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Patchogue Village Facebook Response to Sandy

"Patchogue Village," did a wonderful job disseminating information during hurricane Sandy.

The volunteers that service the Patchogue
Village Facebook site
have done a monumental job at disseminating information to the village residents. Links to NOAA, flood zone maps, shelter shuttle instructions, evacuation routes, communications from the mayor, LIPA phone numbers, shelter locations, and media instructions. I am more than impressed; the implementation of their response to this disaster has been and is flawless! Perfection is no accident!

Patchogue Village also did a great job at removing debris from hurricane Sandy. I saw the mess in the southern part of Patchogue Village after the hurricane; today I drove along the
water and noted that the clean-up was also monumental. In addition, the Garbage
removal was not interrupted.

Unlike the Gasoline industry; Patchogue Village gave us performance, not excuses! Kudos to Patchogue
Village!

Thanks for doing a wonderful
job!

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CINDY SUE EICHACKER November 13, 2012 at 06:32 AM
YES! I too applaud them. Proud to be a resident.
Joseph Adriano November 15, 2012 at 05:26 PM
These "volunteers" also do a fantastic job deleting any comments that they consider negative or questions that are too probing. Unless you tell them how wonderful they are they hit "delete." Try asking them why the Mayor leased himself another new car or when his last meal with Tritec was. They will hit delete faster than you can say Jack Robinson. They are creating their own little facebook reality. Great job guys!
Ben Vitale November 15, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Joseph: Yes Patchogue Village has created a reality! During the Hurricane, I went to the Patchogue Village Facebook site, with the hopes of finding some direction! What should I do? Where should I go? Who should I call? All of my questions were answered on the PV Facebook site. We have 10,000 people that live in our village; of the 10,000 residents, 5,200 clicked the "Like" button on their Facebook Page! That too is a reality! The Mayor leased a New Car? Hum... Would you suggest mandating that our Mayor drive a Bicycle? As far as Tritec is concerned; that too is a reality! I am not a big fan of Tritec; and to this day, want them to give us the Tower and Reception room that they promised! The Mayor would be remiss if he did not have lunch with Tritec! That too is a reality! Would you suggest that the Mayor and trustees join a Bowling League, and let Tritec do what they see fit? Be careful! What you say or publish will become a reality; absolutely! In the United States, our reality of "Right or wrong," is determined in a court of law. if I was the webmaster of the PV Facebook site, I would delete all negative posts that amount to "trial by media," just because they too can create an unjust reality!
Joseph Adriano November 16, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Hey Ben when someone took issue on the FB page with how they were treated by Village employees their comments were deleted. When someone asks questions that the "volunteers" don't like they were deleted. Why not leave the questions up so everyone can see and respond? If it is truly informative, that is the way it should be...unless it is just an advertisement. People "like" pages to get information, not just to feel good about themselves.
Ben Vitale November 16, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Joseph: I personally manage Three web sites. Unless a disclaimer is published by the Webmaster, he is personally liable for comments that readers make! On the "flip side" if a disclaimer is published most comments could be published. Unfortunately in this case, I have seen the dialog turn into a "Horror Show." If an accusation is published in any other form then an opinion, the author could be sued. I did not see a disclaimer on the PV Facebook page. One of my other web sites is by my definition a "Happy Place." This Blog is a high school alumni site, and the 120 members expect this site to be a "happy place." One member posted a nasty comment, and 120 members devoured him. I believe that the volunteer maintained Patchogue Village Facebook site is by definition a "Happy Place." May I suggest authoring your own Blog with a disclaimer and allow all and every nasty comment to be published. I personally love "happy Places;" the world gives us misery, free of charge.
Joseph Adriano November 16, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Top of the morning Ben. Not sure why the Mayor can't purchase his own vehicle or his own gas with his two pensions and salary, but I digress. Sorry I was working last night and I couldn't go into more detail. I actually love your idea of the Mayor getting himself a bicycle. It would be really good for his cardiovascular fitness and set a good example in the Village. It's a short ride from democrat hill to village hall after all. Plus, no gas needed! On the other hand, his loyal lemmings love to tout Patchogue Village as a very walkable town (no parking necessary!) so maybe he should get off his derriere and walk to work every day. Again, good for the old ticker and it would set a great example. Then he could walk off that heavy meal that the developers buy for him at lunch too. Win-win I say. As for the Patchogue Village FB page, I think someone should be able to post their experience with their Village government without deletion. Maybe Patchogue should establish an "official" FB page for this. People like to be heard. Have a great day Ben and stay in that happy place!
Ben Vitale November 16, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I personally will not delete this post. Words are wonderful things, they open a portal to the inner being of a person. I do not agree with you about the bicycle; I really feel that we should buy the Mayor a donkey so that he could effectively manage our village! LOL. I still think that you should start your own Blog; who knows you might be able to attract a monumental following! Top of the morning to you! LOL
Joseph Adriano November 16, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Glad you agree with me on something lol. A buddy of mine tried to foil some documents at Village Hall and told me the clerk was rude and nasty to him and tried to tell him he wasn't allowed to have the information he requested. If he posts this experience on their FB page, it would get deleted faster than you can say Jack Robinson. I also know that they block certain people from their page as well. So much for Open Government. I would love to know who these so called "volunteers" are...
David Kennedy November 16, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Joseph, I agree with you that critical postings by residents on the Village facebook page should be left as is, assuming they don't become slanderous or vulgar...Ben makes good points why some postings may be required to be removed, but posting some kind of disclaimer should cover some of that.... Now while the facebook page by the village is useful, particularly as Ben highlighted, through the storm, there is a tendency that if anyone is critical they delete the posting and that is not right...the village should accept criticism straight forward and respond to it. As I have maintained for quite a while, my biggest criticism of our current administration is they do a poor job communicating with the residents, explaining their actions fully and allowing public debate. This failure, in my opinion, is a large reason why many remain so critical of them. While I generally support most of their initiatives, I don't agree with how they get business done...and seems to be "my way or the highway" approach, which fails to include good public input...an educated resident is the villages best citizen...
David Kennedy November 16, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Sometimes the kool aid I drink is sugar free!! :) I am hopeful soon a civic movement will come together and get Village Hall to work better with residents...I certainly will keep trying...
Ben Vitale November 17, 2012 at 01:09 AM
You must know "where I am coming from!" I personally do not approve of the Propaganda Techniques, that are used by the media, and people responding to an article via the "Comment Box." Propaganda is meant to deceive the reader; and indeed it does! The following Fictitious Examples may shed some light on my viewpoint (All names and examples are fictitious.) Fictitious Example # One "The Accusation:" "Joe Gavone Wabelink" is accused of collecting two pensions and also working for a municipality." This statement uses propaganda to imply impropriety; in reality "Joe Gavone Wabelink," may not be violating any law. My friend collects Three small pensions because he worked for three separate companies! Fictitious Example # Two "The Accusation:" "Joe Gavone Wabelink," worked for a Corporation; he also worked as an outside contractor, under a different corporate name, selling products to the same company that he worked for. "Joe Gavone Wabelink" then sold the company product, at a discount to another corporation that his friend owned. I know this to be a fact because I am the Comptroller for the company that "Joe Gavone Wabelink" works in. This statement is valid and worthy of publication! In most cases the "Comment," is actually the illegal instrument! An unproven accusation is criminal! Please read the following link! http://www.ehow.com/how_2079230_avoid-libel.html
Ben Vitale March 26, 2014 at 09:24 PM
This article is about Patchogue's response to Hurricane sandy. Comments about corruption are out of order!

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