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Letter: It Is Time For Change

Please join us on March 19 in supporting Frank DeMento for Mayor of Munsey Park.  In addition, we ask you to vote for Patrick Hance and Sean Haggerty as trustees.

Until this year our experience with the village had been minimal.  Several years ago we renovated our house at 75 Abbey Road and had the unfortunate experience of having to deal with the town regarding permits, fees and other situations. We dismissed the frustrating experience as part of living in Munsey Park.  Our view has changed after dealing with the mayor and the village after Hurricane Sandy. Our home was badly damaged by a tree in the storm. The tree that fell on our house was a tree that concerned us and we approached the town about taking the tree down in 2011.  The village, along with an arborist, decided that the tree was healthy and therefore could only be trimmed.  The “healthy” tree fell on our home destroying half of our house.

We had several interactions with Mayor Nicolaides and the village after the storm.  I called the mayor one day to discuss the permit fees that the Village of Munsey Park was charging us to rebuild our home.  I pointed out that several towns were waiving permit fees on work related to damage caused by the storm.  I then asked if given the nature of our reconstruction, if Munsey Park would do the same. Mayor Nicolaides said, “…you should be grateful that you are only paying $4,300 in permit fees. Because the village is letting you use old plans you are actually avoiding paying tens of thousands of dollars in architectural and permit fees. I know, I’m an architect.” (December 2012) Grateful?  One of the many questions that has occurred to us while dealing with the village is why are the permits fees so high and where does that money go?  

Reading the letters written in support of the current mayor, we too appreciate all that has been done about generator noise and the location of air conditioning units. We also acknowledge that Mayor Nicolaides has been mayor for 19 years.  What we really care about and need however is to feel that we live in a community where the mayor and trustees of our village promote a feeling of trust, safety, and respect among its residents.  

We have known Frank DeMento since high school and can attest to his character, integrity and intelligence. Frank and his wife are very involved in Munsey Park and are lovely people.  Sean Haggerty was one if the first people to come help us the day after the storm.  He, along with 20 other friends and neighbors spent hours helping to clear the trees that fell on our home. The Hance family was very helpful in helping us look for temporary housing. The concern and generosity that we felt from the residents of Munsey Park was overwhelming. We believe that the residents of Munsey Park deserve leadership that will take a fresh look at the issues and advocate for the families who live here.  Please vote for Frank DeMento, Sean Haggerty, and Patrick Hance on March 19.

Kelly and John Towers