I write this letter in support of Zach Epley’s candidacy for Southampton Village trustee. While I am not a resident of Southampton, I can provide a perspective on Mr. Epley that, as I understand, some individuals feel is lacking.
Zach and I attended Union College together, where we were members of the football team and brothers of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. From the moment I met Zach, it was readily apparent that he had the qualities of a leader. He has a magnetic personality, he is compassionate, he fights for what he believes in, and he is active in his community. As a result, Zach was universally liked by his peers, his professors and the school administration.
But, more importantly, Zach used his natural leadership traits as a catalyst for positive change. As a senior, Zach was elected as the president of our fraternity. While serving as president, Zach expanded the fraternity’s charitable contributions, hosting numerous fundraisers and coordinating volunteer efforts in the surrounding city of Schenectady, New York. Zach was also a member of the Interfraternity Council, where he regularly met with representatives from the college and other fraternities and sororities to implement policies that allowed Greek life to operate safely and efficiently.
Zach was quick to point out that his strengths are a function of his upbringing. Whether you knew Zach in passing or you were close friends, you were undoubtedly aware of how much he cared for Southampton, New York, the town he was raised in. While other students were dreading their transition away from college life, Zach was excited to return home to work with his family in the village he loves.
His excitement was well founded. Upon graduating, Zach became an active participant in Southampton politics and resumed his local philanthropic endeavors. He married the love of his life, and together they are raising a beautiful family in the community that he cares about so deeply.
I have had the good fortune of seeing Zach develop into the man he is today and have no doubt that he will zealously serve the citizens of Southampton if he is elected as trustee.
Richard B. Corde
Attorney at Law
White Plains, New York
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