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Blog Recap: Patchogue Village Election Debate

Real-time coverage of the Patchogue Patch Village Election Debate.

Live blogging from the 's D’Ecclesiis Auditorium in O’Connor Hall as the candidates for Patchogue Village mayor and trustee positions debate the issues ahead of next Tuesday's election.

Judy Pepenella March 20, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Both good & bad issues come to the surface during an election. I think that is a good thing as well. Concerned Resident posted that you could learn more if you went to some of the meetings (board & tax grievance night) or you can foil (FOIA/Freedom of Information Act) information from Village Hall. However, from what I have been hearing from residents, they TRUSTED those in office, including the Mayor, to do what was CORRECT for the residents not for their own personal use. Many are outraged at some of the issues that have come out during the election, many more are so fed up that they just want a new board to see what they can do to fix the current mess. As for attending meetings, there is another problem. Many people have said they are too busy trying to stay afloat financially here in Patchogue; working 2 jobs or splitting shifts with their partners. I spent a few weeks walking the neighborhoods NOT with a campaign, but as a resident asking questions of my fellow neighbors. The top list of complaints are as follows: Taxes (150% increase in the past 8 years-where IS the money going); 291 Apartments (too much high density housing units & traffic in village); quality of life (or lack there) & the need for more businesses & jobs in the community. This is not my opinion, but the opinion of the many residents I spoke with. In my humble opinion, the winners best listen to the residents who pay their salaries & benefits over outside influences.
Marilyn Monroe March 20, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Does everyne not remeber that McGuire was once in office and was NOT re elected? Gee I wonder why that was?
Marilyn Monroe March 20, 2012 at 08:06 AM
I just hate all the problems that Gerry Crean and Steve McGiff have caused this whole campaign. And to think that they proudly served under the Mayor and helped him get re elected the last time around. If they thought they could do a better job how come one of them isn't running for the top spot?
DONT VOTE FOR McGUIRE March 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
THIS WAS A DIRTY RACE. MCGUIRE TURNS MY STOMACH. PLEASE VOTE FOR ANYONE BUT MCGUIRE. SHE CANT RUN A CAMPAIGN ETHICALLY, HOW WILL SHE BE ABLE TO RUN A VILLAGE ETHICALLY?
Fugu Maki March 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
The Patchogue12/Evans crew is really sounding desperate now. I think most people have their minds made up by now. Residents First not more residents.

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