Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00
Three bright red SUVs, driven by the village building inspector and two code enforcement officers, patrol our streets. The building superintendent wears a gold badge, no kidding. Property owners seeking permission for home improvements are often treated with annoyance.
Independent candidate Anthony Losquadro, running on Row A under the Property Owners Party banner, wants to change this undesirable atmosphere. Residents wishing to improve their homes and thus raise their value are faced with rising costs and some outlandish codes to obtain village permits to proceed.
Appearing before the zoning, planning and architectural review boards can be as discomforting as going before a tribunal. Sometimes it feels like you’re committing a crime while seeking permission for a do-it-yourself project or for the hiring of electrical, plumbing and general contractors who often opt to avoid working in Sea Cliff. The Land of No, they call it. No exaggeration.
If you have recently done work on your home or tried to put anything in your backyard, you know the feeling. As he has done for himself, Anthony Losquadro wants to protect fellow property owners throughout Sea Cliff as a trustee on the village board. A civil servant in the best sense of the word. In business for himself, he is someone whose availability will help you and me solve our problems and answer our questions on a daily basis.
Meet the Candidates Night, sponsored by the Sea Cliff Civic Association, was important.
No, there’s nothing wrong with Anthony Losquadro picking a village trusteeship as his first order of volunteerism for the village he chose over Brookville and Glen Head in buying his first house in 1992.
“I saw a bumper sticker that said, See You in Sea Cliff, and I said to myself, ‘Wow, this Sea Cliff must be a special place,’”Losquadro said at the forum.
Anthony Losquadro’s unforeseen venture into politics came when he heard of the village board’s plans to override the 2 percent property tax cap enacted in 2011 by Governor Cuomo. He alerted the community to the Jan. 9 public hearing on the subject with a village-wide postcard mailing at his own expense. His presentation, followed by the objections and questions of the more than 100 attendees of the meeting, literally forced the mayor to defer the matter for the time being.
If Anthony Losquadro can accomplish this for us as a private citizen, just think of what he can do in our behalf as a village trustee. He is worth your vote on Row A of the ballot on Election Day, March 20, from noon to 9 p.m. at the village garage/recycling center on Altamont Avenue.