Residents First Thanks You

Please vote for Residents FIrst!

 Dear Village Residents,

Thank you again for welcoming us into your homes to meet with us and discuss the issues over the past few months. I respectfully ask that you vote for the entire Residents First slate on Tuesday, March 20th (Row C - the bottom line).


As a reminder, if elected Mayor I will work with my team to:

  • Forge a better, more balanced plan for the 4 Corners that will have community support


  • Cut the Mayor's and Trustee's compensation packages, along with unnecessary patronage positions and wasteful spending, thereby lowering taxes


  • Restore ethics and public integrity to Village Government


  • Televise Village Board meetings and hear the public at the start of each meeting


  • Maximize the potential of the Patchogue Theatre with professional management


  • Create preferred Village resident parking areas around Main Street


  • Restore eliminated services that residents historically relied upon, such as Senior services and weekly recycling


  • Initiate evening and weekend office hours so working residents can access us and have their voices heard


  • Improve and better utilize our parks and waterways and recreation programs


  • Direct code enforcement to aggressively but fairly enforce the law and our housing codes


  • Use my marketing experience to attract crucial retail and small businesses


  • Hold myself and other elected officials accountable to keeping our promises



Mayor Pontieri has not pledged to lower taxes or cut wasteful spending. He has not promised ethical reform or to build consensus with a team approach. The fact that he placed his name above and much larger than his running mates on his signs and advertisements speaks volumes. Mayor Pontieri has committed to business as usual. He has not promised to improve our amenities, attract tourism or retail anchors to our downtown, or to restore our quality of life where it is most needed. Instead, he has affirmed that he is happy with the status quo.

The one thing the Mayor has promised to the residents is the one thing we do not want him to do -- construct 291 rental apartments on the 4 corners. In fact, last Thursday Mayor Pontieri said that "Rentals are the way to go."  This contradicts everything he has promised in the past, and everything the residents had originally embraced about Tritec's plan. Residents disagree because they know that Patchogue is already saturated with rental housing (over 50%) and does not need any more. They are also well aware that an existing abundance of rental tenants in our Village has not stimulated retail business on Main Street, and that high density buildings detract from our property values (we have 19 high density complexes throughout our Village already).


There are options! Our team has already had preliminary conversations with potential investors for the 4 corners, including a quality hotel developer that has indicated willingness to privately fund and construct a hotel. We are exploring technology incubators that are in growing demand, and will combine commercial office space with amenities that attract young and talented entrepreneurs. Such a true mixed-use concept would not only draw young business talent to the area, but would also be less taxing on our parking and infrastructure and bring many jobs to our community. We will also proactively meet with executives of retailers like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods to encourage them to come to Patchogue and be part of our plan.


Abraham Lincoln spoke of our nation as being one "of the people, by the people and for the people." Village residents deserve leadership that remembers that the purpose of government is to serve the people -- not the other way around. If elected to office, our team will work for you.

Please vote for the entire Residents First slate on Tuesday, March 20th. I am running with Stephen McGiff, Lisa Ihne and Gregory Powers, all educated, professional and highly dedicated residents ready to serve and make positive changes in our Village.

Thank you!

