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Village Board Approves Option to Override Tax Cap

Mayor says the Village does not intend to exceed cap.

The Patchogue Village Board of Trustees voted to have the of overriding the state-imposed two-percent tax cap at their Monday night meeting in .

The vote went 5-1, with trustee Gerard Crean being the sole vote in opposition.

During the meeting, Patchogue Village mayor Paul Pontieri and Village Treasurer Ronald Krawczyk said that the goal is still to bring in a budget that does not exceed the cap's limitations.

Other Suffolk County villages that have also approved the option include , and among others.

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feduponbay April 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM
What is the next slap in the face to the residents? SInce the election the mayor made sure the lawsuit went away, he gave away the docks to a political contributer and closed a perfectly good marina (by the way rumor has it the village is considering selling mascot dock to Lombardi's!!) Now no tax cap!! taxes should be going down not up! Hope everyone who voted Patchogue 2012 realizes this is only the beginning!
Living in the Village April 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM
why would they sell mascot dock to lombardi's ? that's outrageous if they do. The dock belongs to the village residents. if that happens what would be next ?- the patchogue pool and beach club? i heard that the village was going to sell lombardi's some boat docking spaces - that was when Lombardi's first opened. ( feduponbay- nice striper and beautiful dog)
feduponbay April 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM
thanks, its a rumor I heard, I assume it would be for parking, pictures for weddings ect. Did you know the parking lot across from Lombardi's used to be for boat owners for Mascot? Now its parking for Lombardi's. I urge concerned residents to go to mascot and see there is no damage to the marina side, there is absolutely no reason the marina should not be opened. They cry they are losing $19,000 because they are not renting slips, but they chose not to! Sorry to get off topic, is anyone else outraged that they can raise our taxes whatever they want?
Kim Martino April 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM
The Mayor’s third term is not getting off to a great start is it? Will Patch post a copy of the budget for all to see? Can’t wait to see all the blubber in there.....
Laureen Prendergast April 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Kim, The budget is currently available, as per the email I received from the Village Clerk's office yesterday. I am picking up a copy of the Budget today. Or you can usually see it at the Library. The BOT is voting on it I believe on April 17, 2012.
jimmy murphy April 11, 2012 at 07:50 PM
When is West Avenue going to be fixed. It’s darn ugly too…
Zofia Malisiewicz April 11, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Attended the meeting last Monday, but I am not sure,if it should be called "public hearing" of any caliber. It was well staged dog and pony show to spin the public and without any doubts, team Pontieri had their mind set to vote in a favour to override tax cap so they have an access to more money to spend. We should not be surprised with that. Patchogue 2012, during the last election debate did not promise to reduce or not increase the tax, and only promise was to provide to Tritec secure their project. So we should not be dissapointed and their agenda doing well. What I have found also disturbing was, that some trustees were unpreapered for this meeting , they had to ask question to Mr. Krawczyk to have explained the diffrence beetwen tax levy and tax rate. I would think, that village trustees should know what they will be talking about on such meeting. If they need to educate themselves, they should take time to do so. They seemed not to have a lot of knowledge about the village funds, rates, costs.The person who knows what is going on in the Village is Mr.Pontieri.He is sole designer and executer of his vision of his Patchogue.He seems not to waste any time during his 10 or more years on elected seat.Only a few people voiced their concerns and I am giving them a lot of credit for that. Sadly ,nobody from Residents First took a stand on this issue.Does it make any diffrence in style of governing our Village, I dont think so. Let me know, if you feel diffrently.
Joe April 12, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Yes Zofia, Where was your beloved Residence First? Most likely sitting at home with their families, relieved to have their precious Monday nights back, only to resurface four years from now pretending to have knowledge of village goverment, mocking the residences who have attended the public meetings, exercising their rights as taxpayers.
feduponbay April 14, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Mascot Dock was BEAUTIFUL this AM...too bad it's closed. I will be brining my boat to Babylon Village tomorrow to dock it there for the season....not only are the dock OPEN, but they didn't give any of their docks away!!!
Zofia Malisiewicz April 15, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Hello Joe, your comment is absolutelly pointless.An arrogant talk from somebody who dosnt have a minimum guts to use a full name .

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