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Reader Feedback: Key Issues In Patchogue Election

Patch wants your thoughts on what topic was in the forefront of your mind when voting Tuesday.

After weeks of a hotly contested race in Patchogue Village, mayor was re-elected and his running mates on the Patchogue 2012 ticket — Lori Devlin, Jack Krieger and Tom Ferb — won their race for seats on the board of trustees.

The four will officially be sworn in at a reorganization meeting in April.

With the election now behind the candidates and Village residents, Patch wants to know what issue was top of mind when you cast your vote on Tuesday. Take our poll below and leave your thoughts in the comment section as well.

The Original Village Idiot March 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM
makes no sense to me... if 60% said four corners was the issue why did they not vote for Ms McGuire?
The Original Village Idiot March 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Also.. I am ashamed of the village residents... 11,000 (approx) people here. 5,000 (approx) are registered voters. 2300 (approx) show up to vote! Gee, I hope you non -registered people get called for jury duty to destroy the myth!
charles donofrio March 21, 2012 at 01:42 PM
4 corners was a big issue - I like the job that Pontieri is doing on that project. Also by running against new apartments was a big negetive of Residents First. New apartments bring new tenants which bring new money to the village which is spent at local businesses. I felt they shot themselves in the foot by running against it.
Dennis Barone March 21, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Its over and we will get 291 new apartments on the four corners. Its a shame but I am sure that after all of the dust settles those in favor of these apartments will have buyers remorse. Good luck Patchogue, you will need it!!!!!
The Original Village Idiot March 21, 2012 at 03:06 PM
You better do some more homework my friend.... you have no idea what you are talking about. I can only assume you are not a home owner.
The Original Village Idiot March 21, 2012 at 03:07 PM
This is one time I agree with you Bar-one.
charles donofrio March 21, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Well, give me one rational reason why i am wrong. I have yet to any that make sense to me. i am not a home owner but I am a small business owner. The more vibrant of a "main street" we have the better the village is.
Wayne Ramsey March 21, 2012 at 03:57 PM
If someone wants to run against an incumbant they will need to have a platform. Residents First chose to focus their energies on the four corners project, but they never offered a viable alternative project. Thus, their platform lacked substance which is why I voted for the Pontieri team. I have only lived in Patchogue for two years but having moved from Riverhead, I know the down-side of political inertia and a town board that lacks vision. Patchogue Village did not become what it is today witjhout a lot of hard work and careful planning. As I entered the voting booth yesterday my gut feeling was to vote for those who have already proven themselves and to not be seduced by those who complain but offer no solutions.
Judy Pepenella March 21, 2012 at 03:57 PM
My concerns are the Four Corners and the traffic it will cause, the lack of adequate parking and the types of businesses that will be brought in. 291 apartments means at least an additional 400 plus cars. We all know the average young couple, two young adults sharing an apartment or empty nesters will have at least 2 cars. Where are these cars going to be parked - the project has allotted each apartment 1.4 parking spaces. The basic traffic flow (if filled) will triple on Main Street, Ocean and Waverly Avenues. This is going to be insane just to get across town and this is not NYC or Brooklyn where you expect crosstown traffic to be out of control. I would be 100^% behind this project if it were smaller. This size and scope of this project is too big for our village. We do not need that many units on Main Street, but we are getting them. @TheOriginalVillage Idiot - we all know the rule of elections...the one that gets out their voters OR spends more money wins the race. Patchogue 2012 did both. I hope they open the doors to Village hall to ALL the residents and realize that Main Street is not the only part of Patchogue that needs to be taken care of..
Al 17 March 21, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Apparently,they agreed with the Mayor's thoughts and not your own.That wasn't too hard to figure out.
Al 17 March 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Weel said. Its not enough to just say "we don't like it" even if the reasons are valid. You have to offer workable, viable ideas. Even if you don't like Mayor Pontieiri's vision for the old Sweezeys, anyone who attended the debate could see he was the only one on the stage who offered an actual plan. Obviously most village residents have had enough (12 years) of the blight on that corner. But given the closeness of the vote, if Residents First had offered a solid plan that was do-able, they might have been able to win the election. At least thats what I think.
Dennis Barone March 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM
He wasn't the answer before Keegan and he isn't the answer now. You'll see
Dan Ziegler March 21, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I agree. No Vote, No complaints . In the world of war, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, local economic challenges and the ability to make your voice heard, voting is one of the basic rights too many take for granted. I too am ashamed that so many people want change, but so few actually take the steps to see change happen.. Regardless of which party you wanted to win in this election, you have to vote to be heard.. your voice of silence helps no one.
