Why I’m Running for Trustee of the Village of Patchogue

About Tom Ferb, candidate for trustee Village of Patchogue

I’d like to introduce myself, provide some background, and let the residents of Patchogue Village know why I am running for the office of Village trustee.

My wife Karen and I moved to Patchogue from Brownstone Brooklyn in August 2002. We picked Patchogue Village because we could get a great house at a great price and because I could commute to NYC on the LIRR, a short walk from the house. We soon discovered that we had many wonderful neighbors and quickly developed many friendships.

Karen and I have always been volunteers. I was a Boy Scout leader and soccer coach when our children were young; Karen was a Girl Scout leader and softball coach as well as a soccer mom before the term was invented; she sat on the board of directors of Catholic Charities’ Bond Street Drop-In Center in Brooklyn; we both belonged to our neighborhood association.

We each found satisfying opportunities in Patchogue. Karen joined the Garden Club, and I volunteered to help out with the Force 5 races in the summer of 2003. My acquaintance with Brian Weeks, then deputy mayor, opened an opportunity to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). My friendship with Charlie Burton on the ZBA resulted in membership in the Patchogue Lions Club. To become a Lion you are asked why you want to become a Lion; my answer to that is I wanted an opportunity to give back to my community. I have served continuously for over 8 years on the ZBA and am very proud to be associated with the renowned service organization, the Lions Clubs International.

We find Patchogue to be a terrific place to live, full of good people who care about their community and volunteer generously, from the fire department to the service clubs, the Patchogue Garden Club, the Patchogue Arts Council, to the Historical Society, , the , and more—I could fill this page with the list. The members of these organizations give their time and often their money for the betterment of their community and other people’s lives. This volunteerism is a key part of the fabric of our community, an intangible that contributes to what makes us great.

What will I bring to the position of Village Trustee? I believe in fair dealing. I believe that the mayor and all boards must deal fairly and openly with all proposals and projects that come before them. They should not decide on a proposal based on partisan politics or to support an influential constituency. They need to invite and listen to alternative points of view and let dissenting voices have an opportunity to be heard. That said, not all residents, voters, or other constituencies will be in agreement with the decisions that are made.

As a member of the ZBA, I believe that I and my colleagues have followed this principle. We have always dealt fairly with the applications before us and listened to dissenting voices respectfully. We follow the zoning code, but have afforded variances where allowable and appropriate.

During my tenure on the ZBA, we were never unduly influenced by the mayor or any trustee in our decisions. In fact, when administrations changed Mayor Pontieri did not do the politically driven thing and remove those members of the various boards who had opposed him; instead he kept those like me whom he felt were committed to the betterment of the Village. This type of diverse, open minded, community-based administration is the type you want to work with. If I am elected trustee, I will continue to operate as a fair dealer.

If I am elected, I will bring to the table my financial analysis qualifications and a focus on fiscal accountability. I am a licensed financial advisor with a long career in the financial service industry and in research. I am analytical and objective. I’ve had years of budget analysis, productivity improvement, downsizing, and right sizing experience as well as profit and loss responsibilities. Thus, I bring a seasoned set of eyes to Village financial management. I understand the challenges that governments face with ever rising costs as a result of inflation and mandated benefits like health care and pensions and the limits of placing these burdens on taxpayers. If I am elected, I believe that I can use my knowledge and skills to help navigate the financial challenges we face.

In concert with the mayor, I am a believer in “Smart Growth”, the idea of urban planning and transportation that concentrates growth in compact walkable urban centers to avoid sprawl and advocates compact, transit-oriented, walkable, bicycle-friendly land use, including neighborhood schools, complete streets, and mixed-use development with a range of housing choices. Lest anyone misunderstand the term “urban”, please note that the US Census classifies the Village as an urban area based on the number of residents per square mile and has done so for at least 12 years.

Building these communities is not only a means of getting more tax revenue out of our scarce real estate resources, but also totally in line with the demographic trends in our society. Ten-thousand of us turn 65 each day. This trend will be sustained for the next thirty years as the 79 million baby boomers turn 65 and retire. Most empty nesters do not want to live in high maintenance single family homes, and, yes, most of them want to be able to walk to shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Another trend is the lack of affordable housing on Long Island, especially for the young. We need more affordable housing and, yes, rental housing that gives young people the opportunity for quality of life and mobility. By making it possible for young people to live on Long Island, we also increase the opportunities to attract business and industry to Long Island because we will have the employees they need. If I am elected, I will continue to look for Smart Growth opportunities in the Village along with Mayor Pontieri.

Finally, I care deeply about quality of life. Quality of life has two sides to the ledger, the Do side and the Don’t side. On the Do side you find opportunities for employment, education, recreation, parks and civility. The Village does a good job with its responsibility on recreational opportunities and parks. Mayor Pontieri has made a personal crusade for civility and openness for all parties. Just watch him on Main Street. On the Don’t side we find things like litter, noise, garbage, bullying, vandalism, overcrowding, parking, and safety concerns. The Village has made great strides on the Don’t, particularly in overcrowded housing and safety concerns. Our schools are addressing bullying. If I am elected, I will focus even more attention on these areas.

