities, and obtaining financing for capital projects,” he said.
He also promised that he is dedicated to the preservation of the village’s historic beauty, culture and environment, while also being guided by a commitment to financially sound decision-making.
“From our picturesque beaches, marina, and country club to our robust downtown area, to nights spent listening to live music down at the bandshell, Bellport Village has a plethora of wonderful offerings for all residents to enjoy,” he added. “I am proud to have been active in several community organizations, such as the Bellport Village Program Fund, the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Bellport Area, and the South Country Education Foundation, that continuously strive to make our community a better place.”
He also noted how important it is to be transparent with the public, and as a trustee he promises open communication.
“I fully understand the commitment necessary to be an effective trustee and am confident that I have the time, energy, and knowledge to serve our community at the highest level,” he continued.
Additionally, he is a full-time and summertime resident. As a trustee, he hopes to make finding unanimous, sustainable solutions to all resident issues a priority.
In running for trustee, his only agenda, he added, is to keep Bellport the “Pearl of the Bay.”
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