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Letter: Experience Counts

Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

A contested election in the village of Munsey Park is rare. There are not very many people who want to devote so much time and effort to a zero-paying job.  A job that entails many evening as well as daytime meetings per month.

The mayor and trustees oversee snow and garbage removal, road repair, park and tree maintenance, manage the budget, follow state regulations and reporting requirements, supervise the village employees and donate their time to direct an endless train of details in the everyday workings of a village.


Letter: Vote Of Confidence For Haggerty, Hance And DeMento

Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

I am writing this letter in support of the candidacy of Sean Haggerty and Patrick Hance for Trustees of the Village of Munsey Park.   I have known both men for over 10 years and know them to be intelligent, capable, hard-working, and caring members of the Munsey Park community

If you ever read the village’s website, there is an interesting history of the village showing that it was founded on the basis of a little revolution and citizens applying some fresh perspective.

Please vote for Sean, Patrick, and Frank on March 19.

Sean Whelan


Letter: It Is Time For Change

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

Please join us on March 19 in supporting Frank DeMento for Mayor of Munsey Park.  In addition, we ask you to vote for Patrick Hance and Sean Haggerty as trustees.

Until this year our experience with the village had been minimal.  Several years ago we renovated our house at 75 Abbey Road and had the unfortunate experience of having to deal with the town regarding permits, fees and other situations. We dismissed the frustrating experience as part of living in Munsey Park.  Our view has changed after dealing with the mayor and the village after Hurricane Sandy. Our home was badly damaged by a tree in the storm. The tree that fell on our house was a tree that concerned us and we approached the town about taking the tree down in 2011.  The village, along with an arborist, decided that the tree was healthy and therefore could only be trimmed.  The “healthy” tree fell on our home destroying half of our house.


Letter: Experience Is Necessary To Run The Village

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

Mayor Harry Nicolaides of Munsey Park Village and the incumbent trustees, Deputy Mayor Albert Jaronczyk and Sheila Brennan amply deserve reelection on March 19.

I served as a Munsey Park trustee for six years in the 1990’s. Being a trustee is a difficult, time consuming, and thankless job.  And mayor?  An impossible job similar to an undeserved ring in hell in Dante’s Inferno.


Letter: Understand Unfunded Mandates

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

What’s CACLA? That stands for Citizens Advisory Committee for Legislative Affairs.  Yes, that’s why we stick to using the acronym CACLA. The Manhasset Board of Education established CACLA in the summer of 2007 to review and analyze current and proposed federal, state and local laws and regulations that have an adverse effect on the district. CACLA also advises the board on strategies to bring about statutory and regulatory changes that would benefit the district as a whole.  

What’s An Unfunded Mandate? In 2008, CACLA wrote a “position paper” to help explain some of the complexities of many key issues challenging school districts, namely unfunded mandates.  Simply put, a mandate is an official order either coming from the Federal and/or State government which mandates that a school district do or take certain actions. Generally speaking, these governmental entities provide little to no funding to help school districts comply with these mandates, so the majority of funding is borne at the local level, which is you the taxpayer.


News From The Manhasset School District

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

BOE Reviews District’s Special Ed Program

At a public meeting of the Manhasset Board of Education on Feb. 7, Allison Rushforth, executive director of district special education programs and services, Jodi Shapiro, assistant director of CPSE (preschool) and elementary special education, and Stewart Grabelsky, assistant director of secondary special education, presented a comprehensive analysis of the district’s special education programs and services. The presentation provided an historical perspective, a thorough summary of the programs and services being provided during 2012-2013, and the anticipated needs for the 2013-2014 school year.


Letter: Commitment, Involvement And Experience Count

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

The upcoming March 19 election in the Village of Munsey Park is a contested one. Three residents are vying for the Mayor’s seat and two trustee positions. 

Mayor Nicolaides has led our village for the past 19 years. He has brought us through many difficult moments, and most recently Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter that followed.  His calls and emails to residents were constant throughout that time and he was in close contact with the PWMOEM, the local emergency management group, and North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman. No one could have done more to keep us in touch with reality  - rather than just passing along the LIPA misinformation. During our most recent snow storm our crew worked 30 hours straight and our roads were clear by morning.


Letter: Support Munsey Park Candidates For Reelection

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

I write today to ask you to join me on Tuesday, March 19 in supporting for re-election the in supporting the Village Party candidates, Mayor Harry Nicolaides, Deputy Mayor Al Jaronczyk, and Trustee Sheila Brennan. The election will be held at  who are up for reelection and to mark your calendar to vote on Tuesday, March 19th at Village Hall between 12 and 9 p.m.

I am As a 12-year resident of Munsey Park and have worked with the village and having worked with the village for many years--, first as a volunteer on traffic and safety matters, later as a liaison to other municipal government groups, and most recently as a trustee. I can say with firsthand experience how capable our current Board of Trustees is. Harry, Al, and Sheila  and how the board leads our village with a quiet and deep competence, which will be invaluable as the village meets the challenges of the upcomingnext four years.


A Look On The Light Side: February 22, 2013

Written by Judy Epstein Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

Once upon a time, there was a cobbler whose child ran around town without any shoes.

“Look at her,” one villager whispered to another. “Barefoot again! Is he such a workaholic he can’t make his own daughter one pair of shoes?”

“Maybe he’s lazy,” continued a third. “Or greedy, and wants to keep all the merchandise for himself.”


Letters: Nemo And Geezers

Written by Sheila Ferrari Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

Late evening February 8, through early morning of February 9, on the heels of Sandy, another giant weather pattern was pushing a blizzard our way. Hello Nemo. Three feet of snow churning east to west at speeds from 40 to 60 mph and we were in its path. Roughly the same pattern as Sandy but not as ferocious.

A few flurries on Friday were the overture. The curtain went up a bit after sundown at King Kullen and Whole Foods. A heavy snow opened the gates about 8 p.m. Our nightlight was on in the wee hours so we’d know whether or not the power was still there. No trees down, but steady blasts of heavy snow were charging from the east.


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