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Four Candidates Vie For Three Seats On Bayville Village Board Of Trustees

The Incorporated Village of Bayville election will take place on June 19. Running are three incumbents - trustees Timothy Fay, Kate Naughton and Peter Valsecchi of the Taxpayers Party. Also running is write-in challenger candidate, Harry E. Pinkerton III, of the Concerned Citizens Party. Voting takes place at the Bayville Village Hall and at the Bayville Firehouse. from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The four candidate’s statements appear on this page. [Village Justice Anthony Perri is running unopposed for his seat in the election.]

Timothy Fay

(Timothy Fay submitted the following statement.)

Biography

I’m a lifelong resident of Bayville, being the third generation of my family to live here. I’m currently employed with National Grid U.S. for the past 23 years and am responsible for the daily maintenance operation of the Hicksville operating facilities. My wife Jacqueline of 22 years is also a Bayville-born resident as well as my two children Nicole and TJ. Nicole is graduating this year and will be attending Stony Brook University while TJ will be entering Locust Valley High School.

My wife has worked for the past 30 years at the office of Dr. David Lippman and Dr. Charles Valicenti. I attended Bayville schools, and Locust Valley High School. I’m a member of St. Gertrude’s church, and a former Cub Scout den leader for five years and Cub master for two. I served as a planning board member for a little over 12 years and a trustee for only one.

As a member of the planning board, I helped spearhead the local code outlawing flag lots, and for the duration of my time as a board member was keeping the village’s planning and subdivisions codes followed by all.

As my first year as trustee comes to a close, I look back and see that I helped keep the village budget under the 2 percent New York State budget cap along with other issues within the village. I look forward to working with and helping all village residents with any issues or concerns they might have within our community.

[When Douglas Watson was elected mayor, he appointed Len Kurkowski, to fill his position on the board. When Mr. Kurkowski resigned, Tim Fay was appointed to serve in Len’s place until the next election, in 2011, when he ran unopposed to fill the final year of Mayor Watson’s term as trustee. Mr. Fay is currently running for his first full four-year term.]

I believe that Bayville is one of the best-kept secrets in Nassau County and once you have moved here you will never want to leave. I envision a village with a business district that local residents and our neighboring community would flock to for their shopping, dining and seaside adventure.

Kate Naughton

(Ms. Naughton sent the following statement.)       

Biography

I attended St. Patrick’s parochial school in Glen Cove, then School of the Holy Child in Old Westbury, followed by Providence College, Providence RI.

Additionally, I have taken a number of certificate courses provided by Nassau County Office of Emergency Management in areas of disaster recovery and flood preparedness. Employed at Cablevision Systems, Bethpage, for 19 years.

Accomplishments

As a member of the board of trustees, I and my fellow board members have:

• Endeavored to make the best choices for the largest number of residents.

• Facilitated concerns of residents.

• Continued to move existing projects forward.

• Approached those projects “not” moving forward to encourage results.

• Operated in a fiscally responsible manner.

• Negotiated contracts with various groups (CSEA, Bridge Marine, Bayville Fire Company) keeping the impact to the residents foremost in mind.

In conjunction with the Incorporated Village of Bayville Environmental Commission and Beautification Committees I have:

• Approached local grocers and asked them to offer paper and re-usable shopping bags, reducing consumption of plastic grocery bags in the Village.

• Participated in a campaign to remove the Chinese wisteria, invasive vines in Harrison Woods that have been choking our natural habitation.

• Formalized approved colors for commercial signage and buildings..

• Proposed the Ludlam Avenue streetscape plantings be used in our Adopt-A-Spots.

• These last two initiatives will continue to improve the aesthetics throughout our village, creating a more cohesive atmosphere.

• For five summers I was involved with the village’s Green Market, bringing organic produce to the community.

• Participated in the planning and execution of the 90th Birthday Celebration with current trustee Al Staab and former trustee Carol Kennedy, giving the community a fun-filled day of free activities, ending with a well-attended concert at West Harbor Beach.

Going Forward:

• Will continue to serve as your public servant, asking questions and striving to make the best decisions for the Village of Bayville as a whole.

• With the Village of Bayville Environmental Commission we hope to introduce environmentally friendly choices for property maintenance [to be printed in] the Village Quarterly Newsletter.

• Will continue to act in a fiscally responsible manner,

• In the last four years I have learned a tremendous amount and have enjoyed my service to the residents of the Village of Bayville. I always endeavor to serve for the greater good (not always a popular choice) and I would be honored for the right to represent you for another four-year term as a trustee of the Incorporated Village of Bayville.

Harry E. Pinkerton III

(Mr. Pinkerton submitted the following statement.)

The current administration was handed a troubled situation by the past administration, who knowingly did little planning for the budget issues we face today. They knew for years about the pension issues coming but didn’t set up a reserve to fund it. They gave out 10 percent reward raises to almost everyone, deserving or not.  For an example: one management worker who makes $100,000 got a 10 percent raise even though the Village was fined $40,000 by the health department for a violation because he was negligent in his job. The village attorney explained he got the fine reduced to $10,000, but still, a raise should not have followed.

In other examples, Bayville budgets $40,000 for the village justice system but collected less than $10,000 in fines. Also, on top of pensions there is 100 percent paid health insurance and in too many cases for life, no contribution at all. It’s just not the way current business and other municipalities are operating these days, and it’s really hurting our Bayville taxpayers.

