Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00
The Manorhaven Village Election will be held on June 15 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Manorhaven Village Hall. The Environment Party and the newly formed Manorhaven Revival Party are on the ballot, running for mayor and the two open trustee positions.
The Environment Party ticket includes Mayor Mike Meehan and Trustee Brendan Fahey, both running for re-election, and Patrick Gibson, who is running for trustee. The Manorhaven Revival Party includes Giovanna Giunta running for mayor and Dorit Zeevi-Farrington and Mark Lazarovic running for the two trustee positions.
Both parties released the following bios and statements to the Port News, in order to provide voters with more information on their background and their plans for the village if elected.
The Manorhaven Environment Party proudly supports Mayor Michael T. Meehan and Trustee Brendan P. Fahey for re-election and welcomes Patrick B. Gibson as a candidate for Trustee. Gibson was nominated to take the place of Trustee Rick Brostowin, who is retiring from Village government.
Mike Meehan was elected Mayor in 2008 and is seeking his second term. He is a member of the board of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District and served seven years on the Manorhaven BZA prior to his election. He is a Port Washington native and has resided in the Beach Haven section of the Village for 11 years. Mike graduated from St. Peter’s School, Weber JHS and Schreiber HS. He attended SUNY Oneonta, following graduation from Sullivan County CC. A former U.S. Naval Reservist, he recently retired from the U.S. Postal Service, after 25 years at the Port Washington P.O. He is married with three children, all of whom presently attend or graduated from Port Schools.
Brendan Fahey is also seeking his second term on the Board of Trustees. A resident of the Orchard Beach section, he has lived in the Village for 21 years. Brendan is a U.S. Navy veteran and former U.S. Naval Reservist. He served on the Manorhaven BZA for many years before being elected Trustee. For the past 20 years, he has been employed by the Town of North Hempstead Highway Department. He is married with one daughter, a graduate of Schreiber HS.
Patrick Gibson has been a Village resident for the past nine years and proudly claims Manhasset Isle as his home. Patrick has been a member of the Manorhaven BZA for the past two years. He is Chairman of the “Manorhaven Light Party,” which has successfully sponsored the candidacies of Trustee John DiLeo and Trustee Rita DiLucia. He pursued his higher education at the United States Military Academy (West Point) and later received an MBA degree. He is an executive for a NYC-based communications firm. Patrick is married with three sons (ages seven, five and four) all of whom attend St. Peter’s School.
Mayor Meehan stated, “As part of a team with Trustee Brendan Fahey and Patrick Gibson, I am proud to bring our record of accomplishment to the voters of Manorhaven.” The mayor cited action on major environmental issues, including strong and responsible opposition to the Pequot Avenue cell tower, repeal of the “E-2 Zone” that threatened the village’s waterfront, and the long-sought demolition of the village’s biggest eyesore, the Ikenson Steel building. He noted significant improvements to the village’s aging infrastructure, including major upgrades to the village sewage pump station, re-paving of Matinecock Avenue and Hickory Road, site improvements to the Village Hall property for the first time since the 1950s, and establishment of a much needed “home” for the Village’s Highway Department.
“Through aggressive pursuit of grant funding and prudent fiscal management, all of this and much more has been accomplished within the existing village budget and without bonding”, said Trustee Fahey.
Looking ahead to the June 15 election and beyond, Meehan, Fahey and Gibson stressed the importance of experience and background in order to get things done and outlined the following priorities for the next two years:
• Continuing dialogue with the cell tower developer, with the goal of having the tower moved out of the village.
• Identifying additional grant funding to keep the village budget stable and taxes down.
• A “Plan for Progress” for both Morgan’s Dock and the Village Preserve.
• Replacement of all 245 street lights in the village, reducing the village’s “carbon footprint by 60,000 pounds/year and saving thousands on village utility bills.
• Continuing focus on protection of Manhasset Bay, including more storm water runoff prevention efforts and stepped up policing of illegal discharges.
• Additional re-paving of village streets.
• Expanding our present beautification efforts.
• Implementation of major improvements to the business areas (Manorhaven Boulevard and Shore Road), including façade renovation and the “Rain Garden Project.”
Commented Gibson, “I am pleased that the Environment Party and the Light Party have joined forces to bring responsive and responsible government to our Manorhaven neighbors.”
