Eric J. Russo for Bellport Village Justice
name is Eric Russo and I am running for the position of Bellport Village
Justice. My wife, Barbara, and I have lived in the Village since 1997 and I have put down deep roots
with our three children -- Nicholas, Alexandra,
and Philipp. I grew up in neighboring East Patchogue and
have always had close ties with the Village of Bellport.
I believe in the values of family, hard work and dedication to one’s community. I am an involved husband, father and citizen and I want to be a part of the workings of this Village which I love. It has been a wonderful place to raise my family and I would like to give back to the community through public service.
I am no stranger to volunteerism and community service. I am a member of the Board of Directors at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center (1999 to present). I also serve as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister in the parish of Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point, New York. I am an active member of the St. Anthony’s Fathers’ Guild, where my children currently attend school. I have also been a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #725.
As for my legal resume, it is long and varied. I have been a practicing attorney since 1979 in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, estate law, and municipal zoning matters providing assistance and representation before municipal boards and agencies. I am the managing partner of Van Brunt, Juzwiak & Russo, P.C. I am licensed to appear in the Eastern and Southern Districts of the U.S. Federal Court; and have appeared and practiced in the Suffolk County District Court and New York State Supreme Courts. I am a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. I have also served as an Assistant Brookhaven Town Attorney (1980-1981); as Brookhaven Town Deputy Supervisor (1982-1985); as a Board Member of the Suffolk County Water Authority 1991-2006); and as Bellport Village Attorney (1996).
Aside from my extensive legal resume, I wish to serve the residents of the Village of Bellport in the capacity of Village Justice and continue the good work of the current Bellport Village judicial system under the Honorable Justice John J. Roe, III, who is now retiring after 48 years of public service. I would appreciate the support and vote of my fellow Bellport Village residents on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.