Board of Trustees

Elliot S. Conway, Mayor

Mayor Conway

Elliot was raised in Brookville and has been a resident of Upper Brookville with his wife and two daughters for 22 years.

He spent his career in structured finance at Citibank, where he retired as a Senior Credit Officer and Managing Director in 2009. His specialty was infrastructure finance with tax, accounting and regulatory components. He earned a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

He previously served the village as a volunteer consultant during the Old Brookville Police Department contract renegotiation in 2012 and, later, as an Alternate on the Board of Zoning Appeals. In 2012 he successfully appealed a BZA decision to the New York State Supreme Court, protecting the village from a dangerous precedent that could have significantly eroded setback laws.

He currently serves on the Finance Policy Committee of the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM), an association of, and for, cities and villages in New York. NYCOM represents about 12 million New Yorkers. The Finance Policy Committee provides general guidance and policy recommendations to the NYCOM Executive Committee and staff, develops positions on various pieces of legislation, and considers new legislative proposals that will benefit cities and villages.

Elliot also serves on the Board as Treasurer of the Nasssau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA). The NCVOA is an organization comprising and representing all of Nassau County’s 64 villages with 450,000 residents. It was created for the purpose of encouraging and stimulating cooperation among its member villages for their mutual benefit and welfare.

Elliot serves as a Police Commissioner of the Old Brookville Police Department and also as a member of the Nassau County Police Commissioner’s Community Council (CCC). The objective of the CCC is to improve the effectiveness of Nassau County police service by better addressing specific community needs as well as to better provide the police with support. The ultimate goal is to increase community and officer safety and crime reduction. 

Helen Solomon, Trustee

As a lifelong resident of the North Shore of Long Island, and longtime resident of Upper Brookville, I am honored to serve as Trustee. I grew up in Locust Valley, and have lived in Upper Brookville for 25 years with my husband Steven Solomon. We raised our three children in this beautiful Village. I have been honored to give back to Upper Brookville by serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals for 3 years, and prior to that on the Beautification Committee. I also ran Upper Brookville’s program to restore the dogwoods (the Village’s official tree) a few years ago.

Outside of my service for Upper Brookville, I am currently a member of the Women’s Board of Fresh Meadow Country Club and an avid canasta and bridge player, who has achieved Life Master status. I also have a passion for interior design and gardening.

Innis O’Rourke III, Trustee

Innis grew up in Upper Brookville when his parents moved to the Village in 1954. He and his wife, Allison, and their three children moved from Glen Cove to Upper Brookville in 2000. They live in his childhood home.

Innis graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English. He then received his medical degree from The Universidad Central Del Este in the Dominican Republic, and then completed a Pediatric Residency program at what is now NYU Langone-Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola.

Since 1983, he has been in private practice Pediatrics in Glen Cove. He serves as the school physician for the Locust Valley Central School District.

Innis became a member of the Village’s Zoning Board of Appeals in 2005 and was appointed the Board’s chairman in 2015. His Father, by the same name, served the Village for many years as a board member, commissioner, trustee, and Deputy Mayor.

Peter Pappas, Deputy Mayor

In 1985, Mr. Pappas earned his B.S. degree in Business Management and Administration from Syracuse University. Over the past thirty-eight years with P.J. Mechanical Corp., Peter J. Pappas, Jr. has helped make P.J. Mechanical the largest mechanical contractor in the New York Metropolitan area. Working alongside his brother James, Mr. Pappas handles the Chief Executive Officer responsibilities of the firm by determining the long-range overall growth strategies, generating sales, customer development, and maintaining multi-million-dollar accounts while handling all the firm’s internal structure decisions.

In addition, he serves as the President of Delta Sheet Metal Corp., the largest sheet metal company in the Northeast area, and executes critical decisions for the fabrication and installation. He is actively involved in overseeing key personnel, including construction and service personnel, and maintains an expansive existing client base through direct involvement. Mr. Pappas ensures a high level of quality by personally interfacing with all project management teams and reviews the performance and execution of all project-related items. Additionally, he produces conceptual budgets with architects, engineers, and owners for development purposes.

Joseph Burns, Trustee

Joseph (Jody) Burns has been a resident of the Village of Upper Brookville since November 1996. He lives here with his wife, Hannah, and has raised two daughters here. He moved out to the north shore of Long Island from NYC in 1988 after selling his hologram anticounterfeiting manufacturing business to a credit card manufacturer.

Before being elected a trustee of the village in June 2023, he was a Zoning Board of Appeals member and continues as the village representative to the Oyster Bay-Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee (OBCSHPC), a consortium of twelve north shore villages concerned with the health of our drinking water aquifers and the Long Island Sound waters. As a member of the OBCSHPC, he was responsible for initiating, and seeing through to completion, the first comprehensive aerial thermal mapping of the area’s watershed as a means of determining sources of water pollution. The project was made possible by a funding grant from the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation Board to the Oyster Bay based Friends of the Bay.