RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- Rye Brook's Village Board will look a little bit different in a few weeks as newly elected David Heiser will take the place of longtime trustee Michael Brown, who chose not to seek another term.
Although Heiser has been a leader in the community for years, previously serving two terms as the president of KTI Congregation in Rye Brook, serving on the board of trustees was not something he actively sought. It wasn't until Heiser was approached by a member of the village's own non-affiliated political faction, Rye Brook Together, that he truly considered serving on the board.
"I hadn't given it a lot of thought, and then I began to think," Heiser said over the phone on Friday. "It irks me a lot when people just complain and don't do something about it. I don't want to be one of those complainers."
Heiser believes his experience at KTI and his time as a labor attorney will help him during his time on the board.
"Having worked with KTI has helped me in terms of developing consensus on issues and dealing with people," Heiser said. "In many ways the congregation is a microcosm of the village."
As a labor lawyer, Heiser worked with both unions and companies, which has helped him take a dual-sided approach to everyday issues.
"My time as a labor lawyer taught me how to see issues from both sides and not just see it through one lens," Heiser said. "I think people have a tendency to see things from only one perspective, but it's important to look at things from different angles."
Heiser praised members of the current board and is excited about bringing his perspective to the group.
"The current board is excellent," Heiser said. "I'm hoping I can bring fresh eyes to some issues that have grown stale."
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