Concluded Mayor Meehan, “The main goal of the Environment Party is to utilize our experience and background to represent all village residents with dedication, responsibility and integrity. Brendan, Patrick and I look forward to working closely and cooperatively with our good friends, Trustee John DiLeo and Trustee Rita DiLucia (who are not up for re-election), for the betterment of Manorhaven.”
Giovanna Giunta is the mayoral candidate for the Revival Party. She has lived in Manorhaven her whole life and her family has resided in Manorhaven since 1956. She is the owner and co-founder of Transportation Company. She studied Early Childhood Development at NCC. She became a Nurse Tech. at St. Francis Medical Center and worked with cardiac patients. Additionally, she has extensive experience with hospice and geriatric patients and has a total of 15 years in the medical field. She has two children attending Port Washington Schools and was a substitute for the Port Washington School District for three years. She has been a volunteer for various projects for 12 years.
Mark Lazarovic is a trustee candidate for the Revival Party. He has lived in Port Washington for 36 years and has been a resident of Manorhaven for 10 years. For 42 years, he has been a builder and a developer, working as a general contractor. He was a member and chairman of the Manorhaven Architectural Review Board from 2005-2008. He holds a B.S. in Engineering/Economics from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Mr. Lazarovic has seven children, who have all graduated from the Port Washington School District.
Dorit Zeevi-Farrington is a trustee candidate for the Revival Party. She has been a Manorhaven resident for three years. She was First Lieutenant in the Israeli IDF Service, and was among the first women to be a Logistics Officer. She earned her B.B.A. in Finance & Investments from Baruch College in 1991 and she received an M.B.A. in Finance & International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1993. Ms. Zeevi-Farrington was the first vice president and director of trading research at the Instinet Corporation from 1993-2003. Currently, she is the president and co-founder of three Yacht Charter Companies for NY Harbor and the Long Island Sound. She has one daughter, who is attending a Port Washington Elementary School.
Giovanna Giunta said, “I am a third generation resident of Manorhaven. My parents and my in-laws moved here back in the ’50s. My husband and I chose to stay and raise our two beautiful children here in the lovely village that was the Manorhaven we grew up in. Although the Cell Phone Tower issue compelled me to get involved by organizing this grassroots campaign and by attending the monthly Board of Trustees meetings, it was there that I recognized the urgent need for broader improvements in the village. I also recognized the residents’ desire for a responsive, ethical and transparent government. As mayor I will work hard to create an open and communicative atmosphere in Village Hall where residents are welcome to stop by, convey their concerns and share their ideas for improvements. I will also work hard to preserve our residential neighborhood and village quality of life by undertaking projects that will improve daily life for various constituencies such as improving drainage throughout the village, ensuring street safety, creating the long-awaited dog park, restoring the preserve by the Senior Citizens Center and rebuilding Morgan’s Dock into a village dock and park. I will do all I can to make our village a better place for all residents.”
Mark Lazarovic said, “As trustee, I will use my 42 years of work experience and expertise in engineering and general contracting to protect and enhance the beautiful waterfront environment that makes Manorhaven so special. Our village is a hidden gem that needs to be protected from outside influences and entities who do not have the village or the residents’ best interest and well being as their motivation. I promise to work hard towards making our village a better place for families and seniors, where young and old can afford to live and retire comfortably, where daily life and dealings with local government is smooth and productive and where our wonderful nautical heritage is being preserved and celebrated by our children, their children and future generations.”
Dorit Zeevi-Farrington said, “As trustee, I will use my education in finance, my Wall Street experience and my business owner knowledge to ensure the village budget is adequate and proper for the needs of the people. All budget items will be scrutinized, compared to other villages and thoroughly analyzed. Any inflated budget item will be realigned and frivolous expenses will be eliminated in order to keep our taxes down. In addition to the budget, I will be involved in exploring ideas to halt stagnation and facilitate economic growth. Finally, I will put all my efforts to recreate Village Hall as a well-run place where government does not waste residents’ time or resources and where all residents are treated respectfully and efficiently. More importantly, I will focus on guarding our village rules and laws to ensure that they are being adhered to. In brief, I will strive to make the village a wonderful place to live in and enjoy day in and day out.”