Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
In the Village of Munsey Park four candidates are running for two open trustee positions. Two incumbents, Sheila Brennan and Albert Jaronczyk, are members of the Village Party. They are being challenged by Sean Haggarty and Patrick Hance, both members of the Residents for a Better Munsey Park Party.
The Manhasset Press asked each candidate to provide a headshot, a short biography and to answer seven questions that would assist residents of the village in making their decisions. The candidates are listed alphabetically. The election will be held on Tuesday, March 19, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Munsey Park Village Hall, 1777 Northern Blvd.
-Pat GraceSheila Brennan
I have lived in Manhasset for the past 35 years. I was a school teacher in Valley Stream for over 40 years teaching grades 1-6 and earned a place in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who in International Teachers.
I have watched my two daughters grow up in Manhasset and have always been an active participant in many of the local groups and organizations. Together with six other professional women, I founded the Working Women of Manhasset, an organization that continues to be quite active. I also served as past president of MANA which is associated with the Manhasset Newcomers Club. I was involved with the Munsey Park Association and contributed many hours of time and talent to the Greater Council of Manhasset Civic Associations where I served as past President of The Civic Association and was on the board of directors as well as past president of the Manhasset Community Fund. In 2006, I earned the honor from the chamber of commerce of “Woman of the Year.” I have been an active participant of the Green Tree Foundation and am currently a trustee of Munsey Park.
I am honored to be running for a trustee position in the upcoming village elections. I have lived in Munsey Park for the last 12 years with my wife Kim and three children, Brendan 13, Erin 10, and Aidan 7. Since moving into Munsey Park we have been extremely active within the village through community groups, philanthropic causes, and coaching my children and their friends in many sports. My wife Kim has held leadership positions in the Manhasset Mothers Group, The Munsey Park Women’s Club, and the SCA. I received a BA from Villanova University in 1992. Professionally, I have worked in the financial industry for the past 18 years serving clients in institutional equity sales and trading, capital markets, and consulting. It is this private sector experience that will be beneficial while representing the residents of the village on the board of trustees.
My name is Patrick Hance and I have lived in Munsey Park for 15 years, with my wife Ann and our three children, Jack (14), Rebecca (12), and Carina (6). We are long-time members of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, and active parishioners at the Church of St. Mary. Additionally, I have been an assistant coach for several of my children’s sports teams. Ann is past president of the Manhasset Newcomers Club and the Munsey Park Women’s Club. We have owned three homes in the village. We have done extensive renovations to two of them and built a new home at our current residence on Ryder Road. In my professional life, I am the chief financial officer of corporate lending at Citigroup, where my responsibilities include managing the disaster recovery effort for over 1,000 people.
Certified Public Accountant - NYS
St Francis College - BS Accounting
Adelphi University - MBA Finance
Presently Chief Financial Officer for CardWorks, Inc. in Woodbury, NY
Wife - Carol A. Jaronczyk
Children - Richard, Kristin and Catherine
Resident of Manhasset since 1980
Trustee, Incoroprated Village of Munsey Park since 1999
Trustee (Currently EVP) Board of Trustees of United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, Inc.since1994.
Focus on village is financial, insurance and village hall. My professional experience from the past 39 years provides the basis for my role in village government. Past experience in business included banking, insurance matters and related risk management, and issuance of over $500MM in publicly traded corporate bonds.
Q1. Can you attend the evening monthly meetings? Are you available for an emergency during the day if needed or in the middle of the night if necessary?
SB: Yes. I am retired and I have ample time to spend on the community.
SH: Yes, I will also avail myself to any additional meetings necessary to increase my understanding of village operations. Yes, I currently maintain an office in my home and will be available if an emergency arises. As an example, the morning after Sandy hit the area; I fortunately own a chain saw and spent the day working with many of my neighbors helping clear streets, homes, and cars of fallen trees and branches.
PH: Yes, I will be available for the meetings of the board of trustees. One of my responsibilities in my professional life is to be Director of Disaster Recovery for a group of over 1,000 people and I fully understand what it means to be available during an emergency.
AJ: Yes I can attend meetings as I have for the past 14 years. Since I work in Woodbury, unscheduled emergency meetings are easily arranged.
Q2. Have you attended a village board meeting? Do you regularly attend the board meetings?
SB: I have attended the majority of meetings this year (at least 10 of the past 12 meetings). I am also a member of the board of trustees and I have attended the meetings regularly for the past eight years.
SH: Yes, I have attended many village board meetings in the past. I began attending meetings voicing my concerns for the safety of my children, created by the constant through traffic and reckless driving within the village. Furthermore, a neighbor and I spearheaded the effort to create a safe crossing point on Park Avenue.
PH: Over the years, I have attended many village board meetings, including appearing before the ARB and ZBA. I have owned three homes in the village and been involved in many of the processes of the village.
AJ: Yes, for the past 14 years. I also attended meetings as a resident before my serving as a village official.
Q3. Have you served on any committees/ boards in your village?
If so, which ones and for how long?
SB: I have been a member of the board of trustees for the last eight years and, while not a part of the village government per se, was president of The Munsey Park Civic Association for several years.
SH: Although I have not served on committees within the village, I have had experience with the architectural review process and understand the important role they play in the village. I believe I can apply my extensive private sector experience to help the committees better serve the resident’s needs.
