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Contested Election In Muttontown

The People’s Liberty Party announced their intention to run in the upcoming Muttontown Village Election scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, to be held at the Muttontown Village Hall at 1 Raz Tafuro Way.

Mayoral candidate Pericles “Perry” Linardos, and trustee candidates Russell Orenstein, George Chalos, and James Ronaghan represent the People’s Liberty Party, formed exclusively to run in this election.

The candidates have local ties to the area and long histories of both public service and success in the private sector.

Linardos is a 25-year volunteer and professional fireman as well as professional critical care and 911 paramedic in NYC since 1985. Orenstein is a business and real estate owner while Chalos is an international attorney and Ronaghan is a former member of the Old Brookville Police Auxiliary.

“Our current village administration has become intrusive into the daily lives of our residents and it's time for a change,” said mayoral candidate Linardos. “We need to end oppressive enforcement tactics.”

“We need to restore peoples voice and trust and end micromanagement,” he added. “We need to run a transparent and open village government.”

The party’s mission statement is led by a quote from Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, “When the people fear the government you have tyranny, when the government fears the people you have liberty.”

The People’s Liberty Party encourages every registered voter in the Incorporated Village of Muttontown to "participate in the democratic process without fear of retaliation and retribution."

“We need families to get into their homes, children to get into to their schools, and the village to be a resource rather than an adversary,” said Linardos. “We need to stress cooperation instead of litigation. We need a team that is customer and public service oriented.”    

Linardos told the Enterprise-Pilot he wishes to dispel the rumors going around that he plans to disband the police department.

“I am not against the police department - I am pro-police department, pro-union, pro-public safety. I work side by side with these guys on a daily basis, they do a great job, and I support their attempt to unionize. There is no need to change anything, if it works,” he said, adding, “I am not a politician, I am a card-carrying union member...I find it absolutely infuriating that nobody is opposing this woman.”

In Linardos’ view, the village is “litigating everything” and not cooperating with residents.

The process of getting on the ballot with the board of elections is so delayed because he was required to get 75 signatures on his petition. “It took an act of God to get on the petition...I’ve been knocking on doors, putting up flyers....people are fearful of the village and many told me they would vote but didn’t want to put their name on the petition." He says the village “forces people to take them to court” and that residents are treated like “second class citizens.”

“If someone didn’t step up and do this we’d have four more years of blank check litigation,” he said.

Linardos describes a village where residents who recently underwent construction cannot live in their homes because the village does not have a building inspector to issue a certificate of occupancy, yet a code enforcer slaps them with a fine if they stay there.

Mayor Julianne Beckerman, however, said, “It’s startling that he’s making these statements since he has never attended a board meeting. We do everything in public, nothing has ever been done behind closed doors.”

She says she and her trustees came in as residents wanting to change the way things were run.

“When I first came into office in 2006 I wanted to ensure that all who sought to participate in their village had a forum to do so. With the help of the trustees, I have filled board positions, created committees and welcomed the residents to meetings regarding issues of great concern to our village.

“Whether it be management of the village’s police protection, which led to the formation of the Muttontown Police Department or financial matters, I have never shied away from keeping the residents of Muttontown informed. I believe genuinely that the Village of Muttontown belongs to all of its residents and is not a forum for just a select few.”

Beckerman is up for a third four-year term along with trustees Carl Juul-Nielsen, Sal Benisatto and Julie Albernas, all running as the Concerned Taxpayers Party.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the residents of Muttontown over the last eight years. During the time I have served as mayor I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of neighbors who have chosen to make Muttontown their home. I have been fortunate to work with them regarding individual and community related issues alike,” she said.

“It is my further belief that leaders must stand up at crossroads and make decisions based on their knowledge and in the best interest of all,” she added. “I stand by the decisions made under my administration over the last eight years. None of these decisions have been made in self-interest, none have been made without taking time to extensively study the matter, none have been made without full public dialogue and none have been taken lightly. If the residents of Mutttontown once again put their trust in me, I pledge to continue to implement these tenets in all that I do.”

News

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



Columns

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