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Election Upset In Munsey Park

Uncontested elections like those in Plandome Heights and Plandome Manor enticed about 30 residents each to trek to the polls to cast their votes. Flower Hill had four individuals running for three open trustee positions, and well over 100 residents voted.

It was the changing of the guard in the Village of Munsey Park that seemed to break records. Harry Nicolaides had served as mayor for 17 years and, as the challenger, Frank DeMento, was swept into office, the two trustees running with him were also successful against the two incumbents, making it a clean sweep. Over 700 votes were cast in the mayoral election. Munsey Park is a village of about 400 homes.

Regarding the large turnout, Sean Haggerty said the challengers “could not be more proud to have engaged so many residents during the campaign.” Haggerty also said the challengers are extremely grateful for the help and support they  received  from  their friends and neighbors. Most importantly, he commented, “we all owe Harry, Al, and Sheila a huge debt of gratitude for all the time and effort they have put into improving this village.  Without residents like them willing to sacrifice so much of their time this village would surely not be the special place we all love.”

To ensure a smooth transition Haggerty said his team is wasting no time in getting to work, indicating that he has been spending time at the village hall with the clerk, deputy clerk and maintenance crew. Patrick Hance is thankful that the residents of the village agreed that it’s time for a change and have placed their confidence in the new team. “We look forward to getting started.”

Judging from letters submitted in support of the challengers some residents believed the village was becoming tied up in red tape, a lack of transparency and onerous home improvement rules and regulations. The board and the employees of the village exist to serve the residents, said Frank DeMento, indicating that is what he intends to do – “I am committed to working with the board to change how the village conducts business with its residents.”

Specifically, DeMento believes residents should be informed what the rules and regulations are. He said he intends to re-write the code so that it is easier to understand while continuing to preserve the village’s high standards. All required forms, building permit applications, user permits, filing and permit fee information, he said, should be readily available online. Any information that is not online should be readily available at the village hall, and, DeMento added, “Village employees should focus on providing customer service to our residents who request assistance.”