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The Best Choice

On Tuesday, September 15, North Haven voters will have a choice for village trustee. For the first time in seven years, there will be a contested election, as I am running on the Community Vision Party line.

The North Haven Party has been solely represented on the board for many years. It is not beneficial for any democracy to have single-party representation or unopposed elections.

An increase in diversity on the board would greatly benefit the community — diversity of perspective, experience, constituency, gender and generational diversity all help to strengthen the discussions and decisions made by the board. I will bring all of these attributes if I am elected.

I have been a resident of North Haven for over 30 years, while my husband, Jon, has spent his entire 59 years here, where he is the “On the Water” fishing columnist for The East Hampton Star. In short, we love North Haven, where we enjoy a multitude of activities, including fishing, boating, lobstering, scalloping, and the pristine beaches.

I am running for village trustee to improve communication, open discussion and transparency between the board and the community, and to enhance community involvement. I believe it is very important to listen and get as much input as possible from residents, and equally important for the Village Board to address the concerns of the community.

I treasure the natural surroundings of the special place that we live, and I am concerned with preserving and protecting North Haven, while allowing homeowners to enjoy their properties. If elected, I will also investigate how to improve cellular service.

I recently retired after a successful 37-year career as a finance executive at Colgate-Palmolive, where I managed the integration of acquired companies, multibillion-dollar budgets, complex projects, international teams of people, as well as served as the interim CFO of a $60 million company. I also co-founded and led the Colgate Women’s Network, a group dedicated to the development and advancement of women.

My true passion and driver of success at Colgate was collaborating well with others and driving outstanding results. In addition, I have served on the North Haven Manor Homeowners Association Board for three years. I know I can translate my experience and these strengths to benefit the Village of North Haven.

The voters of North Haven have an important decision to make in the upcoming election. I have the experience, leadership capabilities, honesty and integrity that make me the best choice for village trustee. I will bring a fresh perspective to the Village Board and help drive the vision of the future for North Haven.

Please consider me for your vote on Tuesday, September 15, at North Haven Village Hall. Thank you.

Terie Diat

North Haven


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