On Tuesday, March 20, please vote for the Team: Mayor Paul Pontieri, Trustee Jack Krieger, Trustee Lori Devlin and me, Tom Ferb, for trustee. Together we will continue to move Patchogue forward to a brighter and more prosperous future.


Tom Ferb


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John Bogack February 19, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Lisa. Just wanted to let you know that I have not forgotten about your answer to my question about the 532 parking spaces that it is said that Tritec has not planned for. Over the last few days I have been looking over the BID report about parking needs including the Tritec project. I have found a newspaper ad printed in the Advance from two weeks ago that mentions the same number in more detail. I have just looked at the Trustee minutes for the meeing in March when the project was approved. And I have looked at both Trustee Krieger and Trustee Crean's posts that have appeared here for information as well. Even after all of that there are some missing pieces and I will be off to village hall Monday to see if I can find them. More to say when I have. I did want to ask Susan Cosgrove if she might provide some details about how her neighborhood was changed when Lombardi's opened up. I have heard many stories about their impact. I am assuming from her last comment she lives near by. I would like to know, if she is willing to say so, why she feels their business has created a "nightmare" for her neighborhood.
Bob February 20, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Hey bogack, take a stroll down in South Patch and ask how they think lombardi's went down and they'll tell ya. Just like if ya ask anyone on the River how they feel about the music at Dublin Deck and why the Village turns a blind eye to it. Friends in high places don't ya know.
John Bogack February 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Well Bob you have hit on one of the issues that needs more attention in the current village election: effective enforcement of the sound code. Patchogue Village has a very generous sound standard of 70 decibels. That is higher than is what is provided by the Town of Brookhaven (65). Our village court system does not have a special section to deal with these issues. Because of the court's work load the potential then exists that tickets get put on the calendar and instead of being addressed right away they get adjourned perhaps until the season is over. Under the present code a noise license can be suspended for 90 days. If that occurs in the winter that still allows a business to take the suspension (while it is closed) and then reapply to get a new license (by the time it is open) and then the cycle starts all over again. Additionally our code enforcement officers can only be spread so thin on weekends. That sometimes means that a club can go over the time limit, but by the time that code arrives they may be off but they have gotten in extra time. Or code enforcement does arrive but since the officers have no power to actually stop a violation, all they can do is issue a ticket. Whether the noise stops becomes a business decision for the owner. That's called "gaming the system". How much can be made going over the line versus paying a fine which may be maximized or not (depends on the judge). Not a blind eye: a gaping loophole that should be shut.
BillLongisland February 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM
You want to elect a Political Elite like this, who has the experience with Money and how to "spread it around" !
Susan Montana February 23, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I question the assertion that 600 spots are needed for the apartments. I'm sure the 'experts' have certain formulas they use for determining how many parking spots are needed, but I know when I lived in apartment housing that was close enough to trains, buses and all my routine shopping needs, I was glad not to have to worry about or pay for a car. At the very least, it doesn't make sense that every unit needs to account for two cars. There will be plenty of singles and non-drivers to negate the idea that you need two spots for each unit.
Susan Montana February 23, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Eric, I was a city commuter at the time, so it was a short walk to the train station. It worked for me. Why so nasty? I reread my post and didn't think I was out of line.
Susan Montana February 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Wow, from one post you determine I'm stupid?
Susan Montana February 24, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Susan, first off, my original comment was about where I used to live when I was younger and couldn't afford both a car and an apartment, not Patchogue. That said, I do shop at Blum's, but for more "routine shopping needs" I go to Bravo for great produce, Quench for libations, Karl Ehmer, of course Roast, several of the other bodegas have excellent fresh breads, the dollar stores have basics like paper goods and household products, Casino Clam is a bit of a hike, but worth it. It is not uncommon to see me walking to said places with my backpack, because sometimes by the time you find a parking spot you may as well have walked, plus it's good to air out your brains once in a while and the Village is a great place to walk around. I do have a car, but I also know quite a few people who seem to manage without one, and Patchogue is one of the places today where you can get by without a car. Why so much negativity?
jimmy murphy February 25, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Mrs. Ferb-You said at the recent forum that no trustee ever left office to take a full time appointed job with the Village. David Kennedy correctly pointed out to you that you were wrong, citing Joe Dean as Supervisor of Public Works and Patty Seal as Village Clerk. Then you were nasty to Ann Salvatore telling her to “mind her own business” and “stay out of Patchogue.” You were wrong because you assumed she didn’t live here. She does. In the words of Will Rogers, “It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.”
The Original Village Idiot February 25, 2012 at 01:18 PM
