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Time for a Change

Time for change in Patchogue Village. You can make the difference.

For years, like many residents of Patchogue I have watched from the sidelines as our elected officials carried the ball and made a couple of good plays. But, then they started to throw the game to the bookies (developers) and lost sight of the ball (residents).

My question is: How many apartments and condos does Patchogue need? I say no more. Folks, look around Patchogue, we have more than our fair share. I heard Patchogue is the Queen of the south shore. Well, if we continue down the path of our elected officials we will be the "Queens" of the south shore. I think Patchogue Village can be the Pearl of the South Shore with proper marketing. We have some of the finest restaurants on Long Island, we have a beautiful theater on Main Street. We are the gateway to Watch Hill and Davis Park. Come and visit Patchogue Village the "Pearl of the South Shore" stay for awhile and visit our waterfront, restaurants and theater. I'm sorry I got carried away....

So, I am for change. We need fresh ideas and new leaders in our village. So come March 20th, if the residents of Patchogue Village want the same old crap than so be it.  But if you want to see a fresh start then... think of YOU the "Resident" first. I remember a motto when I was president of Westhampton Rotary.  "Service above Self" is what's needed in Government.

And, "that's what I'm thinking".

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PatchogueLifetime March 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM
How would re-electing McGiff be a fresh start? He's an incumbent.. and would be the most senior member of the board in fact, if Residents First wins.
Real Change March 15, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Agree with PatchogueLifetime. McGuire's husband has been involved in village politics for eight years. She herself previously served on the board and made some bad calls then. McGiff has been part of the cronyism and insider financial moves for years now. Ihne's father was mayor and, all due respect, wasn't very good. How is electing a bunch of entrenched insiders who have been playing this game for years going to bring any kind of significant change to the village? It's just the same last names, over and over and over and over... Mr. Minardi, I appreciate your sentiments, but I don't believe we'll see any significant change from the same people who brought us Four Corners blight, legal obstructionism, insider real estate deals, part time work for full time bennies, and most importantly, negativity to the political process in this village. It just doesn't add up.
Frank Finnamore March 15, 2012 at 03:23 PM
McGiff is a sitting Trustee just like Kreiger and Devlin, seeking to get re-elected and there is nothing unethical, illegal or immoral with that. Mcguire is the spouse of a Village Justice, there is nothing unethical, illegal or immoral with that. Ihne is a daughter of a former mayor, there is nothing unethical, illegal or immoral with that. I guess both PatchogueLifetime and Real Change believe that Evans is the best choice for Mayor and Ferb & Powers for trustees. Well this is a democracy and vote that way.
Lee March 15, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I may be wrong but this is the first posting I have seen by "Real Change". I think that this is Richard Evans. Even though I post using a screen name, I am not a candidate. I think that candidates should get their political plugs in using their own names. That's what the other candidates do!
Eric Randall March 15, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Patchogue Lifetime, we know you don’t support Residents First. We get it. But I have met them, I’ve gone to their Issues Forums and I think they want to do the right thing. I really do. I’m voting for them across the board. They are the real deal and Sal is right – it’s time for a change!
Susan Cosgrove March 15, 2012 at 08:13 PM
By the way, excellent blog Mr. Minardi! It is Time for a Change! Pontieri has had years to accomplish his goals. Time for a change!
Terrance March 16, 2012 at 01:24 PM
A lot of discussion has been had regarding the Trustees and their benefits. I am wondering if that applys to the Village Justice as well? is he taking the health benefits?
Gerald Rothaus March 19, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Everyone is forgetting that McGiff saved the day at the village meeting by calling out Pontieri on his unethical and illegal support of Tritec. The vote to renew the site survey was at least put off. If the Mayor gets reelected he will illegally push it through. What is it you Pontieri supporters don't get? Thank goodness we have McGiff, he has earned my vote.
Concerned Resident March 19, 2012 at 05:26 AM
I heard from someone the day after the debate that Mrs. McGuire is on the Village benefits plan on her husband, the Judge's plan. Anyone out there know if this is true? Or how we can find out? Why is it that she wouldn't get benefits from the high profile, successful job we keep hearing about?
Frank Finnamore March 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM
i guess if you are a big bucks supporter to Pontieri is pays off. Pontieri just gave away the Mascot Dock's floating docks to a marina owner on River Ave. The village's highway workers were ordered last week to place the floating docks into the bay, so they could be floated down the Patchogue River. If he does this without village board approval just before election day, how much worst will it get if he gets re-elected.
feduponbay March 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM
If that is true about Paul giving away the docks that's a slap in the face to all boat owners in the village.
Concerned Resident March 19, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I'm a resident and knew about the docks. Again, I will state it is up to the residents to be involved in government. That is how it works. The information is all there, you just have to be willing to make the slight effort to get it. Talk to Trustee Hilton about the docks and the cost effectiveness of keeping them there since it will also take quite a bit of money to rebuild the damage from the storm. Did you happen to see how many boats were there last season before Irene? Cost effectiveness. You naysayers can twist anything to be anti-Pontieri, but you should really check your facts before posting things.
Frank Finnamore March 19, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I saw the floating docks and they were not in bad shape, also at what board meeting was it approved for the mayor to give village property away, without a public offering. Maybe Mascot Docks should have been repaired with the Artspace or Bay Village money that was not paid to the village. It is a shame that this village waited so long, with the mild weather the repairs could have been completed this winter. Once again developers over residents.
Lori B. Devlin March 19, 2012 at 01:05 PM
The Mayor did not give away the floating docks, we have new docks that we still own, the old docks which were in terrible condition were swapped in return for dockage for the Parks Dept sailing program at Leeward Cove. If you want the facts on this you can inquire of Trustee Hilton as this was something which he arranged and which is saving us money.
Frank Finnamore March 19, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Ms Devlin, at what village board meeting was the resolution passed allowing these docks to be given away. Also FINS always gave the village free slips for village owned boats.
Rich Stevens March 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Please explain this? The village gave away docks that were in terrible condition to Leeward Marina for dock space. The docks could not be used by the village but Leeward Marina could use them. The mayor did not know about, but Devlin and Hilton did. Unknown if the village board approved giving away village property. Leeward Marina owners gave thousands to mayor for 2012 re-election. Village has new floating docks but not going to use them. MAKES PERFECT SENSE!
feduponbay March 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
There is no reason the marina should not be open, the pilings are fine and so is the dock around the marina. The dock that were giving away looked fine and that's coming from a dock builder with 25 years experience myself. It's not right this allowed to happen. It's scary that they can lie and get out of every scandal they get caught in.
feduponbay March 19, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Sorry for the grammer errors, hard to type on my phone
Susan Greco March 20, 2012 at 01:42 AM
McGiff saved the day! Now that's a laugh! McGiff has done nothing but make up stuff to suit his sick and twisted needs and those of his cronies. NOTHING WAS DONE ILLEGALLY. Read the minutes to the village board meetings! It's all there. THINK FOR YOURSELVES because obviously you've been drinking R1 Kool-Aid!

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