Richard Evans: For Village Government Representing The People

When a government no longer represents its people, the people must strive to take it back. As a sole candidate, I speak for myself and my message will not be altered to fit a party message.

Dear Village Residents,

From a young age, I knew that the Village of Patchogue would be the place that I would plant my roots in and raise a family in one day. My affinity for this beautiful waterside community began when I was a small child, and my father would take me crabbing by Mascot Dock. It was those memories, coupled with my love of the water, my passion for the arts and the diversity of the community that has drawn me to Patchogue. Last year, my application for was accepted, and I moved to the Village that I now call my home.

The “American Dream” is unique to every individual. It can be a single mother working two jobs to make sure that her child has an opportunity to go to college one day. It can be the immigrant that came to our country for a better life. It can even be the father that worked nights, but still made time to take his son crabbing on the one day he had off. My American Dream was to own a small business. I have combined my talents in the arts with my love for the outdoors and my background in construction to formulate a landscape design business.

People ask every day why I chose to run for Mayor. I can answer this question with dozens of responses; however, the commonality of each is the idea that I love my community and want to make it a better place to live. I truly believe that when a government no longer represents its people and the needs of the people, we must become the government. This Village of Patchogue no longer represents us. I am not a person who will stand on the sidelines. Instead, I am a person who stands up to make a difference with a new vision for the Village.

Candidates frequently run for office making empty promises simply to get votes. Some of these template promises heard over and over again include: stopping wasteful spending, ending corruption, having an open government, adhering to ethical standards and of course, lowering taxes. These are all great things that every elected official must fight to do. Unfortunately, they rarely hold up to these promises and just use them to get votes. Many of the times they are even part of these systems and/or administrations they promise they will fix. There should be consequences when these promises are not upheld. Enough is enough!

I am a proponent of the Nu Village “Declaration of Principles” which lists basic principles that elected officials should abide by and encourages the People of the Village to have greater involvement in local government. Frequently, politicians try to strip the powers from the people to evolve themselves or their own agendas. I know of another document that many elected officials forget to adhere to – The Constitution of the United States of America. These principles were the foundation of that which made us great, and can continue to serve as a reference on how to keep us great. This is true at all levels of government. We have an advantage being an incorporated Village. This provides us with the ability to govern locally from the bottom up rather than be governed from the top down, allowing a government that molds to the needs of its citizens. Unfortunately if misused, it will just create an additional layer of bureaucracy and taxation.

As for my campaign, I am running as a sole candidate without any trustees. I believe our political system would be better off if we stopped voting for parties and started voting for individual candidates. An elected official’s (aka public servant) allegiance should be solely to the citizens they represent, not to a political party. As a sole candidate, I speak for myself; my message will not be altered to fit a party message. As Mayor, I would not have any loyalty to one trustee over another trustee. I have taken no campaign donations specifically so that the residents would know that I will not owe any favors to any donor, corporation or organization. I have a grassroots campaign, getting my ideas out by going to door to door with brochures and putting up a handful of signs. My brother in law put my campaign facebook page together. I have only used my personal savings – not a penny from any individual or entity to finance my campaign. I have been fortunate enough to have a hard working team of volunteers that together with me believe we will make our community a better place for all.


