Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00
Incumbent Commissioner Ann Marie Curd is being challenged by John J. Regan for the one open position in the Manhasset Park District. The election will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 3-9 p.m. at the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire House on Bayview Avenue.
My name is Ann Marie Curd (many know me by my married name, Fruhauf) and I am a candidate for Manhasset Park District Commissioner. I have had the privilege of serving as your commissioner since July 2010 and hope you will support my candidacy.
I grew up in Manhasset and my husband Tom and I are so fortunate to be raising our three sons, Thomas 14, John 12 and Timmy age 9 in this wonderful community. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School, I attended Rollins College where I received a BA in history. I thereafter earned a JD from Syracuse University and gained over 20 years experience practicing general corporate and securities law. My civic commitments include serving as treasurer of Strathmore Village Civic Association since 2004 and holding the offices of Second Vice President, First Vice President, and President (2006-2009) of the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations. I also serve on the TNH Steering Committee for the Revitalization of Plandome Road. In March 2010, I was honored as a Woman of Distinction of the 7th Senatorial District and have received several citations for my civic work in the community. In addition to my duties as Park Commissioner, I currently chair the Citizens Advisory Committee for Legislative Affairs of the Manhasset Board of Education, a committee that I have served on since its inception in 2007.
1. What specifically 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? I have attended every district meeting and have been able to take an active role in the day to day operations since I am in the district during regular business hours. My professional background, civic work, and the knowledge I have gained serving as commissioner have prepared me well and I will continue to draw on these skills should you elect me as your commissioner.
2. Why did you decide to run at this time? Throughout my term I have advocated for, and will continue to foster, positive change at Manhasset Park District so that we can achieve the highest level of service to our constituency in a cost effective manner.
3. If elected, what would you like to achieve? Incumbent please state what you have achieved. While much has been accomplished, I would point out the following as achievements of note:
• Securing approximately $9,800 in FEMA reimbursement funds for costs incurred during the Christmas blizzard in 2010;
• Developing medical expense reimbursement plan approved by the Commissioners which allowed the district to save money by self administering this plan;
• Continual review of district operations to look for ways to improve service and internal operations; and
• Increasing efficiencies resulting in a reduction of the tax levy of MPD in 2011 and 2012.
4. What, in your opinion, are the top agenda items for the coming year? The issues I would focus on in the upcoming term are parking, resolving the space/storage issue at the district offices and implementing a long overdue upgrade of district technology to increase efficiencies and improve information flow to the community.
5. With the focus in the community on transparency, fiscal and otherwise, what is your position on the issue? 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. My direct e-mail is displayed on the district web site and I welcome all suggestions and ideas as to how we can better serve you and increase transparency and information flow to the community.
In closing, it has been a pleasure serving as your commissioner. I ask for continued support and urge you to vote on Dec. 13.
My name is John Regan. I have lived in Manhasset for most of my life. I currently reside with my wife Alison and my son Jack in Munsey Park, the same neighborhood where I grew up. Following my graduation from Manhasset High School, I attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where I earned a degree in economics. Since then I have worked in the financial industry, and now serve as Managing Director for Cantor Fitzgerald in Manhattan. I have been active in local charities in various roles that include board member, volunteer and donor, and I have enjoyed coaching the youth of our town in lacrosse, baseball and football. As a father, coach, commuter and proud lifelong citizen of Manhasset I would consider it an honor and a privilege to further serve my community as a Commissioner of the Parks Department.
1. What specifically in your background makes you a good candidate to be Park Commissioner? To date have you had any involvement with the Manhasset Park District? Have you attended any monthly meetings?
My years of commuting on the rail line to New York City, my background in finance with strong analytical skills and the amount of time I have spent on the fields and in the parks of this town will allow me to bring a very real perspective to the role of Park District Commissioner. I am a team player and I am confident that I can work efficiently and productively with my fellow Commissioners to represent and serve our constituents. I currently have no active involvement with the Park District.
2. Why did you decide to run at this time?
Manhasset is a very special town and I count myself fortunate to live in such a place. This is a town where its residents give of themselves in many capacities to make it a better place to live. In line with that spirit I feel that I can help by bringing my work ethic and personality to the job of Park District Commissioner.
3. If elected what would you like to achieve?
Without question, the issues of illegal commuter parking must be addressed. The daily congestion in and around our train station negatively impacts the quality of life for our residents in many ways. Solving this problem will create a better commute for residents, more parking for local businesses and a safer downtown area. In addition, parking improvements in and around Plandome Road must be explored so that residents can shop locally and support our local merchants. We must also look to improve our green spaces in town. This includes working with the Town of North Hempstead to complete Valley Park, making necessary repairs/improvements to our current parks and looking into any new space that can be acquired within budget.
4. What, in your opinion, are the top agenda items for the coming year?
In striving for a better Manhasset, improved commuter parking for our residents combined with new parking solutions for our business district are of paramount importance. The needs of the tax-paying residents of Manhasset who commute on a daily basis must be recognized and met before those who live out of town and pay to park here illegally. Residents must also be able to access local businesses and government agencies with greater ease. Such improvements can help to revitalize our current business district and help to attract new businesses to our town.
5. With the focus in the community on transparency, fiscal and otherwise, what is your opinion on the issue?
As a firm believer in government transparency, I feel that encouraging community involvement by providing easy access to information is extremely important. There are many ways for our local government to provide transparency to its constituents. Improving the Park District’s website to contain more current happenings, an online suggestion box, regular e-news updates and the ability to conduct and share Park District business online are just a few examples of ways to increase the involvement of residents in their local government. An updated, dynamic and state-of-the-art website is an easily accessible portal to information 24/7, and would allow the Park District to serve in a highly transparent and cost effective manner.