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Letter: Mayor Responds to Resident’s Concerns

(Editor’s Note: The following letter is in response to Gregory Bennett’s letter that appeared in the June 18, 2009 edition of The Westbury Times.)

In response to concerns from residents in all parts of the village, I and the village board have placed a renewed emphasis on code enforcement efforts. We have done so in order to maintain Westbury’s quality of life, and the safety and attractiveness of our neighborhoods. As most people know, in recent years there has been a proliferation in Nassau County of illegal and unsafe housing, as well as other code violations, that affect the health, safety and attractiveness of our neighborhoods.

Westbury takes its code enforcement responsibilities very seriously, but we also are mindful of our residents’ rights and privacy. The matter raised by Mr. Bennett dealt with a routine inspection in connection with a rental permit renewal. I have assured him personally that there was no intent to cause him discomfort or difficulty, or to make him feel unwelcome.

There is a delicate balance that we must strike between the need to assure compliance with our local laws, versus the desire to not disturb our residents or their rightful enjoyment of their property. We usually do a very good job of keeping this balance. Our chief building inspector and code enforcement officers are mindful of the importance to conduct themselves, in the execution of their duties, in a respectful and appropriate manner. That is what the board of trustees and I expect. Residents who have concerns of this nature should feel free to contact me or any of the village board members directly so that these concerns can be addressed.

I would ask that all residents work with the village as we refine our approach to increased code enforcement. In the end, our joint efforts will result in a safer and more attractive community.

Peter I. Cavallaro

Mayor, Incorporated Village of Westbury