| The Williamsville Village Board |
Unless noted otherwise, the Village Board holds its regular meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Meetings are held in the auditorium at Village Hall, 5565 Main St. Preceding each regular meeting is a 6 p.m. work session held in the Village Hall conference room.
The public may attend both the work session and the regular meeting; however, there is no opportunity for public comment during work sessions. The agendas for regular meetings include an item called “Suspension of Rules,” which allows for public comment. During this portion of the agenda, each attendee has one opportunity of up to four minutes to speak to the Village Board about any village-related issue.
Below are the members of the Williamsville Board of Trustees:
Mayor Deborah Rogers
Term ends June 2023
Phone: 716-632-4120 Ext. 3006
Mayor Rogers has been a Williamsville resident since 2003. She and her husband, Michael, live in the village with their two children. Rogers earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts degree in human resource management and industrial relations from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Rogers has served as the chairperson of the Meeting House Committee for the past seven years and as a member of the Community Enhancement Committee and is looking forward to completing many projects within her term.
Deputy Mayor Basil J. Piazza
Term ends June 2021
Phone: 716-632-4120 Ext. 3001
Deputy Mayor Piazza was elected Village Mayor in 1995. He served two terms. He was re-elected to the Village Board and has served as a Trustee since 2005.
Trustee Matthew Etu
Term ends June 2023
Phone: 716-632-4120 Ext. 3002
Trustee Etu and his wife, Lauren, have been a Williamsville residents since 2003 and have a daughter. He has served as the Chairman of the Glen Park Joint Board, been a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in 2011, and has participated in, or assisted with, numerous other committees and programs including to the Glen Park Art Festival and the Re-zoning Committee for the Main Street Multi-Use District. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering from the University at Buffalo. A native of the Town of Tonawanda, Etu is dedicated to the revitalization of Buffalo and its surrounding areas through his work as a Site and Structural Engineer at Tredo Engineers, where he is a partner. He is also a board member of the Buffalo Architecture Foundation. As a trustee, Etu hopes to utilize his skillset as the village revamps its comprehensive plan and will try to implement simple, pragmatic solutions to our village’s more complex issues.
Trustee Al Yates
Term ends June 2023
Phone: 716-632-4120 Ext. 3003
Trustee Yates has lived in the village for more than 10 years. He lives with his wife, Julie Merlo Yates, a lifelong resident of Williamsville. Yates has served as the acting chairman to the Taste of Williamsville for five years, along with serving on the Village Preservation Foundation. The foundation is responsible for the planting of the potted flowers along Main Street. He and his wife jointly served on the Picture Main Street committee. Yates holds a bachelor degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science and Chemistry. He currently is employed by the Dutch instrument manufacturer Skalar Analytical as a Regional Sales Manager. He is interested in examining ways to make the village more eco-friendly using creative avenues using various new technologies that could also save the village money.
Trustee John Murphy
Appointment ends June 2020
Phone: 716-632-4120 Ext. 3004
Trustee Murphy has been a Village of Williamsville resident for the last seven years. He resides in the village with his wife, Emily – a lifelong Williamsville resident – and their four children. Murphy received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Gordon College and earned a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Supply Chain and Global Operations from the University at Buffalo. He is currently employed by M&T Bank as a Business Risk Analyst. As a trustee, he looks forward to being involved with Williamsville decision making to provide his family and neighbors with a safe, thriving village.