This letter is in response to the article, "Village of Plandome Manor 2008 Year in Review." In particular the statement, "October brought the settlement of the 'Private Roads' matter..." caught my attention as being familiar because it was listed in January 2008 as an accomplishment in last year's "Year in Review!"

In reality this matter, case 021466/2006 is scheduled for an appearance in Nassau Supreme Court on Feb. 18. How this unsettled matter can be listed as an accomplishment for two years running is beyond me!

When the current mayor was elected, she removed the village counsel and put in place a firm run by a good friend of hers. Legal expenses went from $63,516 in the year ending May 2007, to $217,835 in the year ending May 2008. At roughly $750 per household, this is the single largest expense in the village. Maybe the mayor is fine with this large increase in spending to a company run by a friend of hers, since the friend then contributed to her State Senate campaign.

This pattern is repeated in the mayor moving the village office to space owned by a friend of hers, with a drastic increase in expense and more campaign contributions.

We have a pattern of self-promotion, and taking monies from neighbors to pay the mayor's friends.

The residents of Plandome Manor deserve better.

Richard Rupp

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