Opinion

On March 15, 2007 at 7 p.m. the Manorhaven Board of Trustees held a public hearing on Introductory Local Law A - 2007, entitled "E-2 zone." Present at that meeting were three or four Manorhaven residents. They were the only people from Manorhaven that came out to learn and question the Board of the E-2 Zone Overlay District. In my eyes, three or four people alone do not justify representing the voice of "our" community. When the meeting was over a motion was made to close the public hearing on the "E-2 Zone." The motion was passed three to two with myself and then Trustee David Nick Di Lucia voting "nay." At the June 27 board of trustees meeting it was recommended by Gerard Terry (the village attorney) to set a date for a new public hearing, because of discrepancies concerning the boundaries of the proposed "E-2 Zone." The new public hearing scheduled for July 11 had to be rescheduled because of a mistake made by the village clerk, Ronnie Shatzkamer, when she had the wrong dates published in Newsday ( I am still waiting for confirmation from Ronnie of the dates published).

The public hearing on the proposed "E-2 Zone Overlay District" and a separate public hearing on "Property Maintenance" were going to be rescheduled for July 25, at 7 p.m. A special meeting was held by the Manorhaven Board of Trustees on July 12 at 9 a.m. to reset the date for the public hearings. The agenda that morning only included the Property Maintenance public hearing. When the absence of the E-2 hearing was questioned by newly elected Trustee Rita Di Lucia, Mayor Capozzi said, " I took it off of the agenda." Trustee Di Lucia asked, " How can you do that?" Mayor Capozzi said, " I can, because I'm the mayor and I can do that. It will be put on the July 25th agenda as a line item to be voted." Trustee Di Lucia said, Mayor Capozzi then made a comment to the effect that he was upset with me (Trustee Di Leo ) for writing letters to the local newspapers.

I'm sorry if Mayor Capozzi is taking my writing to the local newspapers personally. My reasons for writing to the local papers is to inform the public of an issue; I feel this should be of a major concern to the residents of Manorhaven and of the Port Washington community in general. It is for that reason that I felt it was my responsibility as an elected official to inform our community of this important waterfront Issue. I will do my best to keep you informed. If you have concerns, please come to the July 25 meeting at 7 p.m. Remember there is a public hearing on "Property Maintenance" followed by the regular monthly board of trustees meeting. Please feel free to contact myself or Trustee Di Lucia at anytime concerning this issue or any other. We are listed in the local directory. Upon writing this letter it has come to my attention that a letter dated July 12 was received by some Manorhaven residents from Mayor Capozzi. This letter was sent out with my name on it, and I just want you to know that I had no knowledge of this letter being sent to the residents.

John M. Di Leo Jr. Trustee

Inc. Village of Manorhaven


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