Elisabeth L. McGuire, Stephen J. McGiff, Lisa Ihne and Gregory P. Powers

Residents First

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Susan Cosgrove March 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM
I am so excited to be voting for Residents First tomorrow. Good luck to all of you.
Lawsuits First March 19, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Trader Joe's or Whole Foods? How in God's name do you intend to lure a national retailer into Patchogue after you have shown them how the residents of this village treat development? Tell you what, if you're elected and if you somehow manage to convince a major chain to open a sixth supermarket in a two-mile radius, I will sue to stop that development. I don't care if the village board approves it by democratic vote. I don't care about the inevitable studies that will say the village can handle it. I will stop it. Just me. You guys proved it can be done with the Four Corners. I think I'll even hire your husband to help me with the lawsuit...he knows how to do that, right? The McGuires have strangled Main Street with their lawsuits. Why would we or any developer ever trust them in the future?
Fugu Maki March 19, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I like the idea of some resident parking for Main Street. The tax payers in this house are all voting for Residents First. We are tired of Pontieri turning our neighborhood into a a playground. 6AM fireworks to put Patchogue on TV a few yeas in a row even after resident complained-- Ridiculous! Lombardi's expanding when it was apparent that parking was already an issue, and their arrogant attorney states to the planning board that he had conversations with Paul about it. A 4 day music festival that was too big to hold in large open spaces out east but, Paul brings it here, and the event is exempt from the noise ordinance. And believe me, listening to 3 or four bands playing at the same time IS NOISE.
Lee March 19, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I like the list of commitments that Residents First has listed on this blog. I believe that they are honest and will try to get all of this work done if elected into office. Good luck tomorrow!!
Howard Seal March 19, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Patchogue 2012 will lead this Village into the next four years and beyond, please don't be fooled by the lies and rhetoric of Residents First, the only thing they are putting first is themselves and the egos that go along with it (although I don't feel Lisa and Greg knew what they were signing on for), they seem like nice individuals. Please vote Patchogue 2012 on election day......you won't be sorry
feduponbay March 20, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Lee, you could not have said it better, we NEED change NOW! I urge residents to read about what Residents First want to accomplish and get out and vote. The current Mayor has accomplished a lot but he is to egotistical and power hungry now. He is not looking out for the residents best interest just his own.
Lee March 20, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Howard, Each party has their share of egos and nice people and some nice people with big egos. That's not the issue. We can't cast our votes based on personalities, everyone is human with their nice side and not so nice side. The BIG ISSUE is getting a different plan for the Four Corners. The plan for 291 rentals STINKS!! We will all be sorry if the plan is not revised. That's why we have to vote for Residents First tomorrow!!
McGuire Is a Joke March 20, 2012 at 02:56 AM
This is a joke. Whole Foods & Trader Joe"s? The Village cannot support either one of them no less both. If you truly believe this, then I have to question your knowledge of the marketplace & demographics. I do consulting for one of the companies mentioned. I spoke with a higher up in the organization and he laughed. This leads me to believe that your saying this to attract votes. You want to restore ethics to the government? You are part of the government now. are you saying you and your fellow trustees acted unethical? Hold yourself and the government accountable? what about the past four years? Was it OK not to be held accountable then? You want to cut compensation? why now? because your running for mayor? After reading all this its probably fair to say you have minimal marketing skills. I just follow whats going on because my parents live in the village. I can see why the Village cant get out of its own way, people like you are running the village. If you really want to do whats best for Patchogue you would get the hell out of politics. This is a joke. Your are delusional. My daughter was running for student government. She lost to a boy named Rick. Rick promised free ice cream, less homework & more playground equipment. My daughter promised to make sure the playground is clean, check to make sure the lunches are healthy & help any student that has a complaint. Just like Ricky, you will say whatever to get elected. "Ricky McGuire"
Pete S. March 20, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I agree! Patchogue Schools are horrible. That is the reason stores are vacant. Look at the statistics on Newsday. Im not making this stuff up.On Long Island, A town or Village does well when the schools do well. If Patchogue schools were better, people will want to move here and pay more to live here. Creating a demand. The people moving in will have more money to spend on goods and services. When that happens business will come. Real simple. Whole Foods wont move in just because you. The number of people on public assistance is larger then the Suffolk County average. You don't think they look at this before opening up a store? I didn't hear you once mention the schools at the debate. You are clueless. you are right about one thing. we need a government that's accountable and has ethics. That's why we need all new faces running the Village.
Susan March 20, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Mcguire, you are have some double standard. You wanna fix the system you took part in? How can anyone vote for you.
Kim Martino March 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Yay it's spring! Let's do some spring cleaning at Village Hall! Out with the old and in with the new. Go Residents First!
Fugu Maki March 20, 2012 at 02:03 PM
@LawsuitsfirstPatchogue12 have been tossing around Trader Joes and Whole Foods, have YOU told THEM the same thing?
DONT VOTE FOR McGUIRE March 20, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Fugu Maki March 20, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I think Patchogue and the surrounding area have plenty of people to support these markets, I make the occasional trips to Lake Grove to shop at them. and so do others in Sayville, Bayport, Blupoint and Bellport. Geewhiz, one of these in Patchogue would bring shoppers to town.
Lee March 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I would like to say that those of you who are posting comments using a screen name that includes Mrs. McGuire's name in a derogatory fashion, are an embarrassment to yourselves and an embarrassment to your party. That kind of disrespectful behavior only appeals to the lowest of the low. Although I don't agree with Patchogue 2012 about the 291 apartments, I do know that the candidates on this ticket would not approve of your screen names. This turns people off, it does not make the undecided voters want to join you. Present an intelligent and passionate explanation about why you feel that P2012 is the better choice...but using Mrs. Mcguire's name in your screen name is just stupid and rude.
JOKE IS ON US March 20, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Fugu you're right. In a way. Based on demographics, if you worked for whole foods Corp., would you open up a store in Sayville,Bluepoint, Bayport or Patchogue? I would love for it to happen but, it wont. If one opened up in Sayville maybe you can at least save some money on gas. lol
JOKE IS ON US March 20, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Lee, I agree. But, i do think you're all at fault. Every party seems do be doing the same, then cry wolf. You're right, you should all be embarrassed. Nobody should run the race by tearing down the other party. McGuire doesnt deserve it, either does Pontrier or Evans. But it does seem like McGuire is the worse of the three.
Lisa Ihne March 21, 2012 at 02:56 AM
This campaign has been a wonderful experience for me. I have enjoyed getting to know the residents and speaking with them regarding various issues. I am grateful for this opportunity and look foward to running again in the future. Congratulations to Patchogue 2012; I wish them the very best in their upcoming term.
Elisabeth McGuire March 21, 2012 at 04:06 AM
This election has been a blessing for our community and has given our residents a much needed voice. It has opened our eyes and realized the need for more open and accountable government. I think I speak for all of us when I say that this has been a very positive experience for our team, and we have made many new friends and connections along the way. Congratulations to Patchogue 2012. You have a lot of work to do and high expectations to uphold. I wish you much success and community support in your future endeavors. Thank you!
The Original Village Idiot March 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Liz and Team.... Thank you for doing what you did. If anything, Paul and his team know that in the future they will have to be more accountable for their actions. May the chips fall as they may. At least the residence of Patchogue Village have been informed. Continue to fight the 291 apartments project. Paul if you read this, you know what I am talking about. I have known you a very long time and you have not changed for the better. Straighten up pal......


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