Richard Evans

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Laureen Prendergast March 09, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Richard, Thank you for your support of the Nu Village "Declaration of Principles" and I look forward to working with you in the future regarding the refinement and application of the principles. Good luck with your campaign. Laureen
keith philip March 09, 2012 at 10:32 PM
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. Finally, we have a dog in this fight. Go Evans!
Gerald Rothaus March 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Richard, like everyone else I appreciate your fervor. However you do not have enough horsepower to win this. You will only take votes from Liz and leave us with Pontiere again, so say goodbye to all the principals you seem to be passionate about. Pontiere will sell off the rest of Patchogue under the guise of improvements, and continue to raise our taxes, ruin the environment, etc. Pontiere admitted to stealing from the village tax payers, handing out favors to builders and family and brags about spending money at a an enormous rate by getting it from other parts of the government, as if he doesn't realize we pay those taxes too! With his last expensive mailer (I hope our tax money didn't pay for that too!) attacking Steve McGiff reveals how, he unwittingly reveals how corrupt and unethical his leadership really is. No wonder McGiff jumped ship, and I applaud him for that. Is this part of your plan? If not, please consider the true impact of your running. The true focus here is to get Pontiere out, and you may have to sacrifice your bid for mayor to accomplish a more noble cause for the people of Patchogue. Maybe you can apply to run the ethics board, which would be a great platform for you to impact the climate of politcs in the village.
Hank The Tank March 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Gerald, question: Was anything on the McGiff or McGuire mailers untrue? If so, please let us know what wasn't true. Set the record straight.
Gerald Rothaus March 10, 2012 at 08:00 PM
So I had to pull out the Pontiere ad you referred to. I can say that I really dislike the propaganda style ads the mayor puts out, instead of espousing his own accomplishments, which I guess the Mayor thinks are not so good (else he would run on those instead). With this attack ad the Mayor unwittingly demonizes himself. Where was the Mayor during all these alleged shenanigans? He works 40-50 hours a week, right? Maybe he was too busy taking a walks down Main Street, admiring his revitalization of the Village, and counting how many apartments, laundermats, dollar stores, bodegas and pawn shops we now have. McGiff is not described as doing anything illegal in this ad. He is accused voting for things both the trustees and the Mayor voted for, like raising their salaries. McGiff is not wrong to take health benefits from the village, but $20K? Who negotiated that deal with the insurance company, the Mayor? It is wrong for the Mayor and Trustees to raise their salaries threefold without having strong and transparent feedback from the taxpayers. They do a lot of this, deciding on so many thing from project approvals and waivers to raising taxes (and so much more!) that the people would never approve of. Since the Mayor has 3 of the 6 trustees in his pocket, he can do whatever he wants.
Gerald Rothaus March 10, 2012 at 08:01 PM
That is an indication of why our taxes have to go up every year, isn't it? $12 starting wages for employees, $60K union jobs for his relatives. I'm sure ther's a lot we don't know about. All the waivers for developers, uncollected fees. Gee whiz, the Mayor sure is a swell guy for doing that stuff for those nice people. You know, it's not like we don't know what's going on here. We do, or at least we do now. We trusted these guys to represent us and this is the result. Now we have to fight back, don't we.
Gerald Rothaus March 10, 2012 at 08:05 PM
By the way, Evans is right.
Hank The Tank March 11, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Gerry, you never answered my question: was any of the information on the ads that Pontieri mailed out untrue? A simple yes or no would suffice. Secondly: did you ever stop and think that maybe your taxes are so high because you're paying for Cadillac health insurance plans for village trustees who work less than five hours a week? I'm pretty sure you are the kind of the guy who throws a fit about teachers being part time workers and collecting all these bennies, but what about right here? How come McGiff and McGuire can be big time lawyers and flaunt it, yet they need guys like me and you to foot their health care bills? Don't you see something wrong with this?
jimmy murphy March 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM
“Richard Evans has an extensive criminal history. He’s been convicted of multiple crimes and he has never voted. He registered to vote in January of this year for the first year and moved to Artspace in October. Stay tuned.”
John Bogack March 11, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Playing in Patchogue Village: the Unasnwered Questions starring Richard Evans. I admit to some frustration with entering yet another post regarding Mr. Evan's campaign. Consistently about once a week Mr. Evans has posted an opinion piece about what he believes in. Just as consistently he avoids answering questions that arise once he has done so. In his latest post finally there is a vague admission that he has only recently moved to Patchogue Village. He has consistently avoided answering many other questions raised by commenters to the Patch while claiming that he runs a transparent campaign. Now Jimmy Murphy alleges conviction "for multiple crimes" and a history of not voting. That allegation also has remained unanswered. This is the kind of claim one would think would be set straight right away. The one question I still would like answered is this one. In his earlier campaign statements Mr. Evans declared that a crime wave had engulfed Patchogue Village. What basis he may have had for making this statement still remains unexplained. Now either this was a public service warning the citizens of the village about a vital public safety issue, or it wasn't a public service at all and just raised apprehensions for reasons which also remain unexplained. Whatever you think of the other candidates at least they speak up. Liz McQuire is the best example of an engaged candidate who is humble enough to take questions and answer them. Mr. Evans should do the same.