Real estate values have dropped so our tax rate goes up, we don’t do enough to encourage business so there’s no basis to improve the housing values.  Recently commercial rates dropped 70 percent and there doesn’t seem to be an understanding of what the problem is.

I’ve got ideas and want to help develop viable business model solutions. But the TIP party is skittish of my vocal input, and appears to be protecting their long-standing monopoly with lawsuits to keep any challengers off the official voting booth ballot.  Their election lawsuit against me this month, elevated to the Supreme Court, is based on an objection to 157 of my nominating petition signatures; signatures of my friends and neighbors who, inadvertently, filled in their addresses with “Bayville” in the form’s “TOWN” column where they should have written “Town of Oyster Bay.”  The TIP party used this technicality and squashed the voters’ choice.

Please come to the polls on Tuesday and cast a write-in vote for me, Harry E. Pinkerton III of the Concerned Citizens Party.  Read more on the web at www.BayvilleWriteIn.com about me, and about how a write-in vote works.”

Biography

I have over 30 years of executive business experience. As president of Fluid Metering Inc., a worldwide leader in fluid control technology for the medical, scientific and industrial industries, I negotiate with professionals around the world in complex contracts and projects. I understand business, budgets and how to make challenging decisions.  

I am a charter member of the Bayville Centre Island Rotary Club and ran the annual car show for Bayville’s United Cerebral Palsy for 20 years. I am an active member of the Oyster Bay Italian-American Club, and a longtime supporter of Falcon Pride, Oak Neck Athletics, Bayville baseball, Bayville library, the Rotary Scholarship Fund, and other community groups.

My wife, Celeste and I have raised three sons in Bayville and are proud to say our oldest recently purchased a house in Bayville.  We are Bayville people and truly love this community. There has been a lot of good accomplished in Bayville recently and there’s more still to be done.  I am also pleased to see more residents getting active, speaking out, offering criticism and suggestions, trying to get their community involved.  I want to see this resident involvement continue and increase, and lessen the decades-old control of one-party government. There’s a challenging road ahead for the village, with comprehensive planning required.  I can help.

Write-In Vote

Write-in vote on June 19 for Harry E. Pinkerton III.  A write-in vote is simple and historically in Bayville, has tipped the scales on Election Day.  Polls open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Write-in voting is easy, just remember two things: bring a pen, and bring a slip of paper with the correct spelling of Harry E. Pinkerton III (any variation of that legal name will discount your vote).

Following are the write-in instructions as received from the Bayville Village Clerk, Maria Alfano-Hardy.

Write-In votes on lever machines:  Once inside the voting booth, find the column of the contest that you want to do the write-in vote. The name of the office is along the top row. Follow the column up until you come to a metal tab protruding from a small window slot.  Push that metal tab upwards.  Remember, as you push up on the tab, the voting machine is locking the lower levers so you can’t vote twice for that office.  Write in the name.  When you are through writing in the name, close the slot window.

Peter B. Valsecchi Jr.

(Mr. Valsecchi submitted the following statement.)

Biography

I am a 45-year resident of Bayville. Married 23 years to Sandra, and the father of three boys, Donald, Matthew, and Kevin. I graduated in 1980 from Locust Valley High School and from 1980 to1982 studied mechanical engineering and drawing at S.U.N.Y Farmingdale.

My career began at J & B Tool and Die, Westbury as a 2nd class machinist, 1980-1984. From 1985-1990 I worked at Fabtech Mfg. Inc. as plant manager and eventually became vice-president of operations from 1990 to 2009.

Currently I am a 1st class machinist and doing quality control at J & B Tool and Die Westbury, as well as sales and consulting for Pinquist Tool and Die, Brooklyn, and Precision Electronics, Copiague. Currently and proudly serving from 2008 to 2012, as elected trustee on the Incorporated Village of Bayville board.

I have been involved in the community as a coach for 15 years in the Bayville Community Little League, and travel coach the past 10 years during summer months. I am a current board member and vice-president of baseball for the Bayville Community Little League (BCLL) for the last eight years. During this time I worked with the mayor and her staff, as well as the other BCLL board members and the Locust Valley Central School District administrative staff, to build a very successful, fun and safe youth program with over 400 participants each year.

Accomplishments

As a member of the board of trustees I have:

• Endeavored to make the best choices for the largest number of residents.

• Facilitated concerns of residents.

• Continued to move existing projects forward.

• Approached those projects “not” moving forward to encourage results.

• Operated in a fiscally responsible manner.

• Negotiated contracts with various groups (CSEA, Bridge Marine, Bayville Fire Company) keeping the impact to the residents foremost in my mind.

• As the board liaison to the recreation committee, I participated in the planning and execution of the 90th Birthday Celebration with former Mayor Victoria Siegel, current trustees Kate Naughton and Al Staab and former trustee Carol Kennedy, giving the community a fun-filled day of free activities, ending with a well-attended concert at West Harbor Beach.

• Working with the recreation director, co-liaison trustee Cathy Rapelje, and the recreation committee, helped organize Halloween Ragamuffin event, 5K run, adult basketball, and newly formed adult softball league.

• As board liaison to museum board, assisted Director Dave Rapelje and the Bayville museum board to organize and set up new exhibits.

• Helped form, and board liaison to boating committee with trustee Cathy Rapelje.

I have enjoyed and learned a lot the last four years serving the residents as a Trustee for the Incorporated Village of Bayville. My passion to serve has grown strong over those years. The current and past mayor and board members that I have worked with have made some important and tough decisions over the years to help make this a better and safe community during my term. Going forward, I would like to continue that with re-election.