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Letter: Vote For Write-In Candidate for Brookhaven Highway Super

Sound Beach resident looking for write-in votes at special election for Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent.

Editor's Note: The following is an original letter sent in to Patch by reader Erin Versheck.

Some of you may, or may not, know, Jon Versheck. He is an 'average Joe' who does what he has to, to get by day by day. After the recent blizzard on February 8-9, 2013, and the lack of response from the Town of Brookhaven, we all want answers. Jon plowed our street in Sound Beach and a neighboring dead end after the storm. Not because he was paid to by the town. But because he felt it was the 'right' thing to do.

Yes, we live in New York and it is February. We do get some big snow storms here this time of year. The lack of supervisory positions, from being on vacation, toothaches, and family emergencies, is no excuse. Nor is the excuse that the town did not have a master map of the town, to know which streets had or had not been plowed, acceptable. Another one of the many excuses was that no one had the right equipment. We needed pay loaders and bobcats and big trucks to get the job done.

Then how is it, that Jon, with his 15 year old, half ton pick up, and a 40 year old, medium duty plow, plowed our two streets, with 30 inches of snow and even higher drifts, without major damage to his truck? He had both streets down to pavement, without the packed down ice and snow left on the street. He also helped numerous neighbors who were stuck on local streets get moving, and plowed a little parking spot on another local street for the neighbors who could not get up our block to park safely. If he had the equipment, capabilities, and knowledge to do it, there is no reason why the town and their sub-contractors could not.

Jon is looking for help to get a write in vote for the special election for Town of Brookhaven Superintendent of Highways on Tuesday March 5, 2013. He does not expect to get elected, but if enough people write him in, he is hoping to get recognized. Jon has no political background or affiliations. He is just another hard working citizen of Brookhaven who wants to try to make a difference. If you could help him out and vote on March 5, 2013 and write his name in and spread the word to other aggravated Brookhaven residents, maybe we won't have to deal with this when the next major snowstorm comes. Please visit his website: http://brookhavensuper.com/. Thank you!

- Erin Versheck

ss February 26, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Agreed Jon, Thanks! Personally had I known the severity of the storm before I walked out the door, I would have geared up differently for it. From what I have researched the snow fell at a rate on an inch+ an hour.
Anton February 26, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Wow...this is a great attitude. Dont' vote...it's inconvenient for us. Well sorry, it's not our fault the system doesn't make it convenient for you. Why don't you fix the problem instead of telling people not to vote? If it's not "fair" to them, maybe they should be paid for their time? And what exactly was "every opportunity to run?" The incompetence of the current regime was not fully realized until a couple of weeks ago, which is what prompted his wanting to run for this position. I just can't believe the cajones on this person to come here and say this..."Give the voting board a break and don't vote." Classic Brookhaven.
Anton February 26, 2013 at 04:57 PM
It's also silly that two people, neither of which have ever operated a plow (or probably any type of power tool) are running for a position that they are clearly not qualified for. I will be writing in his name. Of the three candidates, I really don't see another choice.
MP resident March 05, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Your are absolutely correct, Jon. Neither of the candidates has any qualifications for this position, so they are no more qualified than you, and, in fact, you are clearly more qualified than they at the very least because you did the job that none of them could do! I've read this string of comments and will say with confidence that you have my vote. I'm writing your name down and bringing it with me tomorrow. I wish you luck and hope others will do the same. I wish we had known this earlier so more of us could write your name in. Thank you very much for your help and good intentions!
Jon Versheck March 05, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Thank you, MP. Just trying to get the word out, and get done what is right. I myself wished I had more time to devote to this, but like many, I have to work to try to keep what I have. Thank you for the support.

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