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7 comments to Welcome to 2013

  • Wundaboy

    I would have preferred that the Tattler start the New Year on a more positive note. Given the tragedies at the Sandy Hook school, and the suffering of our residents affected by superstorm Sandy, displaced rage at town government elected officials (of a particulaar party) should be replaced by support, apprciation for the positive response of our local town departments, hope, and concern for fellow residents and recognition that we in the Town of Huntington have a lot to be grateful for. Mr. d’Plume, I sincerely hope 2013 is a better year for you.

  • Venting

    The site is often used as a voice for those who can’t fight town mismanagement in person as we have to work long hours to earn enough to live here and we are seeking to protect our interests and quality of life. This fight has been going on for at least a quarter century in this town and the likes of Oyster Bay, North Hempstead, and Smithtown (other towns have lost the fight)…with some wins and losses. In towns across long island, unfortunately the graphic tells the story. Despite the vast majority of the residents opinion, politics and greed are bypassing resident opinion (if spot zoning was put into a vote in the next election, it would fail…and horribly…which should tell you something as politicians avoid such votes). With Avalon Bay alone…you get 350 household votes that would outvote numberswise neighborhoods like Halesite or Centerport, a builder who gets millions in profits, and politicians with higher donations from building associations leaving residents to deal with the consequences.

  • Wundaboy

    @venting: While town government is not perfect it is far from mismanaged by greedy politicians. That assertion is simply subjective and unfounded. Huntington is a very progressive and responsive town that values culture, a vibrant business environment, the safety of its’ residents and affordable housing among many other important public policies. You may not like certain programs or projects (and I don’t like some) but others might consider them good government. I think it is important to remind ourselves that our elected and appointed officials must protect the “interests and quality of life” of all residents, not just yours or mine.

    • Venting Further

      Hi, Note that I do not state the town itself is entirely mismanaged but there is a need to fight mismanagement we haven’t been given the civil right to fight via voting…just there are just some specific directions some board members have taken, with protest not just from residents but from some of the other board members as well who’s requests are dismissed by the leading three members. If the town put such controversial changes to resident vote, I feel I wouldn’t have used such harsh wording as I did above and we would be much less suspicious of unethical actions when there is such large opposition.

      • Wundaboy

        I think Iknow what you are referring to and I understand your feelings; but government (or any organization) could not function efficiently if every decision had to be voted on by all the constituents. That is why we elect people to represent us. I was in favor of councilmatic districts and supported replacing the elected highway commissioner with one appointed by our elected board. I’m disappointed that both issues were rejected but I accept that is how the system works and we all live to fight the good fight another day and support candidates who share our visions. I am not a “conspiracy theorist” and have no need to attack or blame one political party or the other as unethical or incompetent. That gets us nowhere. Sometimes we must accept that we lost a battle and that the other side may even have been right all along. Life goes on. Thank you for listening and have a good evening.

  • Wundaboy

    @venting: While town government is not perfect it is far from mismanaged by greedy politicians. That assertion is simply subjective and unfounded. Huntington is a very progressive and responsive town that values culture, a vibrant business environment, the safety of its’ residents and affordable housing among many other important public policies. You may not like certain programs or projects (and I don’t like some) but others might consider them good government. I think it is important to remind ourselves that our elected and appointed officials must protect the “interests and quality of life” of all residents, not just yours or mine.

  • mcr

    the highway department is the standout amongst all others in town. relative to the taxes paid for the services rendered, it provides the highest value. it should be studied and emulated by the other departments…. the best government is LIMITED and ACCOUNTABLE government

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