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Manhasset Park District Election

The Manhasset Park District is holding elections, Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the firehouse located at 35 Bayview Avenue, Manhasset, from 3 to 9 p.m.
This year the Manhasset Park District has two commissioner positions that require votes. Mark S. Sauvinge is running unopposed for reelection for a three-year term. Ann Marie Curd, newly appointed commissioner, will be running against Steve George for the one-year unexpired term of the retired Commissioner Patricia J. Roberts.
Remember when voting that a vote would be cast for Mark Sauvigne for the three-year position and also another vote indicating your choice of either Mr. George or Ms. Curd for the one-year position.
The Manhasset Press requested the two candidates in the contested election to submit a headshot, a short biography, and to answer five questions giving the community the opportunity to learn about them. Each was given a limit of approximately 600 words.

–Pat Grace
Brief Biography: Ann Marie Curd

My name is Ann Marie Curd (some of you know me by my married name, Fruhauf) and I am running for Manhasset Park District Commissioner. In July 2010, I was selected by TNH Supervisor Jon Kaiman from a field of five applicants to fill the vacancy left upon the retirement of Commissioner Pat Roberts. I grew up in Manhasset and am so happy that my husband Tom and I were able to settle here and raise our three sons, Thomas 13, John 11, and Timmy 8 in this wonderful community.

Brief Biography: Steve George

I have lived in Manhasset for 18 years and my wife is a lifelong resident of Manhasset. I am a graduate of Baruch College (CUNY) with a BBA in Marketing.

I have worked for over 25 years in the telecommunication field, and have over 20 years experience in business development. I have negotiated contracts and projects with Unions in NYC/NJ.

I am a Republican party member, Knights of Columbus Member Council #2122, and past SVCC Board member.

Questions for Candidates

1. What in your background makes you a good candidate to be a Park District Commissioner? To date have you had any involvement with the Manhasset Park District? Have you attended any monthly meetings?

Curd: I have attended all district meetings since my appointment, including the budget hearings at TNH. My professional background and my civic work outlined above have prepared me well as I have been able to draw upon these skills in fulfilling my duties as your Commissioner.

George: I feel my background in Marketing/Finance would be an addition to the current administration. I have been extremely active in past meetings.

2. Why did you decide to run at this time?

Curd: Once I accepted the appointment, I was fully committed to the position and to running for election this December.

George: As District Park Commissioner I will work well with the rest of the administration to address and take action on our current projects and concerns.

3. If elected what would you like to achieve?

Curd: Constant information flow between community and government is essential to understanding the needs of the people and providing the best possible services to the community. I will strive to improve the flow of information between the district and the community so that we can achieve the highest level of service to our district constituency.

George: A few concerns I would like to address immediately are: upgrading and expanding our parks, a major concern that needs attention for our children; better arrange and add additional parking spots to our L.I.R.R. facility; lower our expenses in the district park area.

4. What, in your opinion, are the top agenda items for the coming year?

Curd: Clearly, the single biggest issue at the district is the lack of storage space and the poor condition of the building currently housing our offices, which must be addressed for the long term. Additionally, the Commissioners passed a resolution which I introduced adopting the NYS Records Retention and Disposition Schedule MI-1. It is essential that we implement the records retention program to assure the district records are properly preserved and available as needed. I would also like to explore with my fellow Commissioners discounting the cost of the annual parking pass, an idea that I introduced during our budget discussions earlier this year.

George: Even though we are faced with these difficult economic times we always must be focused on our parks, so our children can go and play in a safe and clean environment.

5. With the focus in the community on transparency, fiscal and otherwise, what is your position on the issue?

Curd: In my view, the purpose of government is to serve its constituency. Open and transparent government is essential to achieve that end. I am fully committed to transparency and open government at the district and I invite members of the community to take an active role in the district so that we can better serve you.

George: I will send out a monthly newsletter letting the community know what the up coming issues and concerns are. We will let the community know what the District Park Commissioners stance will be and what the pros and cons are on these issues. We will always ask for feedback so our decisions are in line with what the community favors.