PH: While I have not served in an official capacity, I have had meaningful experience interacting with the village government over the past 15 years. My wife and I have done extensive renovation projects in our three homes in the village and we have made a significant commitment volunteering in our community. My experience in my professional life in the finance field will help me to understand the finances of the village. Frank DeMento, Sean Haggerty and I have a great deal of energy, concern and relevant personal experience to help direct the services our village offers in a manner that best represents our neighbors’ interests.
AJ: Village trustee and deputy mayor - 14 years Village of Munsey Park.
Q4. What, in your opinion, is the function of a trustee?
SB: A trustee’s main focus should always be the good of the community. It is important to maintain an active presence and a strong awareness of your surroundings. By partaking in the board meetings and actively serving on numerous community organizations for the past 30 years-I have kept abreast of the evolution of issues pertaining to the village.
SH: The function of the trustee is to work with the mayor and other board members to serve the best interest of all the residents in the village. This will include important budget issues, village maintenance, safety, and any State and local policies that may affect the village. It is also imperative to be a socially active member within the village so you may constantly solicit residents input and represent as many of their views to the full board for consideration prior to imposing policies or laws that would affect them.
PH: The function of the trustees and entire village government is to serve the residents of the village, while enforcing the laws of the village. We live in a beautiful village with very high standards. We want to uphold those standards but make it easier for the residents to get things done.
AJ: Represent the long - term interests of our entire village constituency, not special or individual interests.
Q5. Why did you decide to run at this time?
SB: I would like to continue as a member of the board of trustees because there are still issues in our village I would like to see addressed. There is still much work to do cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy. We need to take down the trees that still pose a risk to houses in the community while replacing those that are removed so we can maintain the beauty and the landscape that embodies our village.
SH: While living in Munsey Park, I have been approached many times to run for a trustee position by friends and neighbors who have each recognized my desire to improve the village in one way or another. Myself, Frank DeMento and Patrick Hance, all having similar firsthand experiences with the village and sharing a common desire with each other and fellow neighbors to improve the village, created the Residents for a Better Munsey Park Party. Our intention is to give the residents an alternative in the upcoming election. We believe now is the time to bring the board new energy, ideas, and a renewed sense of service to the residents of the village.
PH: I believe there is always room for a fresh perspective, new energy and ideas. I have wanted to become involved with the village for some time. And in the aftermath of Sandy, I feel the need is even stronger to build the partnership between our local government and the residents it serves.
AJ: I feel strongly about serving the community where we live. It’s personally important to me to give something back to the community, especially during difficult economic times.
Q6. If elected, what would you like to achieve? Change? Incumbent please state what you have achieved.
SB: If elected I would continue to improve roads and traffic patterns, address the removal of trees that place current housing and residents at risk, seek to improve, maintain, and upkeep the roads, and assure that the integrity of the village remains intact while continuing to promote the intimate yet dynamic feel of the community.
SH: If elected, Frank DeMento, Patrick Hance, and I will work diligently to change the overall tone the village has with its residents. In return for the taxes we all pay as village residents the board of trustees is elected to serve the needs of its residents, the board must strive to deliver a high level of service back to the residents equivalent to the standards they are in place to maintain. We will focus on increasing active participation from the village residents and community groups on solutions and improvements to matters that serve to make Munsey Park a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
PH: My family appreciates the special charm that Munsey Park offers. The standards that have been set forth over the years are commendable. We would simply hope to make the village more approachable to its residents in order to strengthen the community. The issues of home improvement and safety of our residents should be of equal importance to the volunteers who serve on our board and its residents. Additionally, we would like to explore how the village uses its resources to ensure that the village is being as efficient as possible with our money.
AJ: During my tenure we have maintained an impeccable record of financial management of the village, managing costs and working out solutions to containing operating costs in order to deliver real value to the village. I was instrumental in securing a top rating for village issued serial bonds for the road improvement project several years ago and structured the transaction to save the village interest expense and scheduled cash flows for serial maturities without a material negative effect on Village tax rolls.
Q7. What, in your opinion, are the top agenda items for the coming year?
SB: Some of the top agenda items include replanting some of the trees that were destroyed by the recent storms, looking at the tree laws to see if they need to be amended and striving to keep the village within the 2 percent tax cap.
SH: First we need update the village policy and procedures and make them readily available to all residents. We believe term limits need to be debated and an appropriate policy put in place. We must do a thorough review of the budget and the procedures within village hall to seek out necessary savings opportunities that may exist while returning a high level of service back to the residents. We will actively seek out alternative methods of generating revenue, i.e. fundraising, to support the great work many of the community groups within the village have done over the years. Finally, we must reestablish a sense of cooperation back into the village governing process in line with the high level of service the village residents deserve.
PH: In the many years that I have lived in Munsey Park I have never seen a mechanism for constructive feedback and engagement with the residents. We will conduct a review of how the village does business and how it serves its customers, the residents of the village. We will focus on the processes to build and improve homes and to maintain our trees, review the safety measures for the children of our community, and examine the budget for possible efficiencies.
AJ: New roadwork evaluations and rollout plans to conduct new work and infrastructure related public grant research regarding availability of funds and securing the village’s share.