Jean P Marin March 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
The four corners, the old movie theater, across the street from the movie theater , too many places, no solutions !! At least not any time soon. Just tired of seeing them.
The Original Village Idiot March 21, 2012 at 05:50 PM
gosh that's three times I agree with Bar_one !
The Original Village Idiot March 21, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Yeah well I'm just tired of this economy being the way it is.. That has all to do with these buildings that lay. That is why Tritect changed their proposal to Apartments it's an easy way to sell the finished product to an entity that wants to make a profit. Once there built the village will have no control over how they do business. Were F#@ked! Oh I'm sorry we have the rental permit process! were saved!....not!
The Original Village Idiot March 21, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Ps had you pegged from git go
Al 17 March 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
And there were 1,279 who like the Mayor's vision for the 4 corners, hence the election win. I never said whether or not I agreed with his vision. I was merely pointing out that more people agreed with his plan those that agreed with the one you support. Your comment suggested that the 60% who agreed with Mr Pontieiri's plan are stupid. An ironic comment indeed coming from the Original Village Idiot.
charles donofrio March 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM
You make it sound like you just insulted me, which you didn't. There is nothing selfish about wanting to bring money into my community. I also live here, so I do have the village residences back...however, the village consists of more than just home owners. I don't have the type of business which attracts "foot traffic" - so you do not know what you are talking about. You sound like an elitist who only cares about his property value -which of us is the greedy selfish one?. PS. I am glad that you had me pegged as someone that cares about his community - since that is what I am.
PatchogueLifetime March 22, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Yeah you're right, Keegan, Ihne and McGurie would never have brought 291 luxury apartments into the village, they would've just come up with brilliant plan to move Swezey's out of the Four Corners in the first place, n_ts intact and all.
Dennis Barone March 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Are you a dope ???? Do you think that anyone could force the Swezy family to move . They thought the move would benefit both the village and the business. Open your eyes and look at the big picture. Swezys expansion was too much too soon at the beginning of a faltering economy.
Dennis Barone March 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Do you realize that the investment of a home in a community is the investment of a lifetime for most people ?? We are not eletist, we are aware of what happens with rental housing. If no one rents the apartments will be subsidised. Subsidised apartments bring a blight on a community. Charles you will never admit it nor do I expect you to, but when it happens, and it will, remember this post. Then think how much you like this Mayor.
Chip Austin Hunter March 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM
First - If you expect the readers here to take anything you say seriously, have the integrity and back bone to take the stupid bag off your head and own up to the comments you make like a man or woman (whichever you happen to be). Second- If 60% said four corners was the issue, maybe a portion of that 60% (maybe even the MAJORITY of that 60%) was for that particular issue and not against. Third- the turn out for this election was said to be "record" for a strictly village election and a lot of people are actually impressed with the increase in voters. Fourth(and finally) - Why not take some of your anger, disappointment and venting and put it into a more productive venue like volunteering in areas to make Patchogue an even better place. It's easy to complain about things and shows a lot more character when your positive actions do the speaking and not your words.
Frank Finnamore March 22, 2012 at 01:24 PM
291 apartments on the Four Corners was a major concern in this year's election. Four Corner Apartments vs more foot traffic for Main Street. Many of the prime real estate properties in the village were developed over the last 40 years to bring more foot traffic to Main Street. We have many multi-family developments along the Patchogue River, Main Street, Rider , Maple, Waverly Aves and South Ocean Ave and still foot traffic did not increase. Everytime one was proposed we heard "It will bring more foot traffic to Main Street". Well none of them did, and many of our favorite businesses closed. Now that the election is over, we can discuss the Four Corners among ourselves leaving politics out of it. Ample parking and new businesses relocating here is the only way that foot traffic will increase, including that for the existing restaurants our down business district. We will start to see the effects of reduced parking, if and when construction starts, with parking areas closed off. The only ones that are going to benefit from this development is the developer that will make its money and sell it off, and the different trades performing the construction (we should not be grudge them the opportunity to work). and all the business owners located outside the village that will prosper from the "foot traffic that decided to drive instead".
David K March 22, 2012 at 07:35 PM
48 hrs after the election...weird

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