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Letter to the Editor: 2013 Race for Port Chester Mayor

Port Chester resident supports Neil Pagano in March 19 election.

Letter to the Editor:

I am voting for Neil Pagano for Mayor.  

Having personally observed the Feb. 4 Port Chester Board of Trustees meeting, and having seen for myself the total dysfunction and lack of direction, it is more than obvious that Port Chester badly needs a new mayor.    

My opinion was validated by an article in the Feb. 1 edition of The Westmore News, in which Mayor Pilla used his “keynote address” to whine about how his Board “is not moving fast enough,” and how we wants to “throw some of the Trustees off the island.”              

Mr. Pilla’s keynote address offered a perfect opportunity for him to present his vision for the next two years, and to talk about his accomplishments during his last two years.  His problem is, he doesn't have any accomplishments.  Mr. Pilla resorts to looking in his rear-view mirror because, even after seven years in office, he has not earned the respect of his Board.              

By contrast, Neil Pagano will provide a breath of fresh air, a new approach, and will be focused on the future. Mr. Pagano used his caucus speech to highlight areas where our Village lacks leadership, and then he offered constructive ideas.  For example, he addressed how we need to find solutions for “oppressive” taxes.  And he demonstrated how closely “in touch” he is with residents by letting us know that he intends to modify the Code Enforcement Program so that it doesn’t continue to hurt people like me who are paying a steep price for the Village’s past mistakes.              

What I really appreciate about Mr. Pagano is that he will finally do something about developing our Marina and take action to address the fast- and ever-sinking Bulkhead, another issue seriously neglected by Mr. Pilla.               Whatever happens on March 19, the Board will have a diverse group of individuals and personalities. 

While it is clear that Mr. Pilla is not capable of managing his Board, I believe Mr. Pagano has the leadership attributes necessary to work with the Board, as demonstrated by the work he has done for the Village as Chairman of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA).      

In short, Neil Pagano will do a much better job of working with the Board of Trustees and incorporating the expertise of the Board than Mr. Pilla has been able to, and that is why, on March 19, I am voting for Neil Pagano for Mayor, and his ticket of Kenner, Ferrara and Terenzi for Trustees!  

