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Letter: Response To S&P Allegations

I, as mayor, and our board were elected in large part to reinstate transparency in government and responsiveness to all of our residents’ concerns. During the past eight months in office I believe our residents will agree that we have attempted to faithfully fulfill this promise to them, and most importantly, will continue to do so. In response to Mr. Avena’s allegations, the objective state audit, during the previous administration time in office. During which he was a trustee, clearly states they were “poor stewards of the village finances.” It lists counts of mismanagement, some more serious than others. The content of this state audit was fully disclosed during our village hall meetings, so that all residents were given access to it. I can also attest to the disarray a firm of highly respectable financial accountants Rosen & Federico found our village in upon our taking office. But most importantly, we immediately put into place sound practices and addressed every mismanagement in the state audit rectifying each and every one. The result, in just six short months, was that the state awarded our village and an A+ Stable rating. The previous state audit rating of the past administration was “negative and unstable,” and according to the village’s financial advisor of Liberty Capital Services, LLC, this is often indicative of a rating that is due to soon be downgraded. It demonstrates no plan or poor plan for the village’s future. The board and I took quick and positive action to ensure the village was quickly put back onto a firm financial footing. The proof of that is in the new state audit we were issued.

We have worked hard to listen to all the voices of our wonderful residents, and to be the best stewards of the village as can be. The lone voice of a malcontent former administrator with his own political agenda is just that. Our residents know that if they have any questions or concerns they can always freely bring them up at any of our Board of Trustees meetings or come to Village Hall at any time for us to address them. It is only in working together as a community that we can continue to move forward.

Giovanna Giunta, Mayor, Village of Manorhaven

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com