Opinion

(Editor's Note: The following was sent to the mayor of Manorhaven and is printed here at the writer's request.)

I am in receipt of your letter. With respect to your asking for my resignation, my response is no. My term of office expires on July 1, 2012 and yours ends on July 1, 2008. With respect to my recusing myself on a recent case, I had a legitimate reason to do so and this is not a reason to request my resignation. The zoning board has two alternate members that are appointed specifically to hear cases when members for whatever reason cannot attend. I would like to call your attention to local law H, 2003 with respect to eligibility. I have worked hard to do my job to the best of my ability and have learned the relevant zoning laws via formal training. Your letter is an audacious and transparent maneuver to seize control of the zoning board and impose your will on same.

I would like to call your attention to the Architectural Review Board membership's residency and note that a majority of that board's members reside outside the village and, in one case, Suffolk County and another in New York City.

Addressing the other issues you raised in your letter, I would like to point out that you do not own any property in the village and never did. This is unlike me, who has until recently owned two homes for nearly two decades in the village, and currently reside in Port Washington and own my home. I am not merely a house guest like you. With respect to working in the village, while not a requirement, I would like to remind you that my job at the Town of North Hempstead that I have had for 20 years regularly brings me in and out of the Village of Manorhaven, so there is certainly no merit to that item. In fact, I live and work in town. Regarding removing me from the payroll on Jan. 31, that is unlawful and you would be well advised to reconsider this matter.

In closing please be informed that any attempt to manipulate the board of zoning and appeals by stacking the board with non-independent members will be met with stiff resistance by myself whether I am serving on the board or not. I believe your desire to push through multiple new condominium projects for your friends and campaign contributors is clouding your judgment and it is rumored that if you cannot manipulate aforesaid board, you will rezone additional properties to build those condominiums, effectively circumventing the zoning board. Mr. Capozzi, in my opinion you are no longer fit to serve as mayor and should resign effective immediately. Mr. Capozzi, you have known me for a long time and your misspelling of my name on the letter dated Jan. 22, 2008 illustrates your inarticulacy and is just another example of your slapdash official conduct.

Douglas C. Schlaefer


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