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It is hard to know, with any certainty, why all of the villages holding elections on March 19 have so few candidates. Younger residents with small children have little or no time for volunteering their services to their village. Some residents don't want to make decisions that might bring their neighbor's scorn. And, I suppose, there is a general lack of interest.

So why have I decided to run for office in Plandome Manor? I attended a board meeting four years ago to bring a problem to the trustees' attention. I've regularly attended board meetings ever since. Often times, I am the only resident in attendance. If all politics are local, it doesn't get much more local than my own village.

Over the years, the trustees have discussed all the issues that affect the daily operations of our village: street maintenance, lighting and garbage collection to the zoning issues which can change the look of our village. Are these important issues? You bet they are. When something goes wrong, see how many of your neighbors complain.

I care about my village. It is a great place to live. My children are adults, so I can give the time required. The only campaign promise I can make is that I will always try to do whatever is in the best interest of the village residents in dealing with issues that arise.

I encourage the residents of all the villages holding elections to vote. Show support for the neighbors who are willing to give their time and effort on your behalf. And keep informed by attending, even once in awhile, our board of trustees' meetings. I hope my neighbors will support me in our local election.

Jean Kuskowski


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