come on people ...if we not going to be relistic about parking spaces..were not planning right for the future. it is simple to say there is not enough parking in the area period! Tier parking is the answer obviously. The question is... who's gonna pay for it and do we really want it again? Remember the under utilized old tier parking that was there in the village lot. That had to be torn down because the lowest bider cut corners to build it. True Story!
Patchogue Snoop February 26, 2012 at 03:36 PM
During my tenure on the ZBA, we were never unduly influenced by the mayor or any trustee in our decisions. Explain what unduly means. PS It is a crime to influence the ZBA. Who is the Chairman related to? One guess!
Patchogue Snoop February 26, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Tom, Ever hear of spot zoning????That is quite illegal. Snoop
Patchogue Snoop February 26, 2012 at 04:26 PM
OK one more : ) I will try to post an Advance article with an interview of Pontieri in his first campaign stating that he is opposed to any further rental properties in the village. He was elected on his promise. He lied.
Patchogue Snoop February 26, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Tom, Doesn't the ZBA Chair work with you?
Patchogue Snoop February 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Tom, You have left many questions unanswered. Can you answer them?
BillLongisland February 27, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Hey, Jack Kreiger..."double dipper" ! Jack Krieger...Communications Director, Town of Brookhaven http://brookhaven.org/Departments/OfficeoftheSupervisor/PublicInformation.aspx What a deal, hey Jack ?
cresten February 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Patchogue Snoop February 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Tom you out there?
Ann Salvatore February 29, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Dear Mr. Ferb: I have taken the liberty to copy and paste this from Bob Mica's post. It serves my needs as well. You don't know me. You wife does not know me. But if she posts anything else on Facebook about my lifestyle, you will know " LIBEL 1) n. to publish in print (including pictures), writing or broadcast through radio, television or film, an untruth about another which will do harm to that person or his/her reputation, by tending to bring the target into ridicule, hatred, scorn or contempt of others. Libel is the written or broadcast form of defamation, distinguished from slander, which is oral defamation. " up close and personal. For the record, I don't live an alternative lifestyle. And I am sure the people that do would be offended to know she is anti-alternative.
GSB Clam Digger February 29, 2012 at 04:24 AM
So much hostility. Tisk, tisk!
cresten February 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Still haven't answered the questions, Ferbs.
Patchogue Snoop February 29, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Ann....good for you! Obviously Mr Ferb is unqualified for the position. He started this thread yet refuses to respond to the tough questions. Pontieri and gand have done this for years in Patchogue Village......ignore the residents and do what they need to do to reward their friends, relatives, donors and developers that pay into the political machine in Brookhaven and Patch. Now we have Brookhaven calling the shots here through Mr Pontieri. Follow the money my dear Patch friends.
Patchogue Snoop February 29, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Hey GSB...how is the clamming out there? Anything left? My friend averages ten bags of neck/tops in Jersey/Raritan. Unreal digging there.
AnnaMarie February 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Jack. I just saw the lineup for the theater. Wow, but I'm upset that you're not having me back. Kid shows, Glenn Miller, Pat Cooper, Uncle Floyd, Mellissa Manchester and, of course, Mickey Bs Oldies. Wowwie wow wow! I know that there is a surgical supply store in East Patchogue but would it be possible to move it closer to the theater so my friends and I can pick up new walkers if we need them. One more thing, if you could just keep those kids at that coffee place quiter. They are so loud that I needed to turn my hearing aid down when I limped by. Please send the bus by on voting day.
cresten February 29, 2012 at 11:13 PM
WOW! I've been waiting to see Uncle Floyd since 1976! And Pat Cooper? I've seen mud puddles funnier than that Jackie Mason wannabe hack!
Patchogue Snoop February 29, 2012 at 11:36 PM
WOW! I thought they were all dead???!!!!
Tianna Johnsen March 01, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Whoever the dude that is patchogue's parking czar should be FIRED. I don't need no studies and stats to tell me he done a BAD JOB!
christine rosenthal March 01, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Hi Mr. Crean, Ms. Ihne, Ms. Mcquire, Mr. McGiff and Mr. Powers. it was great seeing everyone last night and discussing the issues regarding the 4 corners. I am very concerned. I do not want more rentals here. Out of all the possibilities we could have with that 4 corners to spruce up patchogue and make it eternally inviting we get apartments. Is that all Patchogue is ever capable of getting of times are tough??? come on. we have tons of residents that deserve a heck of alot better than what we are getting here. My husband and i bust our butts to keep our house nice and renovated it. nothing irks me more than seeing rentals, the lack of considerationd for the other residents and their feelings. And if the allegations are true about the dishonesty with Pontieri than it says alot about past curretn and future decisions he will make in this village. It truly takes a strong person in a position of power to turn away special interests and stick up for the people. I only hope if he loses the election whomever is elected stands strong and always for the people!
Rich Stevens March 01, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Mr Evans, you are running for the most important public office in Patchogue Village, but you are not telling anyone about yourself. How do you want us to make an intelligent decision about you. Both Mr. Pontieri and Ms. McGuire have both provided us with information about themselves, as did all the Trustee Candidates. If you are serious about being a candidate, provide the information as the others have already done.
Eric Randall March 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Hello? Earth to Ferb?? Hello????? Anyone home???? Earth to Ferb???


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