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Letter: It’s Our Problem: Manhasset Doesn’t Vote

As Election Day draws near with many local elections at stake, I’m energized in striving to improve the Manhasset I love. I am compelled to share with you what I have continually heard directly from elected officials over several years—that Manhasset’s difficulty getting acceptable timely action on its local concerns is because “Manhasset does not vote.” While there is rarely a single reason, indeed low voter participation can directly impact on your town and our quality of life. My single most significant consumption of time, as well as for many civic leaders, is following up on the same unresolved matters … over and over and over again. While it does not stop my and other civic leader’s tireless efforts to get Manhasset matters addressed and solved, I urge you to make a difference this election. Only you can reverse the perception that Manhasset doesn’t vote.

Manhasset residents need to do our job: providing elected officials a real measurable incentive to support and act on Manhasset improvements. I urge that you do everything you must to get you, your spouse, and other voters in your household to the polls and vote. If you do not, you will be simply giving up our influence on our local government to those in surrounding communities that more frequently come out in far greater numbers. Manhasset’s quality of life needs to have elected officials willing to achieve success for Manhasset….and you need to give them the incentive.

We are fortunate this November to have several good candidates on the ballot in many races. I hope you will not vote solely based on political party this November, but rather that you become as familiar as you can with all candidates. I wish to also highlight my experience with one substantially different candidate: Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth. Judi has so very much demonstrated quality constituent services during her current tenure. Judi and her staff responded with follow-ups on every matter I have ever brought to her, whether it’s a direct Nassau County issue or not. More often, it is Judi that communicates first with a reply, update, or a status; She stays on a problem through its completion often with positive and timely results. A true gem.

Regardless of who you cast your ballot for (or against), I urge that it is more important than anything else that you vote this November in our local elections. Together through action, we can make Manhasset even better!

Rich Bentley