Linda E. Turturino

Port Chester, NY

Anthony R. February 26, 2013 at 01:15 PM
The dysfunction at board meetings has a lot more to do with Trustees Sam Terenzi and Bart Didden than the mayor. Neil Pagano might be a nice guy, but apparently the board meetings are past his bedtime because he rarely if ever attends them. Who can blame him - the guy is 70 years old and SHOULD be off enjoying his golden years.
Aidan February 26, 2013 at 01:26 PM
One person's dysfunctional government is another person's divided government. And divided government is fine with me. I do NOT want a same-party board and mayor. That's an invite to total disaster. Dennis Pilla has done a very fine job of steering this village through a rough revitalization. To have a political rookie step in and take over leadership is chaos in the making. No thanks. Diverse leadership assures us all of thoughtful discussion and decision-making. I have zero desire to return to Port Chester's "good old" days when the last crowd on the agenda was the citizenry.
John February 26, 2013 at 01:50 PM
No more Pilla, please!!! He has done NOTHING. PC needs some real leadership.
Anthony R. February 26, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Wake up, John. Take a look around the village. I see lots of great new and/or rejuvenated establishments that have cropped up in Port Chester in the past 6 years - the Capitol Theatre, the entire movie theatre/DSW/Bed, Bath & Beyond/Applebee's complex, restaurants galore including Tarry Lodge, Q, Nessa, etc. and many thriving ethnic eateries... PC has been on the rise ever since Pilla was first elected. Pagano is Didden's cousin. One Didden is enough (way more than enough).
juan garcia February 26, 2013 at 07:28 PM
PC, IS A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY, GET RID OF PILLA, HE OVERSTAYED HIS WELCOME
John February 26, 2013 at 07:59 PM
The quality of life in PC stinks! I don't know what you see, but I see more crime, less services, over crowding etc. Pilla overstayed his welcome is an understatement.
Anthony R. February 27, 2013 at 05:24 AM
More crime than when? Less services? Are you talking about DPW? Garbage pickup? There have been no changes in these. Are you talking about Police? If so, blame the infamous Didden, Terenzi and Kenner trio who don't think we need more police officers. As for overcrowding, it was Pilla who finally gave us a Code Enforcement department. Sorry to disturb you from your 6-year nap, John. Port Chester has been steadily improving while you've been asleep.
Silvio V. Buccieri February 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM
MR.Anthony R. Please show me where Port Chester it has been steadily improving, and what part of town you live in, is it Rye Brook, or Rye city? sorry Mr Anthony. I am all over Port Chester taking pictures, and all I see is junk, and overcrowding. please show me, I agree with the last three names. thanks
E. Nuff Sayd February 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Linda, it is easy to blame Pilla, but if you look closely- the mayor is in the minority party with very limited power. WTH? The Conservative-GOP majority of "do nothings" are the real petty tyrants. These "tea potty" types are controlling the policies that have been very detrimental to the quality of life in Port Chester. They recently cut police and fire overtime and have put residents' safety at risk by doing so. They dipped into the fund balance and claimed tax savings. Trustee "Sam" Terenzi is a bully who has shouting matches with village employees and residents. Bart Didden's frank racism is a matter of public record. And Joe Kenner is Astorino's lapdog. The "do nothings" have stood in the way of progress especially on cleaning up downtown and taking apart building department corruption. Further, the majority is either giving false hope to Starwood by permitting the billion dollar hedge-fund hotel and resort mega-corp to study 820 residential units or are selling residents down the river with a tax subsidy to the corporate giant. Silvio take off those rose colored glasses. Mr. Pagano may be a nice man, but I bet he hasn't met a developer who he hasn't wanted to give a tax break to. Pilla and Brakewood have consistently pushed for what is right for residents including the master plan designed to lower village density and save residents money. The current majority wants more patronage and has no problem with putting your tax dollars in the pockets of their friends.
Anthony R. February 27, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Silvio, if you don't like overcrowding, just wait for the Starwood-backed team to ram 820 more housing units into our village. It's pretty easy to tell which team is getting all the Starwood contributions because their signs (big and small) are already up around town. Starwood is playing for keeps. They will make a nice little profit off their massive apartment complex and WALK AWAY. You'll get stuck with the people, the traffic, the overcrowding, the students in the schools, the noise, and the HIGHER TAXES.
Silvio V. Buccieri February 27, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Anthony, you can see who VOTED for it, [THE BIG THREE ] nothing has change here in Port Chester, it is always, you pat my back and I will pat yours. and the middle income home owner pays the price, and the schools become over crowded. when will some one with pair of ----- say enough is enough. thanks Anthony
John February 27, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Agree 100%. Thanks for saying the truth.
Aidan February 27, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Let's give Gene Ceccarelli a seat on the board.
Anthony R. February 28, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Yes, let's give Gene a seat.
PC Lover March 03, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Yes to Gene. Pagano not so much. Linda I am not sure what you think Mayor Pilla can do to muzzle the junkyard dogs that sit next to him and bark so ferociously at everything that moves. If we vote them out perhaps we can regain some semblance of civility, unity and bipartisan agreement to work toward growth and improvement. Honestly, from the outside looking in, when I watch the BOT meetings I can't believe just how much Sam and Bart are divisive to the process. I am not sure why anyone would willingly put themselves in a position to have to serve with them. If they will not follow rules of decorum, then what do you expect? Mayor Pilla may not be the greatest, but at least he is not part of the "old boy" network. If you think Mr. Pagano will be a breath of fresh air then I have a decrepit former hospital property to sell you.
PC Lover March 03, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Linda, will you still vote for Terenzi in light of this recent revelation? If so, why? http://portchesterroundup.blogspot.com/2013/03/port-chester-trustee-saverio-terenzi.html
PC Lover March 09, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Linda...this is just sad. How can you vote for this guy to watch our backs? It would be funny if it was not so pathetic. http://www.lohud.com/article/20130308/NEWS02/303080100/Port-Chester-s-Sam-Terenzi-owes-state-220G-back-taxes?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|News

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