good taste March 11, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Why is anyone taking this Evans guy seriously at this point? Just ignore his blogs and definitely IGNORE HIM ON ELECTION DAY as he is ignoring your questions.
JoJoCfe March 11, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Richard, I was just on apartments.com looking and lo and behold on the right hand side was your picture and advertisement for Mayor. It seems I can't get away from you! This kind of advertisement is costing you a fortune and I would like to know how you can afford to this. Although I think politics could be in your future, as you are well spoken, but this is the Village of Patchogue mayoral race. I don't think you have a clue.
matthew simpson March 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM
ok so let me get this straight you moved into artspace and went crabbing and this is why you feel like your the best candidate ?????
Gerald Rothaus March 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM
LOL!!! Point made!
Gerald Rothaus March 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Hank, I do agree with you and I am not defending McGiff. I was just pointing out that Pontieri is demonizing the other guys with what he is most guilty of, and the irony of it. Pontieri demonized McGiff for taking a $20K health care package, but instead Pontieri takes cash instead, which is also legal, so we are paying for his health care twice, once through the school system and once, in cash, from our Village. I agree that we should not provide health care for either! As for the rest of it, same. Pontieri is the leader in all this shinanigans. His ads are twisting the truth to blame McGiff for his actions, and they hide the trail so well who knows what is true (I searched the minutes but found little on these issues). What do teachers have to do with this, and where are you going with this anyway? Do you support anyone or are you just a complainer?
PatchogueLifetime March 12, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Here, here!
vanessa lebler March 13, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Just to back you up, I am certain Mr. Evans has been arrested multiple times. The actual charges and classes of the crimes I cannot fully recall and do not want to speculate but I can only assume they are documented as public record and I look forward to the details being released. I also would hate to think that Mr. Evans has never voted as a 32 y/o business owner who claims to be in the corner of small business. I also find it odd that Mr. Evans hasn't (until very recently) attended any village hall meetings to speak out about his opposition to the current mayor's dealings, strange for someone who is so "passionate" about his cause. I would like to hear what Mr. Evans has to say about his past or any of the accusations about him, but unfortunately he doesn't seem to read the blogs and if he does he certainly doesn't care to respond to our questions or defend himself. He must not have the answers and there may be nothing to defend. I also don't see how a new politician can have seemingly good ideas and promise the people he will see them through when he has no idea how things ACTUALLY work in local government. The one thing Mr. Evans has said that I do agree with is that he is running a "transparent" campaign. It is clear to see Mr. Evans is a confused and inexperienced candidate and not who I want running my village.
jimmy murphy March 13, 2012 at 01:02 PM
A review of public records filed with the Suffolk County and District criminal courts show that Mr. Evans was originally charged with two counts of burglary. Those charges were plea bargained and Mr. Evans has been convicted of Criminal Contempt, Trespass, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor Vehicle, and Reckless Driving. On those convictions he was sentenced to jail and probation. Later he was violated from probation for failure to report to probation, to enter treatment for anger management and domestic violence. See public records in Suffolk County Criminal Court Public Records, Dockets 2002-SU-14475, 2004-SU-12354, 2000-SU-15425S, and 2000-SU-48085.
alan March 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Mr. Evans, the facts are, you cant possibly win. Please if you care about Patchogue, resign from this election. Dont take votes away from either candidate.Involve yourself in Patchogue and learn a bit first about how government works. You are not the correct choice for this village. You should not present yourself at the debate either. Do the right thing.
good taste March 14, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Hi Alan, I totally agree with you!!! The problem is that Evans does NOT CARE about Patchogue. There is no way he will excuse himself from the debate or the election because he is both a sociopath and and egotist--which may indeed be the same thing!!
Gerald Rothaus March 14, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Did someone put this fellow up to this? Just askin'...
Lillian March 15, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I would like to know the credentials Mr. Evans has obtained. Where did he get his degree? Does he even have one? Do we really want and uneducated criminal running our town? What are his real motives? This guy should be embarrassed!


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