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Letter: Experience Is Necessary To Run The Village

Mayor Harry Nicolaides of Munsey Park Village and the incumbent trustees, Deputy Mayor Albert Jaronczyk and Sheila Brennan amply deserve reelection on March 19.

I served as a Munsey Park trustee for six years in the 1990’s. Being a trustee is a difficult, time consuming, and thankless job.  And mayor?  An impossible job similar to an undeserved ring in hell in Dante’s Inferno.

Mayor Harry Nicolaides, in general, and in the recent hurricane in particular, has worked ceaselessly for the village.  General emails, individual emails, bulletins and personal contact: Harry could not have worked harder or more efficiently, including with town and state governments, as well as with village residents.

Administratively, the village is in tip top shape, its employees hard working and honest, its building department untouched by scandal.

In addition, Harry runs a wonderful village meeting. Each issue is fully discussed and each individual has his or her “full say,” respectfully listened to and responded to.

Finally, the key to these village elected positions is to be a known quantity, someone who has shown the temperament and past track record to do the job. Before I became a trustee I had attended at least 10 village meetings where I had no personal interest.

The three challengers are obviously fine individuals who I hope continue to be involved in village affairs. However, I believe none of them have attended village meetings on a regular basis where they did not have a particular issue before the board, and thus have not attended many village meetings.

Therefore I would urge the three challengers to become active participants in village affairs, particularly by attending village meetings. The only reasons I do not support them now is their lack of experience in Munsey Park Village matters and the fact that I think the incumbents are doing an excellent job, and that the village is well governed.

Jim McGivney