Relocating from northern Virginia, Thomas and Lesley Rackowski, along with their sons Andrew and Brandon, now call Westfield home.
In the fall of 2005, they purchased a home in the village of Westfield. Also that year, they purchased a 30-acre farm in Portland. Over the past seven years, they have become active members of the community.
They formed a New York LLC, Pillowcasegram and Other Things, LLC, which now operates as an Internet retail seller of fabrics and other sewn goods, and they are members of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Lesley is a board member of the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church, a member of the Westfield Quilt Guild, and Thomas is a member of the Westfield Fish and Game Club. They enjoy strolls through the Westfield Farmers' Market where they purchase fresh vegetables and grass-fed beef and local arts and crafts. They always make an effort to first support village merchants and they have also supported Westfield Memorial Hospital. In addition, they can be seen at fundraising dinners held at the YWCA or one of the many churches located in the village. This past November, they also opened their house to the Westfield Women's Organization's Holly Tour.
Rackowski was born in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17, 1951 and brings 40 years of experience in business and community service to his candidacy for village trustee. Rackowski has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Old Dominion University. His career in corporate accounting includes 32 years with The IDI Group of Companies, a major Washington, D.C. area real estate developer, where he served as vice president and controller, and was responsible for overseeing all the company's accounting functions including cash management and budget forecasting.
As a volunteer working directly with youth, he assisted with the high school youth group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Vienna, Va., and served in various leadership roles with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from den leader to scoutmaster. He served as the Parent Teacher Association's representative to the Fairfax County School Board of Education's budget advisory committee for Wolftrap Elementary School in Vienna, Va.
With the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, he served as the first district commissioner of the George Mason District and later served the NCAC as an assistant council commissioner. His hobbies include golf, fishing, hunting and decoy duck carving.
As a trustee, Rackowski feels he can bring a strong sense of fiscal responsibility and a belief in a prosperous future for our children to the village of Westfield by encouraging new industry in the area.
"Our library, parks, school, hospital, the McClurg House and Museum and retail establishments all contribute to our quality of life here in Westfield, and I am committed to all the people here by supporting all these amenities," he said.
Rackowski tells people he meets that when he first came to the area, he fell in love with the land. Shortly after that, he says, he fell in love with the people here in our community.