| 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 three 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 Deb Rogers has been a Williamsville resident since 2003. She and her husband, Michael, live in the Village with their two children, Anna and Joseph. 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 prior to her roles as Trustee and Mayor on the Village Board. Raising a young family in the Village, Mayor Rogers understands the crucial role parks play in promoting community wellness, connectivity and safe gathering spaces for both residents and visitors alike.
Deputy Mayor Matthew Etu
Term ends June 2023
Phone: 716-632-4120 Ext. 3002
Deputy Mayor Matt Etu and his wife, Lauren, have been Williamsville residents since 2003 and have a daughter. He has served as the Chairman of the Glen Park Joint Board, as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and has participated in, or assisted with, numerous other committees and programs including 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. As a trustee, Etu utilizes his skill set with land use and development as liaison to the Planning Board, the Zoning Board, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Parks Committee. Etu is dedicated to the continued execution and updating of the Village comprehensive plan and the Parks Master Plan. Etu is always available to the community and is always willing to try to implement simple, pragmatic solutions to our village’s more complex issues.
Trustee David F. Sherman
Appointment ends June 2022
Phone: 716-632-4120 Ext. 3003
David F. Sherman was appointed a trustee of the Williamsville Village Board on April 9, 2021. Mayor Deb Rogers appointed Sherman to the post, filling the seat formerly held by Al Yates. Sherman has been a Village resident for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the communications program at Buffalo State College. Sherman began his journalism career with Bee Group Newspapers in 1977 and was promoted to managing editor in 1988. He retired in 2021. A member of the Williamsville Volunteer Fire Department since 1981, he served six terms as its president. He is a past president of the board of trustees of Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (formerly the Amherst Museum) and served as co-chair of the Town of Amherst Bicentennial Committee in 2018. Sherman currently serves as the official historian of the Town of Amherst and has a strong interest in local history. He and his wife, Cindy, have two children.
Trustee Eileen Torre
Term ends June 2025
Phone: 716-632-4120 Ext. 3004
The Village of Williamsville has been Eileen Torre’s home for more than 27 years. Torre’s love for the village has led her to volunteer on many committees throughout the village and the Town of Amherst. She is a fierce advocate of the environment and served on the Environmental Advisory Committee for over eight years and is co-founder of “Village Earth Day.” Torre wishes to work closely will all residents and knows that open dialogue is essential for a thriving, healthy community. Trustee Torre is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. She is married to her husband, Nelson, and they have two adult sons.
Trustee Christine L. Hunt
Term ends June 2025
Phone: 716-632-4120 Ext. 3001
Christine L. Hunt has lived in the Village of Williamsville for more than 25 years. Hunt embraces the sense of community and history of the village, a passion that led her to become a volunteer member of the Historic Preservation Commission. Hunt served as chairperson of the commission before being elected to the Village Board in 2021. She and her husband, Dan, have two adult sons. The couple reside in the village’s oldest stone house, which is now an approved local historic landmark following their nomination of the structure.